At the very beginning of 2014 I decided to start better documenting my reading habits and sharing them here with all of you.
The point is two fold – by curating and documenting, my reading has become more purposeful and diverse. Also – I believe that curation of good content brings a lot of value, helps people explore and allows the best stuff to raise to the top.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy these as we move in the latter half of 2014.
Here we go…
Get to know what's happening to your Strings inside the JVM. This piece missed last weeks update by a few hours – and since it's quite good, I'm starting this review with it. Have a read.
This was quite an interesting read about the inner workings of Java Random.
A quick guide to the various implementations of garbage collectors in the JDK – nice high level overview.
The big news this week is of course that Spring 4.1 is out. I'm mostly excited about the new static resource resolution and the new isolation level support in a Hibernate/JPA setup.
The WebSocket support in Spring is growing and maturing quite nicely. I might have the chance to use it for some production code soon on a client project – so better integration with Spring Security is a very nice step forward.
And of course Spring is tirelessly putting out new releases and webinars, besides the 4.1 release:
- >> Spring Security OAuth 2.0.3 Available Now
- >> Spring Boot 1.1.6 released
- >> Webinar: Microservices with Spring Boot – Sept 16th
- >> Webinar: Process Driven Spring Applications with Activiti – Sept 23rd
3. Technical and Musings
Another pragmatic piece that goes into two different ways of thinking. If you're doing consulting work, this should be familiar – having a goal and working towards it at all times versus simply working. Added points if that is a business goal or a learning goal.
A pragmatic outlook on picking your testing tools inteligently – from Uncle Bob. Having a solid test suite is no good if it misses the point of providing very short feedback loops.
The Markdown spec is out – this is forward movement in leaps and bounds, and it's exciting even if you're not explicitly working on markdown. Also, along with an interesting public apology, it's now called Common Markdown.
This is a quick read, but an impactful and interesting one to say the least. Can't quite put my finger on why that is – but it's there.
Let's finish this strong with XKCD – and end the week with a chuckle:
Have a great weekend and let me know down in the comments if you're enjoying the new “Comics” section. I am having fun shitfing through my bookmarks and putting it out.