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 - December 2011


by Brian Sletten

Forward-looking development teams have started to use Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) in the past few years to test their code against clearly expressed acceptance criteria. The adoption of tools like Cucumber, JBehave, RSpec and EasyB show that this trend is growing. As we see an increase in the use of resource-oriented APIs, there is an opportunity to apply these testing ideas to make sure our services do what they are supposed to, maintain high quality and avoid accidental breakage.

Mocks and Stubs in Groovy Tests

by Kenneth Kousen

True unit testing means isolating the class you’re testing from all of its dependencies. If the dependencies are simple, you can write your own stub classes and maintain them yourself. Java provides several mocking frameworks that allow you to set expectations and verify the interactions between your class and the mocks. If you have Groovy available, however, you have many capabilities built right into the language. This article will show you how to use Groovy to generate both mocks and stubs in an easy, controlled way.

Algorithms for Better Text Search Results

by John Griffin

This article discusses four enhancements to searching: utilizing synonyms to broaden results, reducing search terms to their most basic form, fuzzy queries (there’s that word again) to help with misspellings and "did you mean?" suggestions, and finally, phonetic equivalents for search terms. We will be using code written in both Lucene and Hibernate Search format so some experience with these packages will be helpful but not absolutely necessary. Regardless of what your favorite language might be, these examples will give you ideas to use in your own code.

Knowns and Unknowns of Scrum and Agile

by Brian Tarbox

One of the premises that Scrum operates from is that most interesting projects have constantly shifting requirements and exist largely in isolation from any previous implementation or design. Anyone mentioning static requirements or things we “know to be true” isn’t “agile”. This leads to missing the advantages gleaned from previous projects; which is odd given Scrum's penchant for transparency and feedback. Scrum is great at responding to unknowns found during a sprint, but not so good at doing the same with facts from outside a sprint. As an overreaction to the Big Design Upfront paradigm, Scrum tends to view all projects as swimming in a sea of shifting requirements with little or nothing known upfront. It also tends to assert that we can succeed in spite of, or even because of, all of the variables facing a project. This paper asserts that this is a serious limitation of Scrum and shows what this limitation causes us to miss.

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.