When I first heard the idea that Java would be better off without null, I looked around for an explanation I could understand. Unfortunately, everything I found used code examples from languages without null. If I knew those languages, I wouldn’t be searching.
I wound up learning the “hard way” but now I figure I […]
Always use the maven-enforcer-plugin Enforce dependency convergence Otherwise it’s possible that you depend on two different jars which both depend on log4j. Which one gets used at compile time depends on a set of rules that you shouldn’t have to remember. They can both (!) get exported as transitive dependencies. Require plugin […]
Download and run the Cygwin setup file.
Select Install from Internet.
Enter C:\cygwin as the Root Directory.
When you get to the package list, search for rxvt or mintty and click the word skip so that it changes to a version number.
Add any other packages you want. I always install at least these:
git git-completion […]
Why do we bother with multi-part numbers at all? Why not just use use a single revision number, like version 123? The parts of a version number communicate the magnitude of the change between the two versions. In the case of a library, this translates to how difficult the upgrade will be, which in […]
It’s pretty easy to break binary and source compatibility simultaneously. Remove one parameter from a public method or delete a method entirely and no existing code that used the method will compile or run. But how can we break just binary or just source compatibility but not both?
… and why I can’t just let it go.
Whitespace is ignored by the compiler so it’s purely for readability. It’s there for you. Variable names have meaning and describe the intention of code. Similarly, whitespace describes the structure of a program.
UniversalToString is a java class that prints out the internal state of an object using reflection. The UniversalToString class builds a String by recursively traversing the contents of an object and printing out the names, types, and values of all of its fields.