Here's an easy guide to help you create your own consulting company in a few hundred easy steps.
It’s been an incredible two-and-a-half years.
Process improvement is the most impactful way to rise above your individual work and impact the overall capacity of the company you work for. All organizations live and die by the quality of their processes.
Reactive systems are at the heart of a new breed of enterprise system that fully embraces modern infrastructure.
I hosted the first event for ReactiveTO on July 24th. It was fantastic evening filled with great talks on reactive programming principles, microservices, Akka, and ReactiveCocoa.
If you're ready to proceed with a migration to Git, congratulations! You're about to start using one of the best development tools available. In this third part of the series we'll explore the actual migration and how it will impact your workflow in the future.
Changing version control systems is not a trivial undertaking. Certain technical debt should not exist in your code base to ensure a smooth transition. This is a checklist to help make sure your team is prepared to move to Git.
Git is simply one of the best things that’s happened to the development workflow in a decade; if you choose to master it. The first in this three part series will begin your journey from Git novice to Git master.
Joy isn't the typical emotion that comes to mind when one pictures enterprise software and enterprise software developers, but technical culture is changing rapidly and more people are recognizing the business value of joy. It's an exciting time to be a software developer.
It was big news in 2010 when Twitter migrated their search from Ruby on Rails to Java-based Netty. Not only was it big in the news department, but it was also big in the results department: Twitter reported their search performance increased by 3x. In this post we'll explore Netty by using it to build a game of multiplayer tic-tac-toe.
A page I'm working on accepts multiple image uploads. Once the images are successfully processed asynchronously on the server, an image panel on the same page is automatically refreshed. The AJAX callback works fine and updates the panel view with the newly uploaded photos, but the net result is that Fancybox stops working completely.
Hibernate uses it’s own built-in connection pool out of the box. There are some pretty heavy duty sites running with the default connection pool enabled in production despite the obvious warning against doing this.
We explore a Forrester report which asserts that Java is a dead end for enterprises and business software should be built with a 4GL such as webMethods. Let's explore why Java won't disappear from the enterprise any time soon.
Java is a utilitarian, status-quo ecosystem for getting things done, albeit not very quickly. This is a good thing. Instead of worrying about sharp edges, developers get to work with a very stable, very slow moving target. What's the future hold for enterprise Java developers?
A desire path represents the evolutionary nature of how people interact with their environment. An engineer designs a concrete path, but people find it more convenient to create their own. Software isn't any different. Users bump up against the limitation of an application but find their own workaround through sheer necessity.
Look at this piece of code to be reminded of the magnificence of code reviews. Hallelujah.
One of the most requested features on any site that accepts file submissions is the ability to handle multiple uploads elegantly. The current HTML standard only permits one file upload at a time, which makes transferring a large number of files quite tedious. This tutorial will show how to painlessly integrate Uploadify and Java using Apache Wicket.
Good developers always try to deliver amazing software in spite of obstacles. The perfect methodology for our team may not integrate well with the rest of the organization. The perfect programming language may be unknown to most developers on the team. The perfect architecture may require three months to develop but the deadline is three weeks away. Good developers embrace a harmonious balance between pragmatism and idealism.
It looks like enterprise developers are in for a real treat: the missing secret sauce that allows enterprise application developers to harness the goodness of OSGi.
In my experience I've noticed that flexible and adaptable organizations produce flexible and adaptable applications. Rigid and inflexible organizations tend to produce rigid and inflexible applications. Co-incidence?
The spirit of SOA is fantastic; adaptable, flexible, maintainable, loosely-coupled applications supported by open governance, strong relationships between business and technology folks, and co-operation across all silos and levels of an organization. What's not to love? We'll explore the pitfalls of SOA and explore the future of SOA in the enterprise.
A collection of articles and interviews by leading technical publications that I've been featured in.
Stream-based processing is taking over big data. Matt Asay and I chatted about “fast data” to put some context around the value of data and why speed matters.
On top of user expectations being significantly higher today than a decade ago, the pressures facing enterprise operations teams to manage resilient, responsive systems is brutal; most existing technologies available today are not designed to deploy and manage reactive systems running on clusters.
According to reactive manifesto, reactive applications are built on four guiding principles: responsiveness, resiliency, scalability, and message-driven architecture. In Kevin’s view, those four guiding principles are closely related in that both resiliency and scalability are necessary qualities to ensure that a system remains responsive, i.e., “quick to react to users,” under varying working conditions and loads.
Typesafe has extended their Reactive Maps Activator template to Azure, which enables easy deployment of Java-based technologies such as Scala, the Play Framework and the Akka Toolkit on Microsoft Azure. MS Open Tech has also published a tutorial on using the Play Framework with Azure.