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@Transactional demystified

14 min read – Java

Extend your super knowledge on Generics

We all know and appreciate Java Generics. It enables us to say "oh, this is a List of Strings", "oh, this is a Comparator for Integers", and the compiler will forbid you to add numbers to your list, or sorting your List of Strings by comparing Integers. Because it does not make sense. Before Generics was introduced in Java 5.0 in 2004, nothing was stopping you from expressing these nonsensical actions, and things would blow up when running your program, instead of being told already when writing the code that there is no way this will work.

6 min read – Java

Code as data, Java edition

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So long, Java 8

Or –– how to upgrade your code base from JDK 8 to 11 and beyond.

7 min read – Java

Garbage collection

Garbage collection (GC) has been one of Java's most compelling features since its inception. Allowing developers to focus on the core functionality of their application instead of memory management.

3 min read – Java

What's new in Java 12, 13 and 14, part II

A couple of days ago, we had a look at two new features in Java 13 and 14. In today's article, we'll cover some more goodies arriving in the near future.

2 min read – Java

Java ❤️ Kotlin

It's time to get on the fun train. Start simple by introducing small pieces of Kotlin into your existing Java code.

5 min read – Java

What's new in Java 12, 13 and 14, part I

The release cycle of Java has changed quite dramatically recently, meaning we're getting new features at a more rapid pace than earlier. If you still hadn't had the time to read up on what's been going on the last releases, look no further!

2 min read – Java

Managing multiple installations of Java on a Mac

With the new release cadence of Java and vendor landscape, managing multiple versions of Java can become a tedious task. However, tooling exists to make your life simpler.

3 min read – Java

Debugging Streams in IntelliJ

Have you ever found it hard to debug Streams in Java? Allow me to introduce you to a very powerful tool in IntelliJ IDEA; Mr. Stream Trace.

2 min read – Java

Use your time wisely! Run tests in parallel

Have you ever been annoyed that your tests take an incredibly long time? I have. A simple trick can save time by running (almost) all your tests in parallel.

4 min read – Java

Good ol’ I/O streams

No, not the Stream API introduced in Java 8, but the API for stream-based I/O which has been part of the JDK since Java 1.0. That is even older than the Collections Framework, which you had to wait until Java 1.2 to be available. And as with the Java Collections, even though the API is quite dated, it is still heavily in use. InputStreams and OutputStreams are passed around, and consumed and written to, also in applications which are written nowadays.

2 min read – Java

Persistent job scheduling without Quartz

Have you ever had the need for scheduling background tasks but always wanted a more lightweight alternative to Quartz Scheduler?

3 min read – Java

What's new in Java 11

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IntelliJ Ninja Tricks

As a developer I spend most of my time at work in my IDE, for me that IDE is IntelliJ IDEA. During these years I have learned a few tricks, some useful keyboard-shortcuts and found a few plugins that have helped me be more effective in my day-to-day work. I want to share these lessons with you in the form of 4 IntelliJ ninja tricks!

2 min read – Java

Useful new features in JUnit 5

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Manage your dependencies

During an application's lifespan you've probably added quite a few dependencies. But are all of them necessary? And are you using some libraries you're not even aware of? Today I'd like to talk a little bit about a maven plugin I'm a big fan of: maven-dependency-plugin.

2 min read – Java

Project Lombok

Want to use the var keyword, but your team is stuck on Java 8? Lombok can help you. Sick and tired of writing and maintaining getters and setters? Lombok can help you.

4 min read – Java

Hidden memory costs

3 min read – Java

Get started with JUnit 5

JUnit 5 was released two years ago. Are you still running your tests with JUnit 4.12? Let’s change that, and get you started with JUnit 5.

2 min read – Java

Never use toString() for behaviour

Every object in Java has a toString() method which can be called to get a String-representation of any object at hand. If left unoverridden, it only yields a description of its class and hash code, and not really useful for much.

3 min read – Java

Tips and tools for running Java apps in a container

These days everything can run in a container. It may be databases, continuous integration systems, esoteric hobby projects and even Windows. In this article I’ll shine a light on various tips and tools that might be helpful when packaging Java based applications for running in containers.

4 min read – Java

Dependency injection, what is it and how does it work?

Most developers will at some point be exposed to a dependency injection framework, and at first glance the whole thing can seem magical and hard to understand. Here we'll try to create a conceptual model of how DI-frameworks work.

3 min read – Java

Thread safety in Java