Ashley Puls explains Java bytecode manipulation: reasons for manipulating bytecode, libraries that help, how NewRelic is using it, and more.
Karl Scotland introduces the Kanban Canvas – a sheet he has designed to be printed on A0 paper and used to collaboratively explore a kanban system. The canvas is built around the heuristics and related questions, with the goal being to co-create a system design by exploring and answering the questions. The Kanban Canvas can be downloaded here
At Agile 2014 Gil Broza spoke about what servant leadership really means, getting past the buzzwords to practical advice for managers and leaders on how to empower teams and individuals. He also previewed his upcoming book on the Agile Mindset.
The OSGi Alliance is working on a Promises specification which will provide CompletableFutures that can run all the way back to Java 1.4. Tim explains why this is of benefit and how it compares to Java 8, along with where you can find out more information about the project and how it can be used both inside and outside an OSGi framework.
Engine Yard's Ines Sombra discusses state management in the cloud in general, and specific data stores including MySQL, Postgres and some NoSQL alternatives. She also explains why the pets and cattle analogy doesn't work for her, and what need to be done in organisations with respect to trusting people and trusting the infrastructure.
Jeff Sutherland talks about some of the ideas behind Scrum and discusses his new book which takes Scrum ideas outside of IT into the larger business world. He explains the importance of management setting compelling goals and tapping into what really motivates people.
At Agile 2014 Sally spoke about what it takes to form healthy sustainable high-performing teams, the organizational culture that is needed to nurture self-organization and a new tool for team and organization health checks.
Craig Motlin, technical lead of the GS Collections project, talks about where GS Collections came from, how it compares with other collections libraries, and what influence it had on Java 8. He describes the different philosophy of GS Collections as compared to other collections libraries, and what benefits open-sourcing the internal library has had
Ian Robinson talks to Charles Humble about the history of Neo4J, it's data structure, and use cases such as recommendation engines, network impact analysis, route finding and fraud detection.
Tim Ward speaks to InfoQ about Bndtools, a means of building OSGi solutions in Eclipse using a code-first approach. Bndtools provides a means to build, test, automatically version and deploy bundles. By providing a bundle-on-save action, Bndtools can automatically create the build JAR and (re)deploy it into a running framework, giving one of the shortest development cycles available in IDEs today.
Adam Ernst talks about how functional programming and immutable data structures have made Facebook’s iOS app much easier to test and debug. By decoupling the data pipeline from the UI objects, and minimising the wrk on the UI thread, the application has become easier to test and suffers less bugs than when the UI was generated procedurally.