Northern Virginia Software Symposium
October 28 - 30, 2005 - Reston, VA
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Scott Davis - Author of "Groovy Recipes"
Frameworks? We don't need no stinkin' web frameworks. OK, so maybe that's overstating the case. Web frameworks do plenty of good things, but sometimes they can also be golden handcuffs. Too many web developers fall into the trap of thinking, "If it can't be done by my web framework, then it simply can't be done."
The full title of this talk is, "The Sound of One Hand Clapping, or How to Pair Program with a Single Programmer -- Scaling XP to Small Projects." Everyone talks about using J2EE for massive projects, but what about the lone wolf developer? Can they still apply the lessons learned from agile development methodologies to their everyday work?
In this presentation, we'll explore the top four mapping sites and show you how to take advantage of their free services. MapQuest, Yahoo Maps, Google Maps, and MSN Virtual Earth all bring slightly different capabilities to the table. These sites allow you to create your own interactive maps with minimum effort and no previous mapping experience. They take care of hosting the mapping data and making it easy to manipulate -- all you have to do is bring a little bit of know-how to the party.
Hopefully your test plan involves more than, "Well, it compiled..." JUnit is fast becoming a required part of the modern Java developer's toolkit. Unit testing your Java classes is a great start, but your test plan shouldn't stop there.
This talk will introduce several additional testing tools for the web developer -- HttpUnit, Canoo WebTest, and JMeter. These tools allow you to test a live website with no changes to the production code. Even better, you can test sites that have been implemented in technologies other than Java.
Keith Donald - SpringSource Principal & Founding Partner
Spring 1.2 is out--Spring 1.3 is right on the horizon. As a broad, user-driven project with a large community, the newest releases offer a wealth of new features to be taken advantage of. This session focuses on demonstrating the most important, and how you can start leveraging them in your projects immediately.
In this interactive session Keith walks you through the experience of building a simple Spring-powered application from the ground up.
Paul Duvall - Author of "Continuous Integration"
Increase feedback on your project by building your software with every change applied to your source code repository. The practice of Continuous Integration (CI) can be used to decrease the time between when a defect is introduced and when it is fixed.
Design Patterns became part of the software development industry mainstream in the mid-1990s with the release of the Go4 Design Patterns book. Since then, architecture, design, and more recently, organizational patterns have become a part of our nomenclature. But, what about the software that helps us develop and deliver the software to our users: the software development infrastructure?
Ben Galbraith - Book author, Ajaxian-at-Large, and Consultant
Are you spending more time plumbing your Swing applications than solving business problems? Has your Swing application grown out of control? This session is for you.
In the "Introduction to Ajax" session, we discuss what Ajax is, how it works, and how others are using it.
It sounded like such a good idea back in the mid-nineties: based the Java platform on a standards-based, open community, and let anyone participate. There is no question that Sun's strategy for Java's stewardship via the JCP and sponsored open-source has yielded some enormous benefits. However, these have not been enjoyed without tremendous cost.
You can do some pretty cool things with XML these days (despite what some curmudgeons in the technology world may claim). In the past few years, XML has solidified its place as the lingua franca of data sharing and data manipulation. But XML as a data transfer language is only marginally interesting. Things get really exciting when XML is dynamically transformed into other formats. In this session, I focus on two XML formats which can be readily transformed into high-quality presentation-centric output formats. XSL-FO is a typesetting format for XML that can be readily converted into PDF (or Postscript and some other formats). SVG is a vector graphics language in XML -- a sort of open-source version of the popular Macromedia Flash format. SVG files can be converted into beautiful, completely scalable -- and interactive - - images.
Too often, Swing applications are slow, ugly, and hard-to-maintain. It turns out that it doesn't have to be this way. Swing can be used to create highly-responsive, beautiful applications that are very maintainable. If this isn't consistent with your own experience, don't feel bad; its not very obvious how to make Swing sing.
Ajax -- called DHTML just a few months ago -- has revolutionized (or "radically iterated", if you like) web application development in the short few months since the term was coined.
What is it all about? Why are we excited about a set of capabilites that have been sitting in our browser for years? What can you do with it? And, how can you do it?
For many of us, XML has become a ubiquitous presence in application development, whether parsing, validating, or manipulating it. For many of us, all that XML is coupled with pain, in the form of tedious APIs (like, say, the W3C DOM API) and confusing technologies (oh, I don't know, W3C XML Schema?).
David Geary - Author of Graphic Java, co-author of Core JSF, member of the JSF Expert Group
Okay, so you know a little about JSF. You understand managed beans, action outcomes and how to attach standard JSF validators to components in a JSP page.
But there is a great deal of functionality that the average web application supports that JSF doesn't provide out of the box. For example, wouldn't you like to have JSF automatically place asteriks in front of labels for required fields? You are going to implement client-side validation, which JSF does not support out of the box, aren't you? Of course, you're going to test your application, right? And don't forget to trap unauthorized use of the back button.
JavaServer Faces is a well designed user interface framework, but it lacks a number of features you might otherwise expect out of the box; for example, JSF does not explicitly provide support for client-side validation.
So, from the folks that brought you Struts, comes Shale, a collection of useful enhancements to JSF. A top-level Apache Software Foundation project, Shale adds some really cool features to vanilla JSF, including:
There's a lot of cool stuff in Shale that makes JSF a much more compelling proposition. Come see what it's all about.
Andrew Glover - Founder of easyb
No one will argue that JUnit has positively affected the quality of thousands of Java applications around the world. JUnit’s simplicity and ease of use ushered in a whole new era of code quality; however, as many developers have found, its simplicity has also limited its use. TestNG was designed from the ground up to overcome some of JUnit’s limitations; moreover, TestNG’s features make it a great tool to complement your JUnit tests.
Understanding what code coverage represents, how to effectively apply it, and how to avoid its pitfalls will give you an unprecedented understanding of how unit tests may or may not be covering you from sneaky defects.
Stuart Halloway - CEO of Relevance
For centuries people have used crypto to build (and break) secure systems. Computers have only raised the pitch of conflict, providing enormous cryptographic power at commodity prices. Most programmers do not write their own crypto libraries, instead relying on the services of an operating system or virtual machine. But even with all this support, building secure systems is a daunting task.
The Java platform is built from the ground up with security in mind. This talk will introduce the security features of the J2SE, building quickly from the basic classes to realistic examples.
Java has always provided a model for concurrency and threads. With Java 1.5, this model received a major facelift. Learn how to use the new concurrency utilities to build responsive, scalable, and correct concurrent applications.
Ruby may not need XML, but XML sure benefits from Ruby!
Have fun automating your builds and deployment!
Using the Action WebService pack that ships with Rails, you can rapidly create robust web services with the same productivity you see when developing classic web applications with Rails.
Ramnivas Laddad - Author of AspectJ in Action, Principal at SpringSource
Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) enables modularizing implementation of crosscutting concerns that abound in practice: logging, tracing, dynamic profiling, error handling, service-level agreement, policy enforcement, pooling, caching, concurrency control, security, transaction management, business rules, and so forth. Traditional implementation of these concerns requires you to fuse their implementation with the core concern of a module. With AOP, you can implement each of the concerns in a separate module called aspect. The result of such modular implementation is simplified design, improved understandability, improved quality, reduced time to market, and expedited response to system requirement changes. Come to this session and learn all about how AOP can help you simplify developing complex systems.
Aspect-oriented programming (AOP) promises to modularize crosscutting concerns. Like all new technologies, AOP has its share of over zealousness and unjustified criticism, neither of which is useful to developers deciding if they should use AOP in their applications. Attend this talk to understand the real deal behind AOP and change your perspective of AOP forever.
J2EE has become the main new platform for enterprise application deployment. Good performance is an important business requirement. Supporting this requirement needs application profiling during the development phases and performance monitoring after application deployment. Come to this session to understand challenges and choices in monitoring J2EE applications.
A lot is happening in the field of Aspect-oriented programming (AOP). AspectJ and AspectWerkz, the two leading AOP implementations, have merged, bringing in their respective strengths. The merged version, AspectJ 5, adds many new features aimed at simplifying writing and deploying aspects. The new features include an annotation-based and XML-based syntax to define aspects, support for new Java 5 concepts, and load-time weaving. The tools support for AOP continues to improve, as well. Further, the most popular IOC framework, Spring, enables integrating aspects written in AspectJ. There is also serious discussion and preliminary work going on to support AOP right into the VM itself. All in all, there is a lot to learn about the changes in the exciting field of AOP. This session is designed to help you get up to date with all these changes.
Ted Neward - Enterprise, Virtual Machine and Language Wonk
Over the last decade, focus in inter-process communication has centered on Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) and its object-oriented equivalents.
Security's become a hot topic among enterprise developers in recent years, but to many developers, security is still the white elephant in the middle of the room. Discussions about security usually begin with, "Uh, we'll worry about that later", or, "Start with two really large prime numbers.....". Security isn't as hard as developers make it out to be, but it is something that developers need to face and recognize.
Mark Richards - SOA and Integration Architect, Author of Java Message Service
The new EJB 3.0 spec (JSR-220) offers some great improvements over the prior EJB specs in terms of development simplicity and new features. In this session we will take a look at the new EJB 3.0 spec and the new Java Persistence API. Included in this session will be a discussion about Java metadata annotations, simplification of enterprise beans (session and message-driven beans), interceptors, changes in transaction processing, and how the new Java Persistence API works. During the session I will be demonstrating how the EJB 3.0 spec differs from the EJB 2.1 spec through code example comparisons. I will also be discussing how the new Java Persistence API compares to related Java persistence options and whether we should be excited about the new persistence API or (yawn) sticking with what we have.
Tired of dealing with EJBs but cannot use other frameworks like Spring? How would you like to replace all of your remote Stateless Session Beans with POJOs and still access them remotely within Java EE? By using the Java EE Command Pattern we can write EJBs as POJOs and solve many of the issues facing EJB, including testability, configuration complexity, and performance, and still remain within the boundaries of the Java EE container. The Java EE Command Pattern is a simple pattern that can significantly reduce the complexity of large-scale Java EE enterprise applications. In this session we will explore the numerous issues facing a typical EJB architecture and learn how the use of the Java EE Command Pattern can solve these issues. We will walk through the different design alternatives and see how the command pattern is implemented in both EJB3 and in Spring. Through interactive coding examples you will learn what components make up the Command Pattern framework and what simple coding changes are required to convert a complex remote EJB-based application to a much simpler remote POJO-based application.
Although Spring and EJB isolate us from most of the complexities involving transaction management, there are still a number of things we need to be aware of when dealing with transactions in Enterprise Java Applications. Too often transaction management is an afterthought in the design and development process, which leads to applications that have problems with data integrity, data consistency, and overall stability and reliability. In this session we will explore the three transaction models that both Spring and EJB support (Local, Programmatic, and Declarative), and discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and pitfalls within each of these models, when it makes sense to use each transaction model, and under what situations these models are appropriate and inappropriate. We will spend most of our time on the Declarative Transaction Model. Within this model we will explore some common pitfalls and look at the best practices within this model. Through coding examples in both EJB and Spring using real-world scenarios, you will learn how to properly handle exceptions, how to correctly use transaction attributes, and how the isolation level can affect transaction and application behavior. This session is the first part of a 3 hour transaction management session.
This session is the second part of a 3 hour transaction management session. In this session we will explore some of the more advanced features of transaction management within EJB and Spring. We will pick up where we left off from the first session by taking a detailed look at XA and distributed transaction processing, and how to coordinate multiple resources within a single business transaction. Within the XA discussion you will learn what XA is, what the relationship is between JTA and XA, when you should use XA within EJB and Spring applications, and how to enable JMS and DBMS resources to run under XA. In the second part of this session we will look at how to build an effective transaction design strategy by reviewing three primary transaction design patterns. Within each pattern we will look at the context, forces, solution, and the pattern implementation in both EJB and Spring. We will also see how each transaction pattern fits into variousl application architectures.
As companies continue to change the way they do business, so must the IT systems that support the business. Changes due to regulatory requirements, competitive advantage, mergers, acquisitions, and industry trends require flexible IT systems to meet the demands of the business. Software Architects must therefore make their architectures more agile to meet the flexible demands of today's business. Through real-world examples and scenarios we will explore some of the challenges facing Software Architecture and discuss several concrete techniques for applying agility to both the architecture process and the technical architecture itself. We will also look at various architecture refactoring techniques, and discuss the pros and cons of each. By attending this session you will learn how to apply various agile techniques to improve your architectures and overcome some of the challenges facing software architecture in today's ever-changing market.
There has been a significant amount of buzz in the community and industry about the definition and role of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), particularly within the area of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this product-agnostic high energy session we will take a step back and consider whether we really need an ESB. Through real-world application and architecture scenarios we will see where an ESB would be helpful and where it would be overkill. We will take a look under the hood and find out just what an ESB is really doing, and take a quick look at JBI (JSR-208) and see the impact it has on the ESB worls. Then, using product-agnostic coding examples we will learn what an Enterprise Service Bus is supposed to do, then answer the question about whether the ESB is just a bunch of hype or if we really need it.
Jared Richardson - Agile coach and co-author of Ship It
Are your product designs hit or miss? Do you have trouble building a loosely coupled system? Is your code incestuous? Refactoring not an option with your code base? Tracer Bullets help keep your project out of the fire.
Tracer Bullet Development:
* helps you create great software * lends itself to an iterative cycle * can be used for demos early and often * is easily refactored * allows your teams to work in parallel * makes a very testable system
Throughout our software careers we learn habits from our coworkers, from books we've read, and occasionally, from conferences we attend. Much of our competence comes from the tips and tricks we pick up as we go.
a.. Do you spend more time fighting your tools than writing code? b.. Do you avoid merging your code with your teammates because of “Integration Hell”? c.. Do the same bugs keep sneaking back into your product? d.. Do your builds depend on the roll of the dice?
A good set of infrastructure tools can go a long way toward smoothing out these and other problems. Come see how to make your toolset work seamlessly in the background so you can Just Work. We'll cover source code management (SCM), build scripts, automated test harnesses, automatic builds, feature tracking and issue tracking.
Ryan Shriver - Business and Technology Consulting
Scaling Agility is a case study in leveraging Agile practices for larger-scale software product development.
Brian Sletten - Forward Leaning Software Engineer
Just as the world is feeling comfortable with the Web, Tim Berners-Lee et al inform us that what we have seen so far is just the beginning. His original plans at CERN were larger and grander. The Semantic Web is the new vision of machine-processable documents and metadata to improve search, knowledge discovery and data integration and management. While there are many naysayers chiding such grand visions, there are also pragmatic and useful technologies emerging that can be applied today.
Service-oriented architectures (SOAs) are all the rage. But how do you find all of these services once they are deployed? Configuration files are so 90's. Software of the 21st Century should be able to find related services and components without users having to specify particular configurations at start up. The IETF's ZeroConf multicast DNS protocol was designed to solve exactly this problem. JmDNS is Java-based open source implementation of this capability that allows local-link applications to find and use automagically discovered capabilities. Apple's Rendezvous technology is another open-source ZeroConf implementation behind many of the exciting applications it is building for OS X these days. Come learn how you can interact with these or your own service discovery-savvy applications without even having to learn how to spell UDDI. Bring your wireless notebooks to participate in a service-oriented environment (please have a working Java environment as we won't have time to debug installation issues).
Venkat Subramaniam - Founder of Agile Developer, Inc.
Agile development is picking up steam. You have heard about eXtreme Programming(XP). What other Agile methodologies are you familar with and what do they bring of interest or significant to the table of Agility? More important, why should you learn about these different methodologies instead of simply focusing on one? There is no one shoe that fits all. Any methodology that requires you to follow it in totality and not let you adapt is rather dogmatic, not pragmatic. To be effective we have to take the best of different approaches and apply to our projects base on our specific needs.
Java introduced Generics in the 1.5 version (Java 5). What are the capabilities of Generics? How do you use it? Are there some gotchas in using it? In this example driven presentation, we will start at the basics of generics and look at its capabilities. We will then look at some of the under the hood details on generics implementation. We will then delve into the details of some of the changes to Java libraries to accommodate generics. Finally we will take a look at some restrictions and pitfalls that we need to be familiar with when it comes to practical and prudent use of generics.
Object-oriented scripting languages, or agile dynamic languages, as some like to call those, are gaining programmers' attention. Groovy bring this excitement to the Java platform with its ability to generate byte code. You can use Groovy instead of Java for some parts of your application. By learning it, you can switch between the languages where you consider fit.
A number of new features have been introduced in Java. What benefit do these features offer you. Are there issues with using these features. For instance, when should you use annotation? The objective of this presentation is not simply to introduce you to the features, but to the effective use of these as well.
You are convinced that Test Driven Development is good for you and your project. You realize the benefits it has to offer. What's holding you back? All the code and components that your code so heavily depends on is most likely making you wonder if TDD is really for you. We will start out by looking at dependency and dependency inversion. Then we will discuss how mock objects can help separate our code from its dependencies.
Is your code object-oriented? Developing with objects involves more than using languages like Java, C#, C++ or Smalltalk for that matter. From time to time, the OO paradigm stumps even expert developers. Agile programming becomes a mere act of hack if we code without knowing the OO principles. What are these principles – the ones that influence your design? In this presentation the speaker will present some of the challenges that are fundamental in nature. Then he will present OO Design principles and good practices for prudent development of OO code.
Bruce Tate - Author of 3 JavaOne best sellers
O/RM (Object/Relational Mapping) seeks to eliminate repetitive or tedious work enabling the CRUD (create, read, update, delete) that underlies most applications. Hibernate is a popular, open-source O/RM tool that uses reflection (instead of code generation, like EJB, or bytecode injection, like JDO) to manage your persistence layer.
This session, for the Spring beginner, helps you: • Understand dependency injection and inversion of control • Know the meaning of lightweight containers and Spring • Understand the basic pieces of Spring • See core Spring modules in action, including Persistence, AOP, transactions.
Attendees need not know anything about Spring. This session does talk about integration with core J2EE frameworks like JDBC and transactions.
Agile programming is a collection of core principles and techniques that allow software developers to create lighter, more responsive applications, and to have fun doing it. Many established organizations are either openly or sub-conciously hostile to many of the principles of Agile development.
Dave Thomas - Pragmatic Programmer, Ruby, Rails, Process Improvement
Are you frustrated by experts who can't tell you what to do, or by junior team members who refuse to see the big picture? How can you best develop careers: both yours and those of your teammates and managers? How can we learn to apply experience more effectively, and why do the many approaches designed to tame complexity actually end up increasing it?
Ruby recently enjoyed its tenth birthday. Instead of cake and candles, the community celebrated by releasing a wave of new libraries and frameworks that make Ruby programming even easier. This talk features some of the best of these, as we explore Ruby.
The Ruby on Rails framework has exploded onto the scene over the last few months. Propelled by some genuine benefits, and fueled by a whole lot of controversy, Rails seems here to stay. So, is it a Java killer? (No.) Is it a great way to develop certain classes of web application? (Yes.) Does it really deliver the 10-fold increase in developer productivity that some have claimed? (It depends...)
The Ruby on Rails framework has unit and functional testing baked right in. In this talk we'll see how easy it is to get started with testing in Rails, and we'll explore jut how deep the testing support goes.
Ajax is becoming a requirement for new applications: it creates richer user experiences and more dynamic applications. However, doing Ajax by hand is difficult and error prone. The good news is that if you use Rails, you don't have to do Ajax the hard way.