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On to the third week of January and my third Weekly Review – no time like the present to go into the picks.

On Spring

=> The Spring Framework 4.1 plan – and 4.0.1 & 3.2.7 releases coming up next week

This one had to start the list off – the plans for the upcoming Spring releases, so if you're working with Spring now or plan to do so, this is a must read.

=> SpringOne2GX 2013 Replay: REST-Ful API Evolution

Great video on evolving a REST API in the right way (with Hypermedia, not versions).

On Java

=> Exploiting encrypted cookies for fun and profit

Great material about what to use and what not to use encrypted cookies for – seriously worth reading.

=> Haste makes waste – here comes Hibernate Validator 5.1.0.Beta1

One more step towards Hibernate Validator 5.1 – which is getting more and more powerful.

=> Intro to Unit Testing 9: Tips and Tricks

Deep dive into unit testing – worth a read, especially if you've been TDD-ing (hope that's a verb) for years.

=> Builder pattern using Java 8

Fun way to build a POM with Java 8 clojures and a builder.


=> “That's not Hypermedia!”

If you're not already getting Mike Amundsen in your RSS feed (and what could possibly be the reason not to?) – this recent article discusses practical examples of what is and what isn't Hypermedia.


=> Segregated DOM

Martin Fowler on how to work with the DOM in a way that actually makes sense – great read (twice).

General Musings

=> Programmers, Teach Non-Geeks The True Cost of Interruptions

Fun article about a serious subject – productivity and interruptions. Some great insights into the different work patterns of a Maker and a Manager – for further reading on this, there's always the timeless: Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule.


And that wraps up week 3 of January – happy reading.

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