Null and 3-Dimensional Ordering Helpers in Java

When dealing with data sets retrieved from a database, if we want them ordered, we usually will want to order them right in the SQL, rather than order them after retrieval. Our database will typically be more efficient due to available processing power, potential use of available indexes and overall algorithm efficiency in modern RDBMSes. … Read more

Eclipse and Memory Analyzer (MAT)

In times past, when it came to tracking down sporadic memory problems in a complex Java application, it required using a commercial product such as JProbe or a lot of painful and inefficient attempts to recreate the issue. Even if the problem were easy to recreate, unless the problem was blatantly obvious, your application might … Read more

Java Concurrency Part 2 – Reentrant Locks

Java’s synchronized keyword is a wonderful tool – it allows us a simple and reliable way to synchronize access to critical sections and it’s not too hard to understand. But sometimes we need more control over synchronization. Either we need to control types of access (read and write) separately, or it is cumbersome to use … Read more

Scheduler Goals

As software professionals, we need our job schedulers to be reliable, easy to use and transparent. When it comes to job schedulers, transparent means letting us know what is going on. We want to have available to us information such as when was the job scheduled to run, when did it start, when did it … Read more