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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

>> Reactor Core 2.5 becomes a unified Reactive Foundation on Java 8 [spring.io]

The focus and the driving force behind Spring 5 is clearly going to be reactive programming.

So, if you're doing Spring work, definitely have a quick read and see how the ecosystem is growing and what you can do with the new infrastructure.

>> Jigsaw Finally Arrives in JDK 9 [infoq.com]

Modularity finally made it into the JDK 9 builds – time to play.

>> Caching de luxe with Spring and Guava [codecentric.de]

A long, slightly weird but ultimately interesting read on actually using caching in real-world scenarios, not just setting it up in a toy project

>> Ceylon Might Just be the Only (JVM) Language that Got Nulls Right [jooq.org]

A nice way Ceylon handles and works with nulls. If you're a language aficionado and you haven't done any work in Ceylon before, definitely have a read.

>> Java EE 8 MVC: Working with bean parameters [mscharhag.com]

The exploration of Java EE 8 goes on, this time with mapping bean parameters in an MVC style application.

>> When to write setters [giorgiosironi.com]

A back-to-basic kind of writeup with the benefit of real-world experience.

>> Adding Type Inference to Java: Good or Evil? [beyondjava.net]

>> Java May Adopt (Really Useful) Type Inference at Last [beyondjava.net]

A bit of a deeper look into the newly proposed JEP that may add type inference to the Java language.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical and Musings

>> The Most Important Code Metrics You’ve Never Heard Of [daedtech.com]

Developer productivity is a unsurprisingly very difficult to measure. Putting that aside though – definitely keep track of some of the metrics this writeup talks about – they're highly useful when determining the overall health of your codebase.

>> Trackers [jacquesmattheij.com]

A concerning (and funny) read about the tracking and data driven culture we're all living in.

>> 10 Lessons from 10 Years of Amazon Web Services [allthingsdistributed.com] and >> Ten Years in the AWS Cloud – How Time Flies! [aws.amazon.com]

10 years of running one of the more complex systems, highly distributed systems yielded some very interesting lessons.

>> Impressions from Voxxed Days Bucharest 2016 [vladmihalcea.com]

This was definitely a well put together event and I enjoyed speaking about Event Sourcing and meeting a whole lot of cool people.

>> The First Winter [mdswanson.com]

A quick writeup but rich in takeaways. These little things do add up to a good culture.

>> Writing Tests Doesn’t Have to Be Extra Work [daedtech.com]

Done right, tests can and will definitely speed you up – once you get through the productivity hit that does usually occur in the first few weeks after picking up TDD.

>> Firing People [zachholman.com]

A long and personal read that I'm including in the review just because I enjoy Zachs writing.

>> The Trouble with Career Sites [daedtech.com]

And since the last article was about firing people, let's now look at hiring and be brutally honest about the process and what works and doesn't work.

Also worth reading:

3. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week (absolutely hilarious):

>> BUILD AN ARK! [dilbert.com]

>> An internet hoax [dilbert.com]

>> It's sort of an abusive relationship? [dilbert.com]

 

4. Pick of the Week

>> How GitHub Works: Be Asynchronous [zachholman.com]

 

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Tito George
Tito George
4 years ago

>> Java app monitoring with ELK – Part I –> Link not working.
Seems like it is renamed to https://balamaci.ro/java-app-monitoring-with-elk-logstash/

Eugen Paraschiv
4 years ago
Reply to  Tito George

Hey Tito – thanks for the heads up – the link is now good.
Cheers,
Eugen.

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