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 - November 2013

Things Computer Scientists Know, Part I: Thinking Recursively

by David Bock

Recursion is a useful topic that computer science students are exposed to, but outside of that formal education, is rarely something software engineers just pick up from exposure. Despite that, it is used with data structures all around us and a thorough understanding can lead us to solutions that make our code more expressive. Further, thinking recursively is necessary to make use of the advanced features of a language like Clojure. This is the first in a series of articles meant to expose software engineers from non-computer science backgrounds to formal concepts explored through that education.

How the JVM Decides to JIT Deoptimize

by Douglas Hawkins

In Java’s early days, Java rightfully had a reputation for poor performance. But since the introduction of the HotSpot Execution Engine in Java 1.3, Java developers have been able to rely on the Just-in-Time compiler (JIT) to execute our Java code quickly. But despite how long the JIT has been around, good information on how the VM decides which methods to compile remains hard to find — and understanding why the VM decides to deoptimize and discard those compilations is harder still.

Refactoring to Modularity - Part II

by Kirk Knoernschild

The patterns of modular architecture help you design software systems that are more extensible, maintainable, and easily understandable. In the first of this two part series (published May 2013), we explored how to apply several of the patterns by refactoring a monolithic application to a more modular architecture. This month, we complete the refactoring, examine the benefits of a modular architecture, and provide a glimpse into the benefits OSGi offers once we have a modular architecture. Remember, you can follow along by downloading the code from the GitHub repository. There is a separate project that shows each step in the evolution.

Spring Boot: More Power, Less Configuration - Part II

by Craig Walls

Spring Boot offers a greatly simplified development model for Spring that requires little or no configuration. This article picks up where last month’s article left off, showing more Spring Boot tips and tricks.

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.