Saturday, August 28, 2010

Java 5 and Java 6 not so popular features set

Many know about generics, collections enhancements and auto-boxing, varargs, annotations ,but there are some less popular features added to java in Java5 and Java6. I'm going to point the lights on them, because they are little treasures:

Java 5:

- Formatter class - easy to use class for proper formatting of numbers, date-time, currency etc

- Scanner class - slower but comfortable to use to read text from streams

-    java.util.concurrency.* package - atomic classes introduced. You are going to use them if you are in a concurrent environment... Also locks and some thread-safe collections

- JMX was added to J2SE --- instrumentation, management for your applications, MBeans - you name it

- Arrays.fill() -- fills an array with a value you give it. Very useful instead of writing a loop and doing it manually.

- Arrays.deepToString(); --- another great static method -- instead of writing a recursion method to print the toString method of the elements in a multi-dimensional array, you just use this method !

- JTable printing - it looks more natural to have a native printing method

Java 6:

-  Deque --double-ended queue was added as an interface in the collections package

- int[] newArray = Arrays.copyOf(anotherArray, newLength);  --- faster and cooler than System.arraycopy(..)

- drag'n'drop improved --- they made it more usable, but how exactly - I haven't tried it to tell you

- JTable sorting and filtering added

- Console class added

- new methods in File - getTotalSpace(), getFreeSpace(), getUsableSpace() --- why create a file and fill it with some data when you can first check if there is enough space in the drive to create the file in the first place?

- Data read from this stream is compressed. Data written to this stream is decompressed.

Or in normal human language - something like a Zip Streams where data is compressed . Nice! I am sure to use it next time!

- JMX was greatly fixed and update so my suggestion is to use it on this JRE6 version.

- JSR 223: Scripting for the Java™ Platform API -- This is a framework by which Java Applications can "host" script engines

So Java guys, out there, don't miss out these features and have in mind the enhancements :)


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