What is Ahead-of-Time Intervals in Java?

Video presentation of experimental Ahead Of Time intervals by two skilled developers 
04 August 2017   503

Java

 Popular general-purpose programming language and computing platform

Vladimir Kozlov,  principal technical staff member at Oracle, and Igor Veresov talked about the inner workings of the experimental AOT implementation - compilation phases, changes to Graal to support AOT, library sections, code execution model, novel approaches to profiling, runtime support.

AOT motivations:

  • Needed for long term strategy of supporting Future Java based JIT compiler.
  • Faster startup for the apps, with Hot Methods and class Initializers available.
  • Provide quicker time to peak performance.
  • Density improvement.

Additionally, strong and weak sides of AOT are discussed. Performance results. Future plans (cpu/os ports, CDS integration, heap serialization). 

What is Web3j?

Small review of lightweight Java and Android library for integration with Ethereum clients
15 December 2017   829

What is webj3?

web3j is a lightweight, highly modular, reactive, type safe Java and Android library for working with Smart Contracts and integrating with clients (nodes) on the Ethereum network:

web3j architecture
Web3j Architecture

This allows you to work with the Ethereum blockchain, without the additional overhead of having to write your own integration code for the platform.

According to the developers, these are the features:

  • Complete implementation of Ethereum's JSON-RPC client API over HTTP and IPC
  • Ethereum wallet support
  • Auto-generation of Java smart contract wrappers to create, deploy, transact with and call smart contracts from native Java code (Solidity and Truffle definition formats supported)
  • Reactive-functional API for working with filters
  • Ethereum Name Service (ENS) support
  • Support for Parity's Personal, and Geth's Personal client APIs
  • Support for Infura, so you don't have to run an Ethereum client yourself
  • Comprehensive integration tests demonstrating a number of the above scenarios
  • Command line tools
  • Android compatible
  • Support for JP Morgan's Quorum via web3j-quorum

It has five runtime dependencies:

  • RxJava for its reactive-functional API
  • OKHttp for HTTP connections
  • Jackson Core for fast JSON serialisation/deserialisation
  • Bouncy Castle (Spongy Castle on Android) for crypto
  • Jnr-unixsocket for *nix IPC (not available on Android)

It also uses JavaPoet for generating smart contract wrappers.

Lear more at GitHub.