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 - November 2010

Engineering and Ethics

by Neal Ford

With the assistance of technology, we literally control the world. Like Icarus’ flame, it brings both benefits and dangers. Software is technology too, which means that the things we write can find uses for both good and ill. Anyone who works with technology must understand the implications of what they create. This essay is an exploration of ethics in software development, with the goal of making you think about the sometimes invisible implications of what you build.

Encryption and the JVM: A Perfect Match for a Necessary Technology

by Matthew McCullough

Encryption is a process that many programmers have heard about, but only a select few have implemented in code. Data privacy, obscurity, and security are quickly demanding that more developers become fluent and proficient in this ever-more-mainstream realm of computer science and mathematics. This article will introduce the newcomer to the vocabulary of cryptography, including hashing, symmetric key ciphers, and asymmetric key ciphers. With the vocabulary conquered, we’ll proceed to study several fundamental applications of cryptography with the JVM-included Java Cryptography Extensions (JCE) classes.

Language Workbenches

by Peter Bell

Language workbenches offer a fundamentally novel approach to software development. In this article, we’re going to look at the forces that are driving the development of language workbenches, what constitutes a language workbench, the most popular workbenches available and the use cases that are particularly suited to a language oriented approach.

Test Doubles with Mockito

by James Carr

Test Doubles are an important part of developing software with Test Driven Design as they help define interactions between collaborators and the system under test, provide indirect outputs to the system as well as verify indirect outputs. This is done by either rolling your own test specific implementation of the collaborators or using a library to cut back on the boilerplate code that goes into setting them up. Mockito is one of many mock object frameworks that is easy to use and can be a huge benefit when used efficiently.

On Becoming a Certified Gemologist

by Raju Gandhi

So you are a Ruby developer who has been working with Ruby for a while with multiple projects using different flavors of Ruby and a whole plethora of gem dependencies. You even have multiple Rails projects using different versions of Rails that you need to manage and update. All the while, you have a set of gems and plugins that you have been investigating to see which ones best suit your needs. Up until now you have had to meticulously tweak your path each time so that you can run the version of Ruby that your current project requires, hoping that an install of a new gem won’t create havoc with your existing dependencies.

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.