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29 Jul
My experience with Wicket

Today I found out that I'm not a Java programmer. The more I look at programming languages in general, the more I find Java to be clumsy and short-sighted. For a project at my work I tried Wicket.

A lot of web frameworks in Java have the "I'm scared by the web"-syndrome, in which they try to get rid of CSS and mostly JavaScript, and replace it all with Java. Wicket is no different in that respect. In my opinion, if you're scared of the web, don't build a web interface.

A colleague pointed me to the Play framework. It appears to be very much like Django, but then for Java and Scala. I've given it a go, and it looks very nice!

Read on for some of my reasons for disliking Wicket.

17 Jun
Python vs. Java revisited


Back in 2008 I wrote a small post about Python vs. Java. I've revamped it by adding more detail, and tossed in a primer on list comprehensions for free. I hope that once you've read that you're convinced that list comprehensions are a Good Thing.

And as an added bonus, I extended my website so that it can do syntax highlighting!

On to the article!

03 Nov
Java does not support Unicode, Python does

Sometimes Java just amazes me. As a friend of mine posted, Java does not support Unicode. Of course, my favourite language Python has a much friendlier approach to Unicode:

>>> s = '⿱𠂉乙'.decode('utf-8')
>>> s
>>> s[1]
>>> print s[1]

Perhaps,. people will some day start to understand that statically typed languages are not a guarantee of a bug-free application. In the end, it's more important that a language does what it is supposed to do.

10 Apr
Python vs. Java

I've updated this article on 2011-06-15. Comments from back in 2008 are referring to the original version (which cut some corners and was a little too short).

One of the major reasons my company prefers Java over Python, is Java's static type declarations (and all the benefits that follow). If only Python had that, my life would be so much nicer. Here is an example of code I have to work with, and an example of what the Python equivalent would look like.

The background of the code: We have a list of "identifiers" that can identify people who want to use a parking garage. These can be NFC cards, credit cards, and bar codes. We want to filter the list of known identifiers and return only those of type "barcode".

The code in Java:

private List<Identifier> barcodeTypeOnly(List<Identifier> ids)
    final List<Identifier> barcodes = new ArrayList<Identifier>();

    for (Identifier id : ids) {
        if (id.getType().equals(Identifier.TYPEBARCODE)) {

    return barcodes;

What it would look like in Python:

ids = the list of identifiers

barcodes = [identifier for identifier in ids
            if identifier.type == Identifier.TYPEBARCODE]

You could write that last one on a single line, but for clarity I wrote it like this. I understand that the list comprehension construction may not be instantly recognisable, so I wrote a little explanation after the break.