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Is the Web "Good Enough" for Web Services?

Posted by Paul Downey  on  May 26, 2008

In this presentation, recorded at QCon London, Paul Downey, who is Chief Web Services Architect for BT and a participant in many standards groups, talks about the Web and why he believes its architecture is superior to that of SOAP/WSDL-based Web services.

Agile Project Lifecycle: User Stories and Release Planning

Posted by Rachel Davies  on  May 21, 2008

In this presentation recorded during QCon London 2007, Rachel Davies, director of Agile Alliance, talks about the Agile development cycle starting with user stories and planning the releases. This presentation is less about "why" one should use Agile over other development process, and more about the practical "how" one should proceed about being agile.

Voca, UK's largest payment processing engine running Spring

Posted by William Soo and Meeraj Kunnumpurath  on  May 01, 2008 1

In this presentation from QCon London, William Soo and Meeraj Kunnumpurath discuss the Voca transaction processing system architecture, the previous Mainframe-based architecture, architectural challenges and requirements, the new Spring and J2EE-based architecture, upcoming challenges for Voca, and technologies to watch for in the future.

Patterns for securing architectures

Posted by Peter Sommerlad  on  Apr 30, 2008

Security is all about trade-offs you make with your always limited resources, often a problem when designing a system or an after-thought. Only a few have the expertise to design good security and most development teams have no security expert. This talk focuses on Security Patterns for designing security in architectures, such as Role-based Access Control, Single Access Point, and Front Door.

SOA Driving IT from the business

Posted by Steve Jones  on  Apr 14, 2008

In this presentation, recorded at QCon London, Cap Gemini's Steve Jones explains his concept of a business service architecture. Topics covered include how to apply SOA to existing systems, the problems one runs into when SOA is driven by technology, and the structural and organizational impact of business-driven SOA.

Ajax and design patterns : Do we need a client tier?

Posted by Dave Crane  on  Mar 20, 2008 1

An Ajax application can go for several hours without leaving the original page. In this talk, Dave Crane explores ways to apply design patterns to the client tier, and how the use of patterns compares with the server-side. He examines the tension between maintaining server-control and delegating control to the client, and looks at the pros and cons of each architecture with real-world examples.

Ruby and the Art of Domain Specific Languages

Posted by Rick Kilmer  on  Feb 22, 2008

Rich Kilmer explains Domain Specific Languages and how they help working with domain experts. The presentation includes an overview of styles of external and internal DSLs in Ruby and explains implicit and explicit styles, complete with advantages and trade-offs of either approach. The presentation is rounded off with a look at imperative and declarative styles of DSLs.

The Business Value of SOA

Posted by Anne Thomas Manes  on  Feb 19, 2008

In this presentation, recorded at QCon, Burton Group research director Anne Thomas Manes talks about how to make the business case for SOA. Her talk covers explaining SOA to non-technical business people, various approaches for selling SOA to management and gaining funding for SOA investments.

Erik Meijer on C# 3.0 and LINQ

Posted by Erik Meijer  on  Feb 15, 2008 1

In this presentation from QCon, Erik Meijer discuss C# 3.0 and LINQ with Objects, XML, and relational data using O/R mapping with a focus on composition. This is a more in depth discussion building on top of his "Democratizing the Cloud" presentation.

Mongrel, 2500 Lines, and Economics

Posted by Zed Shaw  on  Feb 03, 2008 1

In this presentation @ QCon London, Zed Shaw explains the impact Mongrel's 2500 lines of code have had. He also goes into what makes a project successful (good documentation, make the product is to install and extend, etc) and how companies can get on the good side of open source projects they use.

Jim Webber on "Guerilla SOA"

Posted by Jim Webber  on  Jan 29, 2008 8

In one of the most entertaining presentations on the topic ever, Dr. Jim Webber debunks myths about the mainstream ESB concept and explains how a lightweight approach can yield real benefits without giving in to vendor pressure. Jim claims that an ESB often ends up being just a thin veneer on an existing mess, and how an approach that doesn't put intelligence into the network is superior.

Service Oriented Communication with Windows Communication Foundation

Posted by Christian Weyer  on  Jan 16, 2008 5

Communication is everywhere. The Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) can be used to design and develop service-oriented distributed solutions. This presentation shows the basics of WCF and how to solve common problems in distributed systems. Christian Weyer provides a practical approach to realizing distributed solutions with WCF - beyond the hype and 'Hello World'.

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