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 2009

Software Team Optimization: The Art of the Ongoing Tune Up

by Jared Richardson

Software teams are always asked to do more with less. If you estimate a product should take three months, you’re asked to deliver in two. If you tell management you need ten developers, you’re given eight. How do we ensure our teams are operating at top efficiency? How can we make sure that we’re doing all we can with what we’ve got? Here are some essential truths about software teams and the software development lifecycle that none of us can afford to ignore.

Rifle-Oriented Programming with Clojure

by Stuart Halloway

Any comparison of hot JVM languages is likely to note that “Clojure is not object-oriented.” This is true, but it may lead you to the wrong conclusions. It’s a little like saying that a rifle is not arrow-oriented. In this article, you will see how Clojure addresses the key concerns of OO: encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance.

Mastering Maven: Convention over Configuration conquers the Build Process

by Matthew McCullough

In this article, you’ll investigate and discover why Maven, a controversial build lifecycle management tool that has been available since 2002, has suddenly seen a resurgence of adoption in both traditional and agile development projects. Then, several of its unsung qualities that parallel other hot technologies such as Groovy and Continuous Integration are examined. Lastly, suggestions are provided on how to progressively migrate from Ant to Maven.

Honey, I Thunked The Kids: Java Meta-Programming Techniques

by Howard Lewis Ship

Meta-programming in Java is more difficult and limited than meta-programming in dynamic languages such as Ruby, but it is still possible, and gains the benefits of type safety combined with Java’s high performance. In this article, we’ll discuss meta-programming as an approach to lazy evaluation.

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.