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I just announced the new Spring Boot 2 material, coming in REST With Spring:


1. Java and Spring

>> Writing Clean Tests – Divide and Conquer

A good unit test should fail for only one reason” – this simple fact is oh so important to adhere to and has a major impact on the quality of your design. When I’m writing a test and I’m unable to identify a single and clear responsibility for that test – broadening the test is never a good answer. Instead – this is a clear code smell to tell me that I need to work on my design.

>> A beginner’s guide to Hibernate Types

A quick intro to Hibernate – before anything else, it’s good to have a solid grasp on the basics.

>> Listing a ZIP file contents with Stream API in Java 8

How to work with zip files in Java and the new Java 8 APIs – quick and to the point.

>> java.lang.OutOfMemoryError

Good page to understand the infamous Java OutOfMemoryError, and a cool presentation style as well.

>> Spring Boot 1.1 GA Released

Spring Boot is moving fast – maybe it’s time to mothball my usual heartbeat / health hand rolled APIs and start using /metrics instead.

Finally – a few upcoming and recorded webinars over on

2. Technical

>> RFC2616 is Dead

Probably the biggest news this week – if you’re doing any kind of work involving HTTP: the old HTTP spec is now OBSOLETE and replaced with 6 separate specs. 5 years in the making (or is it 7?) – I am excited about this. On to HTTP/2.0.

>> HTTP/1.1 just got a major update.

And a quick recap of the changes that were introduced with the new HTTP spec.

The more grasp you have over what happens on the network, the better off you’ll be understanding the overall behavior of your system, and the better chance you’ll have to find the low handing performance optimization fruit. And don’t think the isn’t any – there usually is.

>> 5 Ways to Use Log Data to Analyze System Performance

An interesting read on how log data is used to identify performance issues – the kind of insights that you can only get from large amounts of data across many applications.

>> Make Tests Fail

Reg-Green-Refactor – it’s a message that has been discussed over and over (and over) again; this is a quick and solid intro to the question – But Why Red?

3. Musings

>> The Zen of Rejection: Let Companies Go In That Other Direction

A personal read about dealing with rejection after a job interview, the myriad of chaotic factors that go into the outcome and how to deal with it with more nuance and sanity.

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I just announced the new Spring Boot 2 material, coming in REST With Spring: