Tarin Gamberini

A software engineer and a passionate java programmer

Method parameters and TOCTOU

I have always been fascinated by the Design by Contract approach:

Software always had bugs and always will”. Tired of this defeatist attitude? With Design by Contract, invented by Eiffel Software and one of the most widely recognized breakthroughs in the history of software engineering, you can write complex software and not wake up at night fearing that something, somewhere will go wrong. Design by Contract brings science to the construction of correct and robust software.

From this point of view, unfortunately, Java is not Eiffel. Therefore, even if I would have follow this Bertrand Meyer valuable concept, I had to cope with the language itself. I know in the past years some Java frameworks which implement Design by Contract have been proposed, but I have never had the chance to try them seriously. So what I do is simply checking input method parameters.

Functional Programming in Java book review

Last January I was selected from Manning as one of the technical reviewers of the book “Functional Programming in Java” by Pierre-Yves Saumont. In these days the book has been released to the public therefore I can publish this post without violating the reviewer agreement.

The book teaches functional concepts by lots of examples and exercises which develop in the reader both a knowledge background and a natural instinct to functional programming paradigm.

Code Templates For Logging

When I want to log a message, a variable, or an exception I would like to write it quickly. Therefore I’ve created some templates which generate logging instruction based on slf4j.

Netbeans IDE

I have created the following code template:

private static final ${LOGGER_TYPE type="org.slf4j.Logger" default="Logger" editable=false} LOGGER = ${LOGGER_FACTORY type="org.slf4j.LoggerFactory" default="LoggerFactory" editable=false}.getLogger(${CLASS editable="false" currClassName}.class);

and I have associated it to the abbreviation log. Than at the cursor:

public class MyClass {

I type log + TAB and NetBeans expands the text:

import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;


public class MyClass {
    private static final Logger LOGGER = LoggerFactory.getLogger(MyClass.class);

I have also defined the shortcuts:

  • logd + TAB
  • logw + TAB
  • logi + TAB
  • loge + TAB

defined as:

  • ${LOGGER_CONST default="LOGGER" editable=false}.debug("${logMessage}");
  • ${LOGGER_CONST default="LOGGER" editable=false}.warn("${logMessage}");
  • ${LOGGER_CONST default="LOGGER" editable=false}.info("${logMessage}");
  • ${LOGGER_CONST default="LOGGER" editable=false}.error("${logMessage}", ex);

which generate:

LOGGER.error("logMessage", ex);

The first time I have used Vim at work

Some time has passed since I started learning Vim. I didn’t wanted to use it at work because I don’t think I’m as productive as I’m with the editor I usually use… till this morning.