Top Ten Errors Java Programmers Make

 

In the article, Top Ten Errors Java Programmers Make, David Reilly gives a list of his top 10 mistakes people do while programming in Java.

An excerpt:

Whether you program regularly in Java, and know it like the back of your hand, or whether you’re new to the language or a casual programmer, you’ll make mistakes. It’s natural, it’s human, and guess what? You’ll more than likely make the same mistakes that others do, over and over again. Here’s my top ten list of errors that we all seem to make at one time or another, how to spot them, and how to fix them.

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Concept-Oriented Programming

 

In Informal Introduction into the Concept-Oriented Programming, Alexandr Savinov describes a new approach to programming based on using concepts instead of conventional classes and inclusion relation instead of inheritance. It generalizes OOP and allows the programmer to modularize cross-cutting concerns. In CoP, a great deal of functions is executed implicitly during object access via custom references with custom behaviour. There are several important points about this new approach briefly outlined below.

Concepts instead of classesUse concepts instead of classes in OOP where a concept is defined as a pair of two classes: one reference class and one object class. If a concept does not define its reference class then it is equivalent to a conventional class. Both objects and references possess some structure and behavioral methods. One simple consequence of having concepts is that objects are represented and accessed indirectly using custom references with arbitrary domain-specific structure and functions.

Inclusion instead of inheritanceInclusion relation is used in CoP where inheritance is used in OOP. Inclusion generalizes inheritance and, if a concept does not define its reference class (and hence is equivalent to a class), then inclusion is equivalent to inheritance. In the general case inclusion relation is interpreted as IS-IN relation while inheritance is interpreted as IS-A. As a consequence, a parent object may have many children. Another consequence is that object references have a hierarchical structure, i.e., they consist of several segments similar to postal addresses. Thus objects exist in a hierarchical address space which is modeled by the programmer.

Dual methodsEach concept has two definitions for each method provided in its reference class and object class. However, when methods are used they are applied to variables without any indication what definition to call, i.e., methods are used precisely as it is done in OOP. In order to resolve this ambiguity CoP introduces the mechanism of dual methods which specifies the necessary sequence of access. One property of this mechanism is that it is still possible to override parent methods by children but in addition it is also possible to override child methods from the existing parent. In the latter case the parent object will be able to actively intervene into the sequence of access by intercepting incoming method calls.

Cross-cutting concerns<The ability of parents to intercept all access requests independent of the type of the target child object makes it possible to modularize cross-cutting concerns existing in the program. This means that parent concepts play a role of aspects in AOP but do it completely differently. They are able to transparently inject the necessary intermediate functions when target object are about to be accessed. In this sense CoP can be viewed as an alternative to AOP.

Data modellingCoP is part of a new approach to data modelling, which is called concept-oriented data model (CoM). This data model consists of two parts: identity modeling and entity modeling (just because concept is defined as consisting of two parts). CoP is deals with identity modeling (while entity modeling is based on other principles). Therefore it looks quite promising from the point of view of integrating programming and data modeling (so called impedance mismatch in its different forms).

Silverlight

 

Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows.

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Fast Track to Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) 5.0 Upgrade Exam

If you’d like to learn the new features in Java SE 5.0 and pass the Sun Certified Java Programmer Upgrade Exam (CX-310-056), then this book is for you. It covers all the Java SE 5.0 new features required in the exam. You don’t need to read about the existing features that you already know. 117 review questions and mock exam questions are included.

 

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Salt water as Fuel?!

 

Could salt water fuel cars?

In the future, you might see a lot of confused seagulls hovering around your local gas station. That’s because rather than gasoline, gas stations could smell a lot like the beach. It depends on whether the kinks can be worked out in an invention created by a 63-year-old named John Kanzius that could create an alternative fuel out of salt water. Through sheer serendipity, Kanzius, a former broadcast engineer, found out something incredible — under the right conditions, salt water can burn at incredible temperatures. With a little bit of tinkering, it might evenserve as an alternative fuel for our cars in the future.

You’re seeing water burn.

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