Three Important Java Performance Best Practices

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These days Java systems have grown within the corporate software landscape because they provide a flexible language for running programs on all types of platforms.  Unfortunately, the Java language, like any software language, can suffer from bad design, coding and performance.  Since there are many factors that affect performance, below are three important Java project best practices that can help your Java application performance. 

First, avoid Java persistence frameworks for transaction data. Hibernate, JPA, and other persistence frameworks are popular because they can cache the database information and sometimes minimize complex SQL and enhance Java performance.  Unfortunately, these persistent frameworks can mask the amount of data used, encourage inefficient application join processing of cached data and, more importantly, lead to data transaction integrity issues.  These persistence frameworks also add another layer of complexity on top of database SQL and transaction failover processing that can already be technology- and Java-performance challenged.

Next, understand the transaction unit-of-work.  Service-oriented architecture (SOA) enables integration with all types of Java performance processing.  These web services can connect different types of processing. Understanding the Java services dependencies called during a transaction is vital for data integrity, database locking and minimization of transaction duration.  Java performance needs to be efficient and minimized to make sure the transaction can quickly synchronize a minimum of objects and provide a response to the user.  Make sure your transaction unit-of-work has a distinct starting and ending point so that all Java memory and database resources can be committed and appropriately reused. 

Third, make sure to profile your application’s Java performance.  Profiling your Java application provides a great amount of documentation and details about which services are being called and used within your application transactions.  Java profiling should be incorporated into your standard agile development processes when applications are turned over to production.  Profiling will document what the development team delivers and highlight any dramatic Java performance impacts.  The profile documentation is also great for documenting all the SQL database calls and their performance. 

Java is quickly becoming the most popular programming language for applications in many companies.  Make sure your programming procedures and processes are well documented.  There are many Java performance best practices, but these three important ones will help your application immediately.

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