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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

>> Oracle Unveils Plan to Revamp Java EE 8 for the Cloud [infoq.com]

The plans Oracle has for the Java EE ecosystem – an important read but definitely not a positive one.

>> Managing your Database Secrets with Vault [spring.io]

This trend of finally getting solid, well-supported management of credentials and sensitive information – is quite helpful to the security of most systems out there.

>> Reactive log stream processing with RxJava – Part I [balamaci.ro]

>> Reactive log stream processing with RxJava – Part II [balamaci.ro]

A good way to get your feed wet with the upcoming paradigm of reactive programming before Spring 5 comes out.

>> JPA providers market share in 2016 [vladmihalcea.com]

Market data is so often overlooked but so very important for understanding an industry.

That’s why I run my yearly survey, that’s why I enjoy reading the RebelLabs reports and that’s why this dataset is significant as well.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical

>> Starting with Cucumber for end-to-end testing [frankel.ch]

An interesting and reluctant adoption of Cucumber with some Spring goodness in there for good measure.

>> Website enumeration insanity: how our personal data is leaked [troyhunt.com]

A good read about enumeration attacks, all in stories. Funny stories about companies acting silly with their security.

>> The Basics of Web Application Security [martinfowler.com]

A solid look at the basics.

>> StatsD vs collectd vs fluentd and Other Daemons You Should Know [takipi.com]

A good, high level overview of the options we have for daemons, when collecting data off a production box.

I’ve personally been using collecd for years – and it gets the job done, but I’ll certainly be looking fluentd after reading this piece.

>> DDD Decoded – Bounded Contexts Explained [sapiensworks.com]

>> DDD Decoded – Domain Services Explained [sapiensworks.com]

I’m thoroughly enjoying this series on the basics of DDD.

Also worth reading:

3. Musings

>> Static Analysis and The Other Kind of False Positives [daedtech.com]

Wrangling a large codebase with static analysis tools often comes down to the art of tuning the tool to keep enthusiasm up – for both you and your team. To many warnings and the problem looks to large. To few and you’re not seeing enough.

Of course, with a bit of discipline and experience, you can get to more manageable codebase if you keep at it.

>> All Libraries Should Follow a Zero-Dependency Policy [jooq.org]

A very good point, event though it’s sometimes easier said than done.

>> Can’t you make the team work harder? [dandreamsofcoding.com]

A balanced and thoughtful approach to management – lots to learn from here, whichever side of the table you happen to sit.

Also worth reading:

4. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> Your watch costs most than my entire net worth [dilbert.com]

>> I heard words I didn’t know were words [dilbert.com]

>> Is it working? [dilbert.com]

5. Pick of the Week

>> “Eat, sleep, code, repeat” is such bullshit [m.signalvnoise.com]

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