Eclipse is a pretty good IDE to develop java apps on. However there are some features that you might not be using every day that can save you a lot of time.
Writing your own code templates is one of them. To write your own code template do the following
Go to Window -> Preferences. Select Java -> Editor -> Templates. You can add your own templates here. Templates are nothing but the code that auto completes when you press ctrl+space. For example type syso and ctrl+space. This will automatically fill in System.out.println() into the editor.
Eclipse code templates:
Code template variables:
Eclipse can automatically fill out dynamic code by sniffing out variables in a template. Here are a few you should make yourself aware of
Which of these tools do you use to code in java ? I use myeclipse for J2EE coding and Netbeans for swing UI (which I would highly recommend.). I have worked with workshop as well.
Which of these is your favorite java IDE ?
- Eclipse - J2SE / J2EE (48%, 1,405 Votes)
- Netbeans (44%, 1,293 Votes)
- IntelliJ (17%, 495 Votes)
- Plain text editor (4%, 110 Votes)
- Myeclipse (3%, 74 Votes)
- JDeveloper (1%, 40 Votes)
- RAD / WSAD (1%, 35 Votes)
- Other (1%, 34 Votes)
- Weblogic workshop (0%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,926
Java allows you to add shutdown hooks to your code. A shutdown hook is simply a thread that has been left in the initialized state. When your JVM is about to shutdown, the shutdown hook thread kicks in. The finalization processes of java objects run after the shutdown hooks complete. The JVM allows you to register more than one shutdown hook.
Let us take a look at how this is done
public class Task
public static void main(String args)
Runtime runtime = Runtime.getRuntime();
Thread thread = new Thread(new ShutDownListener());
private static void someProcess()
System.out.println("I am busy");
catch (InterruptedException e)
class ShutDownListener implements Runnable
public void run()
System.out.println("I am shutting down");
The Task class is a simple class that runs a process. Once this process finishes up, we want the JVM to run a shutdown hook to notify us that the JVM is shutting down. When this program is run, the output is
I am busy
I am shutting down
Lets experiment a little more. How robust is a shutdown hook ? After the someProcess() method is called let us analyze what will happen when one of the following statements are added
Here are 5 free UML modelling tools you can use. I use the JUDE community version. I found the user interface easy to learn and the product was also feature rich and simple. The products are not necessarily arranged in any specific order and the list is certainly not exhaustive.
Have fun designing
JUDE – community: http://jude.change-vision.com/jude-web/product/community.html
Argo UML: http://argouml.tigris.org/
Visual paradigm – community: http://www.visual-paradigm.com/product/vpuml/editions/community.jsp
Java introduced the concept of autoboxing and unboxing since JDK 5. It has been used quite liberally by developers ever since. But those that do not understand the difference between primitives and Wrapper types can end up misusing it. They can especially become dangerous when coupled with a framework that provides some sort of type mapping, such as entity EJBs that map Wrappers to table columns.
Let us look at some of the gotchas
public static void main(String args) throws Exception
Test test = new Test();
int autobox = test.autobox();
private Integer autobox()
What could possibly be the output of this program ? Well, let me not leave you guessing
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException
As a java programmer, when I see this exception stack trace I immediately think ‘Hmm… the test reference must have become null somehow’ without realizing that unboxing the null to a primitive failed. I could end up wasting time analyzing something that is perfectly all right, if I do not have a look at the autobox() method first.