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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…

1. Java and Spring

>> One more library for JDK 9?

A “Put Op or Shut Up” call to arms for an addition to the JDK – one that’s potentially small enough to make it into JDK 9 and also belongs there. Any thoughts?

>> Converting from Joda-Time to java.time

I’ve been using joda-time for as long as I can remember. However, moving into JDK 8 territory – it’s time to switch back to the standard Date libraries. Here’s how.

>> An entity modelling strategy for scaling optimistic locking

Another good piece on optimistic locking – this time about strategies of using versions for entities. This looks like a small eBook in the making.

>> No properties in the Java language

“The Java Language is not getting properties”

>> How Immutability Helps

Good insights into why immutability should clearly be a major focus for library designers. For everyone else really, but the design of a library that’s used by a lot of developers sets the tone and should lead by example.

>> JMeter Version 2.12 Is Out

JMeter is an essential tool, and one that I find myself using on each and every non trivial project. So when a new version comes out with a lot of cool features – I’m excited.

>> Spring boot war packaging

Quick and to the point about how to do the war packaging for a Spring Boot project, instead of the executable jar approach.

And a host of Webinars replays from SpringOne:

And of course, the releases of the week:

2. Technical and Musings

>> Give Me Bare-Metal

This piece is a must read if you’re working at any kind of scale, or if you’re stuck in the “bare metal” mentality.

Bare metal is important – and, as an engineer, you need to have a solid understanding of it before doing further – but you do need to go further to grow.

>> The “Synthesize the Experts” Anti-Pattern

An interesting read about mentorship in growing in the technical sense.

>> Development Overhead

There are so many aspects to being productive that measuring a language by verbosity is a bit misleading. This is an interesting read on how a developer might spend their time on things other than actual coding.

3. Comics

The creator of XKCD – Randall Munroe is a weird man – here’s the cool stuff weirdness leads to:

>> Geese

>> Efficiency

>> Cemetery

4. Pick of the Week

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

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Thanks for sharing. Some good articles here.

Eugen Paraschiv

Glad you’re finding them useful David. Have a good weekend. Cheers,


I have been trying to read your spring report but since I am already subscribed It is showing a message “Already Subscribed” and I am not able to access the report. Please help!

Eugen Paraschiv

Hey Pawan – go ahead and reply to any of my emails (from the list) and I’ll send you the report directly. Cheers,