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 2011

Game Theory and Software Development

by Matthew McCullough

Game Theory is a fascinating focused study of strategic interactive decision making that originated in the 1940s with help from our computer science founding father, John von Neumann. It began with a focus on economics, later expanded to military battle strategy, and now even aims to describe the behavior of business teams scaled all the way up to the size of nations. It offers its students an insightful set of descriptions and simplifications, much like those of design patterns, that clarify behavior that might otherwise be described as "irrational." This article will allow you to peer through this new lens, making the underlying motivations in the world of business, team interactions, product pricing, advertising and service offerings crystal clear.

Guava: An Excellent Source of Vitamin C

by Ted Neward

Guava is a library of multifarious utilities and extensions that make Java development easier in assorted ways. It is also a fruit. And like the fruit, Guava is tasty and chock full of vitamin C. Many of the simple shortcuts in Google's Guava are covered in other introductions, such as Daniel Hinojosa's "Making Java Bearable with Guava" in the August 2010 edition of this magazine. This article takes a deeper dive into a few really useful pieces, giving all the information needed to build an instant cache and to aggregate intra-process communication.

Vagrant: Virtualized Development Environments Made Simple

by Matt Stine

Have you ever wished that your local development sandbox could look exactly like production, but you've got a mismatch between your local OS and your production OS? And what about the age old "it works on my machine" excuse that quite often stems from differences between developer sandboxes? Many have turned to virtualization, creating a machine image that can be passed around the team. But who manages the template? How do you keep things in sync? In this article, we'll explore Vagrant, an open source tool that allows you to easily create and manage virtual development environments that can be provisioned on demand and "thrown away" when no longer needed.

High Performance Messaging

by Mark Richards

As Woody Allen once said "It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off". While messages traveling through your system may never quite reach the speed of light, you could certainly make them travel fast. In this article I will explore four simple techniques that will increase the speed and throughput of your messaging system through relatively minor changes in your messaging infrastructure.

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.