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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

Let’s start with the major Spring releases this week:

>> Multiple UI Applications and a Gateway: Single Page Application with Spring and Angular JS Part VI

Part 6 of a highly useful series that I – for one – am following closely. This one is exploring the common Gateway further and also focuses on the front-end Angular aspects.

>> Using Google Protocol Buffers with Spring MVC-based REST Services

Another format to serialize data for a REST API – that’s not JSON. This can really come in handy for some APIs.

2. Java

>> Digging Deeper Into Java’s HashMap

Back to basics with a solid, in-depth intro to the HashMap.

>> Google Guava: 5 Things You Never Knew It Could Do

Very cool Guava usecases – these will definitely come in handy. Guava is an endless treasure-trove of super useful utilities.

>> How to batch DELETE statements with Hibernate

Like clockwork, another week, another in-depth foray into Hibernate batching. Can you tell I like high quality, consistent output?

>> jOOQ vs. Hibernate: When to Choose Which

Some perspective when it comes to using SQL (and jOOQ) either in conjunction with or as a replacement for an ORM such as Hibernate.

Most of us have some projects under our belts. However, unless you’re involved in a product targeted at developers, you’re very unlikely to have experience with more than – say – high double digits number of projects on the top end. Because of that, it’s always interesting to get insights from a wide customer base in the industry – for more perspective.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

3. Technical

>> Your Constructors Are Completely Irrational

Good notes on intelligently designing your constructors for the long haul. Also, constructors – most of the time – API, so it’s especially worth designing them well.

4. Musings

>> Some Changes to DaedTech Because I Want to Build a Thing

A bit of inspiration to put out work.

>> Salary Negotiations: Win by Losing

This one falls into the category of “Do Yourself a Favor and Read It”.

>> Finding Topics as a New Blogger

Finding topics to blog about can be tricky. It can also get you pumped up – here are a few ideas and techniques of how to do it.

>> Someone just quit

Some good insights and takeaways into management how to deal with someone quitting.

5. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> The Google 20%

>> The Smartphone

>> Awkward

6. 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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