Ant or Maven: Which is better for your application

November 7th, 2011 | Posted under Software, Web Hosting | No Comments »

Ant or Maven: Which is better for your application

Maven is the new and improved application development tool that is being used now but Ant is its predecessor in exact terms. Maven is very popular nowadays for its wide array of functionalities but Ant is known for its simplicity. Maven is better in the sense that it supports formal convention with a definite set of life cycles which is not available in Ant but Ant is simpler in ways and more easy to use by new programmers and thus it is pretty hard to choose between the two when one is set to develop his application. Here’s a guideline for it:-

  • Ant being a procedural language cannot judge the direction of flow of the program and the user has to mention it while Maven being declarative takes care of it on its own.
  • Being controlled and utilized with a set of life-cycles , Maven has got a whole lot of declarative statements which can be used while using some definite plug-ins. But such a thing is absent in Ant.
  • If one wishes to spend a good amount of time over a certain application development project then it is better that he uses Maven as it will give better results but if the project is a short term one which needs to be done fast, then Ant is the best choice.
  • If the development projects have been connected to some external library to extract some of the set of dependencies then Ant is a good and fast tool for use but if the set of dependencies prefers any IDEs then Maven is the way to go.
  • Some IDEs like “NetBeans” comes with a set of its own Ant script present inside it which works and co-ordinates with Hudson and therefore Ant is automatically a better choice in such cases. But for any other non-biased IDE, Maven is a better option as it deals with any problem comprehensively.
  • If any application is being developed by a big team with a number of people depending on a definite set of dependencies then for such a case, Maven is a much better option but Ant is a good choice when working on a legacy project although it is not that remarkable when working with external dependencies.
  • Ant, being a procedural styled tool, has its own set of fixed environment builder which creates and uses the environment present to its best use while Maven customizes its environment according to the user’s needs.

It is very hard to pin-point any one of the two application development tools among Ant and Maven as the superior one and it is completely dependent on the environment and work at hand that decides the one which is to be used. Some specifications or features might give one an upper hand today but as both the developers are toiling hard to ensure dominance of his product therefore an undisputed winner is pretty hard to determine.

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Choosing Between ASP, JSP And PHP

September 27th, 2011 | Posted under The Internet, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Choosing Between ASP, JSP And PHP

Websites are the integral part of internet, so if you need to promote or make people aware about something through internet then you need to have your private website where you can post all the information to make it available to the whole world. But the problem is that there are millions of such websites available on net, so your website must be something different from others to make it more appealing than others.

Choosing Between ASP, JSP And PHP

This can be achieved by using dynamic scripting languages. These languages are actually scripts which are meant for carrying out some extensive work on the server. All these scripting languages gives you power to properly manage all yours hosting accounts over internet. The most popular scripting languages that are available for all these purposes are ASP, PHP, JAP, python and many others. But among them, ASP, PHP and JSP are mainly used as they are easy to learn and implement. Also each of these scripting languages has their own field of expertise, so one should choose the appropriate scripting language depending upon requirement and other external factors.

ASP is one of the most popularly used scripting languages and its full form is “Active Server Page”. Microsoft is the owner of this scripting language and one has to buy its license before using it. The most important feature of ASP is its dynamic scripting capability.  The next higher version of ASP is ASP.net which further improves its dynamic capability. ASP.net is also provided with the power where one can use more than one type of language in designing the webpage. This software is compatible in all Windows servers as both the products are owned by Microsoft and can be used along with Microsoft SQL.

JSP is another popular scripting languages and its full form is “Java Server Pages”. As the name itself suggests this scripting language runs on Oracle Sun Java which is a very powerful programming language. This scripting language is mainly helpful in enterprise solution companies as this script is mainly functional in the server side. This scripting also is very popular among programmers as it uses servlet, a very well known architecture which can work with HTML language in creating websites. But this language is more complex compared to Asp, so it is advised for expert use but on the other hand it gives more flexibility than ASP.

 

Choosing Between ASP, JSP And PHP

Another well known scripting language is PHP whose full form is Hypertext Pre-processor.  This is the easiest among all scripting languages and can be very easily learnt by reading books without any expert’s advice.  This is an open source scripting language and is common among both webmasters and developers. There are a lot of tools present which guides the programmer in the right direction and makes programming easier.

Choosing Between ASP, JSP And PHP

So we have discussed the properties of various scripting language and from that one can easily identity that each of these scripting languages have some benefits over others. So it’s completely up to the user to select the correct scripting language to achieve his or her objective to the optimum level.

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Creating Web Applications made easy with Struts 2.0

September 13th, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, The Internet, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Creating Web Applications made easy with Struts 2.0

Struts 2.0 is an open source web application framework used to create web applications on the J2EE framework. It encourages the web application developers to adopt a model view controller (MVC) architecture. It was actually created by Craig McClanahan. The main aim of Struts is to separate the model, view and the controller. Struts 2.0 provide the controller and facilitates for the view of the presentation layer. The web application programmer is responsible for writing the code for the web application creation. The central configuration file that binds the model, view and the controller is also created by the web application programmer. This central configuration file is ‘struts-config.xml’. The “Actions” defined in the configuration file are actually the requests sent by the client to the controller. “Action Forward” is sent by the model to the controller telling it what output is to be sent to the client. Struts 2.0 is an example of a request based web application framework.

 

 

Creating web applications made easy with Struts 2.0

Here are a few important features of Struts 2.0

Thread Safety

 

It is a concept associated with computer programming and is used in context with multi-threaded programming. Any code made by a web application programmer with the help of struts 2.0 is thread safe, which means that the code prepared by the programmer can be used in multi-threaded environment.

Creating web applications made easy with Struts 2.0

Ajax support

 

One of the ways to create interactive web applications, used by the clients is Ajax. Struts 2.0 is very acceptable because of the Ajax support that is used to create web applications which are very interactive and user friendly and hence are very much in demand. One of the most important things in a program is its interactive behaviour with its users and that is what Ajax support in struts 2.0 does.

Creating web applications made easy with Struts 2.0

Simple testability

 

Struts 2.0 are http independent and are neutral towards the framework. It means that the struts 2.0 applications can be tested very easily on a system or server without being a hindrance or obstruction to the other objects present in the system or server and this independent structure of struts 2.0 is very much appreciated.

Creating web applications made easy with Struts 2.0

Simplified Actions

 

Actions are actually simple POJOs. An action class is precisely any java class having an execute() function. It is not needed to implement the interface on our part always. While developing the action classes, Inversion of control is introduced that in turn makes the action classes neutral to the framework?

Creating web applications made easy with Struts 2.0

Best Tag features

 

Style sheet driven markup capabilities are enabled by struts 2.0 tags. They are much more capable and very result oriented when it comes to creating web applications. The tags can be changed very easily just by changing an underlying spreadsheet.

Struts 2.0 is a very mature and well developed framework which is very popular among clients and the web programmers as well. There are other frameworks available in the markets which are termed as lightweight MVC unlike struts 2.0. In future there is always a possibility that these can form complex web applications by combining with struts. The future of web application creation seems very bright with Struts 2.0 and its capability to merge with other frameworks. So it is not long that we will have applications which we have only imagined till today.

 

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Using Eclipse idea to create java web applications

June 14th, 2011 | Posted under Software, Web Design Tutorials, Web Hosting | No Comments »

Using Eclipse idea to create Java web applications

Web applications are extensions to application servers. They are classified into two types, one is service oriented and the other is presentation oriented. These applications are designed using Java. Components like servlets and endpoints are made use of. These applications run on different computers. They make use of other servers or networks in order to communicate. It can even be simple as well as very complex with many details. The programming language Java is used because it comes with many packages for web application designing. The servlet technology is the framework of the process of web designing. Servlets are basically like classes.

How to install Eclipse

Installing Eclipse is quite easy. You have to just unzip the archive and run the  .exe file. Later launch the program with the Eclipse Workbench.  Eclipse is open source software and can be downloaded from its official site http://www.eclipse.org/.  The current version of Eclipse is 3.6.1

Using Eclipse idea to create java web applications

Usage of eclipse idea makes web application designing easier

Eclipse is additional multi-language software and also a plug in system. It is written in various programming languages. The widely used language is Java. It provides an environment for software development. It is suitable in its basic form for Java developers.

This software is open source which makes it free of cost as well as allows the user to modify the source code. It works best in the runtime environment provided by Java and is considered to be the best tool available for web applications based on java as it provides editing with cross referencing and validation.

Servlet Technology

It is a very important technology made available by Java and the simplest model for the creation of a web application. For creating a Java servlet you have to take care of Java Server Pages. It is similar to HTML but the basic difference it has embedded Java codes. The details we fill in the pages are first input and then it is sent to the servlet and it connects the user to the next page that is to be followed.

Using Eclipse idea to create java web applications

Steps to be followed while using Eclipse

First the software has to be installed and then a new project is to be created which can be selected from the main menu. Then select the option dynamic web project available under the option web. Then the runtime of the target is to be provided by the user. If the user is using eclipse for the first time then one needs to define a new server which can be reused for other projects too. The present version of eclipse web tools project used is 0.7.1. It is further upgraded to version 3.3 which is also available.

Advantages of Eclipse

It has made many developments over its previous versions. It has a better debugging support and also includes hyperlink stepping. It has a quicker navigation feature and the development is task focused. Also one of the good aspects of Eclipse is that it is very extendible and supports good plugins (e.g. CDT, PHPEclipse).

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A brief look on How Java-based web chat clients are made

June 20th, 2010 | Posted under The Internet, Web Hosting Tips | 1 Comment »

A brief look on How Java-based web chat clients are made

There are many websites using chat clients, either for the use of customer support, or just to provide entertainment. These chat clients are based on Java, the most preferred programming language, especially because it is very easy to be deployed on the web. Let us look at how Java based clients are made.

1. Requirements

For a graphical chat client, two command line parameters are required- the server name and the port number to connect to. This makes a socket connection and then opens a graphical interface with a relatively large output area and a smaller input area.

2. Transmission of message

When the user types the text and presses the Enter key, the input text is transmitted through the server, and the server will echo back everything that the client sends to it. The client will also display everything that it receives from the server in the output region. In case of multiple clients connecting to a simple server, a simple chat system is set up. Thus, a basic chat interface is set up.

3. The server and the client

When two users want to chat using such a program, each must have one instance of the program running on his/her computer. One of them should select to host the chat, and the port numbers should be the same on all machines connecting to the host machine. To interpret data, the communicating language should be recognizable by both the server and the client. The client can start using the chat only after its unique pseudo is authenticated by the server.

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Red5 – Revolutionizing Media Streaming

June 18th, 2010 | Posted under Software, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Red5 – Revolutionizing Media Streaming

With the increased use of Multimedia content on the Internet, there has been a requirement of dedicated multimedia streaming, a server that broadcasts live media over the web. Red5 is currently the best available software for this purpose. These are some features that give Red5 an edge as a media streamer –

1. Flash server with Java

It is a Flash server written in Java, that means it is platform independent. You can use any operating system to run the server.

2.Universal Video support

It supports all major video (FLV, F4V, MP4) and audio (MP3, F4A, M4A) format streaming.

3. Live video streaming

It allows live recording of streaming clients. This means it can record from a user who is streaming media over the Internet.

4. Live publishing

It allows for live stream publishing, that is, it can broadcast live multimedia.

5. Open Source Product

Red5 is an Open Source product. That means it is free of cost and its source code is freely available for you to customize according to your needs, unlike proprietary products that cost you money and maintenance, and does not allow you to modify their code.

6. Easy bug reporting system

It has the added advantage that whenever any bug is reported in the server, it is fixed immediately, quite unlike proprietary software.

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