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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

>> JEP 269: Convenience Factory Methods for Collections [java.net]

Quick and clean JDK making collection creation easier in Java. This is how the language gets better.

>> Resource versioning with Spring MVC [mscharhag.com]

Highly useful writeup on making your static assets cacheable with Spring – simple and to the point.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical

>> Writing an Event-Sourced CQRS Read Model [squirrel.pl]

Yet another solid writeup exploring the details of an Event-Sourced architecture – this time focusing on re-projecting all events on to an empty projection.

>> Scale it to Billions — What They Don’t Tell you in the Cassandra README [threatstack.com]

If you’re running a Cassandra cluster, this stuff can and will save your bacon.

Also worth reading:

3. Musings

>> Remember to Reevaluate [bitquabit.com]

Maybe taking a second look at a technology that I formed an opinion on five years ago is a good idea. That being said – I’m not looking at SVN again.

>> The Universality of Postel’s Law [michaelfeathers.silvrback.com]

“Design is deep topic. One could say it’s the deepest.”

>> What do you want to be known for? [katemats.com]

Good positioning is not something that “just happens” – it’s an intentional, strategic, multi-year effort but one that can lead to some pretty cool things.

>> How we lost (and found) millions by not A/B testing [signalvnoise.com]

Good take-aways from a major design change, a re-positioning campaign and a general re-brand.

Also worth reading:

4. Comics

And my favorite comics of the week:

>> Coder leaves nothing to chance [commitstrip.com]

>> The blob-ject [commitstrip.com]

>> Picture a Grassy Field [xkcd.com]

5. Pick of the Week

I haven’t been super public with this – but a few months back I opened up Baeldung to other authors.

I’ve been slowly realizing that I just can’t cover all the cool stuff readers are asking me to write about, so if you’re interested in writing for the site – send me a line:

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