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Interview with JAX London speaker Andrew Morgan

This is why we need modern service virtualisation

As we work more with distributed systems, microservices and legacy services, we introduce a web of inter-service dependencies that cause us to face many challenges across our development and deployment pipeline. Resource consumption, deployment time, our testing feedback cycle, third party service flakiness and costing can cause problems. We talked to Andrew Morgan, Consultant at OpenCredo and speaker at the upcoming JAX London about how the technique of ‘API Simulation’ (modern service virtualisation) can be used to overcome these issues.

Why running 1000+ actor systems on one JVM is a bad idea

Akka anti-patterns: too many actor systems

Admittedly I’ve seen this one in use only one time, but it was one time too many. For some reason I keep seeing clients come up with this during design discussions and reviews, therefore it makes it into the list of Akka anti-patterns.

Post-JavaOne

JavaOne under crossfire: „Java EE is becoming more and more Oracle EE“

I couldn’t attend this year’s JavaOne opening keynote because my schedule didn’t allow me to travel to San Francisco this time. What a pity. Luckily, the keynote was broadcasted via live-stream. Therefore I made myself comfortable in front of my home office screen — after all, 2.5 hours of news from the Java World were waiting for me…

Why are microservices important for you? — Part 3

“Microservices should not be used if the organization is not embracing DevOps principles”

No software architect can resist the temptation to talk about their experience with microservices. We launched an interview series with experts who talked about the benefits and challenges of microservices, when people should not use them and what impact they have on an organization. Our third interviewee is Daniel Bryant, Chief Scientist at OpenCredo and speaker at the upcoming JAX London.

JAX Innovation Awards 2016

Grand finale voting: Meet our last round of nominees

This is it. The voting will close on Thursday as we are rapidly approaching JAX London, so here’s the last round of nominees. If you want to know what RISC-HTML, Quasar, H2 Database, MapStruct and Habitat are all about, you’re in luck. Here’s a sneak peek at the final round of nominees.

Insights gained during JavaOne 2016

A glimpse at Java EE’s future

Last week was the annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco. I had the opportunity to attend the conference and even had a chance to speak in a session — my session was titled “Java EE, Beyond the Basics.” This article summarizes what was presented at JavaOne regarding what’s coming in Java EE 8 and 9. Every single speaker made it a point to state that Java EE’s 8 and 9 plans are in early stages and this is all subject to change.

A match made in heaven?

OpenShift 3 + Eclipse Che

The concept of universal workspaces, championed by Eclipse Che, gave Red Hat the ability to easily replicate and distribute the entire development workspace. Red Hat and Codenvy have integrated Che with OpenShift, providing an easy way to copy both your runtime, and your development workspace.

Does it have what it takes?

Why Kotlin is the next big thing for Java developers

Kotlin already looks like a tool that is going to improve productivity significantly. We anticipate that it is definitely going to reduce the pain points faced by Java developers. Here is why we think Kotlin will be the next big thing for the Java community.

How to know if you are ready to embark on your CD journey

Are you Continuous Delivery ready?

I’m sure by now everyone reading this has heard a great deal about Continuous Delivery, which I’ll refer to as CD from here on. In short, you do it to accelerate the process of software delivery – which means you can see the value of coding more quickly.

Interview with Albert Bifet, co-leader at MOA

MOA: Machine learning for the Internet of Things

Machine learning may sound futuristic, but it’s not. Speech recognition systems such as Cortana or Search in e-commerce systems have already shown us the benefits and challenges that go hand in hand with these systems. In our machine learning series we will introduce you to several tools that make all this possible. Next stop: MOA, an open source software specific for machine learning/data mining on data streams in real time.

Symptoms of over-engineering

The opposite of over-engineering is not (necessarily) cowboy coding

There are many types of programmers you may encounter in a team, starting with those who think they know it all and ending with the lone wolves who hate the idea of working with others. Some may spend too much time thinking about unnecessary details and all the backup plans the project does not need while others may ignore every guidance, process or discipline possible. But does this mean they don’t have anything in common?

Interview with Barbara Mellish, president of Blockchain Alliance for Good

[Bit]coin flipping: “Future applications of blockchain will likely include artificial intelligence and bots”

September saw the launch of the Blockchain Alliance for Good (Bisgit.IoV) – a free membership organization aimed at boosting the usage of blockchain technology to generate good social and environmental solutions. The Alliance unites blockchain enthusiasts from around the world and provides them with a springboard for “good” innovations. We talked to Barbara Mellish, president of Blockchain Alliance for Good, about the future of blockchain, the industries where blockchain activity may flourish and the need to revolutionize this technology.