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 - July 2009

Trends Leading to Cloud Computing

by Michael Nygard

This article examines the hype and reality surrounding "cloud computing". It examines the four technological trends which led to the creation of cloud computing. Along the way, it describes the distinction between three commonly conflated terms: cloud computing, Infrastructure as a Service, and Software as a Service. After reading this article, you will understand where cloud computing came from and how to distinguish true cloud computing from mere virtualization.

Scripting Your Way to Management with Groovy and JMX

by Vladimir Vivien

The Java Management Extension (JMX) framework allows developers to create and expose management components that facilitate runtime control and monitoring of a running system using a standardized API. Starting with version 5, the standard Java platform includes a wealth of management components which provide access to profiling data including memory consumption, garbage collection, thread activities, and more. In this article, we'll explore Groovy's extensive support for the JMX framework. We'll examine a complete example that shows how easy Groovy makes it to create management interfaces and monitoring consoles using the JMX management services.

So You Want To Be An Architect

by Ken Sipe

At the surface, this question simples like a simple one. Universally, developers and development teams know there is a role for an "architect". Most corporations define a title for a number of people called "architect" and there are user groups and associations that cater to this group. One would think that the best person to define what an architect is and what they do is an architect. However if we ask 100 software architects what an architect is and what it is they do, we would get a large array of answers. What seems to be consistent, is that they lead developers, they have broad experience and have a large impact on the project, they wear sandals and the guys have facial hair.

Test Driven Design

by Neal Ford

Unit testing is well established as a beneficial code hygiene practice. Tested code provides greater confidence that the intent matches the result. Test driven development (TDD) goes even further, insisting that you write tests before you write the code.

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.