How to convert java.util.Date to java.sql.Date - JDBC Example

You often need to convert java.util.Date to java.sql.Date if you are storing dates in database e.g. SQL SERVER or MySQL. Since JDBC has their own data types for date and time e.g. java.sql.Date, java.sql.Time and java.sql.TimeStamp to match with database date, time and date time types, you cannot pass java.util.Date directly. All methods which are suppose to store dates e.g. setDate(paramName, paramValue) expects java.sql.Date, so it becomes essential to know how to convert java.util.Date to java.sql.Date in JDBC. You would be surprised to know that java.sql.Date is a subclass of java.util.Date and all it does is suppress or remove time-related fields from java.util.Date. It is also a good example of a class which violates Liskov substitution principle, because even though java.sql.Date extends java.util.Date, you cannot pass around it to the method which expect java.util.Date because all time-related methods e.g. getHour(), getMinute() and getSeconds() method throws java.util.NotSupportedException. 

How to reset ArrayList in Java - Clear vs RemoveAll

Many times we want to reset an ArrayList for the reusing purpose, by resetting we mean clearing it or removing all elements. There are two ways to reset an ArrayList in Java, by using clear() method or calling removeAll(). If your ArrayList is small enough e.g. contains only 10 or 100 elements then you can use any of these two methods without worrying too much, but, if you have a huge list with lots of objects e.g. an ArrayList containing 10M entries, then choice of clear() vs removeAll() can make a huge difference in performance of your Java application. Sometimes it's even better to create a new ArrayList instead of resetting the old one, especially if resetting takes long time, but this also has a caveat, you need to make sure that old ArrayList is eligible for garbage collection, otherwise there is huge risk of java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java Heap Space. Coming back to clear() vs removeAll() method, you should always use clear(), because it gives you O(n) performance, while removeAll(Collection c) is worse, it gives O(n^2) performance, that's why you see huge difference in time taken by clearing a large ArrayList by these two methods. Things will be obvious, when you will run our example program and see the code of clear() and removeAll() method from JDK API. By the way, if you are in doubt, use clear() method and if not then always prefer clear over removeAll in Java.

Java 8 forEach() Loop Example

Java 8 has introduced a new way to loop over a Collection, by using the forEach() method of the new Stream class. You can iterate over any Collection e.g. List, Set or Map by converting them into a java.util.sttream.Stream instance and then calling forEach() method. This method performs given operation on every element of Stream, which can be either simply printing it or doing something else. Since stream can be sequential or parallel, the behavior of if this method is not deterministic if used with a parallel stream. One more thing to remember about the forEach() method is that it's a terminal operation, which means you cannot reuse the Stream after calling this method. It will throw IllegalStateException if you try to call another method on this Stream. Btw, you can also call forEach() method without obtaining Stream from list e.g. listOfString.forEach(), because the forEach() method is also defined in Iterable interface, but obtaining Stream gives you more choices e.g. filtering, mapping etc. In this article, you will learn how to loop over an ArrayList using the forEach() method of Java 8.