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Articles

Design and GUI

This is how beautiful a Java UI can be

Codename-One founder Shai Almog recently emanated an apocalyptic vision of JavaFX in a blog post. A courageous statement, as JavaFX, as well as Swing still enjoys a huge user community. Users on Reddit have already shown that you can build really nice UIs using both technologies.

Do you think technological progress has made us less humane?

From Silicon Valley to ISIS

Programing languages are the must knowns today – and Java is one of the most popular languages. Did you know that there were more than 16,000 job offerings for java developers on any given day this year? It’s a great skill to have. It helps us write programs that make the communication between machines possible. If one wants to feel safe in the current job market he/she must learn Java or any other popular software language.

Over the edge

Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript Engine becomes open source

Microsoft has made the core components of the Chakra JavaScript engine available as open source. The ChakraCore project also includes all the key elements of the JavaScript engine of Microsoft Edge, the new web browser by Microsoft. The software company already announced the step towards the end of last year at the JSConf Conference and the corresponding repository is now officially available on GitHub under the MIT license.

Shiny and new

What’s new in Cassandra 3.0?

Materialised views, a new storage engine and more – Apache Cassandra project chair Jonathan Ellis takes us on a tour of the highlights in the latest Cassandra release. Cassandra has grown from a crowd of early-adopting users into the market majority.

Battle of the IDEs

NetBeans 8.1 versus IntelliJ 15

Nowadays, we have on the scene of the Java IDEs two main choices: NetBeans 8.1 or IntelliJ 15. As the eternal debate between Java Developers is always about what is the best IDE available for use, I got the idea to write this small post.

Consumer-driven contract testing with Pact

Microservices: Agreements must be kept

“Pacta sunt servanda“, or in English, “agreements must be kept“. What was true in the middle ages is mandatory in the modern world of software development. Utilising (API-) contracts that are defined by several partners instead of just one, microservice architectures can be tested and developed easily and efficiently.

Is your creative gusto hurting your app development process?

Mobile apps are on the rise. Today you have an app for everything you do, be it shopping and paying bills online or keeping a check on your diet and exercise routine. According to a Digi-Capital report, the global revenue of mobile app market will be $70 Billion by 2017 with 200 billion app downloads. The report further indicates that the revenue share of non-game apps will become double, from 26 percent to 51 percent.

Open-source streaming analytics

Big Data with Apache Apex

It’s touted as the industry’s only open-source enterprise grad unified stream and batch processing platform. Apache Apex community manager Desmond Chan show’s us what exactly that means and how this open-source engine handles big data.

Dedicated to doing the right thing

The Swiss army knife of reactive systems on the JVM

Akka is in many ways a very innovative and yet robust technology. Now that it has become generally accepted that microservice-oriented architectures are a good idea, Akka will play an even more important role in the reactive system at large and already serves as a foundation for other reactive technologies such as the Play Framework and Lagom.