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Thursday, 7 January 2010

Why does ... (or the problem of predictive search)

found this when I started typing 'why does...'

I think most search engines would rank the results according to popularity, rather than results or relevancy. So it's shocking to know what people really want to know about themselves and their dogs. Funny though

(Google Predictive Search)
FYI: I wanted to search for 'Why does it hurt when I pee' (not for myself, but the popular Frank Zappa song. I assure you, everything is fine!)

Monday, 4 January 2010

Joke of the Koala and the Crocodile...

I shared the PDF of the Koala joke.

Java & MySQL select query to return a two dimensional array of results

(vector of arrays actually)

When I started to do some Java again, I noticed that Java doesn't really have an easy way of getting an array from a query, if you don't always want to declare how many columns and rows you expect. To circumvent this problem I have a class in my toolkit that contains a method that returns a vector of result lines and each element contains an array of results...

This makes it really easy then to just write a query, like
Vector  myResultVector = selectQuery("select * from customerdetails");
, and get the Vector of arrays back.

To illustrate, here is the method:

public Vector selectQuery(String query) throws SQLException {
  Statement st = connection.createStatement();
  ResultSet res = stat.executeQuery(query);
  ResultSetMetaData rsmd = result.getMetaData();
  numCols = rsmd.getColumnCount();
                // Optional print out:
  //System.out.println("The query was executed. The number of columns returned is: " + numCols);

         //We don't return this here in the same method, but this variable is declared earlier and can be returned through a different method.
  for (int i=1; i<=numCols; i++) {
            columnNames.add(i-1, rsmd.getColumnName(i));
           // System.out.println(columnNames.elementAt(i-1));

  while ( {
   String[] arr1 = new String[numCols];
   for (int t=1; t <=numCols; t++) {
    arr1[t-1] = result.getString(t);
  return results;

In the constructor of the actual class, I have the database connection, looking something like this:
 public mysqlConnector() {
  try {
   String userName = "YOURUSER";
   String passWord = "YOURPASSWORD";
   String url = "jdbc:mysql://YOURSERVER/YOURSCHEMA";
   Class.forName ("com.mysql.jdbc.Driver").newInstance ();
            connection = DriverManager.getConnection (url, userName, passWord);
            System.out.println ("Database connection established!");
  catch (Exception err1) {
   System.err.println ("Cannot connect to database server!");

Maybe worth mentioning the global variables that I declare in this class:

 public Vector results = new Vector ();
 public Vector  columnNames = new Vector  ();
 public int numCols  = 0;
The results, because there are other methods that are using the same Vector, the columnNames and the numCols, because there is a method that returns them when I need them:
public Vector  getColumnHeaders(){
  return columnNames;
 public int getColumnNumber(){
  return numCols;
It might also be good to close the database connection when you don't need it anymore:

 public void disconnectionNotice() {
  if (connection != null) {
   try {
    connection.close ();
    System.out.println("Connection to DB closed!");
   catch (Exception err2) {
Hope this helps some of you that might have struggled with the same problem. Email me if this isn't all clear to you... Happy to help.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Installing the Google debian / ubuntu repository (chrome / picasa)

I have found it difficult to find the line what exactly the line is that I need add to my /etc/apt/sources.list ... I finally found it on the Google site here.

But to spell it out:

# Google software repository
deb stable non-free main

If you are using the GUI, you can simply go to

Software Sources > Other Software > Add

and add the repositories this way. This should then also automatically provoke an update of the software sources...

There might get a warning saying that the package is unsigned. I haven't tried, but from what I can see, there is a link on the Google page.