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 - April 2011

Multideployment, Multicontainer, Multitechnology Testing and Discovery

by Dan Allen

Arquillian is a container-oriented Java testing framework, developed in the JBoss Community, that provides a component model for your tests. In other words, Arquillian brings your test to the runtime rather than requiring you to manage the runtime from your test. This strategy keeps you focused on the test logic in the same way your primary programming model (e.g., EJB, CDI, JPA, etc) allows you to focus on the business logic. In fact, Arquillian lets you use the same programming model in your tests that you use in your application. This capability closes the gap that traditionally separates unit and integration testing. You are free to incorporate as much or as little integration in the test as you want. Yet it still walks and quacks like...a unit test.

Covert Ops: Effecting Change from the Inside

by Michael Easter

After a weekend at a terrific conference, you’re energized, inspired, and ready for change. Unfortunately, management is not so ready, and stymies your ideas. How can inspired developers overcome uninspired circumstances? How do we translate our motivation into real change? One answer: channel our passion into a long-term, covert operation. This article describes our strategy and provides some real-world tactics using Groovy as an example.

Functional Programming in Java

by Ted Neward

In the December, 2010 issue of NFJS, the Magazine, we took a quick look at FJ, the Functional Java library, and some of its core concepts: the F type (a function), the P type (a product, also known as a “tuple” in other functional languages), and how the functional style prefers to express commonality and variability by composing functions together, rather than inherit from a common base class. This approach is new territory for most Java developers, and requires more than a little bit of a shift in thinking. It offers a very different kind of reusability, but in ways that are entirely foreign to most Java developers.

Code Archeology

by Matt Stine

Feature requests are steadily pouring in, but the team cannot respond to them. They are paralyzed. The codebase on which the company has “bet the business” is simply too hard to change. It’s your job to clean up the mess and get things rolling again. Where do you begin? Your first task is to get the lay of the land by applying a family of techniques we’ll call “Code Archeology.” Upon finishing this article you’ll be well prepared to tackle the next “big ball of mud” that gets dumped on your desk.

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.