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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 worth reading.

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

Here we go…

1. Spring and Java

>> The Portable, Cloud-Ready HTTP Session

After Spring Boot, I’m most excited about Spring Session among all the new Spring projects being worked on. This piece teases a medium rare Redis backed Http Session with deployment to boot.

>> A beginner’s guide to JPA and Hibernate Cascade Types

A huge resource for understanding cascading in Hibernate and JPA – lots of examples here worth exploring.

>> Java Bootstrap: Dropwizard vs. Spring Boot

Good intro to both frameworks.

One important point to understand is that Dropwizard has been around since 2011, whereas Spring Boot is a much newer framework. From that POV, it’s quite impressive to see it reach good adoption and maturity in such a short time.

>> Go for the Money! JSR 354 Adds First Class Money and Currency Support to Java

A look at the upcoming Money JSR – looks useful if you’re dealing with money.

>> Walking Recursive Data Structures Using Java 8 Streams

A cool usecase for Streams when traversing trees elegantly.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical and Musings

>> Unorthodocs: Abandon your DVCS and Return to Sanity

This was fun to read. Someone, somewhere doesn’t think git is the bees knees? I say blasphemy.

>> Performance Reviews Simplified

Whenever I encountered performance reviews in my career, both on the receiving and giving end, I always though – “There must be a better way to do this.

This article circles the same idea and offers up an interesting, simple alternative – well worth reading.

>> Why Non-Blocking?

Some very interesting considerations of a non-blocking vs blocking architecture.

Having worked with an event-sourced system as well, I can definitely see how it both introduces a lot of cool stuff that would simply not be possible with a more traditional architecture, but also makes things a lot more difficult to write and reason about.

Also worth reading:

3. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> The Brain Wuss Subroutine

>> Getting Funding

>> Failure is guaranteed

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.

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