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JavaOne

During the recent JavaOne conference, I was able to share how developers can put their Java codes up a notch by using functional programming and clean coding practices. Functional Programming puts the spotlight on what we want to get out of our codes rather than how we are going to execute them. With this in mind, codes are relatively easier to understand and are less error prone, due to the fact...
on Oct 20, 2012
Much of my Tuesday at JavaOne 2012 was spent thinking about questions to ask the people I was going to interview, conducting the interviews, and trying to set up interviews for Wednesday. Late in the afternoon I attended the 2012 Duke's Choice Award Winners JavaOne BOF session, followed by the Duke's Choice Award Winners dinner. Today I interviewed: Mattias Karlsson, Java Champion, Stockholm...
on Oct 2, 2012

Distributed

Do You Want to Get This Message? by Mark Fisher, Jonas Partner, Marius Bogoevici, and Iwein Fuld, authors of Spring Integration in Action Spring Integration allows you to selectively process messages and define alternative routes within the system. In this article, based on chapter 6 of Spring Integration in Action, you'll see how you can limit the scope of what your components will handle by...
on Oct 19, 2012

Programming

Earlier this October, I was given the privilege of speaking at JavaOne regarding the fusion of contemporary Continuous Delivery processes and practices with the established and widely-accepted Maven release process. I spoke in detail about the similarities as well as the main differences, and how these techniques and methodologies can be combined to deliver iterations and releases that highlight...
on Oct 18, 2012

Community

Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) is all the buzz now. To contribute to the increasing buzz BDD has been creating, I'm heading off to the Canberra JUG meeting next week to give a talk about it. BDD is a communication and collaboration process that aims to deliver what is only value-adding to the business. It is a process of establishing a common language between the business stakeholders and the...
on Oct 17, 2012
When my company, Amway Corp, makes a sale; somewhere, somehow a computerized transaction of that sale is created. This transaction is sent to a number of applications at Amway for processing. One such destination is our Java application. We created a capability, called the Transaction Monitor (or TM) to deliver transactions to our app. Our initial version of the TM worked well, but it was still...
on Aug 10, 2012
During our 10 years of using Java at Amway Corp., some of our solutions required us to think a little "outside of the box". Our application had a reporting requirement. It had to generate reports from the application's various batch processes as they were running. These batch processes performed transaction processing, data purging and data exporting functions. The reports would not be used by...
on Jul 30, 2012
As we began to learn about Java technologies at Amway Corp, we were introduced to UML (Unified Modeling Language). We became interested in the modeling aspect of UML to assist in the analysis and design phases of our Java project. So we decided to try our hand at modeling with UML. It began with 2 week-long training classes. 1) Object-Oriented Analysis with UML 2) Object-Oriented Design with UML...
on Jul 9, 2012

Education

Next week holds a lot of exciting events for me at Canberra. Aside from delivering a talk on Behavior-Driven Development for the Canberra Java Users Group, I will also be conducting the Agile Java Development Practices workshop. If you want to learn how to write effective tests and better your code, produce high quality applications, know the latest on agile development tools and practices, and...
on Oct 17, 2012
The VisualLangLab API documentation now includes a Clojure companion for the existing Java client example. Unlike other parser-generators, VisualLangLab does not generate any code. Instead, it turns its visually depicted rules (or grammar-trees, see figure below) directly into a parser instance at run-time. These parsers are accessible via the API from programs in any JVM language....
on Jul 3, 2012

Databases

by Raymond Roestenburg and Rob Bakker, authors of Akka in Action Save 40% on Akka in Action and other selected books. ScalaTest is a xUnit style testing framework. An actor is an object that can be reached through an address, processes messages from a mailbox and sends messages to other actors using the same type of addresses. An actor encapsulates state; it does not share this state with...
on Sep 28, 2012
by Dan McCreary and Ann Kelly, Authors of Making Sense of NoSQL Bigtable systems are important NoSQL data architecture patterns because they can quickly scale to manage large data volumes. They are also known to be closely tied with many MapReduce systems. In this article from Making Sense of NoSQL, the authors discuss how Bigtable systems store data using row and column keys and how they...
on Sep 10, 2012

Testing

Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is a very effective development practice that essentially involves writing specifications in the form of documented and automated examples. These automated examples become automated acceptance tests that validate the features being delivered. The process of writing these examples encourages teams to focus on where the business value of a feature is coming...
on Sep 12, 2012

J2EE

While I don't normally blog about the exiting world of JVM command line options, this new 7.0 option, which allows you to rotate to a new GC log file, was just so exciting... err... not so widely published that I decided to share. Of course these options only apply when you've used the -Xloggc: option. The settings are; UseGCLogFileRotation, default value: false NumberOfGCLogsFiles, default value...
on Aug 20, 2012

GUI

How many lines of Java do you need to create the following JavaFX application? (Answer: About 30, as seen in Hello World, JavaFX Style) And how many lines of (http://fxjs.java.net/) would you need? (Answer: See below) {T: fxStage, title: 'Hello World!',  scene: {T: fxScene, width: 300, height: 250,    root: {T: fxStackPane,      children...
on Aug 3, 2012

Open Source

OSCON Friday July 20, 2012 live streaming Speaker Slides and Video Table of Contents 1 10am Declarative web data visualization using ClojureScript 2 11am Client/Server Apps with HTML5 and Java 3 11:50am Hacking JavaFX with Groovy, Clojure, Scala, and Visage 1 10am Declarative web data visualization using ClojureScript Kevin Lynagh What is Visualization? EdgeBio : bioinformatics...
on Jul 20, 2012
OSCON Thursday July 19, 2012 live streaming Table of Contents 1 9:00am OSI - Simon Phipps 2 9:05am Making Magic From Cloud To Client - Mark R. Shuttleworth (Canonical Ltd.) 3 9:30am Open Source: A Recipe For Success - John Mone (Endurance International Group) 4 9:45am An Interview with Gianugo Rabellino (Microsoft) - Edd Dumbill (O'Reilly Media, Inc. ) 5 9:55am Disrupting Hardware: The Next...
on Jul 19, 2012
OSCON Wednesday July 18, 2012 live streaming Table of Contents 1 9:05am The Learning Map : Danny Hillis (Applied Minds, LLC) 2 9:20am The Mudslide Hypothesis of Science : Kaitlin Thaney (Digital Science) 3 9:35am Scaling OpenStack Technology. Lessons From The Field : Brian Aker (HP) 4 9:50am The Clothesline Paradox and the Sharing Economy : Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.) 5 The Java EE...
on Jul 18, 2012
OSCON Tuesday July 17, 2012 live streaming Table of Contents 1 9:00am CSS: Go from Good to Great 2 1:30pm Build Social and Personal Data Apps using the Open Source Singly Platform 3 6:00pm Exhibit Hall 4 8:00pm Party at Puppet Labs 1 9:00am CSS: Go from Good to Great Estelle Weyl http://www.standardista.com/ http://estelle.github.com/oscon2012/ http://estelle.github.com/...
on Jul 17, 2012
I'm at OSCON in Portland, Oregon this week. I will be posting my notes here.
on Jul 17, 2012