NFJS, the Magazine

NFJS, the Magazine

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About NFJS, the Magazine

  • Includes an eclectic mix of articles centered on software development.
  • Outstanding content that is easily consumed
  • Covers the latest development tools, methods, and best practices
  • All authors are speakers on the No Fluff Just Stuff Tour
  • Makes a great reference

In this Issue - June 2010

Grails Takes Care of the REST

by Dave Klein

As more new web applications come online and as traditional applications continue to move to the web, the need for these applications to communicate has increased dramatically. Web services are no longer just for large Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications. They are, in fact, becoming as much of a staple of web development as the ability to upload and download files.

Polyglot OSGi

by Matt Stine

One of the greatest benefits of OSGi is its firewall-esque encapsulation of implementation details. The only traffic that gets in or out is the traffic that you explicitly specify, otherwise all bets are off. The aspiring polyglot can bring in the right tool for the right job (be it Groovy, Scala, Clojure, etc.) by hiding it behind OSGi services as an "implementation detail." Let’s kill off the golden hammer once and for all!

Resource-Oriented Concurrent Processing

by Jeremy Deane

A fundamental shift in the IT industry has occurred; Amdahl’s law has usurped Moore’s law. Because the number of transistors on a chip is not doubling every 24 months, developers can no longer "scale up" simply by adding faster processors. Rather, developers must now approach the development of applications with concurrency in mind. And that is because the chip industry is now doubling the number of cores every 24 months. The primary challenge to developers is breaking a problem down so that it can be handled concurrently. The other challenge is to implement a concurrent solution on the Java Platform.

Get Cooking with a Chef in the Cloud

by Michael Nygard

Operations used to be about sleep-deprived system administrators running obscure commands in the middle of the night. These days, web operations looks a lot more like coding. Configurations get version controlled and servers get built thanks to automation not caffeination. Chef, an up-and-comer in the agile operations world, happens to work particularly well in the cloud. This article walks through the Chef architecture and shows you how to build your own Chef server on Amazon's EC2.

A Message From the Publisher

Jay Zimmerman - creator of the No Fluff Just Stuff Tour Series

Jay Zimmerman
  • Jay Zimmerman


First, let me take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of No Fluff Just Stuff. The emphasis of this magazine is all about quality content just like our software conference series. For those of you not familiar with the No Fluff Just Stuff Symposium series let me share a little history. I started NFJS in 2002 to offer high quality technical content in a conference format and offered in over 30 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The credo of NFJS is simply: Local Venue, World Class Conference. NFJS offers individuals the opportunity to attend an outstanding conference right in your own backyard whether you live in Milwaukee, or Denver, just to name a few. The NFJS conference series is focused on great technical content(stuff) and little to no fluff - advertising, vendors, etc...

NFJS, the Magazine is an eclectic mix of articles centered on software development and all that entails. Whether you are a developer, architect or manager, you should find all of the articles in NFJS interesting and enlightening. All of the article authors are speakers on the No Fluff Just Stuff Tour and published thereby insuring a great read. We want this magazine to be time efficient for the reader. To me, NFJS the Magazine is all about outstanding content that is easily consumable. The other great thing about the format of this magazine is that you can easily read articles out of sequence over the months and refer back to something anytime. Unlike traditional magazines, NFJS has a much longer shelf life and makes a great reference source.

We are very excited to bring you NFJS, the Magazine ten times a year. I hope you find NFJS, the Magazine to be a great informational resource. Drop me an email and let me know your thoughts.