Category Archives: Programming

Export JSON from RoboMongo

I use RoboMongo extensively for all my Mongo development work / debugging. I however sorely needed a way to export JSON from it. A Stack Over Flow link came up in a Google search and I was able to export JSON for my use. Basically you need to execute this command which uses “printjsononeline” function provided by Mongo to give you one line JSON for each row in the collection:


Installing pip on MacOS

I recently started exploring python and immediately ran into the following issue:
$ pip install requests
-bash: pip: command not found

A quick google search yielded this result. So basically on MacOS you have Python preinstalled along with easy_install command. So the following command installs pip:

$ sudo easy_install pip
Searching for pip
Best match: pip 9.0.1
Processing dependencies for pip
Finished processing dependencies for pip

A quick and handy solution indeed!

Java Code To Extract Email From Text

I found a good piece of code which can be used to extract multiple email from a String. A modified version of the code is listed below:

public static String readContactEmailFromString(String resumeText) {
    final String RE_MAIL = "([\\w\\-]([\\.\\w])+[\\w]+@([\\w\\-]+\\.)+[A-Za-z]{2,4})";
    Pattern p = Pattern.compile(RE_MAIL);
    Matcher m = p.matcher(resumeText);

    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
    while(m.find()) {
        if (sb.toString().contains( continue;
        if (sb.toString().isEmpty()) {
        } else {
            sb.append("; " +;
    return sb.toString();

Fetching colleague’s fork on Github

I am currently using Github and all project members have forked the main repository into private repository. Now the problem is that I need to review my colleagues code committed in his branch inside his forked repository. So to do this I found out a good article that showed me exactly how to do that. I used the following approach.

git remote add my-colleague

git fetch my-colleague

git checkout -b my-colleague-branch --track my-colleague/branch

After I do this I can see all the work done by my colleague and I can switch back to my branch anytime.

Spring Certification

We can now do Spring certification without going for Pivotal training. It was long due and here it is finally!

Can you take Spring certification without Pivotal Training Course?

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5 Spring Framework Books for Java developers (Includes Spring Security and Spring Boot) – Best of lot

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List of good Curl commands

I use CURL for debugging my REST endpoints every now and then if I don’t want to use Postman or DHC clients. I usually like to copy paste results / statistics from command line into emails to my colleagues. This gives them a plain jane command which they can use to test themselves as well as compare their results with mine. The following article has some good pointers on how to use CURL and some very practical examples have been provided.

15 Practical Linux cURL Command Examples (cURL Download Examples)

Maven: Installing / adding local jar into your local maven repository

I needed to install a local jar file into my laptop’s local maven repository and found this article. I used this approach to install this jar file in my repo:

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=my-model-1.2.1.jar -DartifactId=my-model -Dversion=1.2.1 -Dpackaging=jar -DgeneratePom=true

This duly added the local jar file under appropriate group id and artifact id inside my maven repository and I was able to refer to this dependency through my project’s pom.


Measuring UTF-8 character size

Lets say I type something in Hindi and the outcome is listed below:

तीन व्याकितियों की औसत आयु ३३ वर्ष है.

In Hex View it will look like:

e0 a4 a4 e0 a5 80 e0 a4 a8 20 e0 a4 b5 e0 a5 8d e0 a4 af e0 a4 be e0 a4 95 e0 a4 bf e0 a4 a4 e0 a4 bf e0 a4 af e0 a5 8b e0 a4 82 20 e0 a4 95 e0 a5 80 20 e0 a4 94 e0 a4 b8 e0 a4 a4 20 e0 a4 86 e0 a4 af e0 a5 81 20 e0 a5 a9 e0 a5 a9 20 e0 a4 b5 e0 a4 b0 e0 a5 8d e0 a4 b7 20 e0 a4 b9 e0 a5 88 2e e0 a4 85 e0 a4 97 e0 a4 b0 20 e0 a4 89 e0 a4 a8 e0 a4 95 e0 a5 80 20 e0 a4 86 e0 a4 af e0 a5 81 20 e0 a5 a8 3a e0 a5 a9 3a e0 a5 aa 20 e0 a4 95 e0 a5 87 20 e0 a4 85 e0 a4 a8 e0 a5 81 e0 a4 aa e0 a4 be e0 a4 a4 20 e0 a4 ae e0 a5 87 e0 a4 82 20 e0 a4 b9 e0 a5 8b 2c e0 a4 a4 e0 a5 8b e0 a4 b9 20 e0 a4 89 e0 a4 a8 e0 a4 ae e0 a5 87 20 e0 a4 b8 e0 a5 87 20 e0 a4 b8 e0 a4 ac e0 a4 b8 e0 a5 87 20 e0 a4 ac e0 a5 9c e0 a5 87 20 e0 a4 95 e0 a5 80 20 e0 a4 86 e0 a4 af e0 a5 81 20 e0 a4 95 e0 a4 bf e0 a4 af e0 a5 8d e0 a4 a4 e0 a4 a8 e0 a5 87 20 e0 a4 b5 e0 a4 b0 e0 a5 8d e0 a4 b7 20 e0 a4 b9 e0 a5 8b e0 a4 97 e0 a5 80 3f

The main thing to notice here is that every hindi character is starting with the byte “E0”. This is basically a code point which identifies the code size of the UTF-8 character. The following table appropriate highlights it:

Binary    Hex          Comments
0xxxxxxx  0x00..0x7F   Only byte of a 1-byte character encoding
10xxxxxx  0x80..0xBF   Continuation bytes (1-3 continuation bytes)
110xxxxx  0xC0..0xDF   First byte of a 2-byte character encoding
1110xxxx  0xE0..0xEF   First byte of a 3-byte character encoding
11110xxx  0xF0..0xF4   First byte of a 4-byte character encoding



Embedding images directly into HTML

I needed to email an HTML report and I was not happy with the fact that we have to create zip file containing the HTML, Images etc. I knew it was possible to embed base64 data directly into HTML I started looking for some PoC. My search took me to an online base64 encoder and decoder. This gave me the idea to convert the external image files into base64 string and embed it directly into HTML. On some search I landed up Apache Commons Codec Library which contains a Base64 class which can be used to covert an input stream into a base64 string.