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T h e . C o d e R a n c h . J o u r n a l - F e b r u a r y . 2015 . E d i t i on

Howdy from all the CodeRanch staff, and welcome to the February edition of the CodeRanch Journal.

N e w s . F r o m . T h e . R a n c h

* The Ranch welcomes new Bartenders!

I n t e r e s t i n g . B l o g s . A n d . D i s c u s s i o n s

* Checked versus unchecked exceptions

* Why I like regular expressions + who says they aren’t readable - Jeanne Boyarsky

* Going for 1Z0-803 or 1Z0-808?

B u n k h o u s e . L o u n g e . B o o k . C l u b

Every month we pick a book to read and talk about in the Bunkhouse Lounge. Here's what we've been reading:

* January 2015 - Pragmatic Thinking and Learning - Andy Hunt

* February 2015 : Java Puzzlers - Joshua Bloch & Neal Gafter

B o o k . P r o m o t i o n s

We are running two promotions this week:

* Barcodes with iOS: Bringing together the digital and physical worlds. - Oliver Drobnik

* Core Java for the Impatient - Cay S. Horstmann

We've got some promotions coming up. Check the book promo schedule.

* March 3
ElasticSearch in Action - Radu Gheorghe & Matthew Lee Hinman

* March 10
R in Action - Robert Kabacoff
Java SE 8 Programmer I: Guide to the Oracle Certified Associate - Guilherme Silveira & Mário Amaral

* March 17
Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java 8 with JUnit - Jeff Langr et at

Our recent book promotions and their winners can be found below:

* Functional Programming in Java - Venkat Subramaniam

* Mastering Git Video- Thom Parkin

* Learning Single Page Web Application Development - Fernando Monteiro

* Professional Java EE Design Patterns - Murat Yener & Alex Theedom

* OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide 1Z0-808 - Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff

B o o k . R e v i e w s

We have a dedicated forum for book reviews. Please check out the latest reviews:

* Bulletproof SSL and TLS

* The Software Craftsman: Professionalism, Pragmatism, Pride (Robert C. Martin Series)

W h a t ' s . T h e . T r a i l b o s s . U p . T o

Many of you already know what Paul Wheaton, the trailboss, is up to these days. He's busy with his work in permaculture. You can check out his latest kickstarter for Rocket Mass Heaters and discuss it over here.

A b o u t . T h e . E d i t o r

Frits Walraven has been a member of CodeRanch since 2010 and a bartender since 2013.

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