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Programming

In Java development, the typical data computation problems are characterized with: Long computation procedure requiring a great deal of debugging Data may from database, or Excel/Txt Data may from multiple databases, instead of just one. Some computation goals are complex, such as relative position computation, and set-related computation Just suppose a sales department needs to make statistics...
on Aug 13, 2013
Java API for WebSocket is a new JSR to Java EE 7. It provides a stardard Java API for creating WebSocket applications. This gives web applications the ability to push data. In Java EE 6 samples, we added a chat room sample to illustrate how to use of Servlet 3.0 asynchronous operation. In that sample, the servlet code did the following: keep track of AsyncContext in a Queue create a thread to...
on Aug 13, 2013
In Java development, we may encounter the complex set operations. Java alone is not powerful enough to save programmers’ efforts in implementing the computation details, which is time-consuming and poor in code reuse. In view of this, programmers usually resort to dynamic calculation script for set operation. SQL is surely the first kind of script that comes into most programmers’ mind. However,...
on Jul 16, 2013

Servlets

WebSocket is a bi-directional, full-duplex, TCP based messaging protocol. It is originally proposed as part of HTML5 and is a IETF-defined Protocol (RFC 6455). And W3C has defined JavaScript API for WebSocket which is in candidate recommendation since 2012-09-20. JSR 356: Java API for WebSocket provides a standard Java API for creating WebSocket Applications. The specification provides an API for...
on Aug 7, 2013
Expression Language (EL) was first introduced as part of JSTL 1.0, was then moved JSP 2.0 and was unified with JSF 1.2 in JSP 2.1. In Java EE 7, EL is a new separate JSR, JSR 341. Many new features are introduced in EL 3.0. This blog shows how to use new following new features of EL 3.0: Standalone environment Lambda expression (section 1.20 of EL 3.0 spec) The new operator ; to separate...
on Jul 1, 2013
Asynchronous operation was introduced in Servlet 3.0. ServletRequest#startAsync is used to put the request into asynchronous mode. A thread need to be created implicitly or explicitly (see here for an example). Servlet 3.1, JSR 340 includes clarifications in asynchronous area. Besides Servlet 3,1, Concurreny Utilities for Java EE 1.0, JSR 236 is introduced in Java EE 7. JSR 236 provides a...
on Jun 6, 2013
Asynchronous operation is supported in Servlet 3.0. I have discussed startAsync in my previous blog, startAsync in Servlet 3.0. In this blog, I will discuss AsyncContext#complete. The javadoc of AsyncContext#complete has the following: Completes the asynchronous operation that was started on the request that was used to initialze this AsyncContext, closing the response that was used to...
on May 14, 2013
Servlet 3.1 Specification (JSR 340) is almost ready for the release. One of the new features is the support for protocol upgrade. HTTP protocol upgrade was introduced in HTTP 1.1 (RFC 2616): The Upgrade general-header allows the client to specify what additional communication protocols it supports and would like to use if the server finds it appropriate to switch protocols. The server MUST use...
on May 7, 2013

Databases

In report development, we may need to present the data from multiple databases in one report, such as data from MSSQL database for CRM and Oracle database for ERP. If the reporting tool like iReport only supports single data source, then we need to consolidate the multiple data sources into a single data source. The Crystal, BIRT, and other so-called reporting tools for multiple data source can...
on Aug 6, 2013

Tools

The data computation layer in between the data persistent layer and the application layer is responsible for computing the data from data persistence layer, and returning the result to the application layer. The data computation layer of Java aims to reduce the coupling between these two layers and shift the computational workload from them. The typical computation layer is characterized with...
on Jul 31, 2013
Recently, I read Why Big Data Projects Fail by Stephen Brobst. I can’t agree more with his opinions which exposed the problem I’ve been worried about. In this article, I am going to further discuss this topic to remind the enterprises to beware of falling into such pitfall of failure. Let’s have a look on a positive example. As a successful enterprise in leveraging big data, how does Google make...
on Jul 24, 2013

J2EE

This brief blog entry explains the Mojarra bug triage process, and shares some tips for maximizing the chances your bug will be quickly fixed and find its way into a release. Mojarra is the JSF implementation in several app servers and is the source code from which the reference implementation of the JSF specification is derived. Mojarra has had a publically accessable issue tracker since 2004,...
on Jul 15, 2013

Games

Over the last few years we've been busily writing the latest and greatest version of Magnolia. After all of this focus on new and (we hope) great, it seemed like time to focuse on something old and great. If you are old enough to remember the ZX Spectrum, the Commodore 64 or their various competitors, or if you like any kind of games, please keep on reading. You might have heard of the qaop...
on Jun 20, 2013

Community

When we started building our first Java application, at my company Amway Corp, many years ago; we learned our first lesson. In spite of all the formal training we received, in spite of all the literature at our disposal; we still needed help with our Java development on a regular basis. Where would this assistance come from? At the time, we had no in-house Java subject-matter experts. What we...
on Jun 16, 2013
Learning Java (or any programming language) can be a great challenge. Any group of developers, learning Java, will bring with them a variety of backgrounds and experiences. In our case, our first Java project began with developers that had COBOL language experience. Our second Java project, began with developers that had RPG language experience. Even though COBOL and RPG don't "look" like Java,...
on Jun 11, 2013
Tuning Java code presents many challenges and addresses several goals. One of these goals is to make the application "run faster". Recently, our end-users were getting multiple-second response times from our web application's home page. This was unacceptable. We were asked to see what we can do to make the web application "run faster". We began by looking at the usual suspects... database access...
on Apr 14, 2013

Blogging

Sebastiano Armeli-Battana is the author of the successful 'MVC Applies to JavaScript' eBook. We thought we'd get to know a little more about the author! 1. For someone that’s new to the JavaScript sector, can you explain why they should use MVC? I would say that a JS noob should use MVC, just because it’s widely spread pattern used across different programming languages. I think they would enjoy...
on Jun 14, 2013

Security

Servlet 3.1 Specification (JSR 340) and Java Authorization Contract for Containers (JSR 115) MR3 are almost ready for release. Besides "*", the role-name "**" is introduced in the above two specifications. In a nutshell, "*" means any role defined in web.xml and "**" means any authenticated user. Prior to Servlet 3.1, web containers use proprietary mechanisms to add security-constraints for any...
on Apr 19, 2013
Servlet 3.1 Specification (JSR 340) is almost ready for the release. Several new security features have been added in this version of Servlet specification. In this blog, I will explain one of the security features, namely deny-uncovered-http-methods. Let us take a look at a simple security-constraint in web.xml as follows: <web-app xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" ...
on Apr 19, 2013

JSR

Servlet 3.1 (JSR 340) is almost ready for the release. One of the new features is the support for non-blocking IO. ReadListener and WriteListener are introduced to allow non-blocking processing in Servlet. Non-blocking IO can only be used in async (defined in Servlet 3.0) or the upgrade mode. We can set the async in a servlet with @WebServlet annotation. In this blog, we will illustrate the use...
on Apr 16, 2013