“E pluribus unum”
It’s an old and rather out-of-fashion motto of the United States. “E pluribus unum”, one out of many. Early twentieth-century ideals of the cultural melting pot may have failed in western society. But they may still work in IT. Developers will forever dream of one Holy Grail language that will rule them all.
As nice as it sounds to be a full-stack developer, knowing your entire enterprise’s technology inside out, from the ListView failure modes to the various components’ linguistic syntaxes – that’s a near-superhuman talent. As much as all developers would love to be fluently multilingual, in practice it’s difficult to keep up. But instead it’s the unity of the enterprise itself that can create one whole out of many languages, not the individual developer.
Polyglot stacks, alternative databases and performance fails
In this issue, Chris Becker explains how Shutterstock’s gradual evolution from one to many languages was central to the success of the company’s technology, and how out of one language became many specialist development areas, in turn all unified by the enterprise. Meanwhile for web developers looking for one tool to rule all their front-end languages, we’ve got a helpful guide to the polyglot IDE Komodo, which just unveiled its ninth release.
We’ve also got some useful introductions to HBase and RethinkDB (both big salary-earners according the recent Dice.com survey), as well as JavaFX and Vaadin web applications. And finally for anyone concerned with the speed of their website during high traffic, we have a couple of valuable lessons about how to avoid performance failures.
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Inside this issue
Polyglot enterprises do it better – Shutterstock’s multilingual stack
An introduction to polyglot IDE Komodo – One IDE to rule all languages
HBase, the “Hadoop database” – A look under the hood
An introduction to building realtime apps with RethinkDB
The five biggest challenges in application performance management
Separating UI structure and logic – architectural differences in Vaadin web applications
Model View ViewModel with JavaFX – a closer look at mvvmFX