Java Tip of the Week #10 – NetBeans

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After my video from last week, about IntelliJ, I was approached by Geertjan Wielenga from the NetBeans teams about doing the same for NetBeans.

I’ve used NetBeans very briefly around 2006 or 2007, can’t remember exactly, so I’m not the best person to talk about it. Geertjan was kind enough to collaborate with my Java Tip of the Week and make a video with me while going through some of the NetBeans features. I was also very happy to have my first guest speaker in my videos.

I have to say that I was very surprised with NetBeans. I would definitely keep an eye on it and maybe use it for some stuff. Just watch the video and decide for yourself:

Do we have someone that wants to make an Eclipse one to complete the set? I’ll be happy to do it.

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Java Tip of the Week #9 – IntelliJ IDEA

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It’s not secret that my favourite IDE is IntelliJ IDEA. You have already seen me using it in my previous videos, so it was just a matter of time to bring it as a topic. Here it is! Not trying to convince anyone to change or to start an IDE flame war. It’s enough already with the Java EE vs Spring wars.

Anyway, in a bit longer than 5 minutes this time, I went through some of the features that I use the most in IntelliJ, on Navigation and Code Generation.

Here is the video:

Here are also some other posts I’ve wrote about IntelliJ:

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Java Tip of the Week #8 – Java 8 Default Methods

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This week Java Tip of the Week we continue to explore some of the new features introduced in Java 8. This time is about Default Methods.

Before Java 8, Interfaces were a closed contract, meaning that after you published an Interface, every implementation would have to implement every method present in the Interface. If you changed your mind later and wanted to add new methods, you couldn’t without breaking the compatibility. Implementations would need to add the missing code to the new methods. The Collections API is a good example. It was designed since the early versions of Java, but it was missing operations that would help every day developer.

With Java 8, we can now implement methods in the Interface directly. This is done via a Default Method with the default keyword. As the name says, we are providing a default implementation for the method. So, if any implementation does not implement the method, it would use the default implementation. This change allowed to expand and extend API’s behaviour without breaking compatibility.

Default Method Interface

Here is a sample:

Yes, this works!

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Java Tip of the Week #7 – Maven Slow?

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Maven SlowThis week Java Tip of the Week is a follow up of last session about Maven. The first video covered aspects related to Maven Dependencies. This video will cover some techniques to speed up your Maven build.

Maven Slow?

Since Maven 3, you are able to run your builds in parallel. Depending on the build machine and the project structure, you might get a 60% speedup increase!

Also, there are some ways to selectively pick just the things you want to build, using the -amd and -am flags. These are available since Maven 2, but for some reason they don’t seem to be used that much.

Check the video:

For reference, here are the commands:

CommandDescription
mvn clean install -T 1CBuilds the project with one Thread per Core
mvn clean install -T 2CBuilds the project with two Threads per Core
mvn clean install -T 4Builds the project with fours Threads
mvn clean install -pl [project-name] -amdBuilds just the project specified in -pl and all the dependent projects.
mvn clean install -pl [project-name] -amBuilds just the project specified in -pl and all the required projects to build it.

Check the Maven wiki page about Parallel Builds.

Also, check this other post I wrote: Maven Common Problems and Pitfalls.

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Thirteen Coimbra JUG Meeting – Keep your Database Schema Under Control

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The Thirteen Meeting of Coimbra JUG was about Databases and how to keep their Schema versioning and controlled. While not being directly related to Java, it’s very common for every Java developer to come across with a project that needs to use a Database. Usually developers worry about versioning the code, but nobody cares about the Database. Shouldn’t the database be treated the same was as the code, since it’s also a part of the application? For that reason, we think this is a good topic to have on our JUG.

To talk about this very challenging topic, we had the pleasure to host Nuno Alves. Nuno is a very experience DBA, with more than 10 years of experience with Oracle, PostgreSQL, MSSQLServer and DB2. He is the right man to have on your team to deal with the Database stuff!

Coimbra JUG Meeting 13

The session itself covered ER modelling, versioning of SQL scripts, deployment and documentation. It also had a demo of a tool called Flyway to version and control scripts executions in different environments.

In the end, we would like to thank Praxis and Critical Software for sponsoring the event with the venue, food and drinks for everyone! Thank you very much for your support!

Here are the materials for the session:

Presentation

Video (in Portuguese)

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