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 - October 2009

Collections Fu, Part 2

by Ted Neward

Most Java developers can rattle off their favorite two or three Collection classes from the java.util namespace. But simply knowing the API doesn’t mean you know Collections.

Speaking the Same Language with easyb

by Andrew Glover

If you find yourself plagued by translation issues, don’t throw more people at the problem; instead, see if you can obviate differences in languages by speaking the same one. That’s where easyb comes in! By using a specification based Domain Specific Language, easyb aims to enable executable, yet readable, documentation. With easyb, software teams can verify the behavior of anything written in Java in a more natural way; that is, the verification is done using the customer’s own words.

A Non-Proprietary Search Engine for the Masses

by John Griffin

Search is now a key component of our digital life (Google, Spotlight, Amazon, Facebook). A good search engine is 50% technology (really sick technology) and 50% deep understanding of the business and the users served. We’ll focus on the first 50%. Lucene is an ultra high-performance, full-text search engine library written entirely in Java which contains many features like typo recovery, phonetic approximation, and synonym search as well as useful tools like term highlighters. It is a technology suitable for nearly any application that requires full-text search, especially cross-platform applications. This discussion will provide an introduction to Lucene version 2.4.1, what it can accomplish, when and when not to use it, scalability issues, and a case study.

JSF 2’s One-Two Punch: Composite Components and Templates

by David Geary

JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2 is a vast improvement over JSF 1. Whereas JSF 1 was developed in an ivory tower without much benefit from hindsight, JSF 2 was born of real-world, open source enhancements to JSF, such as Facelets and Seam, that have been implemented in the five years since JSF 1.0 was released. Two of the most powerful features of JSF 2 are composite components and templates. The former lets developers easily implement custom components from existing components, whereas the latter lets you encapsulate commonality among similar views in a template. Templates make it easy to define new views by specifying how they differ from their common template.

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.