Collection of bad coding practices

Unbuffered I/O

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Reading and writing I/O streams byte-by-byte is too expensive, as every read()/write() call refers to the underlying native (JNI) I/O subsystem. Usage of buffered streams reduces the number of native calls and improves I/O performance considerably.


InputStream in = new FileInputStream(f); 
int b; 
while ((b = != -1) {    


InputStream in = new BufferedInputStream(new FileInputStream(f));

Written by Alex

November 22, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Posted in I/O

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  1. How about:

    byte[] buffer = new byte[4096];
    int length =;
    while(length > 0) {
    out.write(buffer, 0, length);
    length =;

    …thats how I transfer bytes from stream to stream…

    regards, Andy

    BTW: nice blog, keep up the good work


    September 5, 2008 at 6:36 am

  2. i have read that BufferedInputStream has synchronized modifier, so it can be slower than InputStream that hasn’t have this modifier (but we can see that it has native instead), some dirty tests can approve this theory, but I have tested and noticed, that BufferedInputStream is faster even if we try to read single char in file.


    December 25, 2011 at 12:24 am

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