Some Java file utilities

As a bit of warning, this is some old Java code, but if you want to create your own Java file utilities (utility methods), this code might help you get started:

An example of JSoup’s OutputSettings class

I ended up not using this code, but if you wanted to see one way to use JSoup’s OutputSettings (Document.OutputSettings) class to set some parameters before calling JSoup.clean, I hope this is helpful:

// tried some things to improve the html output
val settings: OutputSettings = new OutputSettings
settings.prettyPrint(true)  //`true` is default
settings.outline(true)  //this is close to what i want, but too extreme
val cleanHtml: String = Jsoup.clean(html, "", wl, settings)

I can attest that this code works, it’s just not what I need at the moment.

Also, the code shown is written in Scala, but as you can see, it converts easily to Java.

How large can a Java BigInteger be? alvin January 19, 2019 - 12:08pm

Java FAQ: How large can a Java BigInteger be?

Answer: The Java BigInteger Scaladoc states the following:

“BigInteger must support values in the range -2Integer.MAX_VALUE (exclusive) to +2Integer.MAX_VALUE (exclusive) and may support values outside of that range.”

The Scala BigInt wraps Java’s BigInteger, so it will also have the same data range.

A note about Scala/Java startup time

I was reading this post by Martin Odersky (Make the Scala runtime independent of the standard library) and came across this comment by Li Haoyi: “This would also make it more feasible to use Scala for tiny bootstrap scripts; current Mill’s launcher is written in Java because the added classloading needed to use scala.Predef (even just println) easily adds a 200-400ms of initialization overhead.” I haven’t written anything where the startup time of a Scala application was a huge problem, but that was interesting to read.

(Though I should say that I wish all Scala/Java command-line apps started faster. It’s one reason I occasionally think about using Haskell for small scripts, so I can compile them to an executable.)

A Scala “Word of the day” shell script

I have a 19" monitor on the counter between my kitchen and living room, and it’s powered by a Raspberry Pi. I use the Linux Phosphor screen saver to show a scrolling “news and stock ticker” on the display, which I’ve programmed to show news from several different sources (Atom and Rss feeds, along with other news and data sources). An old version of the display looks like this:

My Raspberry Pi news ticker display

Today I added a new “Word of the day” feature to the display, and as with all of the other code, I wrote a Scala shell script to generate the output.

Scala code to find (and move or remove) duplicate files

My MacBook recently told me I was running out of disk space. I knew that the way I was backing up my iPhone was resulting in me having multiple copies of photos and videos, so I finally decided to fix that problem by getting rid of all of the duplicate copies of those files.

So I wrote a little Scala program to find all the duplicates and move them to another location, where I could check them before deleting them. The short story is that I started with over 28,000 photos and videos, and the code shown below helped me find nearly 5,000 duplicate photos and videos under my ~/Pictures directory that were taking up over 18GB of storage space. (Put another way, deleting those files saved me 18GB of storage.)