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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

>> CORS support in Spring Framework

Very nice support for CORS getting here in Spring 4.2 – this is going to help quite a bit.

>> 12 Tools That I Use for Writing Unit and Integration Tests

This is THE testing toolbox in the Java ecosystem. Lots of good libraries to pick up from here.

>> ETags and Spring Data REST

A good, to the point intro to ETags in the upcoming version of Spring Data REST. Cool stuff.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical

>> Don’t start with a monolith

If your goal for a new project is a microservice architecture, you have a foundational question to ask yourself as you get going. Should I start on easy monolith route and break it apart into microservices and responsibilities later, or will it be better to enforce these clear responsibilities from the start?

This piece, along with the one from last week, is a nuanced and well-balanced discussion of this choice.

It has been my experience that both approaches work given the team has very high discipline. If I were to make the choice today, and there would be no question that the goal is the microservice architecture – then I would start with microservices from the very beginning.

>> Why we need Resilient Software Design

A good, short interview on system resiliency at scale.

>> Comparing Application Deployment: 2005 vs. 2015

The Times They Are a-Changin’.

Also worth reading:

3. Musings

>> Speaker style bingo: 10 presentation anti-patterns

Great insights into public speaking, specifically about getting better at it.

Also worth reading:

4. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> Never been cubicled…

>> Training Customers

>> You’ll have to do some actual work

5. 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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A very handy reference for Garbage Collection:

>> Java Garbage Collection handbook

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