[code snippet] How to cast types without warnings?

When we want to convert one type to another we usually cast it using round brackets:

 Object result = calculateResults();
 Foo foo = (Foo)result;
 // ...

This will cause IntelliJ to show Warning about casting. We could help it by adding condition with instanceof operator:

if (result instanceof Foo) {
   Foo foo = (Foo)result;
   // ...

Another way of casting can be done using cast() method:

Foo foo = Foo.class.cast(result);

And this  an be combined with isInstance() method:

if (Foo.class.isInstance(result)) {
   Foo foo = Foo.class.cast(result);

How to add <base> element to page header in ZK Framework

Sometimes it is useful to create <base> tag in a page header. This is easy when you have access to html files. It’s not so simple when you are on ZK Framework. This short snippet shows it should be done in a ZUL file:

<zscript><![CDATA[ page.addBeforeHeadTags("<base href=\"http://localhost:8080/your-webapp/\" />"); ]]></zscript>
<!-- your zk elements -->

[MongoDB] How to add a field to a subdocument of every document in a collection?

Let’s say that a collection named items:

    "_id" : "a",
    "authorization" : {
        "group1" : "lrw",
        "group2" : "lr-"
    "_id" : "b",
    "authorization" : {
        "group1" : "lrw",
        "group2" : "lr-"
    "_id" : "c",
    "authorization" : {
        "group1" : "lrw",
        "group2" : "lr-"

Now I would like to add a field to every “authorization”. The field may look like this:

{ "group3" : "lrw" }

Here’s the query that does that:

db.items.find({}).forEach(item => {
        { _id: item._id },
        { $set: { "authorization.group3": "lrw" } }

git status shows that files are modified but.. they are not!

This can be a real pain. You are working on git repo to which many developers with different OS (and with different line endings) contribute.
So, you have such a repo and at some time you may notice that some files which are marked as if they had been modified. You try to git checkout, reset, clean, but nothing helps…
It happens because of the wrong interpretation of line ending characters. This case is described here and here.
But actually the command suggested there did not help in my last case (and I lost more than two hours). Eventually, the following command solved the issue:

git config core.filemode false

Web components & Polymer how-to

How to invoke method from outside of a Polymer component when you’re in in a *.zul file from ZK Framework?

Polymer Element:

<script src="https://www.polymer-project.org/components/webcomponentsjs/webcomponents.js"></script>
<link rel="import" href="https://www.polymer-project.org/components/polymer/polymer.html">
<dom-module id="my-component">
			is: "my-component",
			alert: function() { alert("alert!"); }

Sample usage:

<zk xmlns:n="native" xmlns:w="client">
	<n:my-component id="myComponent"></n:my-component>
	<button id="someButton" w:onClick="document.querySelector('#myComponent').alert()">Click Me</button>

How to attach event listener to custom Polymer component and propagate event to server side using zAu?

The event is fired inside of a Polymer element using fire() method:

     this.fire('close-finish', "more detailed data", { bubbles: false });		

Native JavaScript below adds a new event listener to the component. Event handler executes zAu engine command to forward the event to the server.

    <n:script xmlns:n="native">
        function() {
        zAu.send(new zk.Event(zk.Widget.$('$cancelButton'), 'onClick', 'finish', {toServer:true}));

Some handy code for JVM8

How to map with casting in Java8

Original code:

 .filter(c -> c instanceof Client)
 .map(c -> (Client) c)

Better one:


How to convert an array to Stream?

Stream<String> str = Arrays.stream(array);
 str.forEach(x -> System.out.println(x));

How to find duplicates in a list?

The following snippet will filter out null values from the given list and then leave only those elements which are duplicated:

List<String> list = 
 Lists.newArrayList("aa", "bb", "cc", null, "aa", "bb", "aa", null, null);
  .filter(tag -> Collections.frequency(list, tag) > 1)

The results of the above code is aa, bb.

Do it online

Online programming editors/debuggers are getting popular. Here are the couple of them which I use from time to time:

  • IDEOne – a broad choice of programming languages (there is even BrainF**k, however, there is no XSLT)
  • jsFiddle – a nice IDE for JavaScript.
  • jsBin – another one for JavaScript
  • XSLTCake – useful IDE for XSLT. It is still ‘beta’, but it offers three types of XSLT processing (JavaScript, web service or .NET 4.0)
  • XML Playground – another cool IDE for XSL templates. Unfortunately it doesn’t support XSLT 2.0
  • Rubular – IDE for checking regular expression written in Ruby
  • XSLTTest – Small and neat application for XSLT. Supports XSLT 2.0.

Useful XSLT snippet with translate()

Let’s say there is a following function written in XSLT 2.0:

    <xsl:function name="str:convertBits">
        <xsl:param name="cpnNumber" />

            <xsl:when test="$cpnNumber = 1">
            <xsl:when test="$cpnNumber = 2">
            <xsl:when test="$cpnNumber = 3">
            <xsl:when test="$cpnNumber = 4">

Quite long, isn’t it?

This is how it can be shortened:

number(translate(xs:string($cpnNumbers[1]), '1234567890', '8421000000'))

How to change XML to lower case using XSLT multi-pass?

Today I’ve resolved another issue using XSLT multi-pass technique presented in my previous post. I think this be might useful in future, so I post it here. The XSLT translates the input XML to lower case (it changes only node names, it doesn’t affect data inside elements or attributes). After that, it applies the actual logic.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
<xsl:variable name="firstPassResult">
<xsl:apply-templates select="/" mode="firstPass"/>
<xsl:template match="@*|node()" mode="firstPass">
<xsl:apply-templates select="@*|node()"/>
<xsl:template match="*" mode="firstPass">
<xsl:element name="{translate(name(),'ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ',
<xsl:apply-templates select="@*|node()"/>
<xsl:template match="/">
<xsl:apply-templates select="$firstPassResult" mode="secondPass"/>
<xsl:template match="//boss" mode="secondPass">
<xsl:value-of select="text()"/>

The sample XML file (only to prove that this technique works):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

It worked under Altova XMLSpy and produced the following output:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>JohnHenryNathanigor