Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Let's start with something more fundamental than just the news about frameworks and programming languages. "A tale of four memory caches" is a nice explanation of how browser caching works. Awesome read, nice visuals, useful takeaways. Go read it!
Machine Learning seems is becoming more and more popular. So here's a nicely structured knowledge-base at your convenience: "Top-down learning path: Machine Learning for Software Engineers".
Next, let's see what's new about all the reactive buzz. The trend is highly popular so I've collected a few links to the blog posts about RxJava and related.
First, "RxJava for easy concurrency and backpressure" is my own writeup about the beauty of the RxJava for a complex problem like backpressure combined with concurrent task scheduling.
Dávid Karnok published benchmark results for the different reactive libraries.
"Refactoring to Reactive - Anatomy of a JDBC migration" explains how reactive approach can be introduced incrementally into the legacy applications.
The reactive approach is also suitable for the Internet of Things area. So here's the article about Vert.x being used for IoT world.
IoT is actually not only about the devices but also about the cloud. Arun Gupta published a nice write up about using the AWS IoT Button with AWS Lambda and Couchbase. Looks pretty cool!
Now onto the news related to my favourite programming tool, IntelliJ IDEA!
IntelliJ IDEA 2017.1 EAP has started! Nice, but I'm not amused. Who needs those emojis anyway?! I hope IDEA developers will find something more useful in the bug tracker to fix and improve.
Andrey Cheptsov experiments with code folding in IntelliJ IDEA. The Advanced Expressions Folding plugin is available for download - give it a try!
Claus Ibsen announced that the work has started on Apache Camel IntelliJ plugin.
Since we are at the news about IntelliJ IDEA, I think it makes sense to see what's up with Kotlin as well. Kotlin 1.0.6 has been released, which is the new bugfix and tooling update. Seems like Kotlin is getting more popularity and people try to use it in conjunction with popular frameworks like Spring Boot and Vaadin.
Looks like too many links already so I'll stop here. I should start posting those more often :)
Monday, December 5, 2016
So this is the second issue of my Twitterfeed, the news that I noticed in Twitter. Much more sophisticated compared to the first post, but still no structure and no definite periodicity.
Java Annotated Monthly - December 2016. Nice collection of articles about Java 9, Java 8, libraries and frameworks, etc. With this, my Twitterfeed is now officially meta! 😃
RebelLabs published Java Generics cheat sheet. Print it out and put at the wall in your office!
Server side rendering with Spring and React. Interesting approach to UI rendering with React. Some parts of the UI are rendered at the server side, and some data is then rendered at the client side.
IDEA 2016.2 Icon Pack. IDEA 2016.3 update came with the new icons and some people don’t really like those. There is now a plugin to replace the new icons with the old icons. Enjoy!
Oh, and talking about IntelliJ IDEA, there is another great blog post related to 2016.3 release. Alasdair Nottingham writes about Liberty loos applications support in IDEA: Faster application development with IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3
Reactive programming vs Reactive systems. Jonas Boner and Viktor Klang make it clear, what is the difference between the two. "Messages have a clear (single) destination, while events are facts for others to observe".
Good Programmers Write Bug-Free Code, Don’t They? Yegor Bugayenko has a good point about the relation of good programming to a bug-free code.
Zero downtime deployment with the database. The name says it all.
RxJava 2.0 interview with David Karnok about the major release. Here comes support for Reactive Streams specification!
Reactor by Example. Reactor is very similar to RxJava, but it is also in the core of Spring Framework’s 5.0 reactive programming model.
An explanation of the different types of performance testing. I think this is quite important to make the difference.
Spec-ulation by Rich Hickey. As usual, must watch!
Microservices evolution: how to break your monolithic database. Microservices are becoming mainstream, it seems. So we need best practices for building microservices based systems.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Twitterfeed is the collection of news that I find via Twitter. I have no particular system or a method on how do I pick the news. Neither do I have a predefined period for grouping the news. It is neither daily or weekly or monthly - it is all just random. Enjoy! :)
Java 10 is now officially a project
IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3, my favourite IDE, was released!!! Yay!
CLion 2016.3, a IDE for C/C++ development was released
Rider, a new IDE for .NET is now publicly available via EAP
Akka 2.4.14 was released
Ceylon 1.3.1 was released
Fedora 25 was released
Heinz Kabutz teaches how to implement our own ArrayList in less than 10 minutes
Martin Kleppmann talks about conflict resolution for eventual consistency
Yegor Bugayenko rants about software architects
Roland Kuhn writes about understanding distribution
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
JBoss Modules is quite an interesting project that powers JBoss application server and some other projects in JBoss ecosystem. However, I was surprised to find out that there isn't much you can find about Modules on the webs. Documentation is...
I was looking for the simplest "Hello World" example and couldn't find it. Well, why not create one myself then?
Downloading JBoss ModulesA surprising fact is that you won't find JBoss Modules in the list of upstream projects at jboss.org. The first option is to download the jboss-modules.jar from Bintray or Maven Central. And the second option is to build it from sources.
Oh, ok, one more option (not the best one) is to download the application server that includes jboss-modules.jar, e.g. WildFly.
A version slot identifier is an arbitrary string; thus one can use just about any system they wish for organization. If not otherwise specified, the version slot identifier defaults to "main".
Friday, February 12, 2016
UPD: You can also read about various solutions to the redeployment problem in my Stackoverflow answer.
HotSwap and Hot deploy is not the same thing!
What is HotSwap?
What is hot deploy?
SummaryMake sure you use the terms correctly -- 'HotSwap' and 'hot deploy' is not the same thing! You may other terms, like 'hot update' -- then make sure to ask, what does the person actually means by this, because the devil is in the details.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
I'm not a big fan to ask to write code at the interviews. But I still find it useful to do some coding exercises at the whiteboard. One of my favourites is the Singleton pattern. Because Singleton is so simple, you can use it as a starter for so many interesting discussions.
it often comes down to the discussions about the Singleton being lazy or eager. And while it leads to the discussion about Java Memory Model, it's not the most interesting one. No one understands Java Memory Model anyway :)
BTW, did you know that a single-element enum type is the best way to implement a Singleton?
Yes! And you can't imagine how many people do fail with this. If you deploy 2 web applications with the same Singleton class, will there be two instances of the same Singleton or one? Of course, there isn't one true answer for this question - you have to ask the details. The the answer depends much on how the class is loaded. If the class is packaged within the WARs, then you get 2 instances of the Singleton.
This is why Singleton is such a great interview question - it opens a lot of topics for further discussion!
Saturday, November 21, 2015
I have been interviewing candidates for Java developer jobs for a full decade at this point. I have tried various approaches for the interviews: various tests about language and the APIs, whiteboard programming, bug hunting, homework assessments, etc. There is no best approach for the interviews - it merely depends on the expectations, candidate background, position, day of the week, weather, whatever else.
Despite all the details, I’ve found one interview question that works like a charm. It is almost the best question to start with. And it is quite efficient in filtering the candidates early enough if have to screen a lot of candidates.
Here’ it is:
What is the different between final, finally & finalize?
How is this even a question, you would ask? Asking about the difference of the things that cannot be compared!? Well, apparently, a lot of developers can't make a clear difference. Those who don’t - you just don’t have to interview them further :)
OK, you asked this and candidate answered this brilliantly, now what? Well, I did tell you that it is a very good question to start with, didn’t I? Next, you can take it to any direction of your choice:
- final - you may take the discussion to Reflection API, for instance. Or you can discuss how the final keyword helps with concurrent programming in Java.
- finally - talk more about the exceptions in Java and discuss some puzzles. Like the one below. What does it print?
- finalize - the discussion about finalize() method is only useful to validate the nerd level of the candidate. Usually you’d check why one shouldn't use finalize() in first place. Maybe some rare candidate can tell about legitimate uses of finalize(). This most likely shows that he or she remembers what is written in Item 7 from Effective Java.
I hope you get my point now, why this strange question is a very good one for the Java interviews. Have fun!
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I'll be speaking at JavaOne this year again! This time I have 2 talks accepted:
CON3597 - Having Fun with Javassist. This is merely a live coding session where I demonstrate various uses of the Javassist library for Java bytecode manipulation. I've delivered this talk multiple times and every time it is different as it turns out quite interactive and attendees usually ask questions right in the middle of the talk so I have to adjust the content as I go. Usually it's quite fun, so I enjoy presenting this talk.
CON6699 - What's the Best IDE for Java EE? I'm not sure how this one turns out - it's so much to talk about and so little time. I'll be presenting this talk along with Max Rydahl Andersen and Adam Bien. This time we're focusing solely on Java EE. Basically - it's and overview of what's available for Java EE users in Eclipse, NetBeans IDE, and IntelliJ IDEA.
Both the talks can be found in the content catalogue for JavaOne.
Friday, July 10, 2015
A Future that may be explicitly completed (setting its value and status), and may be used as a CompletionStage, supporting dependent functions and actions that trigger upon its completion.
Some time ago Tomasz published a really nice series of articles at his blog - worth reading!Java 8: Definitive guide to CompletableFuture
Java 8: CompletableFuture in action
And there's more!
Thursday, July 9, 2015
All the videos from GeekOut 2015 are available: http://2015.geekout.ee/videos/
Here are the two talks that seemed the most interesting to me: