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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. Spring and Java

>> How to Replace Rules in JUnit 5 []

I find deep-dives into the upcoming JUnit 5 very interesting.

But, if you're using rules in JUnit 4 and know they're going away in version 5 – you'll find this one particularly useful.

>> Overriding Dependency Versions with Spring Boot []

Gone are the days where you have to painstakingly lay out each Spring dependency and versions manually. There are now – and have been for a while – much easier ways to get your dependency tree in working order.

>> Hibernate 5: How to persist LocalDateTime & Co with Hibernate []

I remember struggling with this a few years back – I'm glad Hibernate finally supports the new Date classes well.

>> Would We Still Criticise Checked Exceptions, If Java had a Better try-catch Syntax? []

As always, interesting ruminations on improving the Java syntax – this time with better try-catch syntax.

>> JUnit 5 – Extension Model []

Working with JUnit 5 is going to be fun, and extending it is going to be even more so.

Libraries (and IDEs) won't have to hack around the API any more – which is bound to lead to some good things coming on top of the new JUnit.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical

>> How to run database integration tests 20 times faster []

I haven't seen a ram disk in a while 🙂

This writeup is practical and chock full of solid advice if you want to speed up your builds and don't mind getting your hands a bit dirty with some low level tools.

>> Eric Evans — Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software []

Yeah. Good talk.

Also worth reading:

3. Musings

>> Are Your Arguments Falsifiable? []

A fun read in general, but particularly if you regularly put your work out there and get feedback on it.

>> How I’ve Avoided Burnout During More Than 3 Decades As A Programmer []

Interesting advice from someone who's been doing this stick for a whole lot longer then most of us.

Also worth reading:

4. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> Why does your agreeing sound like mocking? []

>> And it's free? []

>> Pictures of people who were attacked by bears []

5. Pick of the Week

Instead of picking something, this week I'm going to ask you a question:

Do you like the new Baeldung design?

Let me know in the comments – and have a great weekend.

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4 years ago

yep, cool clean design

Eugen Paraschiv
4 years ago
Reply to  Justin

Glad you like it Justin. Still tuning it of course 🙂

4 years ago

I like it, simple and uncluttered is good.

Eugen Paraschiv
4 years ago
Reply to  ivank2139

Sounds good Ivan – and the goal is to make things even more uncluttered by hiding the optins for people that are already subscribed. Glad you like it. Cheers,

4 years ago

I was a bit surprised when landing on your page 🙂 It does look great, indeed, and quite fluid. Maybe a bit unfinished on the right side? …

Eugen Paraschiv
4 years ago
Reply to  Octavian

Hey Octavian.
So, the thing with the right side is that in the previous design I could disable the sidebar for weekly reviews (and that’s what I did). Unfortunately that’s not an option yet in this theme, but it’s a task in the next sprint 🙂
The idea behind disabling it entirely is the keep the weekly reviews super clean – no distractions when reading through.
Cheers and glad you like the design,

Blaize D'souza
Blaize D'souza
4 years ago

I like this design, it is simple and elegant.

Saket Puranik
Saket Puranik
4 years ago

Vey good one .

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