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 - June 2009

Introducing Drools 5 : A Java Rule Engine for the Rest of Us

by Brian Sam-Bodden

For most Java developers, the idea of using a Rule Engine evokes thoughts of vendors in suits selling a complex and expensive piece of software not needed and the introduction of something completely foreign and intrusive to a code base. Drools 5 ( aims to change this perception by bridging the gap between Java developers and the world of Rule-based systems.

Implementing "Web 2.0-style" Popularity Filters

by David Bock

One of the fuzzy, often ill-defined requirements for a modern website is the creation of social aspects by "leveraging the community." One way this is often done is with popularity filters on website content, showing what is popular, what's hot, etc. Complexity can lurk behind these seemingly simple ideas. We were recently asked to implement a "Hot Now" filter for our client, who publishes thousands of 5-7 minute "how-to" videos online. In this article, we will use that implementation as a case study while looking at the analysis and research we did on the problem.

Scala as Concise Java

by Venkat Subramaniam

Scala is a hybrid functional, object-oriented programming language on the JVM. In my recent book "Programming Scala: Tackle Multicore Complexity on the JVM," I discuss quite a few aspects of Scala that make it a very attractive language to program the JVM: conciseness, expressiveness, power of pattern matching, scalability, and actor based concurrency model. In this article, I will focus on the first aspect—conciseness. You will find that Scala is a lot more concise than Java to carryout your everyday coding tasks. Through a series of examples, you will learn how in this article.

Architecture Enforcement and Governance : Using Aspect-Oriented Programming

by Srini Penchikala

The objective of this article is to give an overview of Reference Architecture (RA) and its significance in Enterprise Architecture space and how Aspects and Aspect-oriented Programming (AOP) can help to enforce RA and manage Architecture Governance model.

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.