• New England Software Symposium - Fall 2019

    Friday September, 27, 2019 09:00 AM Sheraton Framingham 1657 Worcester Rd Framingham MA 01701

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    The No Fluff Just Stuff Java Symposium Tour Series, long considered the definitive conference series for software developers & architects, returns to Boston this fall! Witness first hand the best a conference has to offer: exceptional speakers, content rich ninety (90) minute technical sessions, right sized event model (capped at 250 attendees) all experienced in a vendor free environment.  At a No Fluff Just Stuff event, the focus is entirely on the attendee experience and nothing else!

    **Fifty (50) plus new sessions for 2019 to choose from! **


    Event Name: 2019 New England Software Symposium
    Dates: Sept 27-29th
    Location: Framingham, MA
    Venue: Sheraton Framingham
    URL: https://nofluffjuststuff.com/boston

     

    Make sure and use your special JUG discount of $50 by using the promo code nfjsusergroup50 when registering.

    If you are registering with a group, the highest discount will apply - group or JUG discount.

    REGISTRATION FEES:

    Early Bird Individual: $1050/person thru August 26th

    Excellent Group Discounts Available - bring your entire development team to the show:


    5-9 Attendees: $950/person
    10-14 Attendees: $925/person
    15-24 Attendees: $900/person
    25-over Attendees: $875/person

    What's Included - Registration Fee:

    • Three Day All Access Pass
    • Dinner & PM Breaks on Friday & Breakfast/Lunch & Breaks on Saturday/Sunday
    • NFJS Laptop Bag & T-shirt
    • Online Audio Recording of Available Sessions

     

    Questions:  Email me - jzimmerman@bigskytechnology.com


     

    See you there,

    Jay Zimmerman
    2019 NFJS Symposium Tour Series Director
    jzimmerman@nofluffjuststuff.com

     

  • Polyglot Java EE on the GraalVM

    Thursday August, 29, 2019 06:00 PM Jobcase Inc., 201 Broadway Cambridge MA 02139

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    The new GraalVM from Oracle supports multiple languages including JavaScript, Python, Ruby, R, C++ as well as Java and other JVM languages. This opens up interesting possibilities for polyglot enterprise applications. Now you can use a Node library in a Java application or call an R statistical function from an EJB. Previously, this type of integration was extremely challenging. This session will provide recipes to get up and running along with best practices and some cool demos.

    We would like to thank our event host https://www.jobcase.com for all the support for making this event possible in Cambridge.

    • The venue will open at 5:30 PM for networking, so come early and meet everyone else. 
    • Pizza, drinks sponsored by Jobcase --- there will be some Gluten-free items as well.

     

     

     

  • Kotlin: Beyond the Basics

    Thursday August, 08, 2019 06:00 PM Microsoft 5 Wayside Rd Burlington MA 01803
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    This talk will examine features of Kotlin at a greater depth than most tutorials. Higher order functions will be covered, as well as reduction operations like reduce and fold, and lambdas with receivers. Those topics progress toward building DSLs and builders in Kotlin. Terms like “apply”, “let”, “use”, “also”, and “with” will be covered along with their typical use cases. Finally, an introduction to Kotlin coroutines will be included.

    Details of the type system, including the Any, Unit, and Nothing classes, will be covered. Examples will be provided on how to define extension functions, infix operators, and inlining functions for efficiency.

  • The Evolution of Java: 9, 10, 11, and 12

    Thursday June, 13, 2019 06:00 PM Microsoft 5 Wayside Rd Burlington MA 01803
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    Java is a language in evolution. There are a handful of language changes in Java 9 and 10 plus several JDK changes in 9, 10, 11, and 12. Some of these changes are significant in that they allow us to do things more effectively than before. The difference can be anywhere from reducing code to avoiding errors that come from verbosity. In this presentation we will explore the language changes first. Then we will visit the additions to the JDK. Along the way we will also look at a few things that have been removed from Java as well.

  • Perfecting reliable code delivery for the cloud with MicroProfile and OpenTracing

    Monday May, 06, 2019 06:00 PM Microsoft 5 Wayside Rd Burlington MA 01803
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    You’ve probably heard of MicroProfile, but how do you go from buzz to production? In this code-heavy, interactive presentation, we’ll describe how to use OpenTracing (http://opentracing.io/) with Jaeger (https://www.jaegertracing.io/)  and annotations in MicroProfile and other Microservice architectures to reliably improve and deploy updated versions your applications to OpenShift and Kubernetes in the cloud.  Topics include best practices for performance analysis, maintaining delivery pipelines using the Linux command line, plus tips on the best free OpenTracing tools and SDKs available on GitHub.

     

    NOTE: This meeting is NOT on our normal "second-Thursday" schedule.

     

  • What it Takes to Build a Great Voice App

    Thursday April, 11, 2019 06:00 PM Microsoft 5 Wayside Rd Burlington MA 01803
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    The popularity of Amazon's Alexa and Google Home has been inspiring both developers and businesses to think about Voice computing. From a banking assistant on your phone to grocery shopping on your TV - it is truly exciting to see how Voice Interfaces could be used. The challenge, however, is that most Voice Apps are fairly limited in what they can do.

    In this talk, Vineet shares experiences from prototyping and building over a dozen Voice Apps. He shows how practical decisions can make implementing great apps easy, reviews existing tools that have been built and talks about Violet (http://helloviolet.ai/) an Open-Source Voice App Framework designed to help developers create Voice Apps. Violet uses an approach inspired by Angular and React to simplify the complexity needed when manually building using other lower-level frameworks, while providing for more flexibility than the drag-and-drop non-technical tools on the market.

  • Mob Programming to Learn a New Programming Language in an Hour

    Wednesday March, 27, 2019 06:00 PM Chewy 343 Congress St Boston MA 02210
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    Learning a new programming language doesn’t have to be hard. Sure, there’s a lot of new stuff to wrap your head around: syntax, keywords and symbols, conventions, how to define variables and methods, arrays, and the list go on and on! But what if there were a technique and toolkit you could use to master a new language fast?

    In this session, Richard Kasperowski introduces mob programming and code koans. Mobbing is about getting all the best minds working on the same computer at the same time. Code koans are a series of micro-puzzles that teach you the new language in little chunks, using test-driven development. We’ll mob together on a set of code koans to learn a new language. Even better, we’ll decide on the language together! Current choices include C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby.

    Who should attend? Anyone who wants to learn about mob programming and how to learn a new language.

     

    We would like to thank our event host Chewy.com for all the support for making this event possible in Downtown Boston. 

     

    • The venue will open at 5:30 PM for networking, so come early and meet everyone else. 
    • Pizza, drinks (including beer!)  sponsored by Chewy --- there will be some Gluten free pizza as well.
    • There will be a 15 minutes Lighting Talk at 6:00 by Marco Ferrer, Software Engineer at Chewy.

     

    If you have any questions, feel free contact Mahesh Acharya (Nejug Event Coordinator) at 617 767 Three One Seven One.

    We would like to thank the following volunteers:

    Photography: George Yazbeck

    Videography:  Francis Solis Olivares

     

     

  • Resilient Cloud Architecture Design Patterns

    Thursday March, 14, 2019 06:00 PM Microsoft 5 Wayside Rd Burlington MA 01803
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    Resilient architecture is crucial for all cloud implementations. In this talk, we explore different design patterns to make a distributed application more resilient. 

    As part of this journey, for any process, we need to ask what if something goes wrong? Then, plan a course of action to the process auto heal without any human intervention and how to lower risks by performing canary deployments. Design starts with at first understanding of requirements and performing empathy map and value chain analysis. 

    Thinking application as stateless for all the API calls makes the system available most of the time requires creating a cache for common distributed data. Next, we examine how to deal with cascading failures, and timeouts scenarios.  Applications, as part of auto-healing, need to Detect, Prevent, Recover, Mitigate, Complement so that the service is resilient. 

    Key takeaways for the audience are as follows:

    • Resiliency is essential for any feature in cloud
    • Understanding the value chain is critical to identify failure points
    • Challenges come in identifying if there is a failure and design the system for auto healing
    • Focus should be first to prevent a failure to occur. 
    • Identifying key challenges in your company and tools and techniques to auto-heal and provide a sustainable solution

  • Terraform - Transform the Virtual Machine landscape

    Thursday February, 14, 2019 06:00 PM Microsoft 5 Wayside Rd Burlington MA 01803
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    Have you ever wanted to deploy hundreds if not thousands of virtual servers with the single click of a button. Who hasn't? With a little JSON and the utility Terraform by HashiCorp, this power can be yours. 

    By deploying your infrastructure as a service, you can not only keep track of what resources are where, but also easily adjust or deploy additional resources without the need for navigating cumbersome user interfaces.

  • Migrating to Java Modules: Why and How

    Thursday January, 10, 2019 06:00 PM Constant Contact Reservoir Place 1601 Trapelo Road Waltham MA 021451
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    Java Modules are the future. However, our enterprise applications have legacy code, a lots of it. How in the world do we migrate from the old to the new? What are the primary challenges?

    In this presentation we will start with an introduction to modules and learn how to create them. Then we will dive into the differences between unnamed modules, automatic modules, and explicit modules. After that we will discuss some key limitations of modules, things that may surprise your developers if they're not aware of. Finally we will discuss how to migrate current applications to use modules.