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 2012

Functional Thinking Part 1

by Neal Ford

Let's say for a moment that you are a lumberjack (and you're OK). You have the best axe in the forest, which makes you the more productive lumberjack in the camp. Then one day, someone shows up and extolls the virtues of this new tree-cutting paradigm, the chainsaw. The sales guy is persuasive, so you buy a chainsaw, but you don't know how it works. The first thing you try is hefting it and swinging at the tree with great force, which is how your other tree-cutting paradigm works. You'll quickly come to the conclusion that this new-fangled chainsaw thing is just a fad, and go back to chopping trees with your axe. Then, someone comes by and shows you how to crank the chainsaw.

Better Together Than Alone: Pull Requests

by Tim Berglund

GitHub's mission is to make it easier to work together than alone. For the company's whole history, they have worked toward this goal by providing an easy way to host Git repositories online and surrounding those repositories with a growing set of collaborative mechanisms that work in the browser and through Git itself. Pull Requests may be the most important of these innovations.

XSLT in Groovy: Quick and Dirty

by Nick Watts

As soon as you start writing Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) you'll start to wonder if there is an alternative to the coarse language. Even after you've written many XSLT files and the sharpness of the angled brackets and other ugly XML syntax has dulled, you may still wish for the relaxed style of indentations and semi-colons in your favorite programming language. A natural question with a popularly sought answer for XSLT programmers is "is there a better syntax to be had that matches the utility of XSLT?"

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.