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The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman - Worth Reading


Quick verdict - it's a good book, and I think it's worth reading.

Josh Kaufman sent me a message on Twitter a bit back, asking if I'd like a review copy of his book. Indeed, I would, I replied, and he sent me a digital copy.

Before I review the book, let me tell you how I read - when I get a nonfiction book that I'm not sure if I'm going to read, I "fastread" it. That's me starting to skim and move quickly, then I slow down and read in depth when something catches my eye, and speed up after I finish that section.

I fastread a lot of books. Especially reading a in-depth reference book on a topic you already know, I think you can get 90% of the lessons of a book in 30% of the time by fastreading. I typically fastread historical backgrounds about eras I'm very familiar with, thoughts on an aspect of business I know, introductions to technologies I'm already familiar with, etc.

My first thought when I was reading The Personal MBA was that this would be a good book to fastread.

Logging - its hard to make it right - part #2

On Developer Days

I decide to develop logging approach based on Simple Logging Facade for Java (SLF4J) library. This is the most modern way of logging and widely used by many projects.

Our major requirements are well defined in my first post Logging - part #1. In addition keep in mind that I develop solution that designed for Google Cloud platform. I have one restriction there - we can use only JUL (java logging) classes, which definitely are less productive in compare to SLF4J logback.

Lets start the development. SLF4J gives us a nice abstractions and allows to easily map all our requirements to existing classes.

Categories ("data flow") are well mapped on org.slf4j.Marker. Basic implementation of marker allows to define marker with unique name and attach to it other markers - in other words we have "OR" operation and "FLAGS" which we can combine in any order we wants.

And from the begging several issues with SLF4J JUL adapter (slf4j-jdk14-1.7.7) appears:

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