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At the very beginning of 2014 I decided to track my reading habits and share the best stuff here, on Baeldung.

2014 has been quite the year, covering each week with a review. I’ve been doing a lot more reading to make sure I cover and curate stuff that has value and is actually worth reading.

Let me know in the comments if you’re finding my reviews interesting and useful.

Here we go…

1. Spring and Java

>> Spring From the Trenches: Returning Runtime Configuration as JSON

Having the core properties my application uses logged on startup is important – it makes it easy to see the exact layout of the environment and spot potential problems quickly.

The simple but powerful mechanism presented in this article makes that straightforward to set up and can easily be extended to whatever family of properties you might use in your application.

>> Result Set Mapping: Complex Mappings

Last week this series explored basic mappings – now it takes a deeper dive into more advanced usecases such as mapping a query result to multiple entities.

>> Using Apache Kafka for Integration and Data Processing Pipelines with Spring

A good starting point for both Kafka as well as Spring Integration and Spring XD.

>> Storytelling with Tests #1: test names and granularity

Another article about testing? Hold your horses – this one actually discusses a real-world, sufficiently complex example and brings some valuable insights to the table. Good stuff.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical

>> KISS With Essential Complexity

Complexity in code – definitely worth a read.

I like reading pieces by people that are actually developing software for a living – there’s something pragmatic and real about this kind of writing. Yes – you can and should make things better, but don’t expect textbook-simple code in your project.

>> Microservice Design Patterns

An solid article illustrating the ways you can lay out a microservices architecture. Pushing past the hype – this is actually useful.

>> Things to consider before jumping to enterprise caching

A word of warning not to enable caching without first understanding what potential data consistency issues you are introducing into your app. There are certainly ways – good ways – to deal with these issues, but it’s important to have a good grasp of what these are first.

Also worth reading:

3. Musings

>> My Blog: If I Build It, Will They Come?

A very useful read if you’re thinking of starting up a blog, putting your work out there and iterating in public.

What I would add is that – if you are thinking of starting – do that today, not tomorrow – tomorrow is never.

4. Comics

And my favorite comics of the week:

>> Code Quality

>> I guess I don’t really need it

>> Are you trying to kill me?

5. Pick of the Week

Earlier this year I introduced the “Pick of the Week” section here in my “Weekly Review”. If you’re already on my email list – you got the pick already – hope you enjoyed it.

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