How to Timeout JDBC Queries

JDBC queries by default do not have any timeout, which means that a query can block the thread for an unlimited amount time; of course, depending upon the DB load and the cost of the query. It is a good practice to timeout these queries if they can take longer than a certain amount of time.

Tarlog - Eclipse Plugin for Windows

Tarlog is a plugin for eclipse that provides some useful features if you are working on a Windows machine. It allows you to Copy Path, Open Shell or Open Explorer on the selected file or folder in the project. It also allows changing the font of the editor through Ctrl++ and Ctrl-- keys.

Overriding Spring Beans with Aliases


The most common approach followed for overriding a spring bean is to define a new bean, with the same id as the original bean, in a separate XML file. During context initialization, Spring would register the last bean found for the id, and use it for all the injections.

I dislike this approach for two reasons.

ETags and Browser Cache


Caching resources on the browser is crucial to minimize unnecessary trips to the server and reduce the load on it. This works well for data that is static. But, there are cases where the data changes every once in a while (although less frequently), and you would want the browser to get the latest data without waiting for the cached data to expire. e.g., consider a scenario where a new version of the application is deployed with changes to CSS and javascript, and you want the user to experience these changes without forcing them to refresh their cache manually. One option you might consider is to make these resources non-cacheable and compromise the page performance a bit. Entity tags( or ETags for short) help you cache such resources, without the performance compromise.

How does @ModelAttribute Work?


@ModelAttribute is a Spring-MVC annotation that is used for preparing the model data. It is also used to define the command object for binding the HTTP request data. The annotation works only if the class is a Controller class (i.e. annotated with @Controller).

ModelAttribute can be applied to both methods as well as method-parameters. It accepts an optional "value", which indicates the name of the attribute. If no value is supplied to the annotation, then the value would default to the return type name in case of methods and parameter type name in case of method-parameters.

The way Spring processes this annotation is,

What Is a SessionAttributeStore? When to Use It?


In one of my projects, I had an abstract controller class that simulated the form controller of Spring 1.2 for session forms. Annotations do not accept dynamic parameters. They have to be static. So, in the class, the command object name had to be a constant.

Spring MVC - mvc:annotation-driven - What does it do?


The annotations based MVC was introduced to the framework in Spring 2.5. This model enables the developer to reuse any POJO as a controller and is very flexible with the handler signatures. The old controller hierarchy is deprecated as of Spring 3.0. It would be removed completely from the distribution in one of the future releases.