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I just announced the new Learn Spring course, focused on the fundamentals of Spring 5 and Spring Boot 2:

>> CHECK OUT THE COURSE

If you have a few years of Linux experience, and you're interested in sharing that with the community (and getting paid for your work of course), have a look at the "Write for Us" page. Cheers. Eugen

Here we go…

1. Spring and Java

>> The Complete Guide to the Java SE 12 Extended Switch Statement/Expression [infoq.com]

A comprehensive write-up on the new syntax and semantics of the switch statement, plus updates regarding Project Amber and pattern-matching.

>> JDK 9/JEP 280: String Concatenations Will Never Be the Same [marxsoftware.blogspot.com]

A quick discussion of the bytecode used to make String concatenation via the ‘+’ operator more efficient. Very cool.

>> Improving build times with Gradle build scans [andresalmiray.com]

A deep dive into how the Gradle daemon and Build Cache impact build times.

>> How to map a String JPA property to a JSON column using Hibernate [vladmihalcea.com]

And a brief look at the use of JsonBinaryType from the hibernate-types framework with PostgreSQL’s jsonb data type.

Also worth reading:

Webinars and presentations:

Time to upgrade:

2. Technical and Musings

>> Overcoming RESTlessness [infoq.com]

A reflection on why we should leverage the maturity of the REST ecosystem with newer protocols like GraphQL, gRPC, and Apache Kafka.

>> Engineering to Improve Marketing Effectiveness (Part 3) — Scaling Paid Media campaigns [medium.com]

A fascinating piece about Netflix’s architecture for campaign management and ad budget optimization systems.

Also worth reading:

3. Comics

And my favorite Dilberts of the week:

>> Tweaking Variables [dilbert.com]

>> Dilbert Dooms the Planet [dilbert.com]

>> Take the Stairs [dilbert.com]

4. Pick of the Week

After two years of focusing on just the existing courses, I’m finally announcing a new course.

If you’re focused on the foundations of Spring, have a look at the new course (along with the upcoming price change):

>> The upcoming new Learn Spring

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