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

>> Spring Boot with Scala []

This is very cool if you're into Scala.

I'm personally moving towards Clojure instead of Scala, but this still looks quite interesting to me.

>> Log management in Spring Boot []

How to configure logging in Spring Boot (without having to go the native XML route) – very quick and to the point (much like Boot).

>> JUnit 5 – Basics []

Thought last weeks JUnit 5 post was all there was? Think again 🙂

I'm super excited about finally seeing some actual progress in the JUnit space, so this series should be fun to read and follow along with.

>> (Ab)using Java 8 FunctionalInterfaces as Local Methods []

As always, a very nice exploration of a lambdas in Java 8.

And I can no longer call lambdas “new”, they're now just an arrow in the quiver.

>> Java EE 8 MVC: Working with form parameters []

A quick writeup that continues to explore the mapping of parameters to Controllers in Java EE 8. Very quick and to the point.

>> JetBrains Releases Kotlin 1.0 []

Kotlin isn't something I've done any actual work with myself. But it is the official 1.0 release of what looks to be a language with some interesting syntax choices – which doesn't happen all that often.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical

>> Automate Deployment & Management of Docker Cloud/Virtual Java Microservices with DCHQ []

Docker containers, continuous delivery of microservices and Event Sourcing.

Yep, every word of that sentence is an overused buzzword, yet the article solid and detailed, so worth a careful read if you're doing work in this area.

>> Bind Parameters for Database Queries []

This weeks installment of the “Web Security Basics” series – getting into some foundation aspects of input sanitization.

And of course, SQL injection is not the only game in town.

>> Default HotSpot Maximum Direct Memory Size []

Getting into some of the low level JVM details of direct memory access and sizing.

Also worth reading:

3. Musings

>> Why do you write accessor methods? []

An “back to basics” style exploration of a core object oriented concept – accessor methods.

>> Splunk vs ELK: The Log Management Tools Decision Making Guide []

A solid guide to picking a log management tool and getting the most out of it.

>> Escaping the Legacy Skill Quicksand []

Common sense advice about stepping up your tech skill game.

>> Controlling vehicle features of Nissan LEAFs across the globe via vulnerable APIs []

Hacking a connected car – this is scary stuff.

Also worth reading:

4. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> You probably shouldn't put your suggestions in form of questions []

>> He'll be under-communicating all day []

>> It sounds better when you don't do the math []


5. Pick of the Week

I recently discovered I writer that I'm thoroughly enjoying:

>> The Gervais Principle, Or The Office According to “The Office” []


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4 years ago

I love your blog and I wish that one day I will make a similar blog, such great job Eugen !
just keep sharing knowledge !
Thanks a lot

Eugen Paraschiv
4 years ago
Reply to  Zaier

Glad you’re enjoying the site Zaier – and if you do set up your blog and start writing, definitely shoot me an email with the link. Cheers,

4 years ago

Where are the topics mentioned in the Emails , I never foud it , For instance Highlights:

The Kotlin language got its 1.0 this week

A writeup all about picking a good log management solution (very often overlooked)

An analysis of the super weird IPv6 syntax and why it’s more problematic than it should be

And a detailed look at a security vulnerability found in Nissan connected cars

Eugen Paraschiv
4 years ago
Reply to  Shimona

Hey Shimona – the easiest way to find all 4 is to do a search on the page 🙂
I don’t mean to be critical or anything, I’m just saying that search is the best way to go. Cheers,

Kostadin Golev
4 years ago

Thank you for the reminder about “The Gervais Principle” post – I’ve read it long time ago, it’s just brilliant 🙂 For people that loved it – you can also check out a post by Eric Dietrich that continues exploring on the subject:

Eugen Paraschiv
4 years ago
Reply to  Kostadin Golev

Yeah, I’m a long time reader of Eric’s. I’m really enjoying the Ribbon Farm lately as well. Cheers,

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