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Difference between OCAJP and OCPJP Certification Exams for Java Programmers

Earlier when Sun Microsystems was in charge of Java, the popular Java certifications were called "Sun Certified Java Programmer" or "SCJP" and that time there was just one exam, you need to pass to become a certified Java Developer, but when Oracle took over Sun Microsystems on 2010, the SCJP goes away and OCAJP and OCPJP born. Since Oracle already has his certifications for database administrations e.g. OCA which stands for Oracle certified associates and OCP, which stands for Oracle Certified Professional, it introduces new Java certifications to match their existing hierarchy and they are known as OCAJP and OCPJP in the Java world.

3 ways to convert String to byte array in Java - Example Tutorial

Today, I am going to discuss one of the common tasks for programmers, converting a String to a byte array. You need to do that for multiple reasons e.g. for saving content to a file, sending over a network or maybe some other reason. Suppose you have a String "abcd" and you want to convert it into a byte array, how will you do that in a Java program? Remember, String is made of the char array, so it involves character to byte conversion, which is subject to character encoding intricacies. Thankfully, Java provides a convenient getBytes() method to convert String to byte array in Java, but unfortunately, many developers don't use it correctly. Almost 70% of the code I have reviewed uses getBytes() without character encoding, leaving it on the chance that platform's default character encoding will be same as of the source String.

Eclipse - Unsupported major.minor version 53.0, 52.00, 51.0 Error in Java

The UnsupportedClassVersionError is a big nightmare for Java developers, probably the next biggest after NoClassDefFoundError and ClassNotFoundException but its slightly easier to solve. The root cause of this error is that your code is compiled using higher JDK version and you are trying to run it on the lower version. For example, the Unsupported major.minor version 53.0 means your code is compiled in JDK 9 (the class version 52 corresponds to JDK 9) and you are trying to run it on any JRE lower than Java 9, probably JDK 8, 7, or 6.

What is difference between an int and Integer in Java?

The first and foremost difference between an int and Integer or a char and Character is that former is a primitive data type while later is a class, also known as wrapper class because they wrap primitive data type inside it. When you first start learning Java, you start with primitive data types e.g. int, long, char, byte, boolean, float, and double but slowly you learn about Object and sometime later you know about Integer, Long, Character, Byte, Boolean, Float, and Double. At this point in time, you may wonder, what is the real difference between an int and Integer? isn't both same? We can pass Integer where int is expected and vice-versa then why on the earth we have both int and Integer?

5 Best books to learn JDBC - Java Programming

The JDBC (Java Database connectivity) is one of the important API in Java programming language which allows a Java program to connect to any database e.g. Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL or any other. It's very importnat API to learn and master for both core Java and Java EE professional given ubiquitous nature of Database in real world application. Despite its importance, many Java developer lack essential JDBC skills e.g. they are not familiar with Connection, Statement, connection pool, calling stored procedures and executing transaction in JDBC. One reason for that is very limited or coverage of JDBC essentials in front line Java books e.g. Head First Java 2nd Edition.

How to lock a File before writing in Java? Example

A file is one of the oldest ways to store data and share data but if you are working in a shared file i.e a file which can be read or write by multiple readers and writers, you need to make sure that the file is locked before you try to write on it. This is needed to ensure that someone doesn't overwrite the data you are writing. Fortunately, Java provides a mechanism to lock a file before writing using the FileLock interface. You can get the handle of FileLock by using FileChannel for writing to a file. The FileChannel class is generally used to write faster in the large file and one of the common way to write binary data in Java.

How to Create Random Alphabetic or AlphaNumeric String of given length in Java - Example

Suppose, you want to generate an alphabetic or alpha-numeric string of given length in Java? How do you do it? Well, if you are like me, you probably search a library e.g. Apache commons-lang for something which can do this task. It's a good thing. There is no point on re-inventing a wheel if a tried and tested solution already exists. In fact, Effective Java, the most respected book in Java world also suggest to know and use your library. In fact, Apache commons-lang does have a class called RandomStringUtils, which allows you to generate Random alphanumeric String in just one method call as shown below:

RandomStringUtils.randomAlphanumeric(20).toUpperCase();

This works great for many practical purposes but if you are generating security sensitive identifier then this is not 100% secure.

Top 5 Free Core Spring, Spring MVC, and Spring Boot Courses for Beginners to learn Online

I have been sharing a lot of resources e.g. books and courses recently and when I published my list of Top 5 courses to learn Spring and Hibernate, many of my readers asked about a similar list of free courses to learn Spring Framework e.g. Core Spring, Spring MVC, Spring Security, and Spring Boot. That request was always back of my mind but I couldn't get time to put together a list, which I can share with you guys, but today is the day. In this list, I have compiled some of the best online free courses to learn Spring Framework from scratch, online at your own pace. You can not only learn core Spring e.g. a framework which provides dependency injection, but also Spring MVC, the most important framework for a Java Web Developer, Spring Security, and Spring Boot to take your career to next level.