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Difference between ISNULL() and COALESCE() function in SQL

Even though both ISNULL() and COALESCE() function provides alternate values to NULL in T-SQL and Microsoft SQL Server e.g. replacing NULL values with empty String, there are some key differences between them, which is often the topic of SQL Server interview. In this article, you will not only learn the answer to this question but also learn how to use COALESCE and ISNULL function properly. One the main difference between them is that  COALESCE() is a standard SQL function but ISNULL() is a Microsoft SQL Server specific, which means it's not guaranteed to be supported by other database vendors like Oracle, MySQL or PostgreSQL.

Java - Convert String to Short Example

In last a couple of examples, I have taught you how to convert String to Integer, Long, Double, Float, Boolean, and Byte in Java and today I will show you how to convert String to Short in Java, but before that let's revise what is short data type in Java. The short is an integral data type similar to the int but it only takes 2 bytes to store data as compared to 4 bytes required by an int variable. Since it takes only 2 bytes or 16 bits to store data, the range of short is also shorter than int. It ranges from -32,768 to 32767 (inclusive) or -2^15 to 2^15 -1. You might be wondering why upper bound is 255 and lower bound is -256 but that's because we have included zero in between.

10 Example of LocalDate, LocalTime, and LocalDateTime in Java 8

It's been almost 5 years since Java SE 8 was released on 17th March 2014 and Java 8 adoption has come a long way. Java programmers around the world have accepted with both ends, many companies have switched their development on Java 8 and several others are migrating to Java 8 platform. At this time, its extremely important for a Java developer to learn and share his Java 8 skill, and that just not include lambdas, stream, method reference, functional interface, and other more glamorous stuff, you also need to learn the new Date and Time API, which you would find using more regularly in your day to day life.

How to Convert Hostname to IP Address in Java - InetAddress Example

Hello guys, today, I am going to teach you about one interesting class from java.net package, the InetAddress. If you have never used this class before, let me tell you that it's an abstraction to represent an Internet address and it encapsulates both hostname and IP address. Since converting an IP address to hostname or hostname to IP address is a very common requirement, Java developer should know about this class, and, in general about java.net package, which contains much other useful class for networking and client-server applications. So, what is the best way to learn new APIs like java.net? Well, by writing small programs like this, which has a small focus and let you explore things. They are super useful and that's how I have learned the majority of Java API.

Why wait() and notify() method should be called inside a loop in Java?

If you have used wait() and notify() method in Java then you know that the standard idiom of calling wait() method uses a loop, but have you ever thought why? This is even advised by none other than Joshua Bloch, a Java guru and author of popular Effective Java book, must read for any Java programmer. When I first started using this method, I was puzzled why not just use the if block because ultimately we are testing for a condition and then either waiting or going for further processing. An if block is more readable for the testing condition than a while loop like for the classic producer-consumer problem, the waiting condition for producer thread could be written as :

How to convert a Stream to List, Set, and Map in Java

In Java 8, Stream is one of the most important classes as it allows a lot of useful functional operations like filter, map, flatmap, etc on a collection of objects. Hence, going forward converting a Collection to Stream, performing operations, and then converting the result back to different Collection classes like List, Set, and Map will be a common task. The first problem of converting Stream to Collection is solved by Java designer by directly adding a stream() method on Collection interface, which means all other interfaces and classes which derived from Stream also have this method. Though the second problem of converting a Stream to List, Set, and Map requires some understanding of Stream API of JDK 8 and that's what you will learn in this article.