Is Joshua Bloch's Effective Java Still Valid in the Era of Java 8?

Effective Java is probably one of the most read books on Java technology and has been regarded by many programmers as the best book for Java developers. Though, recently many Java programmers have asked me whether Effective Java is still relevant in the era of Java 8? Or is there any better book on the same topic. The question is logical because It's been more than 9 years since the 2nd edition of Effective Java released in 2008 and also the most recent Java 8 has changed how you code Java. Many idioms and design patterns of good old days now become redundant and can be done easily with the new Java 8 syntax and feature, but does that mean "Effective Java" is not relevant now? Well, No, not at all. Effective Java is still relevant and a must-read for Java programmers due to several reasons, which you will see in this article.

2 Ways to check If String is Palindrome in Java? Recursion and Loop

A String is said to be Palindrome if it is equal to itself in reverse order. You can use this logic to check if String is Palindrome or not. There are two common ways to find if a given String is Palindrome or not in Java, first by using for loop, also known as iterative algorithm and second by using recursion, also known as recursive algorithm. The crux of this problem lies in how do you reverse String in Java? because once you have the String in reverse order, problem reduced to just comparing itself with the reversed String. If both are equal then given String is Palindrome otherwise it's not. Also whether your solution is iterative or recursive will also determine by implementing this logic.

How to use CopyOnWriteArraySet in Java with Example

CopyOnWriteArraySet is little brother of CopyOnWriteArrayList class. These are special purpose collection classes which was added on JDK 1.5, along with their most popular cousin ConcurrentHashMap. They are part of concurrent collection framework and reside in java.util.concurrent package. CopyOnWriteArraySet is best suited as read-only collection whose size is small enough to copy if some mutative operation happens, for example you can use CopyOnWriteArraySet to store object at start-up of application and let multiple application thread access them during application life time. If an new condition or object comes up during that time, it can also be added into this Set, with incurring cost of creating a new array.

2 Ways to Parse CSV Files in Java - BufferedReader vs Apache

In last tutorial, you have learned how to parse Excel file in Java and in this Java tutorial, you will learn how to parse CSV file in Java. You can directly parse CSV file in Java without using any third party library, because ultimately its a text file and you can use BufferedReader to read it, but you can also take advantage of good open source library like Apache commons CSV to parse comma separated values. These library makes developer's life easy and provides rich functionality to parse various CSV formats. In real programming world, CSV or comma separated files are used for variety of purpose, including for transporting data from one system to another e.g. FX rates, importing and exporting records from database etc. In CSV files entries are separated by comma, and it may or may not contain header. There are many ways to parse or read CSV files in Java, and if you need to do it on your project, its better not to reinvent the wheel and choose commons csv, but for learning purpose, it's good to know how to do it without using third party library.

3 Ways to Find Duplicate Elements in an Array - Java

There are multiple ways to find duplicate elements in an array in Java and we will see three of them in this program. The solution and logic shown in this article are generic and apply to an array of any type e.g. String array or integer array or array of any object. One of the most common ways to find duplicates is by using the brute force method, which compares each element of the array to every other element. This solution has the time complexity of O(n^2) and only exists for academic purposes. You shouldn't be using this solution in the real world.

Java Lock and Condition Example using Producer Consumer Solution

You can also solve the producer-consumer problem by using a new lock interface and condition variable instead of using the synchronized keyword and wait and notify methods.  The lock provides an alternate way to achieve mutual exclusion and synchronization in Java. Advantage of Lock over synchronized keyword is well known, explicit locking is much more granular and powerful than synchronized keyword, for example, the scope of lock can range from one method to another but the scope of synchronized keyword cannot go beyond one method. Condition variables are instance of java.util.concurrent.locks.Condition class, which provides inter-thread communication methods similar to wait, notify and notifyAll e.g. await(), signal(), and signalAll().

How to use Callable and Future in Java? Example

A callable interface was added in Java 5 to complement the existing Runnable interface, which is used to wrap a task and pass it to a Thread or thread pool for asynchronous execution. Callable actually represent an asynchronous computation, whose value is available via Future object. All the code which needs to be executed asynchronously goes into the call() method. Callable is also a single abstract method type (SAM type), so it can be used along with lambda expression on Java 8. Both Callable and Future are parametric types and can be used to wrap classes like Integer, String, or anything else.

Top 30 Programming questions asked in Interview - Java C C++ Answers

Top 30 Programming interview questions
Programming questions are an integral part of any Java or C++ programmer or software analyst interview. No matter which language you have the expertise it’s expected that you are familiar with the fundamentals of programming and can solve problems without taking the help of API. Programming questions like reversing String using recursion or How to find if Array contains duplicates are some popular examples of programming question in Java. Programming questions present a lot of challenges Especially to Java developers as compared to C++ programmer and I think, One reason for this is powerful Java API; Which has a method for almost every need and you rarely need to write by your own or there are lots of third-party library from Apache, Spring, Google and other open sources.

SynchronousQueue Example in Java - Produer Consumer Solution

SynchronousQueue is a special kind of BlockingQueue in which each insert operation must wait for a corresponding remove operation by another thread and vice versa. When you call to put() method on SynchronousQueue it blocks until another thread is there to take that element out of the Queue. Similarly, if a thread tries to remove an element and no element is currently present, that thread is blocked until another thread puts an element into the queue. You can correlate SynchronousQueue with athletes (threads) running with Olympic torch, they run with a torch (object need to be passed) and passes it to other athlete waiting at another end.

Top 30 Array Interview Questions and Answers for Programmers

The array is one of the most important topics for programming interviews. It doesn't matter if you are going to Google, Microsoft, Amazon or investment banks like Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Citi or even service-based companies like IBM, Accenture, TCS, or Infosys, if you are going to interview for the developer position, you must prepare array very well. In fact, it is the second most topic after String and if you look closely, may of String coding problems can be solved by treating them like character array. The array is also ubiquitous, no matter which programming language you choose, you will find array there, it's available in C, C++, Java and even on Python, Perl, and Ruby.

5 Reasons to Use Composition over Inheritance in Java and OOP

Favor composition over inheritance is a one of the popular object-oriented design principles, which helps to create flexible and maintainable code in Java and other object-oriented languages. Many times I have seen people suggesting use composition instead of inheritance, in fact, my favorite books like Head first Design Patterns also advocates this design principle. Head first books have its own way of explaining, why composition is better than inheritance and though its long its quite interesting and informative. It was the first chapter of this book, which helped me a lot on understanding this key OOP concept. 

What is the cost of Spring Framework Certification and Training in India and USA?

One of the frequently asked questions about Spring certifications and training e.g. Spring Core and Spring Web Application Developer Certification is their cost e.g. what is the cost of Spring certification in India? or how much it cost for Spring framework certification in the USA etc. Earlier, Spring certification used to cost around 3000 USD in the USA and other North American countries and around 50,000 INR in India due to mandatory training you needed to take before you can appear in the exam. The cost of the Spring framework training was more than 90% of the total cost of the Spring certification. But gone are those days. Since 10th May 2017, you can take the exam without mandatory training, see here. Due to this reason, the cost of Spring certification has come down heavily and it's just now the cost of the exam voucher which is just 200 USD globally.

How Volatile in Java works? Example of volatile keyword in Java

How to use Volatile keyword in Java
What is a volatile variable in Java and when to use the volatile variable in Java is a famous multi-threading interview question in Java interviews? Though many programmers know what is a volatile variable they fail on the second part i.e. were to use volatile variables in Java as it's not common to have a clear understanding and hands-on on volatile variables in Java. In this tutorial, we will address this gap by providing a simple example of the volatile variable in Java and discussing some when to use the volatile variable in Java. Anyway,  the volatile keyword in Java is used as an indicator to Java compiler and Thread that do not cache the value of this variable and always read it from the main memory.

2 Examples to read Zip Files in Java, ZipFile vs ZipInputStream

ZIP format is one of the most popular compression mechanism in computer world. A Zip file may contains multiples files or folder in compressed format.  Java API provides extensive support to read Zip files, all classes related to zip file processing are located in java.util.zip package. One of the  most common task related to zip archive is to read a Zip file and display what entries it contains, and then extract them in a folder. In this tutorial we will learn how to do this task in Java. There are two ways you can iterate over all items in a given zip archive, you can use either java.util.zip.ZipFile or java.util.zip.ZipInputStream. Since a Zip file contains several items, each of them has header field containing size of items in number of bytes. Which means you can iterate all entries without actually decompressing the zip file.

Difference between Inheritance and Composition in Java and Object Oriented Programming

Though both Inheritance and Composition provide code reusability, the main difference between Composition and Inheritance in Java is that Composition allows reuse of code without extending it but for Inheritance, you must extend the class for any reuse of code or functionality. Another difference that comes from this fact is that by using Composition you can reuse code for even the final class which is not extensible but Inheritance cannot reuse code in such cases. Also by using Composition, you can reuse code from many classes as they are declared as just a member variable, but with Inheritance, you can reuse code from just one class because in Java you can only extend one class because multiple Inheritance is not supported in Java.