Retrieving Files Recursively in Java

Sometimes I need to read recursively all the files from a directory. I kept using DirectoryScanner class from the Apache(located in ant.jar in my case). It has the advantage that it can filter through files based on the well-known asterisk matching. Recently I had to look-up in a directory containing lots and lots of files and it proved DirectoryScanner tended to be quite slow. So I used plain java for that(using and classes), for 2 reasons. First is that the speed can be improved quite easy. The second reason is that reporting progress in command line give the impression it takes less time.
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How To Resize/Convert Images In Java

Java comes by default with some classes to manipulate images. Those classes are located in java.awt package and are intended to be used for awt applications. For this reason they are not too rich in functionality to have enough options to control the resize quality. In the following snippet BufferedImage and ImageIO can be used to load an image in memory and to convert it to different format: Continue reading

How To Use JDBC addBatch Method with MySQL for Improved Performance

When you have to deal with a large amount of data to be operated on mySQL databases, the performance can be dramatically improved using a few simple tweaks.

First of all you have to use Statement.addBatch/executeBatch instead of simple execute methods. For each added batch, the jdbc driver will store in local memory and when the executeBatch is invoked, all the batches are sent at once to the database. This will result in an huge speed improvement.
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How To Download a File in Java

Here is a snippet that shows how to download a file in java. The snippet is tested and works just fine:

	static public void download(String address, String localFileName) 
											throws MalformedURLException
												 , FileNotFoundException
												 , IOException

		URL url = new URL(address);
		OutputStream out = new BufferedOutputStream(
								new FileOutputStream(localFileName));
		URLConnection conn = url.openConnection();
		InputStream in = conn.getInputStream();

		byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];
		int numRead;
		int progress = 0;
		while ((numRead = != -1) {
			out.write(buffer, 0, numRead);
			progress += 1024;
			System.out.print("\r" + (int)(progress / 1000)+ "kb");


How to use Post Method using Apache HttpClient 4

HttpClient is an apache java library that can be used to read pages over http. It can be used mainly for webpages and provide a well defined API that can handle Cookies, Sessions,… It offers support for both Get and Post methods, so it’s very useful for writing http java clients that can login and perform different actions on webpages.

Starting with the version 4 the classes were drastically changed. Old tutorials don’t works anymore and the class names and methods were changed to some degree which makes old code pretty useless if you want to switch to a version 4.
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How to Convert InputStream to String

Sometimes I feel there are too many classes in java to work with streams and files. InputStream is the base class of all the classes in Java IO API. The input stream class is intended to be used to read the data from different sources in chunks. This is useful for large streams that don’t fit in memory.

Lots of libraries returns objects of type InputStream and sometimes you know the stream small and you just need the data as a simple String. Here is the snippet written as a static method to transfer the data from a InputStream to a String.
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How to Read/Write Java Properties Files

Java properties files are just simple text files that are widely used in Java to store different properties which should not be hard coded in java source files. By convention, properties files should have the .properties extension. They have a simple structure, each line defining a key/value pair. It is also possible to define larger text values on multiple lines. The main benefit of the properties files is the one that they can be easily edited by hand using any text editor.
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