Archive for the 'Java' Category
When it comes time to work with XML in Java, the first thing I usually do is go to the JDOM website to check for a Java 5 update. Unfortunately, I am always disappointed. There has not been a major JDOM release in over 6 years and, if the JDOM mailing list is to be believed, no Java 5 version is planned. As a result, I have decided to take my own initiative and make CoffeeDOM, a JDOM fork with Java 5 support.
CoffeeDOM is intended as a natural evolution for JDOM developers. As such, there have been minimal changes to the API. CoffeeDOM adds support for Java 5 features like generics, enums, and covariant method return types, and reduces the amount of boilerplate required by making previously checked exceptions (like JDOMException) unchecked. In this article, I will briefly go over these changes.
One of the perks of being a freelance programmer is that I get to program in a lot of different languages, either because the client has dictated a certain language, has left the choice up to me, or limited me by what is supported by a host (Hi PHP!).
As fate would have it, I have had the good fortune to have extensive experience with both C# and Java. While many articles will list things a programmer misses from C# while coding in Java (properties, LINQ, reified generics, type inference, named and optional parameters, closures, continuations), this post intends to look at things a Java programmer might miss while coding in C#.
The syntax of a programming language is a large part of how a programmer interacts with a language. Being somewhat of a programming language enthusiast, I’m always curious about how different programming languages stack up syntactically.
Today, I’m going to take a look at an variety of programming tasks and show how they are done in both Java and VB.NET (the .NET 1.1 version). Since both these languages have differing feature sets, I’ll try to only use features that both the languages have, in order to compare them fairly. I know this might misrepresent the complexity of the languages, and I’m cool with that. The purpose of this post is merely to explore and discuss the syntax of each language.