At the very beginning of 2014 I decided to start to track my reading habits and share the best stuff here, on Baeldung.
Curating my reading has made it more purposeful and diverse – and I'm hopefully providing value to you as well by allowing the best content of the week to raise to the top.
Here we go…
Spring Boot continues to be super-useful – and the Actuator concept with its minimal effort setup is one of these easy wins that can really add a lot of good stuff to your web app.
I'm finding more and more good uses for Spring Boot – but unfortunately not enough time to blog about it yet.
Useful rundown of how to configure various types of datasources with Spring Boot.
A solid end to end piece on building a REST API with an interesting combination of technologies – the usual Spring Boot and Spring Data JPA, but then JAXB.
Also – Liquidbase is worth mentioning just because it provides a much better base to build on than the Hibernate schema tool.
The “REST purist” side of my brain used to say that a REST API needs no documentation if it gets HATEOAS right. But I long since silenced the purist and embraced the pragmatic side of my brain when it comes to REST.
Swagger is a great option to publish a solid documentation for your API with relatively little effort. I've been using it and – besides the fact that it bloats your war with 30 megs worth of libraries – it's a great tool.
And of course, webinar replays and an upcoming one that I'm excited about:
The JVM is an amazing, adaptive piece of engineering.
Tuning it however is a different ball of wax – you need to do a lot of it to start getting good results. The funny thing is that – if you're just starting out, you're probably going to see better results just leaving the settings alone. But if you do that, you never learn – just don't do it on a production system.
Good Java 9 articles are few and far between. This one definitely fits the bill – it presents new data and brings some insights into what developers actually want out of the next Java release.
3. Technical and Musings
A must-read for any developer. Doesn't matter if you're an employee, a freelancer or doing consulting work – get over there and read it. There's not a lot of clear and transparent information out there about this stuff, so enjoy this one.
Feedback can be a powerful thing – both positive or negative. So reading through the last to pieces on “Dan Dreams of Coding” has been fun for me.
The next step in the Chess TDD series I've been covering here since the very beginning. This is scheduled for weekend viewing for me – but I wanted to include it here anyways to keep your weekend busy as well.
By now, the XKCD is mandatory:
5. Pick of the Week
I recently introduced the “Pick of the Week” section here in my “Weekly Review”. The interesting part is that it’s entirely exclusive to my email list subscribers.
So – if you came to this article from my email list, you have the pick already – hope you enjoyed it. If not – feel free to subscribe and you'll get the next one.