Coding

Ever since I advanced beyond the “hello worlds” of Java, I had never stopped coding. This section is for documenting code usages that I had employed while solving the technological problems that I had encountered.

Things about the Object class in Java that programmers ought to know about

After getting started with Java development, getting to know the Object class well is one of the next steps that programmers should undertake to be proficient with the Java programming language. This post lists some points about the Object class in Java that programmers ought to know about in order to code well in the Java programming language.

A platform independent way to set your Python Path for your Python applications

In a software development house where desktop computers run Microsoft Windows while servers run Linux, software developers will have to ensure that the Python code that they wrote on their Windows machine can run on the deployment servers which are running Linux.

One unavoidable task for Python application developers is the importing of functionalities that are contained in other Python scripts. In order for the Python interpreter to find the Python scripts that are referenced by Python import statements, the Python Path will need to contain the URLs of the directories that contain the Python scripts to be imported.

How to sort a python dictionary by keys

I am a fan of hash tables when I need to implement logic that augments computation results to a common data structure that need to be used across several function bodies. The ability of the hash table in providing constant access by key helps me in keeping my logic from taking too much time to complete.

Python’s version of hash tables are known as a dictionaries or associative arrays. Apart from augmenting computation results to values of my Python dictionaries, one common task that I often perform is sorting the results by the dictionary keys. In this post, I document how I can sort my Python dictionary by its keys.

How to generate n-grams in Python without using any external libraries

There are many text analysis applications that utilize n-grams as a basis for building prediction models. The term “n-grams” refers to individual or group of words that appear consecutively in text documents.

In this post, I document the Python codes that I typically use to generate n-grams without depending on external python libraries.

Ways to implement the Singleton pattern in Java

After you got started with Java programming, chances are you will want to use some design patterns to organise your Java classes.

One common object oriented design pattern is the Singleton pattern. The Singleton pattern is a technique where you can apply to ensure that there is only one instance of your Java class per runtime.

The Singleton pattern is usually used for grouping functionalities that allow callers to act on a single set of state. Examples of cases where the Singleton pattern can be applied include:

  • A class that keeps track of a customized configurations from a configuration file.
  • A class that facilitates interactions with a database system.
  • A class that performs logging.
  • A class that caches data read from previous database calls.

This post documents some ways to implement the Singleton pattern in Java.

Getting started with Java programming

The Java programming language is a powerful tool for people to get computers to help perform work on behalf of humans. Since its inception, it had been well adopted by many companies in the creation of many great services and technologies.

This post is for my younger self and people who wanted to get started in learning Java programming but find it hard to get started.

How to manually create the jar file for running your Java application

Advances in software engineering had shortened the time needed to build an application from scratch. For instance with Spring Boot, I can easily build my own web API backed by a web server of my choice into a single jar file. By running that jar file, I can start a process that responds to HTTP requests directed at my customized endpoints.

However, not knowing how that jar file is formed and read by the Java Virtual Machine can cloud our understanding of application development with Java. To help understand Java application development better, I described how to manually create a jar file for running a Java application.

How to look for unittest.TestCase subclasses defined in random Python scripts and run them in one shot

To ensure robustness of our Python application, members of the team had written unit test cases to assert that the various code units of the application are working as intended. Unit test cases that are meant to test the same program component are placed together as functions of the same class and contained in a Python script.

As the Python application grows, the number of test scripts grew as well. In an attempt to perform automated unit testing with Jenkins, the first thing that I did was to write a Python script that will look for all the test cases in the application directory and run them at one go.

This post describes the Python script in detail.