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The big news in the Groovy world is the upcoming release later this year of Groovy 2.0. It’s been five years since the 1.0 release, and in that time we’ve seen five minor updates to the Groovy language, the most recent being version 1.8 last year. Don’t worry, the major release is backwards compatible with previous Groovies. The 2.0 increment is earned because of the size and scope of its biggest features: modularization, invoke dynamic support, and most importantly an upgrade to the static type system.
It’s the old chicken and the egg problem: until you have experience using a new language you can’t convince anyone to let you use the language. You can learn a language’s syntax from a book or a class but only experience with the language can give you proficiency.
There is much diversity in the software applications that run the enterprise. The diversity can be recognized through a large number of factors from mission critical to supportive, from complex to simple, from costly to relatively inexpensive. Often organizations tend to treat all or many of these applications with the same level of commitment and support. But does that make sense?
Let’s face it, building a concurrent or parallel application is hard. Only a handful of programmers can actually write a “correct” and well-behaved concurrent application. We can all roll our sleeves up and build a multi-threaded application but will it function correctly? Will be it free of deadlocks? What about livelocks? Not to mention the hours we have to spend in debugging issues. The culprit is mutable state.
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.