Oct 31

The Java Language Specification can be found here.

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Oct 11

The DBUtil library from Apache provides a set of class for doing a variety of standard database tasks.

eg. To make a query becomes as simple as the following, providing the result set as a List of arrays where each list elements contains a row.

QueryRunner runner = new QueryRunner();
ArrayListHandler handler = new ArrayListHandler();
List<Object[]> result = runner.query(connection,
    "SELECT * FROM MyTable WHERE name=?", handler, "Joe Smith");

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Oct 06

The Spherical law of cosines gives a pretty accurate result that will be sufficient for most applications.

    lat, longs are in radians
public static double distance(double lat1, double lon1, 
                                              double lat2, double lon2) {
    return R * Math.acos(Math.sin(lat1) * Math.sin(lat2) +
        Math.cos(lat1) * Math.cos(lat2) * Math.cos(lon1 - lon2));

private static final double R = 6371.0;  // earths mean radius in km

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