Enhanced for each loop in Java

The for-each loop introduced in Java5. It is mainly used to traverse array or collection elements. The advantage of for-each loop is that it eliminates the possibility of bugs and makes the code more readable. The enhanced for loop is also called the for-each loop, and it offers some advantages over the regularfor loop. It also has some limitations.

To start with, the regular for loop is cumbersome to use when it comes to iterating through a collection or an array. You need to create a looping variable and specify the start and end positions of the collection or the array, even if you want to iterate through the complete collection or list. The enhanced for loopmakes the previously mentioned routine task quite a breeze, as the following example demonstrates for an ArrayList myList:

You can read the colon (:) in a for-each loop as “in”.

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Object declaration and creation in Java

Unlike some other programming languages, such as C, Java doesn’t allow you to allocate or deallocate memory yourself when you create or destroy objects. Java manages memory for allocating objects and reclaiming the memory occupied by unused objects. The task of reclaiming unused memory is taken care of by Java’s garbage collector, which is a low-priority thread. It runs periodically and frees up space occupied by unused objects. In this post, we’ll see the terms Declaration, Instantiations and Initialization of an object.

Object is born
An object comes into the picture when you use the keyword operator new. You can initialize a reference variable with this object. Note the difference between declaring a variable and initializing it. The following is an example of a class Person and another class ObjectLifeCycle:

In the previous code, no objects of class Person are created in the class ObjectLifeCycle; it declares only a variable of type Person. An object is created when a reference variable is initialized:

The difference in variable declaration and object creation can be easy understood with this image. where you can compare a baby name to a reference variableand a real baby to an object.

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How Java program works

Java is a computer programming language that is concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, and specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is intended to let application developers “write once, run anywhere” (WORA), meaning that code that runs on one platform does not need to be recompiled to run on another. Java applications are typically compiled to bytecode (class file) that can run on any Java virtual machine (JVM) regardless of computer architecture. In this post, we’ll see the basic five phase of Java program life cycle.

Virtual Machine
The heart of the Java platform is the concept of a “virtual machine” that executes Java bytecode programs. This bytecode is the same no matter what hardware or operating system the program is running under. There is a JIT (Just In Time) compiler within the Java Virtual Machine, or JVM. The JIT compiler translates the Java bytecode into native processor instructions at run-time and caches the native code in memory during execution.
The use of bytecode as an intermediate language permits Java programs to run on any platform that has a virtual machine available. The use of a JIT compiler means that Java applications, after a short delay during loading and once they have “warmed up” by being all or mostly JIT-compiled, tend to run about as fast as native programs.

Primary goals in the creation of the Java language

  1. It should be “simple, object-oriented and familiar”
  2. It should be “robust and secure”
  3. It should be “architecture-neutral and portable”
  4. It should execute with “high performance”
  5. It should be “interpreted, threaded, and dynamic”

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Optimize way to check empty string in Java

In this post, we’ll see the best practice and optimize way to check empty String in Java. Every developer know how to check empty String but here we’ll look into the optimized method of checking empty String. 

Most of us always prefer to use equals() method to check for empty String such as

However, this equals() method is overkill to test for an empty String. It is quicker to test if the length of the String is 0. So, the best way to check for empty String is 

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How CopyOnWriteArrayList works in Java how it differ from ArrayList

In this article, we will see one of the most important concurrent collection class CopyOnWriteArrayList and we also look into the working of CopyOnWriteArrayList class including its comparison with ArrayList and in which situation CopyOnWriteArrayList should be preferred over ArrayList.

Few Drawbacks of ArrayList

  • If multiple threads access an ArrayList instance concurrently, and at least one of the threads modifies the list structurally, it must be synchronized externally.Means whenever there is access or modification we need synchronization that is a overhead.
  • The iterator will throw a ConcurrentModificationException

What is copy-on-write concept
Copy-on-write is an optimization strategy used in computer programming. Copy-on-write stems from the understanding that when multiple separate tasks use identical copies of the same information, it is not necessary to create separate copies of that information for each process, instead they can all be given pointers to the same resource. When there are many separate processes all using the same resource it is possible to make significant resource savings by sharing resources this way. However, when a local copy has been modified, the copy-on-write paradigm has no provision that the shared resource has in the meantime not been updated by another task or tasks.
So Copy-on-write is therefore only suggested if only the latest update is important and occasional use of a slightly stale value is not harmful. Copy-on-write is the name given to the process of identifying when a task attempts to make a change to the shared information, creating a separate (private) copy of that information for the task and redirecting the task to making changes to the private copy to prevent its changes from becoming visible to all the other tasks

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