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The first JAX Magazine of 2014 is here!

JAX Editorial Team
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First of all, a very warm welcome to the very first JAX Magazine
of 2014! This year, we can expect the Java resurgence to carry on
apace – especially with Java 8 (at long last) just around the
corner – and we cannot to hear what you all have to say about the
finished product this spring. Elsewhere in the amorphous, fuzzy
area we at JAX fondly like to think of as the ‘Javasphere and all
the floaty intertwined bits relevant to Java and JVM devs,’ there’s
also plenty happening. You’re certainly going to be hearing a lot
more about reactive programming this year. In fact, according to
Typesafe’s Jamie Allen, the programming model defined in the
Reactive Manifesto will be the key software development paradigm of
the year. In the big data space, the ongoing trickle to NoSQL will
likely continue, much to the chagrin of traditional relational
database leaders. There’s definitely something of an ongoing
paradigm shift in terms of how people are thinking about how the
store their information – with one study showing that graph
databases are gaining popularity faster than any other category in
the field. NoSQL providers have made steady inroads in preparing
markets around the world, especially in Europe, for this new
movement in data storage. And, with companies expected to collect
more data than they could ever analyze in 2014, the time is right
for a revolution. Finally, expect to waves of IoT hype continue to
build. Malware has already trumped rancid milk as the thing we
least want to find in our fridges this year – and that’s just the
start. Everyone is scrambling to climb on the bandwagon at the
moment, and, for now, a slice of the M2M pie is everyone’s for the
taking. But enough of this vague, crystal ball gazing. As ever,
we’ve got a host of dev friendly, insightful features lined up for
you. Andreas Neumann and Terence Yim have put together an expert
guide to developing Distributed Applications with Apache Twill, and
Steve Millidge will be showing us how to wrangle cache semantics
into submission. We’ve also got a chat with GitHub trainer Brent
Beer, and JAX Editor Elliot goes tunnelling for small worms in big
data.

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