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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

>> Discovering Where Threads Are Being Constructed

An interesting example for getting in control of where threads are created from – and displaying some cool use of Java 8 syntax in the process.

>> Journey to idempotency and temporal decoupling

If your work involves HTTP in any way, shape or form, this one is a must read – slowly. It may make the difference between a resilient, mature system and one that just works sometimes.

>> Joining Strings in JDK 8

We don’t need to use Guava for joining Strings any more – Java 8 has some useful APIs to do the job well.

>> Hibernate Locking Patterns – How do PESSIMISTIC_READ and PESSIMISTIC_WRITE work

Vlad continues his very useful foray into the Hibernate pessimistic lock modes.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical and Musings

>> Experience Report: Weak Code Ownership

Being intentional about code ownership in a team is an important first step a lot of teams don’t take. But once that’s explicitly considered, there’s a choice between Collective and Weak code ownership – and I fully agree with this article – in my experience, weak ownership works better.

>> 10x Developer, Reconsidered

The concept of the 10x Developer with a pinch of nuance thrown in. You know – like real life.

>> is-a vs. has-a

An interesting look at a Maslow’s hierarchy of needs modified for working in a modern day company.

>> You Have to Know When to Stop

A benefit of TDD that I haven’t considered – and know that I think about it, makes perfect sense – is you know When To Stop.

3. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> Your Annual Performance Review

>> Leadership

>> Data to Ignore

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.

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

>> CHECK OUT THE LESSONS