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Top 10 Frontend Web Development Skills Beginners Should Learn in 2021

Hello guys, if you want to become a frontend developer and wondering which skills you should learn then you have come to the right place. In the past, I have shared The Complete Web Developer RoadMap which gave you a detailed overview of both frontend and backend skills, and today, I am going to list down the most essential frontend skills for programmers. These are the absolute must-have skill for a frontend developer and not only help you to find a frontend developer job but also help you to become a full-stack developer in the long run. 

5 Things You Can Gift to Programmers, Software Developers, and Tech Geeks

Hello guys, its that time of the year again when you start thinking about gifts for your programmer boyfriend, husband, colleagues, or your near dear ones. Even if selecting presents or gifts were not tough, if your friend happened to be a programmer, it becomes slightly tougher. You might have heard that Programmers are aloof, nerd, and tech freaks, well, you heard it right. Programmers prefer to be alone in their own world, but they also like gifts, and you got it right; they are a nerd, so they love books, gadgets, music, and something which helps them to learn something, like a Udemy, Educative, or PluralSight membership.

How to sort an Array in descending order in Java [Example]

Sorting an array is one of the common tasks in Programming and you have many algorithms to sort an array, like QuickSort, MergeSort which provides O(NLogN) time performance and Bucket Sort, Counting Sort, and Radix Sort algorithms which can even sort some array in O(N) time. But, you hardly need to code these algorithms by hand when it comes to writing real code. The Programming language you will use already has tried and tested implementation for those algorithms and that's what you will learn in this article. In Java Programming language, it's easy to sort an array, you just need to call the Arrays.sort() method with a Comparator which can sort the array in the order you want but it highly depends upon which type of object is stored in the array.

How to Remove an Element from an Array in Java? [Example Tutorial]

Hello guys, In the last article, you have learned how to reverse an array in place in Java, and today I have come back with another array-based coding interview question. It's also one of the frequently asked coding questions, not as popular as the previous one but still has been asked a lot of times on various Programming Job interviews, particularly to beginners. In this problem, you are asked to write a program to remove a given number from the given array. It may seem easy, but the trick is that because an array is a fixed data structure and you cannot change the length of the array once created. 

QuickSort Algorithm Example in Java using Recursion

The Quicksort algorithm is one of the very popular sorting algorithms in programming, often used to sort a large array of numbers. Though there is numerous algorithm available to sort a list of objects, including integer, string, and floating-point number, quicksort is best for general purpose. It's a divide and conquers algorithm, where we divide the given array with respect to a particular element, known as 'pivot' such that the lower partition of the array is less than the pivot and upper partition elements of the array are higher than the pivot.

How to Remove an Element from Array in Java with Example

There is no direct way to remove elements from an Array in Java. Though Array in Java objects, it doesn't provide any methods to add(), remove(), or search an element in Array. This is the reason Collection classes like ArrayList and HashSet are very popular. Thanks to Apache Commons Utils, You can use their ArrayUtils class to remove an element from the array more easily than by doing it yourself. One thing to remember is that Arrays are fixed size in Java, once you create an array you can not change their size, which means removing or deleting an item doesn't reduce the size of the array. This is, in fact, the main difference between Array and ArrayList in Java.

How Binary Search Algorithm Works? [Java Example without Recursion]

The binary search algorithm is one of the fundamental Computer Science Algorithms and used to search an element in a sorted input set. It's much faster than the linear search which scans each and every element and improves performance from O(n) to O(logN) for searching an element in the array. In order to perform the binary search, you need a sorted array, so you can either ask the user to enter the array in sorted order or you should sort the array before performing the binary search. It's also one of the popular algorithms on Programming Job interviews. The interviewer often asks candidates to implement binary search algorithms by hand in their favorite programming languages like Java, C++, Python. or JavaScript.

How to declare and Initialize two dimensional Array in Java with Example

An array of more than one dimension is known as a multi-dimensional array. Two of the most common examples of multi-dimensional arrays are two and three-dimensional arrays, known as 2D and 3D arrays, anything above is rare. I have never seen 4-dimensional arrays, even 3D arrays are not that common. Now the question comes when to use a multi-dimensional array? Any real-life example? Well, 2D arrays are very common on platform games like Super Mario Bros to represent screen or terrain; 2D arrays can also be used to represent structures like a spreadsheet, or to draw board games like Chess, which requires 8x8 board, Checkers and  Tic-Tac-Toe, which requires 3 rows and 3 columns.

How to Convert or Print Array as String in Java with Example

Array and String are very closely related, not just because String is a character array in most of the programming language but also with popularity - they are two of the most important data structure for programmers. Many times we need to convert an array to String or create an array from String, but unfortunately, there is no direct way of doing this in Java. Though you can convert an array to String by simply calling their toString() method, you will not get any meaningful value.  If you convert an Integer array to String, you will get something like I@4fee225 due to the default implementation of the toString() method from the java.lang.Object class. Here, I show the type of the array and content after @ is hash code value in hexadecimal.

How to compare two Arrays in Java to check if they are equal - [String & Integer Array Example]

Hello guys, one of the common Programming, the day-to-date task is to compare two arrays in Java and see if they are equal to each other or not. Of course, you can't compare a String array to an int array, which means two arrays are said to be equal if they are of the same type, has the same length, contains the same elements, and in the same order. Now, you can write your own method for checking array equality or take advantage of Java's rich Collection API. Similar to what you have seen while printing array values in Java, java.util.Arrays class provides convenient methods for comparing array values.

How to find an element in Array? Linear Search Algorithm in Java [Example tutorial]

In the last article about searching and sorting, you have learned the binary search algorithm and today I'll teach you another fundamental searching algorithm called Linear search. Linear search is nothing but iterating over the array and comparing each element with the target element to see if they are equal since we search the array sequential from start to end, this is also known as sequential search or linear search. It is very slow as compared to binary search because you have to compare each element with every other element and definitely not suitable for a large array. It's practically useful only in case of the small array up to 10 to 15 numbers. In the worst case, you need to check all elements to confirm if the target element exists in an array or not.

3 Ways to convert java.util.Date to java.time.LocalDate in Java 8 - Example, Tutorial

One of the great features of Java 8 is the new Date and Time API which is intended to fix existing issues related to mutability and thread-safety with existing java.util.Date class. But given java.util.Date is used very heavily across all the Java application, you will often end up with a situation where you need to convert java.uti.Date to java.time.LocalDate while working in Java 8. Unfortunately there is no toLocalDate() method in the java.util.Date class. Though, you can easily convert Date to LocalDate if you are familiar with how new and old API classes map to each other.

10 Examples to DateTimeFormatter in Java 8 to Parse and Format Date & Time

Parsing and formatting dates are other essential topics while working with date and time in Java. Even though old Date API had SimpleDateFormat and DateFormate class to support formatting of date and parsing texts, they were not simple, or should I say there were just simple in writing wrong code. You might know that SimpleDateFormat was not thread-safe and quite heavy to be used as a local variable. Thankfully, this has been sorted now with a new LocalDateTime class and DateTimeFormatter class, which has several inbuilt formats.

How to Convert String to LocalDateTime in Java 8 - Example Tutorial

Hello guys, today, I will talk about a common problem while working in a Java application, yes you guessed it right, I am talking about String to Date conversion in Java. I had discussed this before (see the Date to String) when Java 8 was not out, but with Java 8, I don't see any reason to use old date and time API, and hence I am writing this post to teach you how to convert String to Date in Java 8 or beyond. Suppose you have a date-time String "2016-03-04: 11:01:20" and you want to convert this into a LocalDateTime object of Java 8 new date and time API, how do you do that? Well, if you have worked previously with String and Date then you know that you can parse String to Date in Java.

10 Examples of Collectors + Stream in Java 8 - Grouping By, Partition By, Joining, and Counting

As the name suggests, the Collectors class is used to collect elements of a Stream into Collection. It acts as a bridge between Stream and Collection, and you can use it to convert a Stream into different types of collections like List, Set, Map. Btw, it not just limited to that, it even provides functionalities to join String, group by, partition by, and several other reduction operators to return a meaningful result. It's often used along with the collect() method of Stream class which accepts a Collectors. In this article, you will learn how to effectively use java.util.stream.Collectors in Java by following some hands-on examples.

How to Format Date to String in Java 8 [Example Tutorial]

One of the common programming tasks in Java is to change the date format of a given Date or String. For example, you have something like "2017-01-18 20:10:00" and you want to convert it that date into "2017-01-18", or you want to convert from dd-MM-YY to MM-dd-YY or to any other format of your choice and need, but a valid date format as per Java specification. How will you do that? Well, it's not that difficult. It's just a two-step process. In the first step, you need to parse String to create an equivalent date using the current format, and then once you got the date, you need to again convert it back to String using the new format. The same process is repeated in both Java 8 and before, only corresponding API and class changes.

Randam vs ThreadLocalRandom vs SecureRandom Example in Java

Hello guys, one of the common tasks for Java developers is to generate an array of random numbers, particularly in game development. For example, if you are coding for dice-based games like Ludo or Snake and Lader then you need to generate a random number from 1 to 6 to simulate dice behavior. The same goes for other dice-based games. There are many cases where you need to generate random numbers and an array of random numbers. In some cases, duplicates may be allowed while other duplicates are not permitted.  

6 Advanced Comparator and Comparable Examples in Java 8 for Sorting Objects

The JDK 8 release has completely changed the way you compare objects and sort them in Java. The new features of Java 8 language e.g. lambda expression and method reference has made it easier to implement both Comparator and Comparable interface, as you don't need Anonymous class for inline implementation. Now, you can create Comparators in just one line by using lambdas and method reference as we'll see in this article. Other features like providing default and static methods on interfaces have also made a huge difference when it comes to Comparator. They helped Java API designer to redesign and evolve existing interfaces, which wasn't possible earlier without breaking existing clients of those interfaces.

Java 8 compute() and computeIfPresent() Example - ConcurrentHashMap

The JDK 8 has added several useful methods in existing interfaces e.g. java.util.Map, java.util.Collection, and java.util.concurrent.ConcurrentMap. Thanks to default methods, the much-needed evolution of existing interfaces becomes possible. Out of many useful methods, one method which stands out to me is the compute() method, which allows you to update a value in ConcurrentHashMap atomically. As per Java documentation, The compute() function tries to compute a mapping for the specified key and its current mapped value (or null if there is no current mapping). The entire function is performed atomically.

How to Convert a List into Map in Java 8 - Example Tutorial

One of the common tasks in Java programming is to convert a list to a map and I have written about this in the past and today we'll see how Java 8 makes this task easier. Btw, be it Java 7 or Java 8, you need to keep something in mind while converting a list to a map because they are two different data structures and have completely different properties. For example, the List interface in Java allows duplicate elements but keys in a Map must be unique, the value can be duplicated but a duplicate key may cause a problem in Java 8. This means a List with duplicate cannot be directly converted into Map without handling the duplicate values properly. 

Top 5 Design Patterns Books for Java Developers - Best of Lot

Design patterns are an essential topic for object-oriented programmers, like Java and C++ developers. It becomes even more important as your experience grows because everybody starts expecting a lot more from you in terms of writing quality code. I often receive emails from intermediate and senior Java developers about progressing to the next level, like how to become Tech Lead, Team Lead, or a software architect; knowledge of design patterns play an important role in taking more technical responsibility. While the GoF book is the bible for object-oriented design patterns, in my opinion, it is a bit too dry and academic.

How to sort HashMap by values in Java 8 [using Lambdas and Stream] - Example Tutorial

In the past, I have shown you how to sort a HashMap by values in Java, but that was using traditional techniques of the pre-Java 8 world. Now the time has changed and Java has evolved into a programming language that can also do functional programming. How can you, a Java Programmer take advantage of that fact to do your day to day task better like how do you sort a Map by values in Java using lambda expressions and Stream API. That's what you are going to learn in this article. It will serve two purposes, first, it will tell you a new way to sort a Map by values in Java, and, second and more important it will introduce you to essential Java 8 features like Lambda Expression and Streams, which every Java Programmer should learn.

10 Example of ps command in Linux

Hello guys, It's been a long time since I wrote about the Linux command in this blog. In my last article, I have shared free Linux courses for beginners which you many of you guys have liked, that's why I am writing another post on Linux, this time about the "ps" command.  If you have worked on a Linux machine then you are likely to be familiar with the "ps" command. The "ps" command is used to check the process status. It stands for "process statistics" and you can use the ps command to see all the processes and find things like PID which can be used to interact with the process. For example, you can kill a process by passing PID to kill command in Linux as shown here.