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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.

Interview: Erich Gamma Discusses Jazz, Eclipse, JUnit and Design Patterns

by Ryan Slobojan on  Sep 22, 2008

In this interview from QCon London 2008, Erich Gamma discusses the Jazz project, why Eclipse has been successful, the strict Eclipse release schedule, JUnit, Design Patterns, how to identify a design pattern, design patterns and the 'Don't Repeat Yourself' principle, the design pattern community, and whether dependency injection is a design pattern.

Presentation: Concurrency: Past and Present

by Ryan Slobojan on  Sep 22, 2008 13

In this presentation from QCon London 2008, Brian Goetz discusses the difficulties of creating multithreaded programs correctly, incorrect synchronization, race conditions, deadlock, Software Transactional Memory, the history of concurrency, alternatives to threads, Erlang, Scala, and recommendations for concurrency in Java.

Interview: Neal Gafter Discusses Closures, Language Features and Optional Typing

by Ryan Slobojan on  Aug 13, 2008 7

In this interview from QCon London 2008, Neal Gafter discusses upcoming language features in Java 7, superpackages, what closures are, the differences between the three major closures proposals (CICE, FCM and BGGA), optional typing systems for dynamic languages, and the next major language.

Interview: Avi Bryant on DabbleDB, Smalltalk and Persistence

by Werner Schuster on  Jul 23, 2008

In this interview from QCon 2008, Avi Bryant talks about his Smalltalk web framework Seaside and DabbleDB. Also: Avi explains how DabbleDB uses Smalltalk images for persistence instead of an RDBMs and how to make Squeak scale.

Interview: Christophe Coenraets Discusses Flex 3, AIR, and BlazeDS

by Ryan Slobojan on  Jul 21, 2008 7

In this interview from QCon London 2008, Christophe Coenraets discusses Flex 3, Flex Builder, AIR, BlazeDS, the move towards open source at Adobe, how to integrate Flex with existing applications, and the challenges of integrating Rich Internet Applications with search engines and built-in browser functionality.

Interview: Mark Little on Transactions, Web Services, and REST

by Stefan Tilkov on  Jun 24, 2008 17

In this interview, recorded at QCon London 2008, Red Hat Director of Standards and Technical Development Manager for the SOA platform Mark Little talks about extended transaction models, the history of transaction standardization, their role for web services and loosely coupled systems, and the possibility of an end to the Web services vs. REST debate.

Interview: Avi Bryant on MagLev and GemStone

by Werner Schuster on  Jun 13, 2008

Avi Bryant talks about working on MagLev, a Ruby implementation built by GemStone. Avi explains the reasons for MagLev, the merits of GemStone's distributed OODB features, and more

Presentation by Martin Fowler and Jim Webber: "Does My Bus Look Big in This?"

by Stefan Tilkov on  Jun 07, 2008 20

In this presentation, recorded at QCon London 2008, ThoughtWorks' Chief Scientist Martin Fowler and Global Head of Architecture Jim Webber share their views of the typical corporate ESB, which in their opinion has grown too fat for its own good. Martin and Jim suggest the Web's architecture as a possible and more light-weight alternative, in line with their preference for agile approaches.

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