Too Many Parameters in Java Might Indicate Subtle Duplication

Java has enough of a reputation for being verbose without programmers writing constructors that take nine or ten parameters. Technically, a constructor or other unit can take more than two hundred parameters, but that’s clearly way too much for everyday use.

Having that many parameters is obviously bad, especially if most of them are all of the same type, as it becomes easier to get confused about the order of the parameters. And of course, if they’re all of the same type you should probably be using an array or collection to pass them around.

However, having just one more parameter than strictly necessary can also be bad, and possibly a sign that you have unwittingly and unnecessarily duplicated a few important lines in your project.

In an integrated development environment (IDE) like NetBeans, you can do an inspection that flags units in your project with eight or more parameters. That should probably be reconfigured to some lower number, like maybe five.

In the Java edition of Building Maintainable Software, Joost Visser advises keeping the number of parameters to no more than four.

The same guideline probably applies to almost all other programming languages, like C#, Scala and even FORTRAN and COBOL. The issue is perhaps moot in languages like Malbolge.

Soon after I read that chapter in Visser’s book, I looked in one of my projects and did some refactoring to comply with that guideline.

I had an exception constructor that took five parameters, and I thought of a couple of ways to get that down to four. I also came up with an auxiliary constructor that takes only three parameters and fills in a fourth.

That would be a good example for this article, except that the domain of the project is a simple but unfamiliar subject. The problem domain needs to be something simple and familiar.

Last week, working on a programming exercise for another simple but much more familiar topic, I found a less dramatic example, in which I reduced a 3-parameter constructor to take just two parameters.

The exercise is a simple payroll processing program. Even if you’ve never had a job that you have to “punch a clock” for, you should have no problem understanding the exercise.

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How to Install OpenJDK 11 on CentOS 8

What is OpenJDK?

OpenJDk or Open Java Development Kit is a free, open-source framework of the Java Platform, Standard Edition (or Java SE). It contains the virtual machine, the Java Class Library, and the Java compiler. The difference between the Oracle OpenJDK and Oracle JDK is that OpenJDK is a source code reference point for the open-source model. Simultaneously, the Oracle JDK is a continuation or advanced model of the OpenJDK, which is not open source and requires a license to use.

In this article, we will be installing OpenJDK on Centos 8.

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Too Many Parameters in Java Might Indicate Subtle Duplication

Java has enough of a reputation for being verbose without programmers writing constructors that take nine or ten parameters. Technically, a constructor or other unit can take more than two hundred parameters, but that’s clearly way too much for everyday use.

Having that many parameters is obviously bad, especially if most of them are all of the same type, as it becomes easier to get confused about the order of the parameters. And of course, if they’re all of the same type you should probably be using an array or collection to pass them around.

However, having just one more parameter than strictly necessary can also be bad, and possibly a sign that you have unwittingly and unnecessarily duplicated a few important lines in your project.

In an integrated development environment (IDE) like NetBeans, you can do an inspection that flags units in your project with eight or more parameters. That should probably be reconfigured to some lower number, like maybe five.

In the Java edition of Building Maintainable Software, Joost Visser advises keeping the number of parameters to no more than four.

The same guideline probably applies to almost all other programming languages, like C#, Scala and even FORTRAN and COBOL. The issue is perhaps moot in languages like Malbolge.

Soon after I read that chapter in Visser’s book, I looked in one of my projects and did some refactoring to comply with that guideline.

I had an exception constructor that took five parameters, and I thought of a couple of ways to get that down to four. I also came up with an auxiliary constructor that takes only three parameters and fills in a fourth.

That would be a good example for this article, except that the domain of the project is a simple but unfamiliar subject. The problem domain needs to be something simple and familiar.

Last week, working on a programming exercise for another simple but much more familiar topic, I found a less dramatic example, in which I reduced a 3-parameter constructor to take just two parameters.

The exercise is a simple payroll processing program. Even if you’ve never had a job that you have to “punch a clock” for, you should have no problem understanding the exercise.

#java #code-duplication #parameter #software-development

Samanta  Moore

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Going Beyond Java 8: Local Variable Type Inference (var) - DZone Java

According to some surveys, such as JetBrains’s great survey, Java 8 is currently the most used version of Java, despite being a 2014 release.

What you are reading is one in a series of articles titled ‘Going beyond Java 8,’ inspired by the contents of my book, Java for Aliens. These articles will guide you step-by-step through the most important features introduced to the language, starting from version 9. The aim is to make you aware of how important it is to move forward from Java 8, explaining the enormous advantages that the latest versions of the language offer.

In this article, we will talk about the most important new feature introduced with Java 10. Officially called local variable type inference, this feature is better known as the **introduction of the word **var. Despite the complicated name, it is actually quite a simple feature to use. However, some observations need to be made before we can see the impact that the introduction of the word var has on other pre-existing characteristics.

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Samanta Moore

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Spring Boot and Java 16 Records

In this article, we will discuss Java 16’s newest feature, Records. Then we will apply this knowledge and use it in conjunction with a Spring Boot application.

On March 16th, 2021, Java 16 was GA. With this new release, tons of new exciting features have been added. Check out the release notes to know more about these changes in detail. This article’s focus will be on Java Records, which got delivered with JEP 395. Records were first introduced in JDK 14 as a preview feature proposed by JEP 359, and with JDK 15, they remained in preview with JEP 384. However, with JDK 16, Records are no longer in preview.

I have picked Records because they are definitely the most favored feature added in Java 16, according to this Twitter poll by Java Champion Mala Gupta.

I also conducted a similar survey, but it was focused on features from Java 8 onwards. The results were not unexpected, as Java 8 is still widely used. Very unfortunate, though, as tons of new features and improvements are added to newer Java versions. But in terms of features, Java 8 was definitely a game-changer from a developer perspective.

So let’s discuss what the fuss is about Java Records.

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Learning by Doing: How to Learn Java Basics by Building Your Own Project

Java is not the hardest language to start with. So, it becomes way popular among novice developers joining the ranks of Java coders every single day. If you are reading this blog post, you might be interested in learning Java.

Java is widely used across industry, and especially in the area of Enterprise software, which results in many high paying job opportunities and makes this programming language a common language for newbies. A general promotion of it within colleges and other institutions providing a formal Computer Science education also contributes to its popularity.

However, these are not the only advantages of Java — among other things, it allows you to adopt good practices and makes it way easier to learn other languages in the future. And with no doubt, you can easily learn it if you’re following the right approach. In this post, I am going to share some of them with you.

The Importance of Practice in Programming

Beyond all doubt, practice is important and valuable. But, before we get to the advantages of hands-on experience, I want to draw your attention to one essential thing I often tell my students.

New programmers who are just learning and start implementing things, without being supervised, often end up adapting bad practices. To avoid that, especially when you are making your first steps in programming, I recommend looking for a person who will supervise you and teach you. A strong mentorship with someone engaged in a serious project, as well as communication within the community in the form of sharing code and asking for feedback, is worth the effort. Similarly, when you are applying for your first job, you want to be looking for a company with a strong team and a good leader who would be keen on investing into your learning.

Now, let’s return to practical experience. Learning by doing is different from learning by passively consuming the information. To make sure we can use all the newly acquired technology, we should put our skills to test and write tons of code. The benefits of hands-on experience are almost endless.

Efficiency and Productivity

By practicing, you get a clear understanding of what programming is. Consequently, you start doing better with each new hands-on task, complete it faster, and thus become more productive.

Even if you are not working on real-world projects yet, it’s important to get used to having deadlines. They are inextricably linked to the programming process. My recommendation is to set up your own deadlines while practicing stage and follow them as closely as possible.

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