Here, I want present you a powerfull command line tool for daily tasks named Swiss File Knife (SFK), which a lot of features:

  • Search text and binary files.
  • Filter and replace text in files.
  • Instant FTP and HTTP server, for easy file transfer between machines.
  • List directory tree sizes and files.
  • Zero installation, all-in-one executable.
  • Open source for Windows (9x/NT/XP/Vista/7), Linux and Mac.

SFK simply runs instantly, anywhere. SFK Base is free. SFK Extended Edition can also process .zip .jar .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 contents directly. To use this tool:

  • download the free swiss file knife base from sourceforge.
  • unpack the tool using winzip or unzip.
  • open the Windows Command Line or a Linux shell.

Personaly, I use SFK in order to search a specific class in a lot of jars files:

echo off 
sfk list -zip R:javadeveclipse_workspacesdefault-3.3myprojectlibs | find "DocumentController.class"

with for example the following results:


But SFK makes daily tasks easy a lot of others things: find and extract text in binary files, list dir tree sizes, filter and replace text, run an instant ftp server, http server for easy file transfer, find duplicate files, join many text files into one, create and verify md5 checksum lists, run a command on all files, detab text, create hexdumps from files, trace contents of a tcp connection, find dependencies between files, print colored text to terminal, locate commands in the path, print last lines of a file, convert CR/LF, hex to binary, binary to source code, split and join large files, list the contents of all .zip .jar .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 files…etc.


Often, developers forgotten the transactional behaviour of proxies Spring:
– by default, the transaction is rollbacked only in the case of runtime, unchecked exceptions (an instance or subclass of RuntimeException) and for Errors;
– the transaction is not rollbacked if a checked exception is thrown from a transactional method.

A good practice is to create 2 types of checked exceptions extending Exception:
– one for the rollback needs for example “BusinessMessageException extends Exception”,
– an other for the no-rollback needs for example “BusinessMessageExcWithoutRollback extends BusinessMessageException”,

and modify the transaction parameters of classes with

"@Transactional(readOnly = true, rollbackFor=BusinessMessageException.class)"

and depending on needs, the parameters of each transactional method with:

"@Transactional(readOnly = false, propagation = Propagation.REQUIRED, noRollbackFor=BusinessMessageExcWithoutRollback.class)"

After several information’s requests concerning the Spring certification, I have decided to write these some words about the SFC certification (Spring Framework Core) in order to share my resources and mock exams.

First, I have received during october 2008, the first training “Spring Framework Core” (4 days) at Luxembourg by the company Spring Source (Creators of the Spring framework). At the end of training, a voucher had been offered to allow the examination. Then, I took the exam SFC 2.5 during june 2011. This exam was about the version 2.5 of Spring, it had 50 multiple choice questions (one only possible answer per question), 88 minutes allotted for this exam. It is success when more than 75% of correct answers, and a provisional certificate of achievement is printed and delivered. The final certificate is received by email and/or post a few weeks later.

Concerning the registration and scheduling of exams, the candidates must register and schedule by:

  • Visiting the Pearsonvue website or Calling the Pearson VUE Call Center.
  • Spring exam should be scheduled at least one full business day in advance.
  • Candidates who need to cancel or reschedule their appointment must do so within 24 hours of their exam appointment.

For my preparation, I have studied Spring with:

For the mock exams, you could use the following resources which some are free and others by paying some euros:

To conclude this post, I propose you a ZIP bonus: a ZIP file containing the several mock exams with the corrections.

Best regards,


Today, I propose a very simple fake SMTP server designed for unit and system testing applications that send email messages. The class is a ServerSocket (Runnable) which responds to the standard SMTP commands but does not deliver messages to the user. The messages are printed in the full SMTP server log containing all the information exchanged between the SMTP server & the clients.

This ServerSocket could be executed in standalone in a Runnable or in a WEB project via a ContextServletListener configured in the web.xml:

	public static void main(String[] args) {
		try {
			FakeSMTPServer srv = new FakeSMTPServer();
			while (true) {
			} // end-while
		} catch (Exception e) {
		} // end-try

The classes in attachment need the junit-4.1.jar, mail-1.3.2.jar and spring-2.5.5.jar to be used.

Note: There is other products like SMTP4DEV usable directly without installation.

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