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The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) has become an important open standard for instant messaging, online communities and shared services on the Internet. As people find more uses for these protocols and technologies that build on them, it becomes more important to have programmatic interfaces; the Openfire and Smack APIs help integrate XMPP into the Enterprise in useful and convenient ways. This article will introduce some of the background, basic concepts, and a few ideas on how to take advantage of these capabilities.
Flex is a very robust and well-documented application framework that lets you easily create beautiful, rich internet applications. This article introduces you to the framework, points out the similarities between Flex and Java-based web application frameworks, and gives you some references so you can explore Flex further. I’ll also show you an example application that I will enhance in subsequent articles. That application will ultimately feature drag and drop, view states, and communicating with Java code on a server.
Martin Fowler coined the term refactoring in his classic book by the same title. In the book, he defines refactoring patterns for how to perform changes to code to improve it. However, he doesn’t fully address why and when you might want to embark on refactoring missions. That’s the realm of this article. First, I discuss the building block concept of composed method, then I show an example situation that warrants refactoring.
Testing has come a long way; what once was seen as the sole domain of the QA team is now part of a professional developer’s responsibility. Though not nearly as universal as many would hope, only in rare circumstances would it be seen as a radical approach. It has even moved beyond the realm of “best practice” to a practice that is often just assumed. While your favorite bookstore will have plenty of tomes to help you better test your code, most are focused on the happy path - starting with a green field project where testing is part of the culture from day 1. Alas, most of us spend our days toiling on existing code, code that was rarely written with testing in mind. While it is much easier to test infect a project at it’s inception, that doesn’t mean the rest of us are doomed to permanent tar pits. With techniques like test driven development, ruthless refactoring and a team of like minded souls, we can find ourselves once again on Terra Firma.
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.
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