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Presentation: Steve Vinoski on REST, Reuse and Serendipity

by Stefan Tilkov on  Apr 06, 2009 8

Planning reusability is hard, designing for unforeseen reuse might be even harder. In this QCon London 2008 talk, Steve Vinoski presents some of the barriers to reuse found in typical distributed systems development approaches, and discusses how REST not only helps overcome some of these barriers, but also leads to potentially significantly increased chances for achieving serendipitous reuse.

Presentation: Amazon Web Services: Building Blocks for True Internet Applications

by Dave West on  Apr 01, 2009 1

This presentation discusses how Amazon's Web Services can help Web developers solve common but vexing problems, including scaling. The Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Simple DB are discussed in detail along with the Simple Queue, Simple Storage, and Flexible Payment Services. Each discussion covers basic concepts, example APIs, and brief introductions of case studies.

Presentation: A Kanban System for Software Engineering

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Mar 30, 2009 5

David Anderson presents a brief history of the kanban system through case study reports from teams at Microsoft and Corbis. Kanban acts to limit work-in-progress and focus the team on achieving a continuous flow of value to the customer and innovates on accepted agile management practices by providing an iteration-less process with a regular release cadence.

Presentation: Evolving the Java Platform

by Abel Avram on  Mar 23, 2009 1

In this presentation recorded at QCon London 2008, Ola Bini talks about the current status of the JVM regarding languages running on top of it and the need to evolve in order to support dynamic languages.

Presentation: Domain Expert DSLs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 19, 2009

In this presentation recoded during QCon London 2008, Magnus Christerson discusses about the importance of using DSLs which allow business experts to freely express their knowledge about their domain using familiar tools. Henk Kolk presents a concrete example addressing pension fund issues and based on a DSL.

Presentation: Taming Effects with Functional Programming

by Abel Avram on  Mar 12, 2009

In this presentation recorded during QCon London 2008, Simon Peyton-Jones advertises the need for programming purity achieved especially through use of functional languages and the increased attention given to functional programming.

Presentation: Rich Internet Applications with Flex and AIR

by Abel Avram on  Mar 11, 2009 2

In this presentation recorded during QCon London 2008, Christophe Coenraets presents Flex and AIR, two technologies from Adobe used to create, deploy and run Rich Internet Applications. After a brief introduction to each technology, Coenraets showed some applications built with them.

Presentation: How (7 years of) Eclipse Changed my Views on Software Development

by Abel Avram on  Feb 08, 2009

Erich Gamma shares the lessons learnt being deeply involved in the development of the Eclipse platform over the years. From being a platform in closed development, Eclipse turned into an open source one supported by a large and growing community. Erich also talks about Jazz, IBM’s software development platform which incorporates the lessons learnt from Eclipse.

Presentation: REST: A Pragmatic Introduction to the Web's Architecture

by Abel Avram on  Jan 30, 2009 6

In this presentation recorded during QCon London 2008, Stefan Tilkov introduces the audience to REST seen as an architectural style. He thinks that REST is not an alternative to SOA but it can serve SOA to reach its goals. Stefan also covers other related topics: HTTP, WS-*, SOAP, CORBA, RPC, enterprise, in an attempt to make the listeners understand what REST is and what is not and how it helps.

Presentation: Textual DSLs Made Simple

by Abel Avram on  Jan 21, 2009 6

In this presentation filmed during QCon London 2008, Markus Voelter tried to convince the audience that writing a textual external DSL is fairly straightforward and simple. He took them through the steps needed to create a textual DSL from defining the grammar to processing a domain model.

Presentation: Kent Beck: Trends in Agile Development

by Abel Avram on  Jan 19, 2009 1

In this presentation, Kent Beck, the father of eXtreme Programming, shows the synergies between business and Agile development. The reason Agile is becoming more popular every day is because it responds to the business needs as they evolve.

Presentation: Building Rich Internet Applications in Silverlight 2

by James Vastbinder on  Dec 05, 2008 1

Silverlight 2 is a cross-platform, cross-browser plug-in and runtime for building rich internet applications. Mike Taulty walks through Silverlight basics such as the XAML UI Model and progresses to building applications with both Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Studio.

Interview: Joe Armstrong About Erlang

by Abel Avram on  Nov 17, 2008 2

In this interview filmed during QCon London 2008, Joe Armstrong, designer of Erlang, speaks on various aspects of the Erlang language, presenting its roots, how it compares with other languages and why it has become popular these days due to its native ability to scale on multi core systems.

Presentation: Mark Little's "Diary of a Fence Sitting SOA Geek"

by Stefan Tilkov on  Oct 14, 2008 1

In this presentation, recorded at QCon London 2008, Mark Little explains the history of SOAP/WSDL/WS-*-based web services and RESTful HTTP and shows that both approaches have their roles to play in any good architect's toolkit. He elaborates on where possible convergence could, or should, occur within the industry.

Interview: Jeff Barr Discusses Amazon Web Services

by Ryan Slobojan on  Sep 23, 2008

In this interview from QCon London 2008, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Evangelist Jeff Barr discusses SimpleDB, S3, EC2, SQS, cloud computing, how the different Amazon services interact within an application, the origins of AWS, SimpleDB and Microsoft SQL Server Data Services, globalization of the AWS cloud, the March AWS outage, SimpleDB Stored Procedures and converting between AMIs and VMWare.

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