QuickFIX/J Message Representation Plugins

Although I haven’t had much time to work on QuickFIX/J since handing off the project leadership to Smart Trade, I still have many ideas about how the library could be improved. One feature I’d like to see added to QuickFIX/J is message representation plugin support. The current implementation of QuickFIX/J uses the message representation defined

Multithread Testing Challenges in Java

Christian at the Carbon Five Community recently published an interesting blog article on Multithreaded Testing. Christian showed how to use Java 5 built-in concurrency features to create a nice, clean multithreaded test for an article dispatcher. It’s a good example of using the Java concurrency features, but I wondered about the effectiveness of the test.

Unexpected Multithreading in Java

Multiple processor and multicore computing platforms are becoming very common and most programmers are aware that special Java programming techniques are required in these environments. A popular technique is to ensure that your code always executes in a single thread. It’s a reasonable strategy but it’s very easy to unintentionally violate that constraint. Consider this