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A perception index and its square peg adapter

Posted by Toby Young  on  Sep 17, 2009

This presentation addresses a key business-technology alignment principal: understanding priorities in terms of business value. Traditional ROI type measurements of business value are expensive, inflexible and boring. A Perception Index (and a necessary "square peg adapter") offers is a lean, appropriate and fun alternative, for a fast changing business.

Failure Comes in Flavors - Stability Anti-patterns

Posted by Michael Nygard  on  Sep 15, 2009 4

Michael Nygard encourages us to have a failure oriented mindset in order to succeed. He presents many anti-pattern examples that lead to systems instability and ultimately lead to failure. He also presents the corresponding stability patterns that should be used instead.

Managing Mixed Java & .Net Development Projects

Posted by Giles Davies & Richard Erwin  on  Sep 10, 2009

Giles Davies and Richard Erwin explain how to work in a mixed development environment containing .NET and Java projects by using Team Foundation Server to manage the process, source code, versioning, tracking, building, and reporting and using Visual Studio and Eclipse as IDEs.

Web-Oriented Architecture

Posted by Dion Hinchcliffe  on  Sep 07, 2009 2

Dion Hinchcliffe presents the technologies making WOA possible: RESTful services, linked data ecosystems, mashups, cloud computing, open APIs, and productivity-oriented software development models, exploring the best lessons, design patterns and practices the web industry provides.

Strategic Design - Responsibility Traps

Posted by Eric Evans  on  Sep 03, 2009 6

Eric discusses the need for strategic thinking an how early design decisions have major impact on the organization and the entire development process. He uses the lens of DDD Strategic Design principles (emphasizing "Context Mapping" and "Distilling the Core Domain") to show how to avoid strategic failures and achieve strategic successes. Winning strategy starts with the domain.

Forging ahead - Scaling the BBC into Web/2.0

Posted by Dirk-Willem van Gulik  on  Sep 02, 2009 2

Dirk Willem discusses the changes underway at the BBC, a top 5 destination in the UK. The changes focus on replacing static HTML with dynamic technologies, web/2.0 and social networking, empowering the creative staff to better communicate with their audience. Also covered: techniques used to achieve massive scaling and coping with transaction speeds that exceed relational database capabilities.

Creating DSLs in Oslo

Posted by Amanda Laucher  on  Aug 29, 2009 6

Amanda Laucher talks about Oslo and its tools, Intellipad, M.exe – the M Compiler, MB.exe – MGrammar Compiler, and how they can be used to create a DSL. She demonstrates the creation of a demo DSL in Oslo.

The evolving Guardian.co.uk architecture

Posted by Mathew Wall  on  Aug 28, 2009

This presentation covers how to rapidly evolve a web site that receives over 25 million unique users and 218 million page impressions a month using a "just in time" approach to architecture. The site was guardian.uk with a long history of innovation that has enabled it to lead the market. The "just in time" approach to architecture introduced complexity into the architecture only as needed.

Situation Normal, Everything Must Change

Posted by Simon Wardley  on  Aug 26, 2009 3

Simon Wardley explains the commoditization of IT through cloud computing: why it is happening, how clouds will impact IT, the associated benefits and risks, how to manage the risks, why openness matters and he presents a canonical vision on the cloud.

Null References: The Billion Dollar Mistake

Posted by Tony Hoare  on  Aug 25, 2009 1

Tony Hoare introduced Null references in ALGOL W back in 1965 “simply because it was so easy to implement”, says Mr. Hoare. He talks about that decision considering it “my billion-dollar mistake”.

Document Based Services at British Airways

Posted by Mike Daley and Stewart Marshall  on  Aug 21, 2009 1

Mike Daley and Stewart Marshall, both Technical Architects for British Airways, present the ba.com architecture, the challenges faced to build it, and the tools used. They describe how they created an SOA comprising document-based services.

Lift Web Framework

Posted by David Pollack  on  Aug 20, 2009

This presentation discusses Scala (a hybrid Object Oriented and Functional language) and Lift (a Scala-based web framework with features based on Scala pattern matching and functional composition). Lift's O-R mapper supports type-safe query building via Scala's type system. Lift abstracts away the HTTP request/response cycle by associating functions with HTML page elements.

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