After a good three hour flight from London Gatwick, we landed in Malta to a beautiful sunny and gorgeous day! You see the fresh breeze with a marvellous sunshine, which we all long when in London! Getting to our hotel couldn’t be any easier! Although, cabs and private hire are available, we picked up a weekly bus pass costing a mere Continue reading
Marsaxlokk ( as mar-sha-shlockk) is a famous fishing village about 40 minutes from Valletta, the capital of Malta. As a local fisherman explained, it’s English translation is “Port of the South Wind”. There are frequent buses from Valetta to Maslaxlokk providing lovely views of fields en route. Continue reading
Mdina and Rabat are two historic places that I wouldn’t suggest you to miss. They certainly require a day in my opinion as they are unique in themselves. Both places are served by frequent buses, so pick up your bus and get ready for over an hour and half journey. Continue reading
Mosta is a small town with one important church to visit – Mosta Dome. It’s a fantastic circular church(Rotunda), very well looked after. Make sure you find out the opening times as it usually closed during lunch times. Continue reading
On our fourth day, we visited Comino, small island of Malta. Malta is formed of three main islands- Malta, Comino and Gozo. Comino is the smallest of all, and except a family of farmers, it is entirely uninhabited. The best part of it is that it has a beautiful crystal clear water beaches! When I say crystal clear, believe me, you can see the rocks on the sea bed 8 metres below! Continue reading
Without a visit to Valetta, no one would say Malta’s trip is complete. Valetta is the capital city of Malta, with extraordinary cathedral and churches, magnificent forts, parliament building, administrative offices, bustling squares, shops and restaurants. It’s a planned city named after Grandmaster Valetta, who saved the city from Ottomans in 15th century. You’ll find various architecture styles, like Mannerist, Neo-Classical and prominently Baroque. Continue reading
Gozo is the second island part of Maltese island landscape. It’s a beautiful, picturesque and serene island full of heritage and richness. We see lot of people living stress free lives on this island, far away from modern stress filled jobs. We encountered few farmers and fishermen alike working calmly! Continue reading
While browsing my email, accidentally found an email with a link to my talk on Spring Integration talk last year at Skills Matter, London. There’s a link to video of the presentation, please have a look. Well, it may provide you with an introduction to Spring Integration with in no time. Please follow the link if you wish to listen to the presentation (or click on the image).
I am very happy to say that the revised, re-written and updated version of Just Spring is now ready. Please check on O’Reilly, Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. As always, do let me know if I have missed anything or you spot a mistake (I’ll buy you a coffee for sure!)
The first edition was quite well received (I am thankful to one and all) – also I am aware of the errors and mistakes. I have been waiting for a suitable opportunity to rewrite the book or rather polish the content.
I love writing during travel – be it a bus, train or a plane. Unfortunately I can’t write if I see no chaos around me. So coffee houses, bustling kiosks, city benches, town centre shopping malls etc are my favourite places.
So when I visited my parents (and my in-laws) during Christmas, I know I what I will be doing. I’ve stuck to the plan and completed the book re-write successfully.
You see, some people can’t survive with out “Social Drama” in their day to day life – if you put them in a town or village where internet is still at its infancy, don’t think they will survive. But I do take that as a blessing – I wouldn’t have completed my book if I have luxury of connecting to the external world (for useless reasons).
Anyway, I got to get back to my fourth installment – this time not in Spring Framework arena. Just Hibernate is for those who are looking for a similar type of simple-sweet-to-the-point book! I am hopeful to get JH to you sooner (do ping me if you wish to get more info on JH or help me with reviews).
I am excited to say my third book in Spring space – titled – Just Spring Data Access is now published. Please check out the book on Amazon here.
The associated source code of the Just Spring Data Access project is here – please download it.