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Let Me Save Incomplete Files

This is a usability problem that I have run into a number of times.   A programmer writes a UI screen to receive a long list of inputs in order to create an object in system.  Save is enabled only when all the inputs are filled in and verified valid.  This is a big problem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2019 in Coding, Design, Uncategorized

 

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Java TimerTask Implementation Pattern

When implementing a TimerTask class, there are a couple of things to remember. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Simple Rule for Exception

If you want a program that runs reliably, then there is a simple rule to follow about exception handling.   It is so simple, it can be stated in a single sentence:   if a method does not accomplish what it is supposed to do, it must throw an exception.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Poor Exception Handling Examples

Having just written about JSON error messages and exceptions, I did a small survey to see what others were doing, and I saw some of the most egregious examples of poor coding.   Sloppy exception handling makes programs that behave bad when the network runs into problems, and causes no end of suffering.  Here are some poor examples and why they are bad. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Ultimate Java Exception Class

This is the third in a series about translatable exceptions (see Translatable Error Messages).  This post is about the class JSONException which contains the required features. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2019 in Coding, Design, Uncategorized

 

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Variable Arguments for Messages

We need to construct an object which has a template and a set of parameter data values.  Java offers a couple of ways to do this, and this post shows how the variable parameter mechanism works easily and conveniently for this purpose. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2019 in Coding, Design, Uncategorized

 

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JSON Translatable Error Messages

Second in a series on translatable exceptions, this discusses how an error message should be returned as JSON from a web-service API so that it the calling program can display the error in the right language for the user. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2019 in Coding, Design, Uncategorized

 

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