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 - May 2011

Saying Yes to NoSQL

by Tim Berglund

It’s an increasingly common narrative these days that the relational database is dead, and its replacement is some non-specific thing called “NoSQL.” This thing-that-isn’t-SQL is getting increasingly heavy coverage in the press and increasing attention at conferences. A series of very impressive success stories is mounting about how NoSQL databases are being adopted to address large-scale data workloads, enable rapid schema evolution, and (apparently) prepare nachos for developers. As a technology category, NoSQL databases are counter-cultural, reacting to the bloated feature sets, daunting administrative burdens, and high price tags of enterprise relational databases. They are insurgent, revolutionary, contrarian, and open-source. They are forever associated with massive data sets and web-scale transactional volumes. What’s not to like?


by Bob Gobeille

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is the cornerstone for software sharing. It allows us to build on the code shoulders of others and redistribute that code as a licensed work. Licensed? You don’t often hear the terms “free”, “open”, and “licensed” in the same sentence, but this is exactly what FOSS (aka FLOSS, aka Freedom) software is. The FOSSology project is used to find those licenses, copyrights and other information.

Wrangling your Requirements

by Peter Bell

What is the state of the art in requirements gathering these days? What is “just enough” design up front? How do you minimize rework as new scenarios break your domain model? And how can you use “deliberate discovery” to reduce risk more quickly on projects? In this article we’ll be looking at best practices for managing requirements in your agile projects.

Understanding the Differences between AMQP & JMS

by Mark Richards

As the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) specification matures and robust AMQP implementations such as RabbitMQ become more popular, you can’t help but wonder whether you should jump on the bandwagon and use AMQP instead of Java Message Service (JMS) as your messaging standard. Understanding the differences between AMQP and JMS is a great way of understanding what AMQP is and whether you should use it. In this article I will describe AMQP through a comparison of the AMQP specification and the ever-popular JMS specification.

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.