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
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?
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.
Another good piece on optimistic locking – this time about strategies of using versions for entities. This looks like a small eBook in the making.
“The Java Language is not getting properties”
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 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.
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
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.
An interesting read about mentorship in growing in the technical sense.
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.
The creator of XKCD – Randall Munroe is a weird man – here's the cool stuff weirdness leads to:
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.