Website traffic: Search vs Share alvin February 26, 2018 - 2:22pm

I was just reading this Seeking Alpha article about Facebook and saw the attached image, where for a while “link sharing” on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest overtook search engines in terms of “share of website visits,” but in 2017 search engines once again overtook sharing. The question is, does this mean that fewer people are using those social websites, or fewer people are sharing and clicking on those links?

Basic Scala XPath searching with \ and \\

Problem: When writing a Scala application, you want to search an XML tree for the data you need using XPath expressions.


Use the \ and \\ methods, which are analogous to the XPath / and // expressions. The \ method returns all matching elements directly under the current node, and \\ returns all matching elements from all nodes under the current node (all descendant nodes).

To demonstrate this difference, create this XML literal:

Scala XML examples: XML literals, mixing XML and Scala source code, XPath searching

A really terrific feature about Scala is that XML handling is built into the language. This means you don't have to deal with XML as String objects, you deal with it as XML objects.

Here are just a few examples of using XML in Scala. First, you can create an XML literal like this:

scala> val hello = <p>Hello, world</p>
hello: scala.xml.Elem = <p>Hello, world</p>

Again, note that this is not a String, there are no double quotes; we've just defined an XML literal in Scala.

A shell script to search multiple jar files for a Java class or pattern

I've found that there are several times when I need to be able to find a Java class inside of a jar file. Usually this happens when something isn't working, and I get something like a Java ClassNotFoundException. In the process of debugging this problem -- especially if I'm using a jar library that I haven't used before -- I list the contents of one or more jar files to debug the problem.