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  • Conversation Patterns for Software Professionals. Part 1

    by Michał Bartyzel on  Nov 22, 2014

    All too often we that the business people we deal with do not know what they want, in this first article in a series Michael presents some ideas on how to talk to them and how to explore their needs. In this article he discusses how to manage a conversation, explore the needs and clarify expectations.

  • Is your Java application hostile to JIT Compilation?

    by Ben Evans on  Nov 21, 2014

    ​One of the most important parts of the JVM is the Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler. However, many applications are not written to take full advantage of the high-performance capabilities of the JIT. In this article we investigate some simple tricks to identify issues that may be making your application unfriendly to JIT.

  • Interview with Alex Holmes, author of “Hadoop in Practice. Second Edition”

    by Boris Lublinsky on  Nov 20, 2014

    The new “Hadoop in Practice. Second Edition” book by Alex Holmes provides a deep insight into Hadoop ecosystem covering a wide spectrum of topics such as data organization, layouts and serialization, data processing, including MapReduce and big data patterns, special structures along with their usage to simplify big data processing, and SQL on Hadoop data.

The Resurrection of Product Risk Analysis

Posted by Chris Schotanus on  Nov 19, 2014

Product risk analysis (PRA) can be done during the various phases of sequential or agile system development. This article shows how to apply PRA to elevate it from project level to domain level.

A Business Perspective on APIs

Posted by Matt McLarty on  Nov 18, 2014

This article, the first of a new series, examines APIs from a business perspective. It covers the importance of tying your APIs back to your business value, with examples from Amazon and Twilio. 1

Article Series: Web APIs: From Start to Finish

Posted by Mike Amundsen on  Nov 18, 2014

This series takes the reader on a journey from determining the business case for APIs to a design methodology, meeting implementation challenges and maintaining public APIs on the Web over time.

Interview and Book Review: Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners

Posted by Craig Smith on  Nov 17, 2014

"Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners" by Ilan Goldstein is a must read book that delivers real world examples on how to effectively implement and embed Agile in your team or organisation.

Simulation-Based Embedded Agile Development

Posted by Jason Ard, Kristine Davidsen, Terril Hurst on  Nov 16, 2014

In this article, authors discuss how using simulation as an integral part of the development process can improve product quality, reduce cost, and deliver reliable working code.

Q&A with Gojko Adzic on Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your User Stories

Posted by Ben Linders on  Nov 15, 2014

The book fifty quick ideas to improve your user stories aims to help people to write better user stories and support teams in iteratively delivering products that satisfy their customers' needs.

Git and GitHub LiveLesson Review and Q&A with the Author

Posted by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 14, 2014

Git and GitHub LiveLessons is a video course based on a live workshop given by Peter Bell. Here, we present the course content and finally ask a few questions to the course's author.

Matt Schumpert on Datameer Smart Execution

Posted by Srini Penchikala on  Nov 13, 2014

Datameer, a big data analytics application for Hadoop, introduced Datameer 5.0 with Smart Execution to enhance the data analytics. InfoQ spoke with Matt Schumpert from Datameer about the new product.

Introducing Essence#: A Smalltalk-based Language for .NET

Posted by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 12, 2014

There are two basic types of OOP: Simula and Smalltalk. Simula is well represented in .NET by C#. With Alan Lovejoy’s Essence#, we can see what a Smalltalk inspired language would look like.

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