Java vs Python - Which Programming Language Should Learn First

Java and Python are two of most popular and powerful programming language of the present time. Beginner programmer often get confused, one of the most frequently asked questions is should I learn Java or Python? Is Python is good programming language to start with? Which programming language would you recommend for beginners to learn first etc? Since I am a Java developer, my opinion is biased, I will always suggest you start with Java and then learn Python, but if you ask this question to a Python developer, you might get just opposite answer. I have well documented my reasons as for Why Java is the best Programming language and Why a programmer should learn Java. One of the most important reasons you would see in that blog post is strong Java community, which will help you though out your Java career.

Difference between static vs non static method in Java

In this article, we will take a look at the difference between static and non-static method in Java, one of the frequently asked doubt from Java beginner. In fact, understanding static keyword itself is one of the main programming fundamental, thankfully it's well defined in Java programming language . A static method in Java belongs to class, which means you can call that method by using class name e.g. Arrays.equals(), you don't need to create any object to access this method, which is what you need to do to access non-static method of a class. Static method is treated differently by compiler and JVM than non-static methods, static methods are bonded during compile time, as opposed to binding of the non static method, which happens at runtime.

Java 8 Tutorials, Resources, Books and Examples to learn Lambdas, Stream API and Functional Interfaces

While the release of Java 8 is still a few month away, GA is scheduled is in early next year (March 2014), Java community is already buzzing with the expectation of functional programming and lambda expression. Many developers, programmers, and bloggers have already shared lots of  really good tutorial to learn lambda expressions, probably the next big thing in Java world. While the term "lambda expression" may sound abstract and academic, Java 8 Lambdas can have a big impact on how you program every day. Java 8 is coming up with  Lambda expressions, Stream API, Functional interfaces, new Date and Time API and default methods, which has been eagerly awaited by the world. As a professional Java developer, you will have to learn Java 8 one day, and it's better to do sooner than later.

Difference between char, varchar, nchar and nvarchar data type in SQL Server database

What is the difference between char and varchar in SQL, followed by nchar and nvarchar, is one of the popular SQL interview questions, and surprisingly not every programmer knows this basic difference. If you go with the name, which you should, then you can figure out that char is a fixed length data type while varchar should be variable length data type. Though all char, varchar, nchar, and nvarchar are used to store text or String data there are subtle differences between them. As I said char is fixed length, which means a variable or a column e.g. Zipcode char(10) will take only 10 bytes to store data, including space.

Scala vs Java - Differences and Similarities

Scala is new generation JVM language, which is generating popularity as an alternative of arguably one of the most popular language Java. It's not yet as popular as Java, but slowly getting momentum. As more and more Java developers are learning Scala and inspired by Twitter, more and more companies are using Scala, it's future looks very bright. To start with, Scala has several good feature, which differentiate it from Java, but same time it has lot of similarities as well e.g. both Scala and Java are JVM based language, You can code Scala in Java way and Scala can use any Java library, which in my opinion a great decision made by designers of Scala.

Do you need to pass OCAJP before taking OCPJP - Java Certification for SE 7

One thing, which I certainly noticed after Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems is creating confusion around Java certifications like hell. I used to remember those days, where Java Certifications are well defined and well known e.g. SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD etc, but currently, Java certification for SE 7 is known as either SCJP 7, OCJP 7 or even OCPJP 7. By the way, the official name of two most sought after Java certifications is Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer ( Code: 1Z0-803) and Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer ( Code 1Z0-804 ).  I receive lots of questions regarding Java Certifications for Java SE 6 and 7, with a range of queries from how to prepare for the exam, to suggestions on books, resources, and mock exams.

Java Array Tutorial and Example for Beginners

Array is one of the most important data structure in any programming language, at same time different programming languages implement and treat array differently. Any one who is done some programming knows value of array and importance of knowing about array type, using them in there program. Together with linked list, array forms a set of basic data-structures. Though Java offers excellent Collection API and some of collection classes like ArrayList and  HashMap , they are internally based on array.  If you are coming from C or C++ background then you will find some difference about how array behaves there and how it does in Java, most notable difference between array in C and array in Java is bounds checking. C compiler doesn't check if program is accessing valid array index, while in Java, JVM does that and throws ArrayIndexOutOfBoundException, if program tries to access invalid array index. In this Java article, we will take a look on array in Java, both primitive and object arrays. It's a collection of important things about Java array and there properties.