Saturday, June 30, 2018

Top 8 Free Java Programming Books, EBooks and PDF for Beginners and Experienced Programmers

Who doesn't like free stuff? Well, I do like and many Java programmers like me simply love free Java books, eBooks, and PDFs. Fortunately, the Internet is full of free books and eBooks but unfortunately, many of them are of not good quality. Most of the eBooks which are freely available either are sample chapters of popular Java programming books or they are simply old and out-of-date. In my last article, I have shared a lot of such books and the feedback was that most of them, even though they are good in the past, have simply not up to the mark. The search goes on and while browsing the net a couple of days back I hit the Jackpot when I found these free Java books from OReilly.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Google Dart Hello World Example - A Java Like Programming Language to Create Web, Android, and iOS Applications

Google Datt is a general-purpose programming language from Google and used to build web applications, mobile applications, and the Internet of Things (IOT).  It's most popular application is in Flutter framework, which is Google's mobile app SDK for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android in record time. If you haven't tried it yet then it's a good time to try it and see how much it offers to a programmer and whether it is suitable language to replace JavaScript or not. As a Java Programmer, my first impression of Google dart is great. It looks quite familiar with Java my favorite programming language and this motivates me to write this hello-world example in Google Dart and execute it, run it and see how it works.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

How to Map a Network Drive to Windows Machine - net use Command Example

Mapping network drive in Windows 10 or other versions of Windows operating system e.g. Windows 7  or Windows 8 is much easier and faster by using the command line than by doing it on Windows Explorer. If you have been working in Windows environment with a bunch of Windows Server 2016 or 2012  servers and your job requires frequent access, copy or paste from the local machine to those remote machines than mapping them as a network drive is the best option. You can use mapped network drive as any other folder which makes the job of copy paste very simple. Though windows provide multiple ways to map a network drive, I prefer to use command line i.e. "net use" command to map my windows network drives.

Monday, June 25, 2018

How to parse JSON with date field in Java - Jackson @JsonDeserialize Annotation Example

I have read many articles on parsing JSON in Java and most of them give examples where properties are either String or int, there are very few examples, where you will see the JSON string contains a date field and that's one important thing to learn. It's easy to parse JSON in Java using Jackson or Gson with just integer and string field but you need to do a little more work if your JSON contains a date field because everything in JSON is String but Java is a type based programming language, where Date is a type.

Friday, June 22, 2018

What is a Functional interface in Java 8? @Functional Annotation and Examples

The functional interface is one of the most important concepts of Java 8 which actually powers lambda expression but many developers don't put enough effort to understand it and spend time learning lambda expression and Stream API without first understanding the role of functional interface in Java 8. Unless you know what is a functional interface and how lambda is related to it, you can't use powerful features of Java 8 e.g. lambda expression and stream API. Without knowledge of functional interface, you won't be able to understand where you can use a lambda in the code but also you will struggle to write lambda expression the method is expecting, hence, it's important to have a good understanding of functional interface in Java 8.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

How to write a C like Sizeof function in Java

If you have just started learning Java and came from C background then you might have noticed some difference between Java and C programming language e.g. String is an object in Java and not a NULL terminated character array. Similarly, there is is no sizeof() operator in Java. All primitive values have predefined size e.g. int is 4 bytes, char is 2 byte, short is 2 byte, long and float is 8 byte and so on. But if you are missing sizeOf operator then why not let's make it a coding task? If you are Ok, then your next task is to write a method in Java, which can behave like sizeOf() operator/function of C and returns size in bytes for each numeric primitive types i.e. all primitive types except boolean.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

10 Tools Every Software Developer/Programmer should know

Every trade has their tools and software development is no different. A good programmer or software developer generally know their tools better than others and also have access to more powerful and advanced tools than a average programmer, but there are certain tools which you expect every software developer should know and this list is all about such tools. In this list, I am going to share 10 essential tools, which I believe every programmer or software developer should know and know well.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

10 All-Time Great Books for Java Programmers - Best of Lot, Must Read

If you are a Java programmer and wondering what to read to improve your knowledge of Java and become a better Java developer then you have come to the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the best Java books ever written. In fact, this is my list of all time great Java books. They have withstood the test of time and emerges as more and more popular years after years. It doesn't matter if you read them in 2018 or reading them in 2019, you are always going to learn a lot and that's why I call them all time great books.

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Better way to write SQL queries for Programmers

There is no doubt that writing code is more art than science, every coder cannot write beautiful code which is both readable and maintainable, even with experience. In general, coding improves with experience when you learn the art of coding e.g. favoring composition over inheritance or coding for interface than implementation, but only a few developers able to master these techniques.  Same applies to SQL queries. The way you structure your query, the way you write it goes a long way to communicate your intent to the fellow developer. When I see SQL queries on emails from multiple developers, I can see the stark difference in their writing style.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Does Standard Column Width of 80 On Coding Make Sense in 2018?

One of the oldest coding practice is to keep line width 80, and many of us follow it blindly but have you ever thought why we have this practice in first place? I believe it was to make your code more readable in the age of small monitors so that whole content can fit in the screen, or it might have originated from the age of punch card, which was used to be 80 column wide. This sounds reasonable when we think about those old days but do you think this rule makes sense in 2018? We are now living in the age where most of the developers have got large monitors, which can show up-to 180 characters, doesn't this is wastage of precious monitor space? It also makes your code unnecessary long, then it actually is.