At the very beginning of 2014 I decided to start to track my reading habits and share the best stuff here, on Baeldung.
Curating my reading has made it more purposeful and diverse – and I'm hopefully providing value to you as well by allowing the best content of the week to raise to the top.
Here we go…
1. Java and Spring
New Java 9 features were announced this week. We knew modularity was the main focus, but we didn't know logging is getting a facelift and the GC options a bit of a cleanup.
The basics of dealing with time in Java – good stuff.
I like this blog – it's almost always something I find bookmarking after I read it. This one is about the details of how to handle canceling ongoing work happening inside a thread.
I have only vague recollections of doing this a few years back – and unfortunately I didn't take notes. Turns out I can just refer back to this piece.
Practical suggestions to follow when working with thread pools. Even one hidden behind the Springs @Async abstraction will benefit from a lot of these points. All in all, if you're using them, go read this one – you'll save yourself some time.
Interesting snapshot of the Java ecosystem by voters from Devoxx 2014. Worth a quick read.
Of course new Spring recordings from SpringOne came out this week:
2. Technical and Musings
Continuous Deployment is the way to go – I don't think anyone would argue with that. Getting there though is a different story – this piece is a quick and to the point maturity model for CD – a very useful thing to keep in your back pocket when you're setting up Jenkins for your next project.
This presentation-style deck is a very good place to start understanding microservices.
2014 has definitely been a year of growth and adoption for this architectural style, but – based on the number of failure stories that come out recently – it shouldn't be treated as a default go-to.
Regardless, this deck is a balanced and well put together resource.
Very good read on why latency should be part of our discussion about CAP and our reasoning about availability. Definitely worth a read.
The fact that some people naturally add complexity to any scenario and some remove it is one of those things that – once you grok – you start seeing everywhere. And there's worse things to be seeing everywhere – like the number 11 (I knew a guy).
To cut a long story short – like all models, this one is a bit of a simplification, but a very useful one. Useful in the fact that it gives you a good frame to look at your own solutions to a given problem analytically and improve.
Useful tactics on being an effective Tech lead. And effective means not putting distance between yourself and the code – if you stop coding, then you stop being a good lead.
You though I'm running out of good XKCD? Think again:
4. Pick of the Week
I recently introduced the “Pick of the Week” section here in my “Weekly Review”. If you're already on my email list – you got the pick already – hope you enjoyed it.
If not – you should subscribe to get the next one.