Difference between Set, List and Map in Java - Interview question

Set, List and Map are three important interface of Java collection framework and Difference between Set, List and Map in Java is one of the most frequently asked Java Collection interview question. Some time this question is asked as When to use List, Set and Map in Java. Clearly, interviewer is looking to know that whether you are familiar with fundamentals of Java collection framework or not. In order to decide when to use List, Set or Map , you need to know what are these interfaces and what functionality they provide. List in Java provides ordered and indexed collection which may contain duplicates. Set provides an un-ordered collection of unique objects, i.e. Set doesn't allow duplicates, while Map provides a data structure based on key value pair and hashing. All three List, Set and Map are interfaces in Java and there are many concrete implementation of them are available in Collection API. ArrayList and LinkedList are two most popular used List implementation while LinkedHashSet, TreeSet and HashSet are frequently used Set implementation. In this Java article we will see difference between Map, Set and List in Java and learn when to use List, Set or Map.

Difference between URL, URI and URN - Interview Question

All three URI, URL, and URN are used to identify any resource or name on the internet, but there is a subtle difference between them. URI is the superset of both URL and URN. By the way, the main difference between URL and URI is protocol to retrieve the resource. URL always include a network protocol e.g. HTTP, HTTPS, FTP etc to retrieve a resource from its location. While URI, in case of URN just uniquely identifies the resource e.g. ISBN numbers which are a good example of URN is used to identify any book uniquely. In this article, we will briefly see what is URI, URL, and URN and then see the main difference between URI, URL, and URN.

Difference between Self and Equi Join in SQL - INNER Join example MySQL

The main difference between Self Join and Equi Join is that In Self Join we join one table to itself rather than joining two tables. Both Self Join and Equi Join are types of INNER Join in SQL, but there is the subtle difference between two. Any INNER Join with equal as join predicate is known as Equi Join. SQL Joins are the fundamental concept of SQL similar to correlated and noncorrelated subqueries or using group by clause and a good understanding of various types of SQL join is the must for any programmer. By the way, If you have written INNER join using where clause than using comparison operator as = will be known as an equijoin. Equi join or Self join are not a formal JOIN or part of the syntax, instead, they are a just popular way to refer certain join examples.

Java 7 Improved Exception Handling - Multiple Catch block

Java 7 in many ways improved exception handling. Two of the feature of Java 7 which improves exception handling are the ability to catch the multiple exceptions in one catch block and closing resources automatically using Automatic resource management block. Java has long been criticized for its verbose exception handling code, mandatory to handle checked Exception in Java. Programmers always complained that it clutter the code and reduced readability. Java 7 somehow reduces this pain by improving Exception handling feature e.g. multiple catch and ARM blocks. In this Java 7 tutorial, we will see how to catch multiple exceptions in one catch block using JDK7.

Difference between synchronized block and method in Java

Synchronized block and synchronized methods are two ways to use synchronized keyword in Java and implement mutual exclusion on critical section of code. Since Java is mainly used to write multi-threading programs,  which present various kinds of thread related issues like thread-safety, deadlock and race conditions, which plagues into code mainly because of poor understanding of synchronization mechanism provided by Java programming language. Java provides inbuilt synchronized and volatile keyword to achieve synchronization in Java. Main difference between synchronized method and synchronized block is selection of lock on which critical section is locked. Synchronized method depending upon whether its a static method or non static locks on either class level lock or object lock. Class level lock is one for each class and represented by class literal e.g. Stirng.class. Object level lock is provided by current object e.g. this instance, You should never mix static and non static synchronized method in Java.. On the other hand synchronized block locks on monitor evaluated by expression provided as parameter to synchronized block. In next section we will see an example of both synchronized method and synchronized block to understand this difference better.

Difference between Callable and Runnable in Java - Interview question

Difference between Callable and Runnable interface in Java is one of the interesting questions from my list of Top 15 Java multi-threading questions, and it’s also very popular in various Java Interviews. The Callable interface is newer than Runnable interface and added on Java 5 release along with other major changes e.g. Generics, Enum, Static imports and variable argument method. Though both Callable and Runnable interface are designed to represent a task, which can be executed by any thread, there is some significant difference between them. In my opinion, the major difference between Callable and Runnable interface is that Callable can return the result of an operation performed inside call() method, which was one of the limitations with Runnable interface.

10 Programming questions and exercises for Java Programmers

If you have just started learning basics of Java programming language or familiar with programming in either C or C++ then these Java programming questions and exercises for you. It doesn't focus on particular part of Java but these coding exercises will switch you in programming mode.These are also great way to master basic programming construct like if-else , loops like for and while, break and continue with loop,   Java operators e.g. arithmetic and logical operator, recursion, methods or functions and common Java API. You may also find these Java programming questions in most of Java courses taught in school, colleges and various Java training courses. Even I have started learning Java by doing these exercises multiple times with different ways. They are interesting, gives feeling of accomplishment if you complete it. These Java programs looks simple but they are still tricky for novice Java programmers. Try to solve these coding exercises by yourself but if you stuck you can check relevant links or of-course use google to get more insight on them. You can also see here more Java programming questions and exercises.

10 AWT Swing Interview Questions Answers in Java

AWT and Swing Interview Questions are part of any Java interviews which involves GUI development work. Since AWT(Abstract Windows Toolkit) and Swing offers most popular Java GUI solutions, Yes, JavaFX  has still lot of path to cover in terms of popularity and usability of Swing. In Investment banking, where Java rules on server side application development, Swing was heavily used in GUI development couple of years back. Now trends is shifting towards C# for GUI development due to couple of reasons e.g. good Swing developers are not easy to be found as compared to C# developers. By the way there are still many development work is going on Swing. One of the reason Swing developers are high in demand is because Swing is quickly becoming a niche technology. This is surprising because  Swing is part of Java, but given steep learning curve of Swing to master different layouts and components e.g. JTable or JList , I tend to believe it. In this article we will see some good Swing Interview questions for practice. Questions like InvokeLater vs InvokeAndWait are classic, which is always worth preparing.

How to use ALTER COMMAND in SQL - database tutorial

In this SQL tutorial  we will see how to use ALTER command command in table on database. ALTER command is mainly used to add, modify and drop columns, indexes and constraints on table in relational database e.g. MySQL, Oracle, Sybase and SQL Server.  Though ALTER is not part of classical CRUD operation but it’s one of the important DDL command. One of the most frequent use of ALTER command in SQL is adding and removing indexes to improve performance of SQL SELECT queries. In this SQL and database tutorial we will see different ways of using ALTER command. By using ALTER command we can add, edit or modify table, views and databases. We can add new column on the table, we can change value of column or we can rename column also.

How to format Date in Java - SimpleDateFormat Example

SimpleDateFormat in Java is used to format Date in Java. You can format date on any String format based upon various attribute available in SimpleDateFormat class e.g. mm, dd, YY etc. You can also put timezone information in formatted Date using Z attribute of DateFormat class. SimpleDateFormat is sub class of DateFormat and provide format() and parse() method to convert Date to and from String in Java. Worth noting is that SimpleDateFormat is not thread-safe and should not be shared with others. Avoid using static SimpleDateFormat in Java classes. If you want to share SimpleDateFormat or want to make it thread-safe, you can use ThreadLocal variable in Java to avoid sharing SimpleDateFormat among multiple threads. parse() method of SimpleDateFormat throws ParseException if String input is not a valid date or can not be parsed into mentioned format.