Tag Archives: Java

Constant Abuse 2

Some programmers believe that constants are the source of all goodness, because it means in the future that everything will be malliable.  Particularly programmers paid by the hour.  This is a mistake.  Readibility suffers if constants are abused.  I am … Continue reading

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Don't Baby Your Builds

In a conversation this week, one developer insisted that a special build machine should be built to assure that the build is always comes out the same.  My response: if your project is building differently on different machines, then you … Continue reading

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HttpServletRequest Path Decoding

The documentation on HttpServletRequest is very poor, and this fills in a critical set of facts that you need to know to write a TomCat application.

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Don't Fear the Lowly Static Method

When people first learn object oriented programming (is there any other way) they seem to want to abandon all non-member methods (such as static methods) as being anti-object-oriented. This is foolish. There are times for objects, and times for static … Continue reading

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Never Use StringTokenizer

You should Never Use StringTokenizer.  That is a strong statement.  It is a bit of an exaggeration.  But in my experience, every case where StringTokenizer has been used that I have seen, has been an abuse of the original concept, … Continue reading

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Public or Private Member Variables?

When is it OK to make member variables public?

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Method Exception Signature

In short, all interface methods, if they throw anything, should be declared to throw ‘java.lang.Exception’ and never a specialized exception class.  Find this surprising? then please read on.  The original goal to allow methods to declare the type of exceptions … Continue reading

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File Path Manipulation

Three guidelines that make sense when handling files and paths. Never Use Backslash in File Paths Don’t use File.pathSeparator Converting slashes from the user

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#27 Don't Declare Variables at the Top

Somewhere long ago you attended a course that said that all variables should be declared at the top of the method.  Modern languages allow you to declare the variable at the point in the code that it is initialized and … Continue reading

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#25 Never Convert Exception to String before Display Time

Proper handling of exceptions means that you keep it as an Exception object through all processes, particularly wrapping with another exception.  A common error I see programmers doing is to convert the Exception to a String and use that as … Continue reading

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