Best Of The Week

Best Of The Week – 2011 – W07

Hello guys,

Time for the “Best Of The Week” links for the week that just passed. Here are some links that drew JavaCodeGeeks attention:

* Getting Started with Enterprise Messaging and Spring: An introductory article to messaging with JMS and how to leverage Spring’s messaging support. It explains how to use Spring with both the Java Message Service (JMS) API and the Advanced Message Queueing Protocol (AMQP). Along with this, don’t forget to take a look at our older posts, Messaging principles in Java applications and Spring 3 HornetQ 2.1 Integration Tutorial.

* Creating an Android app for your website with Spring, Android and REST: A tutorial that mixes Spring and Android with a touch of REST. Very interesting read!

* Introducing Apache Tomcat 7: Good old Tomcat has reached version 7 recently. This presentation reviews some of the new features available in Apache Tomcat 7, including: Servlet 3.0, JSP 2.2, EL 2.2, asynchronous request processing, memory leak protection, and security improvements.

* Why PostgreSQL Doesn’t Have Query Hints: A very interesting article describing the reason that open source database PostgreSQL does not support (and does not plan on supporting) query hints.

* Java Coding Best Practices: Better Search Implementation: Our JCG partner, Siva from Sivalabs, presents a custom framework for searching. He uses an approach similar to Hibernate’s Criteria API for this. And since we are talking about coding best practices, check out our Java Best Practices posts.

* The unnecessary evil of the shared development database: An article warning about the pitfalls of using a development database shared among developers and comparing to a dedicated approach. It is a bit long, but definitely worth reading.

* Spring AOP made simple: An introductory post to Spring AOP by an other one of our JCG partners, Manoj from The Khangaonkar Report. Also check our older related posts, Aspect Oriented Programming with Spring AOP and Aspect Oriented Programming with Spring AspectJ and Maven.

* Getting started with Drools Flow: An introductory tutorial to Drools Flow, which adds workflow and (business) process capabilities to the well know JBoss Drools rules engine. We are planning on hosting some Drools related tutorials here at JavaCodeGeeks. I hope we find the time to do so soon.

* Isolation Levels in Relational Databases: Must read post explaining the isolation levels used by RDBMSs for transaction management.

* People are still writing straight JDBC Code?: An article where the author wonders if developers are still writing plain JDBC code in this era of ORM solutions. The comments are actually the most interesting part with various readers defending the two sides.

* Spring 3.1 – What’s Up and Coming: A post describing some of the new features that are included in Sprin’g upcoming 3.1 version, like environment profiles, cache abstractions, REST enhancements and other.

That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for more, here at JavaCodeGeeks.

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Ilias Tsagklis

Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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