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JUnit in a Nutshell: Test Isolation

On August 27, 2014, Posted by , In Common,JUnit, By ,,, , With No Comments

Working as a consultant I still meet quite often programmers, who have at most a vague understanding of JUnit and its proper usage. This gave me the idea to write a multi-part tutorial to explain the essentials from my point of view. Despite the existence of some good books and…

JUnit in a Nutshell: Test Structure

On August 18, 2014, Posted by , In Common,JUnit, By ,,, , With No Comments

Despite the existence of books and articles about JUnit testing, I still meet quite often programmers, who at most have a vague understanding of the tool and its proper usage. Hence I had the idea to write a multi-part tutorial, that explains the essentials from my point of view. Maybe…

JUnit in a Nutshell: Hello World

On August 12, 2014, Posted by , In Common,JUnit, By ,,, , With 4 Comments

JUnit seems to be the most popular testing tool for developers within the Java world. So it is no wonder that there have been written some good books about this topic. But by earning a living as consultant I still meet quite often programmers, who at most have a vague…

Clean JUnit Throwable-Tests with Java 8 Lambdas

On July 28, 2014, Posted by , In Common,JUnit, By ,,,, , With 2 Comments

Recently I was involved in a short online discussion on twitter and google+ which concerned the question why the arrival of Java 8 Lambda expressions makes the catch-exception library1 obsolete. This was triggered by a brief announcement that the library won’t be longer maintained as lambdas will make it redundant….

A JUnit Rule to Run a Test in Its Own Thread

On July 21, 2014, Posted by , In Common,JUnit, By ,,, , With No Comments

Occasionally it would be helpful to be able to run a JUnit test in a separate thread. In particular when writing integration tests that interact with encapsulated ThreadLocals or the like this could come in handy. A separate thread would implicitly ensure that the thread related reference of the threadlocal…

gonsole weeks: oops – it’s a framework

On June 26, 2014, Posted by , In Common,Eclipse,Gonsole, By ,,, , With No Comments

While Eclipse ships with a comprehensive Git tool, it seems that for certain tasks many developers switch to the command line. This gave Rüdiger and me the idea, to start an open source project to provide a git console integration for the IDE. What happened so far during the gonsole…

gonsole weeks: eclipse egit integration

On June 11, 2014, Posted by , In Common,Eclipse,Gonsole, By ,,, , With 5 Comments

While Eclipse ships with a comprehensive Git tool, it seems that for certain tasks many developers switch to the command line. This gave Rüdiger and me the idea, to start an open source project to provide a git console integration for the IDE. Rüdiger anounced the launch of this project…

Java Code Style: The Final Decision

On April 28, 2014, Posted by , In Common, By ,,,, , With 6 Comments

Isn’t it funny how the alleged most unremarkable things can lead to controversial discussions or sometimes even heated debates with hardend fronts? I witnessed on several occassions for example, how the usage of the keyword final triggered quite passionate arguments. And for an outside observer this might have looked as…

Clean Synchronization Using ReentrantLock and Lambdas

Recently I was reading an informative post about the differences between synchronized vs ReentrantLock by Javin Paul1. He emphasises on the advantages of the latter, but does not withhold some downsides, which are related to the cumbersome try-finally block needed for proper usage. While agreeing on his statements I brooded…

Efficient Code Coverage with Eclipse

There is a saying that a fool with a tool is still a fool. But how to use a tool most efficiently is not always obvious to me. Because of this I typically spend some time to check out new playgrounds1 that promise to increase my work speed without impairing…