Category Archives: Java

Understanding Maven -2

I had shared a basic understanding of maven sometime back.

Here I will try to get into some more details.

As mentioned earlier we need a pom file for any maven project. POM stands for Project Object Model. It contains configuration details for the project.

To start with we provide basic info such as


group id: shows project group, say finance
artifact id: within group we will have a unique project name as artifact id say payroll
version: It is the release version e.g. 1.0 or 2.1.2 etc.
repositories: where all the jars, plugins and other artifacts are stored and used by maven.


Type of repositories

Local Repository: A folder on local machine where all the dependencies are stored. Maven by default creates the repo in user/home directory, this path can be overridden by “localrepository” tag in POM.
Central repository: This is by default provided by maven, and has most of the common jars. No need for a separate configuration for this.
Remote Repository: Developer has an option to provide a repository explicitly, so if a give dependency is not found in central repository, it will be fetched from remote repository.

Dependencies: All the Jar files on which project is dependent and will be downloaded before the build.



Inject Or Autowired

Sometimes in a Spring framework code, we see the keywords @Inject and @Autowired being used interchangeably. Simply putting it @Autowired is Spring specific annotation for implementing Dependency Injection, whereas @Inject is part of Java EE 6 specification, hence more generic.

JSR 299, Java EE 6 specification, provided a feature called Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI).

JSR 330, more specifically talks about Dependency Injection.

A more elaborated explanation on usage of various DI annotations –

Java Best Practices- String Literal Comparison

Whenever we create a String literal or a String constant, Java searches its String pool and if string is found, it will give reference to the String variable. Please note this is true only when we create a literal and not the object, i.e you do String str=”hello” and not String str=new String(“hello”);

Another point of importance is that if you compare string literals using ==, it might work because as mentioned above both the Strings might be refering to same object.


String str=”hello “+”kamal”;
String str1=”hello”;
str1+=” kamal”;
String str2=”hello kamal”;
String str3=”hello kamal”;

// all above prints hello kamal

System.out.println(str==str1); //false
System.out.println(str==str2); //true
System.out.println(str==str3); //true
System.out.println(str.equals(str1)); //true
System.out.println(str.equals(str2)); //true
System.out.println(str.equals(str3)); //true

Java Best Practices- String literals at left

It is always a good practice in Java to place String literals at left while comparing a String lteral with a String variable using equals or equalsIgnoreCase. The idea is if you keep variables at left, it might result in null pointer exception.

For example

String a=null;
System.out.println("0".equals(a)); //works fine
System.out.println(a.equals("0"	)); //results in null pointer exception

Initialize a matrix – efficiently

A simple code to initialize a matrix of N*N elements with all same number can be to create 2 for loops from 0 to N and set element to the required number. A silght improvement can be done to this code by

 for (int i = 0; i < N / 2; i++)
      for (int j = i; j < N - i; j++) {
        arr[i][j] = 0;
        arr[j][i] = 0;
        arr[N - 1 - i][N - 1 - j] = 0;
        arr[N - 1 - j][N - 1 - i] = 0;

Using CheckStyle with Eclipse

CheckStyle is a development tool which helps you format your Java code with respect to industry accepted standards. You can create your own check list to format and check style of code, or simply use one provided by checkstyle.

For eclipse it is easy to install plugin that is available. Go help->Eclipse MarketPlace-> serach for checkstyle.

Once eclipse plugin is added, you will see option on right click of project or a file to run a checkstyle which will show error messages in panel (Window->Show View-> Others-> Search Checkstyle).

If you want eclipse to format (Ctrl+Shift+F) the code in desired format, you can add formatter XML by Project->Properties->Formatter->Import. One such default XML can be found at –

Using Mockito with Spring

Junit testing is an integral part of unit testing while developing any application. It makes sense at times to separate out testing of Business layer from DAO layer to avoid generation of test data everytime or may be DAO layer is being developed independently.

Frameworks like Mockito or Easymock comes handy when dealing with such situations where you only want to test one class or one method and mock any other dependencies by dummy objects.

Here is a simple example

public class UserManagerTest{
	private static final String userName="kamal";
	private UserManager userManager=new UserManager();
	private UserDAO userDAO;

	public void initMocks() {
	//Remove the Ignore tag to execute the test case
	public void addUserTest()
		try {
			Mockito.when(userDAO.getUserDependencies(userId)).thenReturn(new UserDependencies("temp"));
		} catch (Exception e) {
			fail("Test case failed");
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block


We are calling userManager.addUser(userName), but at the same time we are telling JUnit to do nothing (do not call the DAO layer), when you see this call to avoid data insertion. In addition there is another method which will check user dependencies (may be after adding user it check if there are some default depenedencies), where we tell Junit to instead of calling real DAO method and fecthing an objects, lets return a dummy object.

Mybatis- Using SelectProvider and ResultMap

I recently wrote about how a basic mybatis application can be set with Spring.

But there are situations when queries can be a bit complex than a simple insert or select. In such cases


can help us build a dynamic query.

For example, in my user mapper, I need to search based on Id OR status.

@SelectProvider(type = UserSQLBuilder.class, method = "getUsersProvider") 
public List searchUser(@Param("id") String id,@Param("status")  String status);

My UserSQLBuilder class would have a method called getUsersProvider which will create a dynamic query based on paramaters I am passing here.

public class UserSQLBuilder {

	public String getUsersProvider(Map parameters) {
		String id = (String) parameters.get("id");
		String status = (String) parameters.get("status");
		StringBuilder query = new StringBuilder();
		query.append("select id, user_name, user_address, status from users");
		if (status.equals("NA") && !id.equals("NA")) {
			query.append(" where id like '%" + id + "%'");
		} else if (!status.equals("NA") && id.equals("NA")) {
			query.append(" where status ='" + status + "'");
	        return query.toString();

Another important thing to note here is that I am using @ResultMap to map result of query to my User (List) object. If we look at the query, it returns user_name, user_address etc. Whereas in my User class I have userName, userAddress and so on. The challenge is to map query values to object values.

There are actually multiple ways.

1. I can simply modify my query – select user_name as userName, user_address as userAddress from users.
2. Explicitly tell my mapper to map the values from column to object like

@SelectProvider(type = UserSQLBuilder.class, method = "getUsersProvider") 
@Results({ @Result(property = "userName", column = "user_name"),
@Result(property = "userAddress", column = "user_address") })
public List searchUser(@Param("id") String id,@Param("status")  String status);

3. Create a @ResultMap which can be reused, useful in cases when same mapping has to be done more than once.
statement tells the mapper to look for a map in config file.

in, I will define

public static final String REPORT_MAP = "com.test.mapper.UserMapper.user";
//code here

private void registerUserMap(org.apache.ibatis.session.Configuration config) {
		// registering result maps
		List flags = new ArrayList();
		List resultMappings = new ArrayList();

		org.apache.ibatis.mapping.ResultMapping.Builder resultBuilder = new org.apache.ibatis.mapping.ResultMapping.Builder(
				config, "userName", "user_name", String.class);

		resultBuilder = new org.apache.ibatis.mapping.ResultMapping.Builder(config, "userAddess",
				"user_address", String.class);

		Builder resultMapBuilder = null;
		resultMapBuilder = new Builder(config, "", Report.class, resultMappings, true);

And while defining my session factory, I will register this Map.

		public SqlSessionFactory sqlSessionFactory() throws Exception {
			org.apache.ibatis.mapping.Environment environment = new org.apache.ibatis.mapping.Environment("",
					new JdbcTransactionFactory(), getDataSource());
			org.apache.ibatis.session.Configuration config = new org.apache.ibatis.session.Configuration(environment);


			return new SqlSessionFactoryBuilder().build(config);

HTTP verbs implementation for REST webservices

A REST webservice would normally support four HTTP verbs GET, POST, PUT and DELETE.

Simply putting, the verbs have following function.

GET: requests some information from server.
POST: sends/ posts some data to application.
PUT: requests that sent data to be put under given URI location.
DELETE: Deletes the given entity.

Most common of these are GET and POST, as they can mostly handle all the requests.

Another interesting debate is when to use PUT and POST as both tend to send some data to server. Ideally, when we know exactly where to add the data, we will use put, and if we want application to take a call, we will use post. For example if I want to add/ edit user id 112, I will use PUT. But if I just say add a user and let application assign the id, I will use POST.

More on PUT vs POST-

A simple Email Validator Java Utility

public class EmailValidator {

	private static Pattern pattern;
	private static Matcher matcher;

	private static final String EMAIL_PATTERN = "^[_A-Za-z0-9-\\+]+(\\.[_A-Za-z0-9-]+)*@"
			+ "[A-Za-z0-9-]+(\\.[A-Za-z0-9]+)*(\\.[A-Za-z]{2,})$";
		pattern = Pattern.compile(EMAIL_PATTERN);

	public EmailValidator() {

	 * Validate hex with regular expression
	 * @param hex
	 *            hex for validation
	 * @return true valid hex, false invalid hex
	public static boolean validate(final String hex) {

		matcher = pattern.matcher(hex);
		return matcher.matches();