The new Certification Class of REST With Spring is out:


My Weekly Review is one month old – so let’s look at what the end of January has for us.

On Spring

=> Spring Webminar Replays:

=> Spring Getting Started Guides

If you haven’t seen the Getting Started guides – you’re missing out – very useful to brush up on and keep up with best practices.

=> Testing Spring components with Mockito

Nice introduction about how is it is to test a standard Spring application with Mockito and Hamcrest.

=> Understanding Spring Web Initialization

A quick look at how to bootstrap a web app with Spring with Java only.

On Java

=> No need to wait – Java 8, it’s great

Practical view on how Java 8 lambdas will make things simpler.

=> Java 8 Friday Goodies: Lambdas and XML

=> Java 8 Friday Goodies: The New New I/O APIs

A new Java 8 series I’m following – the first (from last week) shows a very nice usage of lambdas for processing XML with a clean, JQuery-like syntax – something I’m definitely going to use next time I need to process XML.

The second article looks at how Java 8 has improved the way we work with files. Looking forward for the next one.

=> Java security patch breaks Guava library

I haven’t yet upgraded to the Java 7 update 51 – and I’ll probably hold off for a while longer – so this is just something to be aware of.


=> JSON pattern matching with sed, perl and regular expressions

A good run through a practical usecase using sed and some perl to work with raw json data – nice.

=> Automating JMeter tests with Maven and Jenkins

A good and in-depth article about running JMeter tests with Maven and Jenkins – I keep this one bookmarked for reference.

General Musings

=> Using BDD with Legacy Systems

This is useful for anyone working with Legacy systems (so likely for everyone). It’s a nuanced approach – no black and white here, and definitely worth reading.


That was a strong end for January – lot of Spring goodness, some interesting Java 8 stuff and a few other resources worth reading up on.

See you next time.

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Shoaib Ahmad Gondal

Waooo, that was amazing. Very nice review 🙂

Eugen Paraschiv

Glad you got use out of it – I’m trying to get into the habit of not just bookmarking the top stuff I read each week – but sharing it out.

Lukas Eder

You should also have a look at Petri Kainulainen’s blog. He also often shares his excellent knowledge, mostly about Spring and Maven:

Eugen Paraschiv
Yeah, that’s a good one – I’ve been subscribed to Petris blog for quite a while now (he’s actually present in my first two weekly reviews) – and I read his stuff regullarly. On these reviews I try to focus on code related articles with the ocasional exception – otherwise the weekly list would be a mile long :). I’m also trying to keep things relatielly different from week to week – as much as I can (my main source is RSS – stuff I read regullarly during the week). So – if you have any suggestions of stuff that… Read more »
Lukas Eder

Ah, I didn’t see your earlier reviews. Time to catch up! 🙂
Otherwise, here’s a good list of good blogs, if your day has 35 hours:

Eugen Paraschiv

Nice – I’ll go throught them. The way I add stuff to my RSS is – I first add them into a new/evaluating category – and only if I really like the stuff they put out I move them to their right category. But yeah, I really need to add some hours in the day (sleeping? that stuff is overrateed).