How to read a file from the JAR?

Someone just asked me this question today. And I thought might as well put it down for info.

  1.  public TestReadFileFromJar() throws FileNotFoundException, IOException {
  2.         InputStream is = getClass().getResource("txtData/");
  3.         read(is);
  4. }

In the case above txtData is placed in the jar on the root. Remmember to add the path with the /


By using the command pattern you are seperating the operation from the invoking object. And just because of that it becomes easier to change the command without chagning the caller/s.
This means that you could use Command pattern when you might have the following situation

You want to parameterize objects to perform an action
You want to specify, execute and queue requests at different times.

Just to quickly start you need a command object, An interface will keep it easy going in this case, thus providing you with the option of extending other classes e.g. Swing MenuItem or Button.
Below the execute Method is the one invoked to do something when this command is called or asked to do its stuff.
Where as the getCommandName is assumed as a unique name how ever I am sure we can always come up with a better implementation for uniqueness.

  1. public interface Command {
  3.     public void execute();
  4.     public String getCommandName();
  6. }

And example implementation of the Command should look as follows
A Command Name, and and execute Method to tell what happens when this command is called.

  1. public class ForwardCmd implements Command {
  3.    private String COMMAND_NAME = "Back";
  5.    public BackCmd() {
  6.        super();
  7.    }
  9.    public String getCommandName() {
  10.        return COMMAND_NAME;
  11.     }
  13.     public void execute() {
  14.         System.out.println("Your wish, my command");
  15.     }
  16. }

The command manager is the controller in this case. It registers command objects. the “registerCommand” will simply take a command and store it in a list or something alike. This means you could load it out of a jar file, or an xml or path and just pass the object to the “registerCommand” AS a command offcourse.

the “execute” Command will simply execute the Command passed to it.

And the “getCommand” returns a command by looking up a COMMAND_NAME. So if you provide a name to it through you system it should give you an object of type Command and simple pass it to execute. Again this would be a controller logic and not the client one.

  1. public abstract class AbstractCommandManager {
  3.     public abstract void registerCommand(Command command);
  4.     public abstract Collection getAllCommands();
  5.     public abstract void execute(Command command);
  6.     public abstract Command getCommand(String name);
  7. }

Implementing the adapter

Typically when implementing an interface you would have to implement all the methods that exist in that interface. A very good example is the MouseListener in the java Swing. When you need to implement more then one method where as typically you might be catching only one of them. Saying that you would also find a Mouse Adapter provided as well. Some of us use that often. And that is part of the Adapter pattern. It makes life easier for me sometimes.

Adapter a structural pattern will let you adapt to a different environment. The joining between different environment is called Adapter. Thus basically giving others the interface that they expect or vice versa when your program becomes the client.

For example the following class expects that the implementing class should be implementing all three methods.

  1. public interface RecordListener {
  3. public void eventPrePerformed(RecordEvent recordEvent);
  5. public void eventPerformed(RecordEvent recordEvent);}
  7. public void eventPostPerformed(RecordEvent recordEvent);
  9. }

So lets say our implementing class is a rude one and only wants to implement one method. What do you do as an API designer. hmmm

Thats where we step in with the Adapter.

  1. public abstract class RecordAdapter implements RecordListener {
  3. public void eventPrePerformed(RecordEvent recordEvent) {}
  4. public void eventPerformed(RecordEvent recordEvent) {}
  5. public void eventPostPerformed(RecordEvent recordEvent) {}
  7. }
  9. public MyAdapterImpl extends RecordAdapter{
  11. public void eventPerformed(RecordEvent recordEvent){}
  13. }

Now the only thing left to do is use the adapter. And override any method that you might need .

  1. public MyClientClass {
  3. public MyClientClass(){
  5. this.addRecordListener(new MyAdapterImpl());
  7. }
  9. }

wasprofile -create -delete

Sometimes you require to do things silently, without any questions asked and “Just Do It” attitude is required.

I often find my self with this problem.

If you want to delete or create a Websphere profile from your command line try the following. (I have tried on RSA only)

# deleteing a profile
wasprofile -delete -profileName MyProfile

You should get the following message on deletion

INSTCONFSUCCESS: Success: The profile no longer exists.

Creating a websphere profile

wasprofile -create -profileName MyProfile -profilePath \
[PROFILE PATH] -templatePath \
[RSA HOME]runtimes\base_v6\profileTemplates\default \
-nodeName [NODE NAME] -cellName [CELL NAME] -hostName [HOSTNAME].

Abstract Factory pattern

Factories have been a key pattern in building applications, its fascinatingly simple, effective and to the point. When starting to learn a design oriented approach to applications or API, I would always recommend a factory pattern as one of the key starting notes of highlight in your design.

So today I am talking about the Abstract Factory pattern. Its not an “abstract” class or object that you call a pattern. But its a Factory of facotries and that is what exactly makes it so much wordingly abstract. Having “abstract” classes is there but just some other side of the coin.

When should I use an Abstract Factory:

  • Independence of how products are created, composed or represented
  • Should be configurable with one of the multiple families or products
  • You need enforcable constraints for the products used as a group
  • You need to reveal only the interfaces of products and not thier implementation as part of a bigger picture.

So lets begin with the fun.

This is how I plan to implement it:
Has A:
Product has a Specification
Factory has a Product
FactoryManager has FactoryConstants
FactoryManager has ComputerFactory

Is A:
BFactory is a ComputerFactory
AFactory is a ComputerFactory

Not shown.
ProductA is a Product
ProductB is a Product



Creating a simple factory that returns products.

  1. public abstract class ComputerFactory {
  3.  public abstract String getName();
  5.  public abstract Product[] getProducts();
  7.  public abstract Product getProduct(int ProductID);
  9. }

Implementation of the ComputerFactory

  1. public class AFactory extends ComputerFactory {
  3. public String getName(){
  4. return "A";
  5. }
  7. public Product[] getProducts(){
  8. return null;
  9. }
  11. public Product getProduct(int productID){
  12. switch(productID){
  13. case 1:
  14. return new ProductA();
  16. case 2:
  17. return new ProductB();
  19. default:
  20. throw new IllegalArgumentException("Sorry you hit the wrong factory, we closed down in 1600 BC");
  21. }
  22. }
  23. }

A register base for factories. Refer to the main method for use later in this post.

  1. public interface FactoryConstants {
  3.  public int A = 1;
  4.  public int B = 2;
  6. }

The main Entrant class. the Factory Manager that will give the ComputerFactory resultant. Its assumed to be a Singleton as it registers as a Creator in the system (assumption).

  1. public class FactoryManager{
  3.  private static FactoryManager factoryManager = null;
  5.  private FactoryManager(){
  7.  }
  9.  public static FactoryManager getInstance(){
  10.   if(factoryManager != null){
  11.    return factoryManager;
  12.   }
  13.   else return factoryManager = new FactoryManager();
  14.  }
  16.  public ComputerFactory getFactory(int factory) throws IllegalArgumentException{
  18.   switch(factory){
  19.    case FactoryConstants.A:
  20.    return new IBMFactory();
  22.    case FactoryConstants.B:
  23.    return new SUNFactory();
  25.    default:
  26.    throw new IllegalArgumentException("Sorry you hit the wrong factory, we closed down in 1600 BC");
  27.   } 
  28.  }
  29. }

A main method to test the AbstractFactory

  1.  public static void main(String args[]){
  3.   System.out.println(FactoryManager.getInstance().getFactory(FactoryConstants.A).getName());
  4.   System.out.println(FactoryManager.getInstance().getFactory(FactoryConstants.B).getName());
  5.   System.out.println(FactoryManager.getInstance().getFactory(3).getName());
  7.  }

You can find the complete code listing here:
AbstractFactory source

Crocus – CSV Reader

Easy to use ready to go CSV File Reading utility. Read One or Multiple files into a RecordManager, quick access to the file with segmentation into Fields and Records. Merge Multiple CSV files in one. Listener to CSV Files.

Download Here

A CSV file is broken up as follows
A CSVField has a group of characters
A CSVRecord has a group of CSVFields
A CSVFile has a group of record

How To Use:

Reading a Single CSVFile into a RecordManager

  1.  // Creating a single file interface
  2. CSVSingleFileInterface fileInterface = new CSVSingleFileInterface("/media/data/dev/workspace/crocus/testData/drupal-sample.csv",CSVConstants.COMMA);
  3. // Calling the read returns a CSVRecordManager i.e. in memory
  4. AbstractCSVRecordManager manager =;

Reading multiple files into one RecordManager

  1. // Specify a FileSet
  2. AbstractCSVFileSet fileSet = new CSVFileSet();
  4. // Add files to the set
  5. fileSet.addFile("testData/drupal-sample.csv");
  6. fileSet.addFile("testData/countries.csv");
  8. // Add the fileSet to a Reading Interface
  9. CSVFileSetInterface fileSetInterface = new CSVFileSetInterface(fileSet);
  11. //  Reading returns a manager same as in a Single file case.
  12. AbstractCSVRecordManager manager =;

This functionality is not complete but a peak is available.
You can now specify a Listener to Pre, Post and On Add of a record.

Setting up a Listener.

To add you listener simply implement the RecordListener class

  1. // Get a Record Manager
  2. AbstractCSVRecordManager manager = fileInterface.getRecordManager();
  4. // Add a listener to the Manager.
  5. manager.addRecordListener(this);
  1. // Implement an event listening method for listening to the RecordEvent.
  2. public void eventPerformed(RecordEvent recordEvent) {
  3. System.out.println(recordEvent.toString());
  5. }

for further information refer to the docs.

The Build System:

The build script supports the following targets

Build: init, clean, compile, jar, javadoc, tests

Including, Excluding files while creating compile, jar, tests

FILE DETAILS (Paths and description):



CROCUS_DEV = the main directory i.e. examples from here onwards this will be the variable used for describing details.

You will need to set CROCUS_DEV env variable inorder to run the build process

Also you would need to set ANT_HOME for usage of ant. I have used Ant 1.6.5 for builds.

$CROCUS_DEV/src Holds the source code i.e. java files

$CROCUS_DEV/build Carries all the build related files

$CROCUS_DEV/build/build.xml Main build script

$CROCUS_DEV/build/include.xml patterns for inclusion of java files at the time of compilation

$CROCUS_DEV/build/exclude.xml patterns for exclusion of java files at the time of compilation

$CROCUS_DEV/build/tests_include.xml patterns for inclusion of test java files at the time of compilation

$CROCUS_DEV/build/tests_exclude.xml patterns for exclusion of test java files at the time of compilation

$CROCUS_DEV/build/tools tools used during build.

$CROCUS_DEV/build/jar_buildfiles you can simply specify a txt file with some wild card matches and name it as yourjar.jar for the build system to recognize that “yourjar.jar” will be the name for this jar that should have the packages in it as specified in this txt(yourjar.jar)

$CROCUS_DEV/build/bin Holds the uniz script and the bat file for developers to run the build script more or less as:

Windows:> %CROCUS_DEV%/build all

Linux:> $CROCUS_DEV/ all

$CROCUS_DEV/build_results Holds all the results of the builds

$CROCUS_DEV/build_results/docs Created java docs

$CROCUS_DEV/build_results/classes Created classes

$CROCUS_DEV/build_results/tests Unit test results

$CROCUS_DEV/build_results/jars the jars created by the system

$CROCUS_DEV/jars/ Is the directory for jars related information

$CROCUS_DEV/jars/manifests Holds the manifests for the $CROCUS_DEV/build/jar_buildfiles.

Conventionally should use: Manifest.jarName

$CROCUS_DEV/jars/original3rdparty Holds any 3rd party vendor jars that might be used for putting in the classpath for the build system

$CROCUS_DEV/testData logically should hold all testData no matter how that might be. currently I have placed a few csv files (tabbed,comma,semicolon).