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Welcome to the 198th issue of The Java(tm) Specialists' Newsletter sent to you from Chania in Greece. My readers in colder climates frequently get annoyed when I tell them that "life's a beach". They imagine us having constant sun here. It's not true. We do sometimes have torrential rains and cold weather. It even snows here occasionally. In fact, the delivery...
on Feb 14, 2012
In this article we coax the JVM's Rhino (an elusive, misunderstood, and ignored member of the ecosystem) into a mind meld, giving it access to the JVM's thoughts, experiences, memories, and knowledge; and take it where no Rhino has gone before ! Let me set the context with some quick code: ScriptEngineManager sem = new ScriptEngineManager(); ScriptEngine jsEngine = sem.getEngineByName("...
on Jan 25, 2012
I mentioned the idea to use Wordle as an execution profiler while presenting the profiling section of my performance tuning course in Paris last December. The idea was seeded by presentation that Neal Ford did a few years ago in which he used Wordle to expose the vocabulary of a Java application. Neal took a pile of source code and fed it into Wordle. The result was a word cloud that visualized...
on Jan 9, 2012
A new tutorial that exercises VisualLangLab using all the examples and techniques in Chapter-3, A Quick Tour for the Impatient, of the book The Definitive ANTLR Reference can be found at this link. Various other improvements have been made in version 7: A new WildCard pseudo-token that matches any defined token has been added to facilitate recovery from errors...
on Dec 13, 2011
Concentrating on Task in Hand (similar to Mylyn) in NetBeans IDE Often we work on fixing a bug or developing an enhancement for an open source project maintained over a period of many years and having hundreds of source code files.  usually we need a handful of 5 to 10 source files to fix the bug or to add new enhancement.  The project explorer provided by IDE's like NetBeans IDE show...
on Oct 22, 2011
With the release of version 6.01, VisualLangLab can support all -- present & future -- JVM languages.  VisualLangLab's approach of composing parsers at runtime by using combinator functions instead of generating code (as other parser generators do) enables these parsers to be embedded into a host program in any JVM language. Eschewing code generation also eliminates all host-language...
on Oct 13, 2011


  Running the new version of the Easy-Cassandra framework it main objective is making it easy the communication between Apache Cassandra and your application in java. With it you able create, update, retrieve, delete the java's objects in easy way and simple, for this you must add some annotation in Class and fields.   Characteristics     An ORM easy to use in Cassandra...
on Mar 17, 2012
    Nowadays the Enterprise applications beyond persist String and number also can save file. Persist this information is very interesting, for example, a civil process there are information about the process (name of author, date, number of protocol) and the document which represents, or a twett with an image. In Apache Cassandra, you can save file, but for large file you should use...
on Feb 1, 2012
       Eclipse is famous IDE in em Java, follows the open source model. The Eclipse project was stated by IBM that does the first version, then donated like open source for the community. The begin costs was above 40 millions. Nowadays, the Eclipse is one of the most used worldwide. Has important feature how the SWT uses and not the Swing, there are too many plug-ins...
on Nov 26, 2011


VisualLangLab now has a Java7 (JDK7) grammar!  Read on to find out how you can use the grammar to locate usages of the new Java7 (project coin) language features in the source-code of the Oracle JDK 7u3 itself. If you are new to VisualLangLab (an easy-to-learn-and-use parser-generator) condsider reading the tutorial A Quick Tour. Java7 (JDK7) Grammar Specification The Java7 (JDK7)...
on Mar 3, 2012
In my last blog I’ve introduced JavaFX 2.0 beta, describing an initial port of JavaFX Balls, also in beta stage at that time. Now I finally finish JavaFX Balls 3. Look ma, no design! I don’t pretend to be a designer, and the consequence is that when I make a mashup of animation, video and web, that’s the result. Get the source code here. I’ve added new layers of content...
on Nov 25, 2011


                 Easy-Cassandra is a framework ORM API and a high client for Apache Cassandra in java, with this is possible persist information from the Java Object in easy way. For this is only necessary add some annotations in some fields and your class. It works like an abstraction's tier in the Thrift, doing call for Cassandra. The Easy-Cassandra...
on Feb 21, 2012


This article has the main objective show a little example for persist information in Cassandra using java. For demonstrated the persistence with Cassandra will used the Easy-Cassandra, a framework open source for use this SGBG in an easy mode.   @ColumnFamilyValue(nome = "person")// public class Person implements Serializable {   private static final long...
on Jan 24, 2012
A preview of the pure Java version of VisualLangLab is available here. The GUI, and other characteristics, remain virtually unchanged (see documentation), but the download is very much smaller as it does not bundle the entire Scala API. The preview does not yet support packrat parsing, and an API for application programs is not yet available. All grammar development and testing features are...
on Jan 5, 2012


I think that Maven is a great tool for development. But it can be used for more. For instance, I've just prepared things so that starting from a clean room you can try out my lightweight CMS, NorthernWind, by just invoking a couple of commands. They will install and run NorthernWind, an embedded server and an example site. More information at the NorthernWind blog.
on Jan 23, 2012


Today I decided it was past time to reorganize the slides in the performance testing section of the course. I added a number of new diagrams and charts to help organize the materials and then I went back and started to review some of the definitions that I was using. First up was the question; what is performance testing and how is it related to load testing.  I must confess that I derived a...
on Jan 12, 2012

Web Development Tools

The second edition of Java Magazine (November/December) will go out in few days. In the Part 2 of the my article, you will see in detail how to use JSON to handle the response returned to the HTML5 client. The first Part 1 of my article published in the first edition of Java Magazine (available here has shown how you can create and deploy quickly a Java EE...
on Nov 13, 2011

Web Applications

The Early Draft for JAX-RS 2.0 (JSR 339) has recently been submitted for publication. There are number of interested features in the new draft, and I'd like to start with the new Client API. The Client API is used to access Web resources. It provides a higher-level API than HttpURLConnection, and perhaps more importantly, integration with JAX-RS providers. Let us start by defining a simple ATM...
on Oct 14, 2011