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 2013


by Brian Sletten

“Information Technology” can be valuable to organizations if it is good at producing, consuming and managing information. The individual choices we make at each level affect our ability to serve the needs of the organization. At the core of this process is this nebulous concept of “information”.

Datomic: Leverage for Architects

by Stuart Halloway

The job of a database is not just to store and retrieve data, but to provide leverage: the power to achieve desired results. The Datomic database delivers leverage through a flexible information model, declarative logic, reified ACID transactions, and elastically scalable query. Where many databases seek to specialize on rows, columns, graphs, or documents, Datomic provides a general model for information.

Set Your Clock: The Date/Time API is Coming!

by Daniel Hinojosa

Dates and times have been a mess in the Java programming language for a long time. It’s really not even about calling January the 0th month of the year and having to spend sometimes hours wondering why that certain month “off by one” bug continually happens. One of the huge reasons for the dismay is that a java.util.Calendar is mutable. That means that date and time references can change on you at the drop of a dime, and you would be none the wiser until data either was completely corrupted or misinforming the end users of your system. Along came the Joda-Time project. The Joda-Time project created truly immutable dates and times called DateTime, and it worked wonders for many projects. It took care of some annoyances, and importantly it was immutable. For those in the loop, it became the de-facto replacement for java.util.Calendar and friends. Now, as part of the release of Java 8, we have a new Date/Time API in the package java.time. It is authored by the developers that brought us Joda-Time, and it brings to the language a standard Date/Time API that is immutable.

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.