Java over-engineered?

The following gem, that belongs into a Java programming best practices book, was found in the source of Sun’s JDK.

Well, I must confess this is almost better than the simple Hello World in Java [cached copy].

C# is now a better language than Java…

… but I really feel like I need to try Scala.

After some chatting and hearing wonders about this language I decided to try something new. I decided to try Scala.

Here is a list of cool references, not only for Scala, but about programming in general, kindly given by an experienced programmer I met some weeks ago.



Programming in Scala: A comprehensive step-by-step guide

~ Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon, and Bill Venners

This book is the authoritative tutorial on the Scala programming language, co-written by the language’s designer, Martin Odersky.

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

~ Robert C. “Uncle Bob” Martin

Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code

~ Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts

Refactoring is a controlled technique for improving the design of an existing code base. Its essence is applying a series of small behavior-preserving transformations, each of which “too small to be worth doing”. However the cumulative effect of each of these transformations is quite significant. By doing them in small steps you reduce the risk of introducing errors. You also avoid having the system broken while you are carrying out the restructuring – which allows you to gradually refactor a system over an extended period of time.

Implementation Patterns

~ Kent Beck

Great code doesn’t just function: it clearly and consistently communicates your intentions, allowing other programmers to understand your code, rely on it, and modify it with confidence. But great code doesn’t just happen. It is the outcome of hundreds of small but critical decisions programmers make every single day. Now, legendary software innovator Kent Beck–known worldwide for creating Extreme Programming and pioneering software patterns and test-driven development–focuses on these critical decisions, unearthing powerful “implementation patterns” for writing programs that are simpler, clearer, better organized, and more cost effective.

Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction

~ Steve McConnell

For more than a decade, Steve McConnell, one of the premier authors and voices in the software community, has helped change the way developers write code–and produce better software. Now his classic book, CODE COMPLETE, has been fully updated and revised with best practices in the art and science of constructing software. Whether you’re a new developer seeking a sound introduction to the practice of software development or a veteran exploring strategic new approaches to problem solving, you’ll find a wealth of practical suggestions and methods for strengthening your skills. Topics include design, applying good techniques to construction, eliminating errors, planning, managing construction activities, and relating personal character to superior software. This new edition features fully updated information on programming techniques, including the emergence of Web-style programming, and integrated coverage of object-oriented design. You’ll also find new code examples–both good and bad–in C++, Microsoft(r) Visual Basic(r), C#, and Java, though the focus is squarely on techniques and practices.

Amazon Editorial Review

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)

~ Frederick P. Brooks

The classic book on the human elements of software engineering. Software tools and development environments may have changed in the 21 years since the first edition of this book, but the peculiarly nonlinear economies of scale in collaborative work and the nature of individuals and groups has not changed an epsilon. If you write code or depend upon those who do, get this book as soon as possible — from Books, your library, or anyone else. You (and/or your colleagues) will be forever grateful. Very Highest Recommendation.


Blogs & Online Resources

Joel on Software

A weblog by Joel Spolsky, a programmer working in New York City, about software and software companies.

The Artima Developer Community is a collection of resources about Java, Jini, the JVM, and object oriented design.

Mark’s Blog

Mark Russinovich’s technical blog covering topics such as Windows troubleshooting, technologies and security. Among other feats, Russinovich was the man behind the discovery of the Sony rootkit in Sony DRM products in 2005.

Object Mentor’s Blog

A team of consultants who mentor their clients in C++, Java, OOP, Patterns, UML, Agile Methodologies, and Extreme Programming.


People to follow


Known colloquially as “Uncle Bob”, Robert Cecil Martin has been a software professional since 1970 and an international software consultant since 1990. In 2001, he led the group that created Agile software development from Extreme programming techniques. He is also a leading member of the Software Craftsmanship movement.

He is founder and president of Object Mentor Inc., a team of consultants who mentor their clients in C++, Java, OOP, Patterns, UML, Agile Methodologies, and Extreme Programming.


Kent Beck is an American software engineer and the creator of Extreme Programming and Test Driven Development. Beck was one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto in 2001.