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  • Presentation: Concurrency: Past and Present

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?"

    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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