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Amazon Web Services: Building Blocks for True Internet Applications

Posted by Jeff Barr  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.

GWT-Gears: The Browser is the Platform

Posted by Didier Girard  on  Mar 29, 2009

This presentation explains how and why to use GWT and Gears to create rich internet applications that can also be run off-line. GWT basics like java/javascript integration, Widgets, RPC support, unit testing, CSS, and the debugger are covered before introducing Gears as the means for off-line delivery. Together, GWT and Gears "makes your browser the platform."

A Kanban System for Software Engineering

Posted by David Anderson  on  Mar 26, 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.

Evolving the Java Platform

Posted by Ola Bini  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.

Domain Expert DSLs

Posted by Magnus Christerson and Henk Kolk  on  Mar 18, 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.

Rich Internet Applications with Flex and AIR

Posted by Christophe Coenraets  on  Mar 10, 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.

Taming Effects with Functional Programming

Posted by Simon Peyton-Jones  on  Mar 09, 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.

Using REST to aid WS-* - building a RESTful SOA Registry

Posted by Paul Fremantle  on  Feb 22, 2009 1

In this presentation, WSO2 co-founder Paul Fremantle talks about the experience of creating an open source SOA registry solution for WS-* web services using RESTful HTTP and Atom/AtomPub and talks about the challenges that were faced. In addition, the talk addresses the use of a pure REST solution by a team with a strong focus on WS-* solutions.

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

Posted by Erich Gamma  on  Feb 07, 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 talked about Jazz, IBM’s software development platform which incorporates the lessons learnt from Eclipse.

REST: A Pragmatic Introduction to the Web's Architecture

Posted by Stefan Tilkov  on  Jan 29, 2009 6

In this presentation, recorded at QCon London, Stefan Tilkov introduces the key principles of REST, explaining the differences to other distributed systems architectures and highlighting its benefits. Topics covered include mapping business logic to resource interactions, hypermedia, and documentation.

Textual DSLs Made Simple

Posted by Markus Voelter  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.

Kent Beck: Trends in Agile Development

Posted by Kent Beck  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.

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