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 - April 2012

Connected Data With Neo4J

by Tim Berglund

Neo4J is a compelling NoSQL database with perhaps the most unusual and expressive data model of the entire space: it is a graph database. While we think in graphs and build graphs as abstractions of the world to do our computational work, we don’t always store data explicitly in graphs. We often determine the meaningful relationships between data items in advance, and structure our queries and analysis on those forward-looking predictions of the meaning of the world. Neo4J instead encourages us to think of the world as a set of connected information resources whose connections are created dynamically and explored in an ad-hoc way over time.

On Prototypal Inheritance, Part 1

by Raju Gandhi

Douglas Crockford refers to JavaScript as “Lisp in C’s Clothing” which gives us an inkling to it’s true power. Unfortunately JavaScript, a language that started with a rushed schedule to production and a specification that was buffeted with strong political winds at its inception, has often been “misunderstood”. Despite its unfortunate beginnings, amidst the stormy waters laden with many a pitfall like global variables, lie a few pearls of wisdom, of which one is prototypal inheritance. In this 2-part article we will take a deep dive into JavaScript’s prototypal nature—we will see how it works, and more importantly how we, as JavaScript developers can leverage it. We will then take it a step further to see how we can develop our own hierarchies to model our code, allowing for better reuse.

Log4JFugue Part Two

by Brian Tarbox

In last month’s article we walked through the Log4JFugue existing architecture and started to explore how Scala could simplify things for us. In the current article we continue the discussion by looking at the construction of the actual sound string, looking at Dependency Injection, ScalaDoc and drawing conclusions from the experience.

Demystifying Java-Groovy Integration

by Venkat Subramaniam

You’d be excited about Groovy for its expressive, lightweight, fluent and concise nature. The reality is, Groovy code has to live and thrive among Java code. You probably read that one of the strengths of Groovy is its integration with Java. How strong is that? Can you create a Groovy closure from Java and invoke methods that take it? How about calling methods that are dynamic, those that don’t exist during compile time? You’ll find the answers to these questions in this article.

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.