Joins in pure-java database queries

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I’ve been thinking about how to express joins in my pure Java query library. Hibernate and other ORMs allow you to map collection fields via join tables. They will take care of cascading inserts and deletes from multiple tables for you. While this is nice and easy, it can to cause problems with bigger object… Read more »

Thoughts from #pipelineconf

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This week I attended #pipelineconf, a new one-day continuous delivery conference in London. I did a talk with Alex on how we do continuous delivery at Unruly, which seemed well received. The slides are online here There were great discussions in the open space sessions, and ad-hoc in the hallways. Here’s a few points that… Read more »

Checked Exceptions and Streams

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There are different viewpoints on how to use exceptions effectively in Java. Some people like checked exceptions, some argue they are a failed experiment and prefer exclusive use of unchecked exceptions. Others eschew exceptions entirely in favour of passing and returning types like Optional or Maybe. Whatever your view, you are likely to need to… Read more »

C# style properties in Java

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One of the complaints that often comes up in any discussion on Java is getters/setters. If there are c# developers present they sometimes suggest that Java would be better off with c# style properties. c# properties, replace separate getters and setter methods that often clutter Java code. They allow the getters/setters to be combined together,… Read more »

Tools and Tradeoffs – CI Build Servers

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There are some tools that are considered almost a universal good amongst developers. Revision control systems tend to fall into this category. Everyone ought to be using one. Continuous integration servers are also often bundled in to this category. It’s the kind of tool people ask you during interviews whether you use and judge you… Read more »

Cross-functional teams vs Software Architects

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This week I have been reading Simon Brown’s leanpub book “Software Architecture for Developers”. It is an interesting read and has lots of useful advice for creating a shared technical vision and communicating technical concepts effectively via sketches. One thing I was struck by while reading it is just how many of the responsibilities of… Read more »

Typesafe database interaction with Java 8

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Method references in Java 8 will allow us to build much nicer APIs for interacting with databases. For example when you combine method references with features we already had in Java it’s possible to create clean, typesafe queries without needing code generation. Full examples and implementation available on github. Here’s an example of what’s possible… Read more »

Null Coalescing in Java 8

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SQL gives us a “coalesce” function, which returns the first non-null argument. This seems to be a common operation in Java too, since Java unfortunately burdens us with the concept of nulls. We have been able to do something similar with Java for some time using a varargs method like this: public static <T> T… Read more »

StrictMocks in Mockito

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Today someone asked how to verify that only your stubbed interactions occur, and no others (when using Mockito). I have heard this asked this quite often, especially by people used to JMock where mocks are strict by default. I’d be interested in knowing if there’s an out of the box way of doing this. The… Read more »

InstanceOf “Smart Casts” with Java 8 Lambdas

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As with try-as-expression, there are many other language features we can simulate with Lambdas. Another example is removing the cast commonly needed with instanceof. Kotlin has a nice feature called smart casts, which allows you to do if (x instanceof Duck) { x.quack(); } if (x instanceof Duck) { x.quack(); } Where x is “casted”… Read more »