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  • Solo: Engine Yard on Amazon EC2

    Solo is a new offering from Engine Yard to run their software stack on Amazon EC2. We talked to Engine Yard's founder and architect Jayson Vantuyl to learn the differences between Solo and their present hosting services and what their target audience is.

  • Terracotta-VisualVM Integration Offers Cluster-wide Visualization and Event Correlation

    Terracotta integration with Sun Microsystem's VisualVM tool offers JVM and cluster-wide visualization. Terracotta announced last week its integration with Sun's VisualVM technology which gives Java developers and web administrators visualization and analysis capabilities to assist in tuning and troubleshooting of Java applications using the Terracotta management console.

  • Storing Code in Queryable Data Structures?

    Is today’s mainstream use of flat files the optimal way to represent code? Several discussions occurred in the blogspace in reaction to Rick Minerich’s post advocating for moving away from this paradigm towards keeping code in queryable data structures. What are the advantages of this approach and what are the trade-offs to take into consideration?

  • IntelliJ IDEA's Dependency Structure Matrix Tool Visualizes Architecture

    JetBrains includes a Dependency Structure Matrix (DSM) tool in its recently released version 7.  DSM tools generate a representation of a codebase's dependencies in an appealing martix visualization.  This article looks at how DSM can improve project structure and how IDEA's DSM tool compares with alternatives.

  • Is a picture always worth a thousand words?

    <p>Is a picture always worth a thousand words?</p> <p>In his recent article, &#8220;Why we write code and don&#8217;t just draw diagrams&#8221;, Dean Wampler argues that in software development the opposite is more often true. </p>

  • Erik Doernenburg on Software Visualization

    Software visualization aims to provide a representation of artifacts at an intermediate level of abstraction, which provides enough information to be useful but is at a high enough level that you can perform broadly scoped analysis. In this interview Erik Doernenburg talks with InfoQ about different software visualization strategies using a combination of free tools and custom development.

  • Structure101 v2: Dependency and Architecture Analysis Tool

    When projects get so big that no one person can visualize the whole thing, tools that can visualize the architecture and measure its complexity can help. Headway Software released v2 of Structure101, "an interactive tool that shows you dependency graphs from your code-base as either diagrams (the Directed Graph) or dependency matrices." said Structure101 CTO Chris Chedgey, talking to InfoQ.