With the trend shifting from browser plugins to HTML, is Flash doomed as an internet technology?
Do you know what happens when you add a KeyListener to JFrame to capture global keystrokes? Nothing.
Much to my frustration, I discovered recently that KeyEvents are not bubbled up through the JComponent hierarchy by default. The only component that consumes the event is the one currently focused.… Read the rest
If you are the proud owner of an Asus Eee Pad Transformer and this title applies to you, don’t panic just yet – the battery may not be paperweight.
As with many modern devices, the keyboard dock utilizes smart charging, a feature that prevents overcharging.… Read the rest
Java 8 lies ahead and with it promises of native Collection support. But that’s a while away, we want it now! And with Espresso4J, a small language-augmenting library designed to put a shot of liveliness into Java syntax, we can have it now too.… Read the rest
Through the necessity to externalize GUI messages in an application that I have been working on, I have come up with a remarkably simple and clean approach for loading key:value pairs from an external XML file or stream. The Class also transparently allows for String interpolation, should it be required.… Read the rest
We’re just not getting what we expected or wanted.
Today I present to you a PHP puzzler that in fact had me stumped for a day or two. I do enjoy when a language throws a curve ball; it presents an opportunity to gain insight on the mechanics and become acquainted with the nuances of the language in question.… Read the rest
Java 7 is now officially available as of July 28th 2011. The intent of this blog entry is to introduce the new language features. For further details, consult the Java 7 SDK.
Underscores in Numeric Literals
Strings in Switch Statements
Type Inference for Generic Instance Creation
Improved Exception Handling
Improved Compiler Warnings and Errors When Using Non-Reifiable Formal Parameters with Varargs Methods
[Official Docs] Long awaited, Java now allows for integral literals (byte, short, int, and long) to be expressed in binary.… Read the rest
Inspired by a thread on Facebook to which I contributed, a few words concerning readable code vs compact code.
When writing applications, a common scenario involves setting a variable from some external source. What immediately ensues is a check to ensure that our variable has some meaningful value.… Read the rest
Original article from http://planetjon.ca/2011/07/12/website-slideshow-made-easy-with-jquery/
I just wanted to share this gem that I stumbled upon. If you’re looking to add a slideshow or image slider to your website, this Cycle plugin built on jQuery is a really painless way of going about it.… Read the rest
Taken from my reply to a post regarding the topic on Facebook, a few words introducing key guidelines I follow when commenting my code.
Regarding classes, I like to provide a class summary stating the intent and purpose. Accessors, Mutators, Constructors – I don’t feel the need to comment them as their roles are (and should be) rather self-explanatory.… Read the rest
One of PHP’s less known language constructs is list(), very useful for unpacking indexed arrays. Consider the following simple example denoting its usage:
//populate an array with values
$record= array('me', '1.800.123.4567', 'email@example.com');
//unpack the array into variables, skipping the phone number
list($name, , $email) = $record;
//print the output
echo("name: $name; email: $email");
This clean, readable, scalable approach is great for processing data records, unpacking an SQL result row, etc.… Read the rest