I just announced the new Spring Boot 2 material, coming in REST With Spring:

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At the very beginning of last year, I decided to track my reading habits and share the best stuff here, on Baeldung. Haven’t missed a review since.

Here we go…

1. Spring and Java

>> Impulse: “Adventures On The Road to Valhalla” [codefx.org]

Detailed breakdown of the current progress and state of Project Valhalla – which is supposed to land in Java 10 or 11.

The article is following a recent talk that I shared in the review from last week.

>> 8u60 Update Release Notes (+covered on Voxxed) [oracle.com]

A “fixes and improvements” new release of the JDK. Besides just being up to date – here’s specifically why I care.

>> Parameterized integration tests with Spring JUnit Rules [codeleak.pl]

Practical and timely illustration on how to put the new JUnit rules from Spring 4.2 to good use.

>> Migrating a Spring Web MVC application from JSP to AngularJS [spring.io]

A very nice guide on migrating an MVC style app to a REST API, which then makes possible moving from Server Side JSP to full Client Side AngularJS. Very nice.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical

>> Introduction to Akka Actors [codecentric.de]

Continues the introduction to Akka series with this well put together second installment.

>> Will there be a Distributed HTTP? [mnot.net]

Really good, in-depth writeup on the architecture of the web, potential privacy risks and one possible way to move forward.

>> Eliminating Roundtrips with Preconnect [igvita.com]

Very cool new spec to make the web faster.

>> Call me Maybe: Chronos [aphyr.com]

Another fantastic, in-depth read in the Call me Maybe series. I’m really enjoying these in-depth writeups of technologies I’m actually using.

Also worth reading:

3. Musings

>> The parable of the 57.6k modem [dandreamsofcoding.com]

Don’t get trapped in a local maxima.

>> Developers Who Can Build Things from Scratch [aaronstannard.com]

Learning to put your work out there often takes being intentional about it. Otherwise, it’s far to easy to land in a job where that simply isn’t part of the engineering culture.

I didn’t do to much of that in the first 3 years of my career; so, after that, I made it a point to prioritize the “release early and often” culture when I took on my next job. So yeah, a good quick write-up with a few solid take-aways.

>> The difference between time and attention [signalvnoise.com]

A good distinction – when you’re asking for someone’s time, you’re also asking for their attention. And though they might have the time, they might not have the attention.

Also worth reading:

4. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> It’s like stabbing Gandhi

>> You don’t have any friends, do you?

>> Said the engineer with no budget

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.

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Usually the weekly pick isn’t pointing to my own stuff.

But since I recently made the official announcement and publicly committed to hard dates – here’s what I’m working on (and will be for the next few months):

>> My Upcoming “REST With Spring” Classes

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