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by Vjacheslav Ignatyev on October 30, 2012

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Make Jdb Sourcepath

by Vjacheslav Ignatyev on July 2, 2012

I’ve reimplemented script which scans sources and makes rc file for the Jdb. Now it’s in Elisp jdb-sourcepath.el.

Here is init.el snippet:

(require 'jdb-sourcepath)
 (lambda ()
   (set 'gud-jdb-sourcepath (jdb-sourcepath-from-rc))))

(run-at-time "1:00am" (* 60 60 24) 'jdb-setup)

“Connection Manager” for the Sqlplus Mode

by Vjacheslav Ignatyev on June 27, 2012

As a developer you have to deal with several different databases. It’s not easy to keep all of your environments in mind. Let’s use Org-mode to help yourself.

Keep an environment’s description in “org-mode” table:

* environments
** databases
| service (sid) | user      | pwd    |
| prod          | owner app | god    |
| dev           | dbo       | love   |
| uat           | dba       | secret |

Place the point to a connection line, call sqlplus-x-connect and you will get connected sqlplus-mode buffer. If different users have the same password you can write them in one cell.

Here is the sqlplus-x-connect

(require 'sqlplus)
(require 'org-table)
(defvar sqlplus-x-columns '(sqlplus-x-service sqlplus-x-user sqlplus-x-pwd))
(defun sqlplus-x-connect ()
  "Build a connection string and make a connection. The point must be in an org-mode table.
Columns of the table must correspond to the `sqlplus-x-columns' variable."
      ((cur-row (nth (org-table-current-dline) (org-table-to-lisp)))
       (is-user-selected (= (org-table-current-column) (+ 1 (position 'sqlplus-x-user sqlplus-x-columns)))))
      (if is-user-selected
          (thing-at-point 'symbol)
        (nth (position 'sqlplus-x-user sqlplus-x-columns) cur-row))
      (nth (position 'sqlplus-x-pwd sqlplus-x-columns) cur-row)
      (nth (position 'sqlplus-x-service sqlplus-x-columns) cur-row))
     (concat (nth (position 'sqlplus-x-service sqlplus-x-columns) cur-row) ".sqp"))))

(global-set-key [f4] 'sqlplus-x-connect)

Advice. Use EasyPG package to keep your connections table in secret.

Java Development With Emacs

by Vjacheslav Ignatyev on June 22, 2012

I would like to share my J2EE development environment. Currently it’s Emacs 23 on Linux, Maven and few additional pieces of software.


The JDE is a major mode for editing java sources. I will not describe the whole package, just emphasize customizations and a way I use it. Since JDE has lack of Maven support I use Maven2 Jdee plugin to transforms pom.xml to prj.el. Here is oneliner which periodically performs such transformation on projects tree:

$ crontab -l
0 2 * * * find ~/projects/ -path \*/arch -prune -o \( -name pom.xml -print \) | \
sed 's/pom.xml//' | sort | awk 'BEGIN {P="doh"} {if (index($0, P)==0){P=$0; print P "pom.xml"}}' | \
xargs -P1 -n1 $M2_HOME/bin/mvn install jdee:jdee -DskipTests=true -q -f

Unfortunately this script is quite complex because there are multi-module Maven POMs and we have to exclude their subprojects.

The JDE’s settings are quite simple. I just set compiler output directory to the temporary folder to prevent the source directories from useless compiled files.

(load "jde-autoload")
(setq jde-check-version-flag nil)
(setq jde-compile-option-directory
      (concat user-emacs-directory "tmp"))

(require 'gud)
(defun java-my-minor ()
  (gtags-mode t)
  (glasses-mode t)
  (auto-complete-mode t)
  (add-to-list 'ac-sources ac-source-gtags)
  (local-set-key [f8] 'gud-next)
  (local-set-key [f9] 'gud-cont)
  (local-set-key (kbd "M-/") 'hippie-expand)
  (local-set-key (kbd "C-c C-v .") 'jde-complete-minibuf)
  (add-hook 'before-save-hook
            (lambda ()
            nil t)
  (add-hook 'after-save-hook 'jde-compile nil t)))
(add-hook 'jde-mode-hook 'java-my-minor)


The JDE has nice feature “Context-Sensitive Class Help”. There are no problems when you have graphical UI (XServer, Windows, etc.), you just specify your favourite browser (I’m sure it’s “Conkeror” ) and use it. I wish I had graphical UI. Console is all that I have. So I use text mode browser “w3″. It’s unable to display local files so there is small fix:

(require 'jde-help)
;; w3 fail to load local file, so skip this feature
(defmethod jde-jdhelper-show-url ((this jde-jdhelper) url)
  (let ((doc-url (jde-url-name url)))
   (message "Displaying %s from %s"
            (oref url :class)
	     (oref (oref url :docset) :description))
   (jde-jdhelper-show-document this doc-url)))


One of the most boring routine in Java language is specifying imports. The JDE might do it for us automatically. All we need is just to append calls to “before-save-hook”. To provide fast call back each file is compiled after saving, so you can efficiently fix cause of error without full project rebuilding.

  (add-hook 'before-save-hook
            (lambda ()
            nil t)
  (add-hook 'after-save-hook 'jde-compile nil t)))

I use “compile” command to run Maven goals. It’s suitable for all targets such as building, testing, running. Torstein K. Johansen suggests to use “C-z” binding to call “compile”. Setting “jde-compile” variable to “compile” seems reasonable as well. Anyway:

(setq jde-compile 'compile)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-z") 'compile)

Here is a few additional regexps to recognize compilers output:

(require 'compile)
(setq compilation-error-regexp-alist
       ;; works for maven 3.x
       '("^\\(\\[ERROR\\] \\)?\\(/[^:]+\\):\\[\\([0-9]+\\),\\([0-9]+\\)\\]" 2 3 4)
       ;; works for maven jde javac server
       '("^\\(/[^:]+\\):\\([0-9]+\\):" 1 2)
       ;; surefire
       '("^\\sw+(\\(\\sw+\\.\\)+\\(\\sw+\\)).+<<< \\(FAILURE\\|ERROR\\)!$"2)))

I append predefined command lines from “”. Header of each line is part of effective command so is possible to find a line in mini-buffer’s history by pressing “M-r” + “header”:

;; append compilation snippets
(let ((snippets-buf
          (concat user-emacs-directory "/etc/")))
  (setq compile-history nil)
     '(lambda nil
          (nth 4 (org-heading-components))
          (mapconcat 'string (org-get-entry) ""))))
     1 (buffer-end 1))
    (kill-buffer snippets-buf)))

Here an is example of predefined command lines (“”):

P="dev,risk"; SKIP="true"; \
mvn clean install -f ~/projects/h/vaadin-components/pom.xml -DskipTests=$SKIP && \
mvn clean install -f ~/projects/h/hierarchies/pom.xml  -DskipTests=$SKIP -P$P 

P="dev,risk"; SKIP="true"; \
MAVEN_OPTS="$MAVEN_OPTS -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,address=40487,server=y,suspend=n"; \
mvn  -pl application/ jetty:run-exploded -f ~/projects/h/hierarchies/pom.xml  \
-P$P -Djetty.port=40480 

PL="core"; P="dev,risk"; SKIP="true"; \
mvn clean install -f ~/projects/h/hierarchies/pom.xml  -DskipTests=$SKIP -P$P -pl "${PL}" && \
MAVEN_OPTS="$MAVEN_OPTS -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,address=40487,server=y,suspend=n"; \
mvn  -pl application/ jetty:run-exploded -f ~/projects/h/hierarchies/pom.xml  \
-P$P -Djetty.port=40480


I use GNU GLOBAL as tagging system. It provides more correct tags table for Java then ctags or etags.

(require 'gtags)
(autoload 'gtags-mode "gtags" "" t)
(setq gtags-suggested-key-mapping t)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c C-f") 'gtags-find-file)
(add-hook 'gtags-select-mode-hook
  '(lambda ()
     (setq hl-line-face 'underline)
     (hl-line-mode 1)))


Log4j mode nice and only mode for viewing log4j logs in Emacs.

(require 'log4j-mode)
(setq auto-mode-alist
      (append '(("server.log" . log4j-mode)
                ("catalina.out" . log4j-mode)
                ("tomcat.log" . log4j-mode))
 (lambda ()
   (setq truncate-lines t)
   (text-scale-set -1)
   (toggle-read-only t)


There are no special settings for Auto Complete Mode except adding “jde-mode” to “ac-list” and adding “gtags” as source.

(require 'auto-complete-config)
(add-to-list 'ac-dictionary-directories "~/.emacs.d/site-lisp/auto-complete/ac-dict")
(add-to-list 'ac-modes 'jde-mode)
(setq ac-ignore-case 'smart)
(setq ac-use-menu-map t)
(define-key ac-menu-map "\C-n" 'ac-next)
(define-key ac-menu-map "\C-p" 'ac-previous)


I use jdb as a debuger. There are some additional steps to make it work properly. I’ve made script wich appends all sources from the projects tree into ~/.jdbrc and ~/.emacs.d/var/jdb-directories.el. Both of them are used for proper navigation within sources. Script runs periodically.



SEARCH_EXT="java groovy"
SEARCH_EXLUDE_PATH="examples test samples tests tmp vendors target"

# construct searching regexp
    echo -n ${BASE_NAME}
    echo -n '.*\.\('
    echo -n ${SEARCH_EXT} | sed 's/\ /\\|/g'
    echo -n '\)$'

REGEXP_EXCLUDE=$(echo ${SEARCH_EXLUDE_PATH} | sed 's/\ /\\|/g' )

# findup sources
find $BASE_NAME -follow \( -path \*/.svn -o -path \*/target \) -prune -type f -o \( -path \*/src/\* \) -iname '*.java' \
| xargs -n1 -P0 awk '/^\t*package/ { sub(";",""); num=match(FILENAME, $2); print substr(FILENAME, 1, num - 2); exit}'  \
| sort | uniq | sed '/^$/ d; s/cygdrive\/c/c:/;' > ${TMP_LIST}

(awk 'BEGIN {print "use ."} {sub("/cygwin/c","c:/"); print $0 }' ${TMP_LIST} | tr '\n' ':' > ${HOME}/.jdbrc ) &
(awk 'BEGIN {print "(setq gud-jdb-sourcepath (quote ("} END {print ")))"} { print "\"" $0 "\"" } ' ${TMP_LIST} \
| tr '\n' ' '  > ${EMACS_JDB_DIR}) &

This is the hook which sets sources path for the jdb:

 (lambda ()
       (convert-standard-filename "var/jdb-directories.el")))))

The brilliant Jdb feature is redefining class on fly. Here is a shortcut for it:

;; Redefine class thru jdb
   "redefine %%c %s/%s.class"
   (file-truename jde-compile-option-directory)
   (replace-regexp-in-string "\\." "/" (gud-format-command "%c" arg))))
 "\C-r" "Redefine class")