Exercises in Aspect-Oriented Programming Style

This is the 12th post in the Exercises in Programming Style focus series. This week, we will focus on Aspect-Oriented Programming, a powerful programming technique: In computing, Aspect-Oriented Programming is a programming paradigm that aims to increase modularity by allowing the separation of cross-cutting concerns. It does so by adding additional behavior to existing code without modifying the code itself, instead separately specifying which code is modified via a ‘pointcut’ specification, suc

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Exercises in Programming Style: spreadsheets

This is the 15th post in the Exercises in Programming Style focus series. Last week, we solved the top 25 word frequencies problem with the help of the database. This week, we will get back to solve it with code alone. The design is to model the problem as a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet holds a number of cells, each cell having a value and a formula. Just like in regular spreadsheet, the formula is a function that might reference another cell’s value, and computes the current cell’s value.

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Exercises in Relational Database Style

This is the 14th post in the Exercises in Programming Style focus series. So far, we solved the word frequencies problem with code alone. This week, we will solve it with the help of infrastructure. And with this specific problem at hand, what better fit than the database? We can approach the problem by loading the data read from the files in the database, and retrieving the top 25 words with the relevant query.

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Exercises in Concurrent Programming Style

This is the 16th post in the Exercises in Programming Style focus series. In the book, this chapter is called Actors. In software, the actor model is a very specific way to design code: The actor model in computer science is a mathematical model of concurrent computation that treats ‘actors’ as the universal primitives of concurrent computation. In response to a message that it receives, an actor can: make local decisions, create more actors, send more messages, and determine how to respond to th

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Exercises in MapReduce Style

This is the 19th post in the Exercises in Programming Style focus series. In the last episode of Exercises in Programming Style, we solved the word frequency problem with the Hazelcast library. This time, we are going to use MapReduce for that. MapReduce is a process consisting of two steps: Map performs transformations, filtering and sorting into different queues. Reduce aggregates the content of the queues into a result.

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Exercises in Programming Style with Hazelcast

This is the 18th post in the Exercises in Programming Style focus series. The previous week, we shared data among threads to solve the now well-known word frequencies problem. The very next day, I joined Hazelcast as a Developer Advocate. Therefore, I thought it would be extremely interesting to use Hazelcast In-Memory-Data-Grid to improve on the previous solution.

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Exercises in Programming Style: sharing data among threads

This is the 17th post in the Exercises in Programming Style focus series. Last week, we solved the word count problem using the Actor model: objects running on different threads and communicating through messages. This week, we will drop objects, and use data structures that are shared among the threads: such a shared structure is called data space in the book. The original Python code uses two dedicated data spaces.

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