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My work combines statistics and programming.

  • I am the author of jBloomberg, a high level wrapper around the Bloomberg Desktop Java API
  • my blog is a combination of those passions.

Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
18
awarded  Excavator
Sep
18
revised What is the best way to handle product versioning and branching of long term projects?
typo corrections
Sep
18
suggested suggested edit on What is the best way to handle product versioning and branching of long term projects?
Jul
25
awarded  Nice Answer
May
27
comment How to analyze a scenario where a bug didn't get caught and adjust development workflow to prevent similar errors
@RobertHarvey I would suggest the other way round: write a test that goes red then fix the code!
May
26
answered java.util.HashMap lock on actual HashMap object compare to lock on object that encapsulate the HashMap
May
11
comment On naming conventions: would you recommend short names or longer, more descriptive names?
If he doesn't know how to use his ide to do something as simple as auto completion he should learn how to use it or maybe just use another one...
Apr
3
comment Are monads a viable (maybe preferable) alternative to inheritance hierarchies?
Not sure I understand how it works: a squirrel and a duck don't fly the same way - so the "fly action" needs to be implemented in those classes... And the flier needs a method to make the squirrel and the duck fly... Maybe in a common Flier interface... Oops wait a minute... Did I miss something?
Apr
1
comment Java's Boolean class - why not an enum?
It wouldn't have been very difficult to add a of or from method and appropriate javadoc.
Apr
1
comment Make methods that do not depend on instance fields, static?
There is an important distinction between static methods with and without side effects. The Google extract really addresses the former.
Mar
31
comment Why is CPU cache memory so fast?
What every programmer should know about memory
Mar
20
comment Java Method Returns Unbounded Type
To simplify, SO is for questions about specific issues with a specific piece of code. Programmers is for higher level question such as design and architecture, algorithms etc. So in this instance SO would probably be a better fit.
Mar
19
comment Java Method Returns Unbounded Type
@thlim Actually I think my answer is incorrect. You would probably get more and better answers on stackoverflow.
Mar
19
answered Java Method Returns Unbounded Type
Mar
7
comment What exactly is the Garbage Collector in Java?
@back2dos See for example programmers.stackexchange.com/a/149569/47845 - I did not say GC is the only option, only that it has become very efficient (BTW object pooling can actually perform worse in some cases). As for the blocking of the GC - it may or may not be an issue depending on your use case (and even that issue has been reduced significantly by modern concurrent GC algos) - if you need pure real time then yes, GC will be an issue. So I do believe that a modern GC will perform way better than what 99% developers could do by managing memory manually. There is the 1% of course.
Mar
4
comment What exactly is the Garbage Collector in Java?
Your answer maybe understates the power and performance of algorithms. Java's gc (probably other languages too) is extremely good at managing short lived objects making object allocation an extremely cheap operation. Not only does it prevent bugs but it can also improve performance vs a naive manual approach.
Feb
16
awarded  Yearling
Feb
11
comment Choosing value in SQL query vs (Java) code
If it is null final int id = rs.getInt("Id"); will throw an exception...
Feb
11
comment Thread safe GUI programming
weblogs.java.net/blog/kgh/archive/2004/10/multithreaded_t.html