May 2015

“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 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
Chris Becker

An introduction to polyglot IDE Komodo – One IDE to rule all languages
Nathan Rijksen

HBase, the “Hadoop database” – A look under the hood
Ghislain Mazars

An introduction to building realtime apps with RethinkDB
Ryan Paul

The five biggest challenges in application performance management
Klaus Enzenhofer

Separating UI structure and logic – architectural differences in Vaadin web applications
Matti Tahvonen

Model View ViewModel with JavaFX – a closer look at mvvmFX
Alexander Casall