Friday, October 4, 2013

Java Developer Tools

Java Developer Tools:

Oracle has released Java 7 update 40, with some major new features in JDK 7 Update 40 (7u40) release. Java Mission Control is bundled with this JDK release a JVM monitoring tool, Rule Sets for Java applets and Web Start applications, and a lots of bug fixes.

Mission Control

Java Flight Recorder and Java Mission Control together create a complete tool chain to continuously collect low level and detailed runtime information enabling after-the-fact incident analysis. Java Flight Recorder is a profiling and event collection framework built into the Oracle JDK. It allows Java administrators and developers to gather detailed low level information about how the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the Java application are behaving.

Using the Java SE Advanced and Java SE Suite you can do the following


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Abstract Factory Design Pattern Example

Abstract Factory Design Pattern: Provide an interface for creating families of related or dependent objects without specifying their concrete classes -- By THE GOF BOOK.

The abstract factory pattern is an extension of the  Factory Method pattern. Both are about creating the new objects, while abstract factory cares more about a family of objects or products to be produced.

In simple words, A normal factory is used to create sets of related or similar objects and an abstract factory is used to return instance of factories. Thus, we can say, an abstract factory is used to return instance of factories that can be used to create similar or related objects.

As there is a ‘abstract’ word in the pattern name don’t mistake and confuse it with java ‘abstract’ keyword. It is not related to that. This abstract is for abstraction from object oriented programming point of view.

Lets understand this with a simple example.
Problem: As in my previous post  Factory Method pattern, we created a media player and a decoder factory to decode the given media file before playing. If we see the code of decoder factory we will notice that there is a problem with the code, as audio and video decoders are mixed in the