2014 – A year in review

Retrospective

January

In the beginning of 2014, I took the initial version of my time series MongoDB aggregation example and pass it through a multistage optimization process, from indexing to advanced data-modelling:

February

In February, I starting developing FlexyPool, the ultimate connection pool sizing utility. This was a great opportunity to dig into Queuing Theory and the following articles capture some of my findings:

May

After finishing FlexyPool, I decided investing in a Data knowledge stack, and so I started working on my Hibernate Master Class training material.

The Hibernate Master Class allowed me to dig into a great variety of JPA/Hibernate features, some of which are lesser known:

Almost at the time, I started answering Hibernate StackOverfow questions, and I accumulated a reputation on 8918 points.

August

In August, I was elected One of August’s Most Interesting Developers.

If you wonder what happened with my open-source Java Transactions Book, you can take a look on the Concurrency Control section of the Hibernate Master Class:

I decided to include my knowledge about transactions in the Master Class material since you can’t separate transactions out of the run-time environment anyway.

September

In September my blog’s just turned one.

December

Although I didn’t win the Most interesting developer competition, I’m proud I managed to finish on the 3rd place.

2014 most viewed articles

My top 5 posts were:

Name Views
Hibernate Identity, Sequence and Table (Sequence) generator 5650
Time to break free from the SQL-92 mindset 4725
MongoDB and the fine art of data modelling 4251
The anatomy of Connection Pooling 3347
MongoDB 2.6 is $out 3297

Plans for 2015

I plan on finishing the Hibernate Master Class training and further complete the Data knowledge stack with other database access related technologies.

I want to get a Hibernate and a JPA gold badge on StackOverflow.

I want to read more books than I did in 2014.

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