Friday, 29 September 2017

How to convert primitive int value to a Long object in Java?

Suppose you have an int variable but the part of the application is expecting a Long object, how do you convert a primitive int to a Long object in Java? It shouldn't be a problem, right? after all long is a bigger data type than int, so all int values are acceptable as long, but we also need a Long object, not just the long primitive value. Now, the problem is reduced to converting a long primitive to Long object, which is not really a problem if you are running on JRE version higher than Java 5. But, sometimes autoboxing is not efficient e.g. when you have to convert multiple long values into the Long object in a loop. A better way to convert your long primitive to the Long object is by using static factory methods like Long.valueOf(long l), which was originally meant to convert long primitive values to a Long object, prior to Java 5, but, also works fine with int primitive.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

How to Remove Duplicates from ArrayList in Java

ArrayList is the most popular implementation of List interface from Java's Collection framework, but it allows duplicates. Though there is another collection called Set which is primarily designed to store unique elements, there are situations when you receive a List e.g. ArrayList in your code and you need to ensure that it doesn't contain any duplicate before processing. Since with ArrayList you cannot guarantee uniqueness, there is no other choice but to remove repeated elements from ArrayList. There are multiple ways to do this, you can follow the approach we used for removing duplicates from array in Java, where we loop through array and inserting each element in a Set, which ensures that we discard duplicate because Set doesn't allow them to insert, or you can also use remove method of ArrayList to get rid of them, once you found that those are duplicates.

Difference between Correlated and Non-Correlated Subquery in SQL

The correlated subquery is one of the tricky concepts of SQL. It's similar to recursion in programming which many programmers struggle to understand, but like recursion, it also offers the unique capability to solve many SQL query based problems e.g. second highest salary problem where you need to compare one row of the table to another row. It gives you a different kind of power. The main difference between a regular, non-correlated and correlated subquery in SQL is in their working, a regular subquery just run once and return a value or a set of values which is used by outer query, but correlated subquery runs for each row returned by the outer query because the output of the whole query is based upon comparing the data returned by one row to the all other rows of the table. That's why it is also very slow and generally avoided until you don't know any other way to solve the problem.

Monday, 25 September 2017

What is Thread and Runnable in Java

What is Thread in Java

Thread in Java is an independent path of execution which is used to run two task in parallel. When two Threads run in parallel that is called multi-threading in Java. Java is multithreaded from the start and excellent support of Thread at language level e.g. java.lang.Thread class, synchronized keyword, volatile and final keyword makes writing concurrent programs easier in Java than any other programming language e.g. C++. Being multi-threaded is also a reason of Java's popularity and being number one programming language. On the other hand if your program divides a task between two threads it also brings lot of programming challenges and issues related to synchronization, deadlock, thread-safety and race conditions. In short answer of question What is Thread in Java can be given like "Thread is a class in Java but also a way to execute something in parallel independently in Java". Thread in Java requires a task which is executed by this thread independently and that task can be either Runnable or Callable which we will see in next section along with an example of  How to use multiple Thread in Java.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Producer Consumer Solution using BlockingQueue in Java

Producer Consumer problem is one of the classic multi-threading problems in computer science and the multi-threading world. It's tricky because it involves inter-thread communication, but it's important because most of the multi-threading problems fits into this category. There are many ways to solve producer consumer problem in Java e.g. you can solve this by using wait() and notify() method, as discussed here, or you can use the Semaphore to solve this problem. In this article, you will learn a third way to solve the producer-consumer problem by using the BlockingQueue in Java. It is arguably the simplest way to solve this problem in any programming language because blocking queue data structure not only provides storage but also provides flow control and thread-safety, which makes the code really simple. Brian Goetz has also explained this key class and pattern in his classic Java Concurrency in Practice book, a must read for serious Java developers.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Java 9, Jigsaw, JPMS, and Modules: A Personal Exploration

Java 9 delayed so many times because of Project Jigsaw, and you may be heard a lot of thing about modules, modularity, and other stuff, so, what it’s all about? What the heck is modularization and what do we mean by modularized platform? Java Platform Module System (JPMS)? Is it going to be a revolution in Java ecosystem?

This post is my exploration of the most important thing that happened to the JDK, the Module System. I will explain what modularization is, why you need it, and how you can create your modularized project.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Java Application Performance Monitoring: End-to-end performance of complex distributed applications

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

How to find highest repeating word from a text File in Java - Word Count Problem

How to find the word and their count from a text file is another frequently asked coding question from Java interviews. The logic to solve this problem is similar to what we have seen in how to find duplicate words in a String. In the first step you need to build a word Map by reading contents of a text File. This Map should contain word as a key and their count as value. Once you have this Map ready, you can simply sort the Map based upon values. If you don't know how to sort a Map on values, see this tutorial first. It will teach you by sorting HashMap on values. Now getting key and value in sorted should be easy, but remember HashMap doesn't maintain order, so you need to use a List to keep the entry in sorted order. Once you got this list, you can simply loop over the list and print each key and value from the entry. This way, you can also create a table of words and their count in decreasing order.  This problem is sometimes also asked as to print all word and their count in tabular format.

Monday, 11 September 2017

How to enable/disable an element using jQuery and JavaScript?

Sometimes we need to enable and disable input elements e.g. text box, radio buttons or checkbox, how can we do it dynamically without loading the page? Well, we can use JavaScript, particularly jQuery to do this. An element can be disabled in HTML by setting disable property to true and enabled again by setting disabled=false. By using jQuery, we can grab the element we want to enable or disable and change this property by using prop() or attr() function, depending upon which version of jQuery you are using. prop() function was added in jQuery 1.6 and its the standard way to deal with properties but attr() function does the same job for jQuery 1.5 and lower version so you can use attr() for the same purpose in jQuery version lower than 1.6.

Friday, 8 September 2017

What does the InternalResourceViewResolver do in Spring MVC?

The InternalResourceViewResolver is an implementation of ViewResolver in Spring MVC framework which resolves logical view name e.g. "hello" to internal physical resources e.g. Servlet and JSP files e.g. jsp files placed under WEB-INF folder. It is a subclass of UrlBasedViewResolver, which uses "prefix" and "suffix" to convert a logical view name returned from Spring controller to map to actual, physical views. For example, if a user tries to access /home URL and HomeController returns "home" then DispatcherServlet will consult InternalResourceViewResolver and it will use prefix and suffix to find the actual physical view which is integral to a web application. For example, if prefix is "/WEB-INF/views/" and suffix is ".jsp" then "home" will be resolved to "/WEB-INF/home.jsp" by InternalResourceViewResolver.

What is Static and Dynamic binding in Java with Example

Static and dynamic binding  in Java are two important concept which Java programmer should be aware of. this is directly related to execution of code. If you have more than one method of same name (method overriding) or two variable of same name in same class hierarchy it gets tricky to find out which one is used during runtime as a result of there reference in code. This problem is resolved using static and dynamic binding in Java. For those who are not familiar with binding operation, its process used to link which method or variable to be called as result of there reference in code. Most of the references is resolved during compile time but some references which depends upon Object and polymorphism in Java is resolved during runtime when actual object is available. In this Java tutorial we will see some examples of static and dynamic binding and differences between static binding and dynamic binding in Java.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Difference between early (static) binding vs late (dynamic) binding in Java

In order to understand the difference between static and dynamic binding in Java, it's important to first learn what is binding? Binding means the link between reference and actual code e.g. when you refer a variable it's bonded to the code where it is defined, similarly when you call a method, it's linked to the code where a method is defined. There are two types of method binding in Java, static binding and dynamic binding. When a method is called in Java it's bonded to the actual code either at compile time or runtime, when the program is actually started and objects are created. As the name suggest, static binding is more of static nature hence it occurs at compile time i.e. your code knows which method to call once you compiled your Java source file into a class file. Since it happens early in program's life cycle it is also known as early binding in Java.