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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

>> Value-Based Classes

A comprehensive guide to what value based classes mean in Java 8 (not much) and what will likely mean in Java 9 and beyond (a lot more).

>> Hibernate locking patterns – How does PESSIMISTIC_FORCE_INCREMENT Lock Mode work

The Hibernate Masterclass is moving forward, this time with a solid piece on pessimistic locking.

>> Using JDK 8 Streams to Convert Between Collections of Wrapped Objects and Collections of Wrapper Objects

An exploration of how to best leverage streams to deal with conversions between a value and a wrapper for that value.

>> Visual Testing With Selenium WebDriver

Just a little bit of UI testing can bring a whole lot of trust in the fact that your app is running the way it should, and WebDriver/Selenium is a fantastic tool for that.

>> JPA 2.1 – 12 features every developer should know

An solid overview of what JPA 2.1 brings to the table.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical and Musings

>> HTTP/2 is Done

I guess the title speaks for itself on this one.

>> Do It Either Way, We’ll Refactor It Later

A sensible and pragmatic mindset for designing an application. These kinds of architecture/design disagreements will come up in a team, so having the right kind of mindset makes a world of difference. That, and egoless programming (which is not as easy as it sounds).

>> What is Your Next Action?

A nuance of managing your TODO list better. Or I should say – my TODO list, since it’s something that I’m going to be mindful of and see if it makes a difference.

>> ConversationalStories

An important (but tricky) aspect to get right when doing any form of Agile – the importance of good ol’ dialog.

>> Why the hell not?

A different way to think about stuff.

>> Google and blogs: “Shit.”

This one is a bit meta, but it was certainly an interesting read to see what other bloggers experience in terms of traffic and trends.

3. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> Your idea has already been tried

>> “The Taper”

>> Performance Feedback

4. 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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Denis Robert
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The pick of the week has to be the most ironic thing I’ve read in a long time. It attacks the concept of large scale rewrites, making a mass of ridiculous statements (such as denying there’ such a thing as code rot), and it uses Netscape 6 as an example. Netscape lost because they waited too long to rewrite, not because they rewrote. They tried to extend the old product past the point of viability. And Netscape 6 ultimately became Firefox, which ended up cutting IE to size and to end the browser wars. To show how bad rewites are,… Read more »

Eugen Paraschiv
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I see the argument in this article as a tad extreme, but generally on the right track. There are a few reasons for that, and there’s also first hand experience. Can the “Big Rewrite” work? Yes it can – Basecamp did it and wrote about it – The Big Rewrite, revisited. But that’s the exception rather than the rule. Usually things don’t work out like that – but rather the enthusiastic push for a rewrite stems out of a lack of understanding and experience with what it means to rewrite a complex and widely used system. I’ve been involved in… Read more »