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T h e . C o d e R a n c h . J o u r n a l

June 2012 Edition

Howdy from all the CodeRanch staff, and welcome to the June edition of the CodeRanch Journal.

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I n t e r e s t i n g . C o d e R a n c h . F o r u m . P o s t s

. The discussion in this thread started off with a question on how to stop an object instance being created depending on a certain condition and went on to be a lively discussion about Factory pattern and exception driven approaches

. It's not news that the coderanch forums run on (a heavily customized version of) JForum software. The original JForum software community though hasn't seen much activity these days since forums are no longer up. Rafael Steil, the project lead of JForum, kindly offered to allow us to host the JForum forum at coderanch and also sent us a dump of the existing forum discussions. So if you have any questions about the original JForum software or our customized version, you now know where to visit

. Ever had a debate with your colleague about using tabs instead of spaces while coding? Many ranchers share their opinion about this, in this thread

. The long running debate on why Singleton pattern is evil, resurfaces here

. Do you ever get annoyed by the complicated rules that each site/software mandates for your passwords? I do and so do some other ranchers

. Do you or any of your colleagues still use scriplet in your JSPs? Tell us why

I n t e r e s t i n g . S t a f f . B l o g s

. Scott Selikoff wonders if your software application has an ER diagram for your DB schema and whether it stays updated with the changes to the production DB

. Jeanne Boyarsky blogs about SQL optimization and how temp tables can help in that process

. Tim Holloway blogs about his utility program for cataloging e-books

N e w s . F r o m . T h e . R a n c h

. Just like any other software the coderanch forum software too undergoes bug fixes, new feature implementations and other such changes. Major new features are often announced in the Ranch Office forum but routine bug fixes and other small improvements aren't announced. However, starting this week you can keep yourself updated about every new release that we do. Read more about it in this thread

B o o k . P r o m o t i o n s

There's a book promotion just about every week at the CodeRanch Just ask a question in the appropriate forum and you're eligible to win. Our recent book promotions and their winners can be found below:

. Machine Learning in Action -

. Spring Roo in Action -

. Practical Unit Testing with TestNG and Mockito -

B o o k . R e v i e w s

. Java 7 New Features Cookbook

. Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)

. Java Programming

. The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year (Agile Software Development Series)

. Spring Roo in Action

. Murach's MySQL

S u g g e s t i o n s / F e e d b a c k

If you have any feedback on this month's journal then discuss it in the following thread Or if you have any general suggestions about the CodeRanch journal, then feel free to open a new thread in our Ranch Office forum

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