Sunday, September 29, 2019

Top 5 Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Courses and Certifications to Learn Online

The GCP or Google Cloud Platform is a slightly late entrant in the world of public cloud computing but it has completely changed the public cloud landscape in the last few years, particularly the monopoly of AWS on Cloud has been challenged. It's still neither the most popular public cloud platform like Amazon Web Services, nor the darling of corporate world like Microsoft Azure but its Performance, Tools, and innovation of Google is attracting more and more companies on Google Cloud Platform, particularly in the areas of Big Data and Machine Learning. With tools like Bigtable, BigQuery, and libraries like TensorFlow, Google Cloud Platform is quickly becoming the go-to platform for Machine learning innovations. Because of all these, there is an increased demand for Cloud experts who are familiar with GCP and Google Cloud Platform concepts and tools.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Top 20 Libraries and APIs Java Developer should know

One of the traits of a good and experienced Java developer is the extensive knowledge of API, including JDK and third-party libraries. I spent a good deal of time learning API, especially after reading Effective Java 3rd Edition, where Joshua Bloch has advised to use existing API for development rather than writing new pieces of code for common stuff. That advise making sense to me because of the testing exposure these 2nd party libraries get. In this article, I am going to share some of the most useful and essential libraries and API, a Java developer should be familiar with. Btw, I am not including frameworks e.g. Spring and Hibernate because they are pretty well known and have specific features.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Top 10 Free Courses to Learn Python in Depth - Best of Lot

There is no doubt that Python is currently the world's #1 programming language and the biggest advantage of that is it's bringing more and more people into the programming world. In recent years, I have seen more people learning Python than any other languages, yes, not even JavaScript. Many of them learning Python to explore some awesome Data Science and Machine learning libraries provided by Python. Some people are also learning Python for web development and there are still many developers who are learning Python for scripting and automating trivial tasks. It doesn't matter why you are learning Python at this moment, it's a great thing in itself that you have decided to learn Python.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Clean Code by Uncle Bob - Book Review - Must read for Software Engineers

Even though the Clean Code book was released many years ago and there are lots of good reviews already available, I couldn't resist to write my own experience of this great book. I came across this book many years ago, but since then, I have read it multiple times, and I have recommended it to my readers, students, and fellow developers. It is one of those books which make you feel that why didn't you come across it earlier, I felt the same when I first learned about this book. The Clean Code is all about writing good quality code, and how do you judge the quality of code? Well, you won't appreciate good until you have seen bad code and that's what this book does.

Friday, September 20, 2019

How to Find Multiple Missing Integers in Given Array of Numbers with Duplicates in Java?

It's been a long time since I have discussed any coding or algorithm interview questions, so I thought to revisit one of the most popular array based coding problem of finding missing numbers in a given array of integers. You might have heard or seen this problem before on your programming job interviews and you might already know how to solve this problem. But, there are a lot of different versions of this problem with increasing difficulty levels which interviewers normally use to confuse candidate and further test their ability to adapt to frequent changes. In the past I have demonstrated how to find the missing number in a sorted array as well on the unsorted integer array in Java using BitSet (see here), but, with just one missing number and without any duplicates, which kinda make those problems a bit easier.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Is "Java Concurrency in Practice" Still Valid in the Era of Java 8 and 13?

One of my reader Shobhit asked this question on my blog post about 12 must-reads advanced Java books for intermediate programmers - part1. I really like the question and thought that many Java programmers might have the same doubt whenever someone recommends them to read Java Concurrency in Practice. When this book came first in 2006, Java world was still not sure of about new concurrency changes made in Java 1.5, I think the first big attempt to improve Java's built-in support for multi-threading and concurrency. Many Java programmers were even not aware of new tools introduced in the API e.g. CountDownLatch, CyclicBarrier, ConcurrentHashMap and much more. The book offered them the seamless introduction of those tools and how they can use them to write high-performance concurrent Java applications.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Top 5 MySQL Courses for Programmers and DBAs to Learn Online - Best Of Lost

Hello guys, if you are interested in learning SQL with MySQL database and looking for some awesome resources e.g. books, tutorials, and online courses then you have come to the right place. In past, I have shared some useful books and tutorials and in this article, I am going to talk about some of the best MySQL online courses from Udemy and Pluralsight which you can join to learn SQL and MySQL from the comfort of your office or home. In last couple of years, you might have heard the statement that everybody should learn to code, which is great. Coding is now like reading, writing and speaking skill and in today's Information technology-centric world it is must-have and there is no better way to start coding than learning SQL, the most popular programming language.

Why Every Programmer or Blogger Should Teach Online and Create Courses

I often receive queries like should programmers create an alternative source of income, or should programmers create their own blog or website? Both are fundamental questions, and there was a time when I advise programmers to create their own blog, not just to learn and improve their understanding of the technology they know, but also to earn money while doing things you love, but time has changed. Now I advise Programmers and Software Developers to create and sell online courses on Teachable, ThinkificUdemy, or any other platforms. The reasons are still the same, you learn and earn, but the method has been changed. A blog is always an excellent way to establish yourself online, but it requires a lot more effort and time to earn something meaningful.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

How to avoid deadlock in Java?

How to avoid deadlock in Java? Is one of the popular Java interview question and flavor of the season for multi-threading, asked mostly at a senior level with lots of follow up questions. Even though the problem looks very basic but most of the Java developers get stuck once you start going deep.

Interview questions start with, "What is a deadlock?"
The answer is simple when two or more threads are waiting for each other to release the resource they need (lock) and get stuck for infinite time, the situation is called deadlock. It will only happen in the case of multitasking or multi-threading.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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.

Top 5 Java Multithreading and Concurrency Courses for Experienced Programmers - Best Of Lot

If you are a Java developer and looking for some awesome resources e.g. books and courses to improve your multi-threading and concurrency skills in Java then you have come to the right place. In the past, I have shared books and tutorials on Java Concurrency and Multithreading and in this article, I am going to talk about some of the best free and paid course to learn multi-threading and concurrency in Java. You can join these free courses to improve your understanding of Java Concurrency and Multithreading. It's one of the most important skills for Java developers as almost all the companies who interviews Java developers pay particular attention to his knowledge and experience in this area.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

How to Ignore Unknown Properties While Parsing JSON in Java

One of the common problem while parsing JSON in Java using Jackson API is that it fails when your JSON contains unknown properties i.e. your Java class doesn't have all the field corresponding to all JSON properties. For example, if you are consuming JSON from a REST Web Service and tomorrow they added a new field into JSON then your code will break because Jackson will throw UnrecognizedPropertyException and stop parsing JSON. This is troublesome and can cause problems in production if you are not aware. I  have faced this issue when a developer shipped the code to consume data from REST API without proper handling unknown fields.