I'm in the middle writing of another article and remembered I had an older one that got dropped in a site redesign. People have been asking for it but it always seems to drop off my radar. Well, I finally put it back online. You can also find it in the page header later if you'd like. It's a bit dated but most of it still applies. Hopefully it'll still be helpful to others. I should probably devote some "ink" to testng and maven since that is it own special little hell but that's for another time.