Logging with J2SDK 1.4 API or Log4J ?


According to this article: After examining the standard logging API, my opinion is to stick with the log4j package if you are looking for a robust logging implementation. The logging API is adequate, but it is missing many of the features available in log4j. For instance, log4j already has a […]

Working with Hibernate in Eclipse

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In my search for an XML plug-in for Eclipse, I stumbled upon the following article: Working with Hibernate in Eclipse It contains a reference to such a plug-in (XMLBuddy), but more importantly, it seemed like a nice introductory article on Hybernate+Eclipse. I did not read it in detail yet, but […]

Tools for Automated Checking of Java Coding Standards

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Automated Quality Audit or Standards Enforcement There is a number of tools available for automated standards checking. These tools parse Java source code and determine which standards have been violated. Some tools are free (open source), some are commercial. A very brief overview (we should do a more thorough evaluation): […]

Tip: free Struts book

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The Apache Struts web application framework is is a flexible control layer based on standard technologies like Java Servlets, JavaBeans, ResourceBundles, and XML, as well as various Jakarta Commons packages. Struts encourages application architectures based on the Model 2 approach, a variation of the classic Model-View-Controller (MVC) design paradigm. Want […]

A Generic MVC Model in Java

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An interesting article about reducing the amount of code needed to implement a certain objectmodel, using JDK1.5’s generics. “Model-View-Controller (MVC) is a widely used design pattern, especially popular in graphical user interface (GUI) programming. JDK 1.5 introduces parameterized types, or generics. Combining the two allows for a generic implementation of […]

KC Session on ANT

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On Tuesday we had a very good session with the Knowledge Center for Web & Java on ANT, the Jakarta “make”-tool. We started with the usual roundup of everyones current activities and recent findings. We discussed the highlight in the area of Java/J2EE of the ODTUG 2004 and JavaOne 2004 […]



ServletUnit is a thin layer around the HttpUnit framework (reviewed here). An excerpt from the page: “As a testing tool, HttpUnit is primarily designed for “black-box” testing of web sites. In many cases that may be all you need; however, if you are developing complex servlets, you may wish to […]


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First of all, although the name suggests otherwise, HttpUnit is NOT a unit-testing framework. What is it then? Well, read this excerpt from the HttpUnit site: “HttpUnit emulates the relevant portions of browser behavior, including form submission, JavaScript, basic http authentication, cookies and automatic page redirection, and allows Java test […]