Solving the Daily Jumble

Recently I decided to subscribe to my local newspaper (the Hartford Courant, pronounced current) again. That’s been valuable by itself, and brought some benefits I forgot about (like a comics page), but one of the unexpected side effects has been the Daily Jumble. The idea is to unscramble the clues to form words. All of… Read More

Why Use Mocks?

Testing A Simple Publisher/Subscriber System With Mockito One of the challenges I find when teaching Java testing with Mockito is that the docs, while complete, don’t motivate why you want to use mocks in the first place. This post includes a simple example to show why mocking frameworks are important and where they are useful.… Read More

Java 11 HttpClient, Gson, Gradle, and Modularization

This post describes a simple system that uses the new HttpClient class that comes with Java 11 to access a RESTful web service. After demonstrating basic functionality, changes are made to parse the results using Gson, and even modularize the code and have it work with Gradle. The goal is to provide an example for… Read More

Java 8 Constructor Refs (In All Their Glory)

[Note: my last post announced my new book, Modern Java Recipes, is now available from O’Reilly publishers in Early Release form. As a sample, I included a discussion of the Predicate interface, one of the new functional interfaces in the the java.util.function package. In this post, I highlight constructor references, which are discussed in another… Read More

Days Between Dates in Java 8

I would like to address a problem that is quite topical at the moment: calculating the number of days between two events. The new Date-Time API in Java 8 makes this process much simpler than it used to be. The Date-Time API includes the interface java.time.temporal.TemporalUnit, which is implemented by the enum ChronoUnit in the… Read More