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At the very beginning of 2014 I decided to track my reading habits and share the best stuff here, on Baeldung.

2014 has been quite the year, covering each week with a review. I’ve been doing a lot more reading to make sure I cover and curate stuff that has value and is actually interesting.

Let me know in the comments if you’re finding my reviews interesting and useful.

Here we go…

1. Java and Spring

>> Java Past, Present, and Future

The Java ecosystem is like Sweden? A bit confused by that statement? Yeah – you need to listen to Brian Goetz talk about how the Java language, platform and ecosystem is moving forward.

And if there’s someone that can intelligently speak on the subject, it’s Brian Goetz.

If you’re a Java developer – and I assume you are – understanding how the platform is evolving is, while not immediately practical, nevertheless very important.

>> A beginner’s guide to transaction isolation levels in enterprise Java

A well researched and practical guide to transaction isolation levels – something that should be well understood by each and every java developer out there. It’s a good read even if you have a solid grasp on the topic.

>> How to encapsulate Spring bean

Making your beans package private is a very good practice that will allow the system to remain lighter and be understood quickly. It’s a good idea to do this by default and only allow a bean to “escape” its package if it absolutely needs to.

And some very useful webinar recordings:

>> Looking into the Java 9 Money and Currency API (JSR 354)

An good intro to what is definitely an interesting JSR – the Money and Currency API, with lots of code level examples diving into the reference implementation.

2. Technical and Musings

>> New and Interesting on ThoughtWorks Radar Jan 2015

The ThoughtWorks Radar is always a good source of insight and high level overview of the technical landscape. And while most of what it covers doesn’t directly apply to your work, what does apply is advice worth listening to (check out what they’re saying about microservices).

>> Be the We

Didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this weirdly named piece. Simply put it’s solid advice for having the right kind of mindset when walking into a new gig.

3. Comics

And some Dilbert to get you through the holidays:

>> All I heard was “Give Up”

>> It was my ethical duty to do nothing…

>> The “Goat Head” issue

4. Pick of the Week

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

If not – you can share the review and unlock it right here:

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>> Making Your Writing Work Harder For You


This is the last review of 2014 – a bit shorter than usual as I imagine people are spending their holidays doing other things than writing.

And as I mentioned – let me know in the comments if these curated reviews have been useful to you.

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