Get your Java errors under control with error monitoring

Java errors

Java became a go-to language for Web-facing applications and Internet projects. However, the use of Java is not without its potential pitfalls, and that’s something that’s important for developers to keep in mind. In this article, AJ Philips teaches you how to get your Java errors under control with error monitoring.

The Java programming language is immensely popular with developers and has been for many years. It’s not just a case of having another object-oriented programming language to build applications with – Java’s rise coincided with the emergence of embedded web programming.

Java became a go-to language for Web-facing applications and Internet projects.
However, the use of Java is not without its potential pitfalls, and that’s something that’s important for developers to keep in mind.

The root of the problem(s)

Some of the common code problems in Java relate to the semantics that programmers use to build a code base. Without the right syntax, compiler errors and other errors can result.

Consider the omission of a closing bracket or parenthesis on a declaration or command. This type of mistake will generate an “expected” error and has to be fixed for proper execution. Another similar error is the “unclosed string error” where a string is not closed out with a quotation mark.

Another common error called “incompatible types” happens when integers or strings or other data types are used improperly, or combined in ways that don’t work for the program. Trying to assign one type of data type variable to another may create an “incompatible type” error. Other malformed syntax can produce an error called “invalid method declaration” or an “unreachable statement” error, or one stating an operator cannot be applied correctly.

What all of these mistakes have in common is that they arise from syntax that’s not properly and precisely controlled. It only takes one keystroke to make the errors, and they’re a minefield for programmers who may be meticulous in their writing, but still experience the occasional misplaced character while typing.

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Automating the error correction

In the early days of object-oriented programming, there weren’t a lot of tools to catch the errors. Code base work could be tedious and labor-intensive – programmers had to catch the errors or fight them when trying to compile the program. This generated a lot of protocol in programming offices and oversight of individual programmers and their work.

Today’s developers have other options — the advance of digital analytics means programs can be created to automate some of the error correction that used to be done by hand.

These types of automation programs are immensely valuable in developer communities. Developers understand that they can bring products to market more quickly, fine-tune a codebase, and work more efficiently with tools that feature automated processes. Many of these tools also have combined features offering more research capability, so that developers can work better on the fly and do various kinds of required investigation while they are putting code together.

Improving the world of Java

The Stackify platform has a lot of this valuable functionality in place. Stackify looks at blogs, monitoring, metrics and available tools, and offers developers real assistance or getting where they need to go. The company calls the products “a magical developer map” in which professionals can find problems quickly and solve them actively and decisively.

When it comes to assisting developers, insight and transparency are key. Troubleshooting application problems can lead developers down some very dark paths — and without modern tools like Stackify, troubleshooting can take a lot of time. However, with these new tools and platforms, there is a way through these complicated processes. Stackify Retrace helps developers to effectively retrace what the code is doing so that bugs and glitches have nowhere to hide. Take a look at how Stackify can improve the world of Java.


SQL Server 2016 heads for release, but Linux version is still under wraps

Linux version of SQL Server 2016 still under wraps

SQL Server 2016, Microsoft’s newest database software, is set to become available on June 1 along with a no-cost, developers-only version.

With its new features and revised product editions, Microsoft is determined to expand SQL Server appeal to the largest possible number of customers running in a range of environments. But there’s still no word on the promised SQL Server for Linux, a version of the popular database that Microsoft is hoping will open SQL Server to an entirely new audience.

A broader SQL Server market awaits

Much of what’s new in SQL Server 2016 is aimed at roughly two classes of users: those doing their data collection and storage in the cloud (or moving to the cloud) and those doing analytics work that benefits from being performed in-memory. Features like Stretch Database will appeal to the former, as SQL Server tables can be expanded incrementally into Microsoft Azure — a more appealing option than a disruptive all-or-nothing migration.

Big data features include expanded capabilities for the Hekaton in-memory functions introduced in SQL Server 2014, plus in-memory columnstore functions for real-time analytics. And SQL Server’s close integration with the R language tools that Microsoft recently acquired opens up the database to a range of new applications from a thriving software ecosystem.

The forthcoming Linux version of SQL Server, though, is how Microsoft really plans to expand to an untapped market. And not just Linux users, but a specific kind of Linux user: those who use Oracle on Linux but are tired of Oracle’s unpredictable licensing. Oracle has been trying to change its tune, but there’s a lot to be said for being able to run SQL Server without also needing to run Windows.

Which versions and when?

Two big questions still remain about SQL Server for Linux. The first is when will it see the light of day; Microsoft hasn’t provided a timeframe yet. (A Microsoft spokesperson could provide no new comment.)

The second is what its pricing and SKUs will look like; will the feature set match what’s available on Windows or will it be a stripped-down version? Microsoft has versions of SQL Server to match most any workload or budget, from the free-to-use Express edition to the full-blown Enterprise variety.

With SQL Server 2014 — and now with 2016 as well — the company introduced a free-to-use developer version of the Enterprise SKU intended solely for dev and testing work. It’s unclear whether SQL Server on Linux will also include a developer version or only include editions specifically for commercial use.

Whatever happens with SQL Server on Linux, Microsoft’s already making aggressive efforts to woo Oracle users into its camp. The company has a limited-time Oracle-to-SQL-Server migration offer, where Microsoft Software Assurance customers can swap Oracle licenses for SQL Server licenses at no cost. It’ll be intriguing if a similar offer pops up again after Microsoft releases SQL Server for Linux.


[Source:- Infoworld]