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Monday, March 4, 2013

Ruby notes

carlhuda janus

dotfiles repo - create one ( for .bash, .bash_profile, .vimrc etc)
e.g. gary bernhardt - github drb - https://github.com/garybernhardt/dotfiles

rc - resource configuration

intellisense vim - supertab

pry, interactive_editor - irb tools

Getting a ruby/rails environment setup the easy way

Following directions in http://railscasts.com/episodes/292-virtual-machines-with-vagrant , I came up with an issue where vagrant box couldn't ping google, and therefore couldn't d/l packages.

solution : http://askubuntu.com/questions/238040/how-do-i-fix-name-service-for-vagrant-client

Also,  trouble with nokogiri and/or pg when you do 'bundle update' ?  Checkout http://nokogiri.org/tutorials/installing_nokogiri.html and/or http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6040583/unable-to-install-pg-gem-on-ubuntu-cant-find-the-libpq-fe-h-header .

Notes on Effective Java 2nd Edition

Chapter 3 - Methods Common to All Objects
  •  Item 8: Obey the general congract when overriding equals - page 33
    • If you decide to implement equals, make sure it is
      • reflexive: for all x, x.equals(x)
      • symmetric: for all x & y, x.equals(y) iff y.equals(x)
      • transitive: for all x, y, z, if x.equals(y) and y.equals(z), then x.equals(z) must be true
      • consistent: for all x & y, multiple invocations of x.equals(y) return the same result provided nothing used in equality is changed in either x or y
      • for all x, x.equals(null) must return false
  • Item 9: Always override hashCode when you override equals
  • Item 10: Always override toString
  • Item 11: Override clone judiciously
  • Item 12: Consider implementing Comparable
Chapter 4 - Classes and Interfaces
  •  Item 13: Minimize the accessibility of classes and members
    • accessibilities
      • private
      • package-private (default)
      • protected
      • public
    • classes with public mutable fields are not thread-safe
  • Item 14: In public classes, use accessor methods, not public fields
    • if a class is accessible outside its package, provide accessor methods to preserve flexibility
    • if a class is package-private there is nothing inherently wrong with exposing its data fields
  • Item 15: Minimize mutability
    • to make a class immutable:
      • Don't provide any methods that modify the object's state
      • Ensure that the class can't be extended
      • Make all fields final
      • Make all fields private
      • Ensure exclusive access to any mutable components
    • immutable objects are simple, inherently thread-safe and can be shared freely
  • Item 16: Favor composition over inheritance
    •  Inheritance violates encapsulation
    • Inheriting from another class propagates any flaws that were in the superclass
    • Use composition and forwarding instead
  • Item 17: Design and document for inheritance or else prohibit it
    • If a class is meant to be inherited from, the class must document it's self-use of overridable methods
      • state in a method comment, which overridable methods it invokes
    • The only way to test a class designed for inheritance is to write subclasses
      • therefore you must test your class by writing subclasses before releasing it
    • constructors must not invoke an overridable method - pg. 90
    • It's best to prohibit subclassing in classes that are not designed and documented to be safely subclassed
      • either make the class final
      • or make all the constructors private or package-private
  • Item 18: Prefer interfaces to abstract classes
    • A class can only extend 1 abstract class, but can implement multiple interfaces
    • Existing classes can be easily retrofitted to implement a new interface
    • Interfaces are ideal for defining mixins, abstract classes cannot
      •  mixin: a type that a class can implement in addition to it's primary type, to declare it has some optional functionality
    • Interfaces allow for the construction of nonhierarchical type frameworks
    • Interfaces enable safe, powerful functionality enhancements
      • via the wrapper class idiom
    • You can combine the virtues of abstract classes with interfaces by providing an abstract skeletal implementation class to go wit heach nontrivial interface that you export
      • by convention, skeletal implementations are called AbstractInterface (e.g. AbstractSet, AbstractCollection, etc.)
      •  because skeletal implementations are designed for inheritance, obey the rules of Item 17
      • example page 95
      • simulated multiple inheritance : create a skeletal implementation of an interface, then create another class that has an instance of a private innerclass that extends that skeletal implementation
    • 1 major advantage of abstract classes : they are far easier to evolve than interfaces
      • to add a method to an abstract class, just add it with a reasonable default implementation - then the inheriting classes can override it in due time
      • interfaces, however can never have a method added without breaking pre-existing implementations
        • because of this, the programmer must get it right the first time, before it's released into the wild
    • Interfaces are generally the best way to go
      • the exception is when ease of evolution is deemed more important than flexibility and power
  • Item 19: Use interfaces only to define types
    • The constant interface anti-pattern is a poor use of interfaces
      • it is an implementation detail that becomes visible to clients
      • subsequent releases of a class that may no longer need the constants must continue implementing the interface to ensure binary compatibility
  • Item 20: Prefer class hierarchies to tagged classes
    • tagged classes(example pg. 100) are verbose, error-prone and inefficient
    • a tagged class is just a pallid imitation of a class hierarchy
  • Item 21: Use function objects to represent strategies
    • function object: an instance of a class whose methods perform operations on other objects (e.g. comparator)
    • a primary use of function pointers/objects is to implement the Strategy Pattern
  • Item 22: Favor static member classes over nonstatic
    • a nested class should exist only to serve its enclosing class - if it's useful outside that class, it should be a top-level class
      • 4 types: static member classes, nonstatic member classes, anonymous classes, local classes
        • all but the 1st are inner classes
        • each has it's use (page 108, end)
    • If you declare a member class that does not require access to an enclosing instance, always put the static modifier in its declaration
      • not doing so forces instances to store a reference to it's eclosing class, which wastes space and time
Chapter 5 - Generics (page 109)
- useful generics vocabulary chart on page 115
  • Item 23: Don't use raw types in new code
    • generics are safe, raw types are not
      • this is because the compiler will tell you if you're using a type where you shouldn't be rather than finding out at runtime
    • Set<?> can contain objects of some unknown type (safe)
    • Set<Object> can contain anything (unsafe)
  • Item 24: Eliminate unchecked warnings
    • Eliminate all unchecked warnings if you can
    • If you can't eliminate a warning, and you can prove that the code is typesafe, then and only then, suppress the warning with an @suppressWarnings("unchecked") annotation
      • Always use suppressWarnings on the smallest scope possible
      • Always add a comment saying why you used it
  • Item 25: Prefer lists to arrays
    •  Arrays are covariant(Object[] is a supertype of String[]) , Lists are invariant(better - can't add objects of typeA to a list of typeB - compile time error
    • Arrays are reified (enforce types at runtime and not at compile time) and generics are implemented by erasure (enforce types at compile time but not at runtime - allows for backwards compatibility with older Java version code)
    • Better to enforce and find out of issues at compile time
  • Item 26: Favor generic types
    •  Fewer errors discovered at runtime - they'll be discovered at compile time
    • If using arrays, can't generically type them, so might need to use type casting (pg126 example)
  • Item 27: Favor generic methods
    •  generic methods use type inference to figure out the type of the invocation
    • generic static factory method (pg131)
    •  type parameters can be bounded by an expression that involves that type parameter itself
      • e.g. <T extends Comparable <T>>
        • this reads 'for every type T that can be compared to itself'
      • pg 133
  • Item 28: Use bounded wildcards to increase API flexibility
    • for maximum flexibility, use wildcard types on input parameters that represent producers or consumers 
      • if a type is both a producer and consumer, wildcards are useless
    • PECS - producer-extends, consumer-super
    • use wildcards so that you can use any subtype of a certain type in a list
      • e.g. stack.pushAll(Iterable<? extends E> src) { for(E e: src)...}
      • pg. 135
    • use wildcards so that you can require a method parameter to be able to store a generic type
      • e.g. stack.popAll(Collection<? extends E> dst) { ...dst.add(pop())}
      • pg. 136
    • do not use wildcard types as return types - it only causes the client code to have to use wildcard types and provides no additional flexibility
    • properly used, wildcard types are nearly invisible to a class' users
    • rarely, explicit type parameters are necessary
      • e.g. Set<Number> numbers = Union.<Number>union(integers, doubles);
    • Comparables and Comparators are always consumers (pg. 138)
      • always use Comparable<? super T> in preference to Comparable<T>
      • always use Comparator<? super T> in preference to Comparator<T>
      • e.g. public static <T extends Comparable<? super T>> T maxOf(List>? extends T> list)
  • Item 29: Consider typesafe heterogeneous containers
    •  The Class class has a generic method for casting safely
      • public class Class<T> { T cast(Object obj); }
    • The Class class has a method to cast to a subclass
      • someClassObj.asSubclass(Annotation.class);