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 2009

Git Going with Distributed Version Control

by Matthew McCullough

This article will introduce you to and support the argument that DVCS-es, and Git in particular, have successfully reached a level of maturity and acceptance that demand your review of their capabilities for use in your next project. The feature set of Git is so rich, the productivity gains so significant, and alignment with agile team goals so congruent that you will wonder how you ever survived using a centralized version control system.

Coding Functional Style

by Venkat Subramaniam

Functional Programming is gaining popularity with the emergence of quite a few functional languages on the JVM and the CLR. A previous article in this magazine focused on the benefits of functional programming. We will focus here on how to think functional and write functional code. If you’re like me, you’re used to coding in imperative style. Thinking functional takes some effort. Let’s take some examples and morph them into functional style, and along the way discuss some of the concerns that are raised with this style of programming.

Hibernate Performance Tuning, Part 1

by Scott Leberknight

Many developers treat Hibernate like a “black box” and assume it will simply “Do the Right Thing” when it comes to all things related to the underlying database. This is a faulty assumption because, while Hibernate is great at the mechanics of database interaction, it cannot and will likely not ever be able to figure out the specific details of your domain model and discern the most efficient and best performing data access strategies. In this first article of a two part series, I’ll show you how to achieve better performance in your Hibernate applications by focusing on tuning object retrieval, which forms the basis of your “fetch plan” for finding and storing objects in the database.

SPARQL: Querying the Data Web

by Brian Sletten

The human-friendly Web is about attractive, accessible content for users to browse. There is, however, an emerging Data Web that relies on technologies from the Semantic Web to link increasingly rich connections between various data sources. SPARQL and RDF are the main tools for expressing and using this connectivity. This article will introduce you to the practical and accessible aspects of employing these ideas on the Web and in the Enterprise.

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.