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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

>> Comments on The Twelve-Factor App [techblog.bozho.net]

Very interesting analysis of the well known twelve-factor app recommendations focused on the Java ecosystem.

>> Optionally typechecked StateMachines [benjiweber.co.uk]

A cool and practical implementation of a finite state machine that can replace what would otherwise be an enum.

>> Building Microservices with Polyglot Persistence Using Spring Cloud and Docker [kennybastani.com]

Really well put together writeup on building a microservice with different persistence options and leveraging Docker for deployment. Good stuff.

>> Writing Unit Tests With Spock Framework: Creating a Maven Project [petrikainulainen.net]

A solid intro to setting up a project and working with Spock.

>> Java 8 SE Optional, a strict approach [codefx.org]

A thoughtful rebuttal of the piece from two weeks ago, on recommendations around using Optional.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical

>> PresentationDomainDataLayering [martinfowler.com]

A solid intro to the concept of the three-tiered architecture.

>> How To Ensure Idempotency In An Eventual Consistent DDD/CQRS Application [sapiensworks.com]

Where to handle idempotency and data consistency when doing DDD is definitely an important question answered here.

Also worth reading:

3. Musings

>> Sorry, I Can’t Talk to You This Iteration [frazzleddad]

I found this to be true over and over again – when I allow myself to have margin and breathing room – things grow.

>> Why Write Automated Tests? [jetbrains.com]

If you need convincing, have a read.

>> All evidence points to OOP being bullshit [pivotal.io]

Yeah.

Also worth reading:

4. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> Not on poker night

>> The know about plan A

>> I think you call it a smartphone

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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It’s the only health podcast I listen to (and learned a lot from), so I’m picking it this week:

>> The Model Health Show

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