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I just announced the new Learn Spring course, focused on the fundamentals of Spring 5 and Spring Boot 2:


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. Java and Spring

>> My new Hibernate Performance Tuning Online Training – Secure your early bird discount []

Thorben finally announced his Hibernate Performance Tuning course this week.

I've been looking forward to announcing this one for a while (I knew he's working on it) because I think that our Java ecosystem is severely lacking in solid, affordable training. We have plenty of the 17$ low-quality Udemy courses and on the other end of the spectrum we have some great, in-person training that's over 1000$ / seat / day. We don't really have a lot of good alternatives in the middle. Here's a good one.

>> Next Generation Session Management with Spring Session []

Spring Session is certainly breathing new life into working with sessions in Java. Here's an overview of what the project brings to the table.

>> Beware of Functional Programming in Java! []

Really good points about aspects of working with lambdas in Java.

>> Spring From the Trenches: Creating a Custom HandlerMethodArgumentResolver []

Spring can be quite powerful if you know how to take advantage of the framework well. Here's a good way to do that with a super-useful tactic – a resolver for a custom method argument.

>> Reduce Legacy from Java EE 5 to 7 []

A solid high level overview of how the Java EE world has evolved over the years and why it's really worth looking at upgrading an old codebase in order to benefit from a lot of cool stuff.

>> JavaOne 2015: Introduction to Modular Development []

>> JavaOne 2015: Advanced Modular Development []

>> Under The Hood Of Project Jigsaw []

A couple of writeups analyzing the modularity talks that came out of this years JavaOne.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical

>> Three keys to design-time governance: protocol, format, and vocabulary []

Another must-read from Mike Amundsen about general system architecture on the web. This isn't the “oh – that's interesting” kind of writeup. It's the kind that you want to read twice.

>> 5 Very Real Logging Struggles []

A quick and to the point guide through some common logging problems.

Also worth reading:

3. Musings

>> Quiet Isn’t Always Anti-Social []

Interesting musings about introversion and how it informs communication in the professional ecosystem. Most of the time, things aren't black and white.

>> Genuine opinions, thoughtfully presented []

Mature communication is hard as a hard thing. And after almost a decade of working on teams, I am personally just beginning to really grasp just how hard it is. This is a well thought out piece on just that.

Also worth reading:

4. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> The customer survey data is for marketing's eyes only []

>> I'd like to talk about my career path. Are you sure? []

>> How many twitter followers do you have? []

5. Pick of the Week

>> When TDD Doesn't Matter []

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Matthew L Daniel
4 years ago

May I suggest examining a page like Node Weekly as a less visually aggressive layout for curated links? The font and layout here is very hard for me to read because there is so much going on. In addition, there is a huge 360x500px ad that follows my browser. There is so much going on with this page, whew.

I haven’t received the first email yet, but based on this page I’m reconsidering the subscription.

Eugen Paraschiv
4 years ago

Hey Matthew – that’s definitely an interesting point – the layout of the weekly review is similar to the layout of the rest of the site, which is not ideal. I’ll do some digging into a few options to simplify things – thanks for pointing that out. Cheers,

Eugen Paraschiv
4 years ago

Quick update on this – I made a few changes to the layout of the newsletter issues to simplify the experience. First – I removed the sidebar entirely – which should hopefully cut out most of the noise. Second – I removed the exit intent popup (which was probably what was following you around on mobile). Third – I removed the end-of-post optin as well. That’s about it – the look and feel of the issue should not be a lot cleaner. Finally – is there anything else that’s particularly visually aggressive on the page now? Cheers and thanks again… Read more »

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