Friday, November 12, 2010

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Simplifying work with java collections using static import

Today i read article about google collections my post is simple addition to it. I will describe one tip, that I use for simpify working with java collections.
When you will create HashMap instance with some entries (often it used for unit-tests creation), you will write
in Java:

Map<String, Object> params = new HashMap<String, Object>();
params.put("age", 22L);
params.put("name", "whiter4bbit");
params.put("blog", "");

in Python :

params = {'age':22, 'name':'whiter4bbit', 'blog':''}

Now compare it. What is pretty - yes Python is pretty:)

But in JDK 1.5 was introduced feature, that called 'static import'. You can import static methods from any class, for example:

import static java.lang.System.out;

And you can call out.println directly

This feature will very helpful. I use it to simplify work with java collections. About first example with HashMap, we can make map builder, that can help simplify map's creation:

public class MapUtils {
static class MapBuilder<K,V>{
private Map<K,V> map = new HashMap<K,V>();
public MapBuilder<K,V> $(K key, V value){
map.put(key, value);
return this;
public Map<K,V> map(){
return map;
//yeah, '$' - is allowed in identifiers:)
public static <K,V> MapBuilder $(K key, V value){
MapBuilder<K,V> mapBuilder = new MapBuilder<K,V>();
return mapBuilder.$(key, value);

Now we can use this class to simplyfy HashMap creation:

import static utils.MapUtils.$;
import static java.lang.System.out;

import java.util.Map;

public class TestMapUtils {
public static void main(String[] args) {
Map<String, Object> m = $("age", 22).
$("name", "Pasha").
$("blog", "").map();
for(String param : m.keySet()){
out.println(String.format("%s:%s", param, m.get(param)));

It is beautiful. Isn't it?:)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

About BING search engine

So, when I use google to find information about some thing, then in first items are information actual for my region,
I enter into bing 'Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition download' then this engine shows me next results. It shows me download page for germany Why for germany?!

Updated: Same result when 'download' replace to 'скачать'

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Turing Machine

import scala.collection.mutable.HashMap

class TuringMachine(_band: String, start_state: String, end_state: String) {
def walk( states: HashMap[ (String, String), (String, String, String) ] ): Unit = {
var state = start_state
var pos = 0
var band = _band
while ( state!=end_state ){
var ch = band(pos)
var rule = states.get( state, ch.toString ).get
if (rule != Nil){
var arr = band.toArray
if (rule._2.length>0) arr(pos)=rule._2(0)
band = new String(arr)
state = rule._1
rule._3 match {
case "R" => pos+=1
case "L" => pos-=1
case _ => {}

def the_test: Unit = {
var mm = new HashMap[(String, String), (String, String, String)]
mm.put( ("1", "*"), ("1", "x", "R") )
mm.put( ("1", "k"), ("2", "x", ""))
var tm = new TuringMachine("****k", "1", "2")