java 8

How to configure an Android project to use Java 8

As a quick note today, if you need to configure an Android project to use Java 8, I found that adding this setting to the app-level build.gradle file worked:

compileOptions {
    sourceCompatibility = '1.8'
    targetCompatibility = '1.8'

You can also use this syntax:

compileOptions {
    sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
    targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8

That setting goes inside the android setting in the build.gradle file, as shown here:

How to get the current year as an integer in Scala

Scala FAQ: How do I get the current year as an integer (Int value) in Scala?

Solution: Use the Java 8 Year or LocalDate classes, or the older old Java Calendar class. The solutions are shown below.

Passing an anonymous function to SwingUtilities.invokeLater (in Scala)

As a quick note, if you ever need to call the invokeLater of the Java SwingUtilities class in Scala, you can pass it an anonymous function (lambda) like this:

SwingUtilities.invokeLater(() => {
    // your gui-updating code here, such as:
    for (c <- newsControllers) c.updateContent()

(I haven’t worked with Java 8 lambdas too much, but I assume that the Java lambda syntax is similar to that.)

The Java 8 lambda Thread and Runnable syntax and examples

As a quick note, here are some examples of the Java 8 lambda Thread and Runnable syntax. As a little bonus I also show the Java lambda syntax in other situations, such as with an ActionListener, and several “handler” examples, including when a lambda has multiple parameters.

Android Room, database I/O, and Java 8 threads

I just started working with the Android Room database persistence library, and since you’re not supposed to run things like database queries on the main thread (the UI thread), I was looking at other ways to run them.

In general, you probably won’t want to run database queries using a Thread, but just to see how Room works, I wrote this Java Thread code, and confirmed that it works as expected:

How to iterate (loop) over the elements in a Map in Java 8

If you need to iterate over the elements in a Map in Java 8, this source code shows how to do it:

Map<String, String> map = new HashMap<String, String>();
map.put("first_name", "Alvin");
map.put("last_name",  "Alexander");

// java 8
map.forEach((k,v)->System.out.println("key: " + k + ", value: " + v));