Best Of The Week

Best Of The Week – 2011 – W39

Hello guys,

Time for the “Best Of The Week” links for the week that just passed. Here are some links that drew JavaCodeGeeks attention:

* Big Iron Returns with BigMemory: Greg Luck (Founder and CTO of Ehcache) offers some thoughts on the Java Heap/GC Problem, the benefits of Vertical Scale and how BigMemory can provide a tiered memory solution.

* Patterns for Continuous Delivery: A nice article presenting various patterns for Continuous Delivery, i.e. the automatic or semi-automatic promotion of builds from one environment to the next. It examines all the flow, from developer’s machines to production server and how each department might be involved in that.

* JavaFX eats HTML UIs for breakfast: Desktop Java in this article and more specifically JavaFX and how its new features can help developers build cool applications on the desktop. Also check out JavaFX 2.0 beta sample application and after thoughts.

* 5 subtle ways you’ re using MySQL as a queue, and why it’ll bite you: This interesting article examines 5 ways that application developers use MySQL as a queue (instead of a real queueing system, such ActiveMQ or RabbitMQ) and how that can lead to performance problems.

* Cassandra Write Performance – A quick look inside: An investigation of Cassandra’s (one of the major NoSQL solutions) write speed. Cassandra is lighting fast and mostly I/O bound but it’s still Java and the usual problems (e.g. GC)need to be watched..

* 5 Scalability Poisons and 3 Cloud Scalability Antidotes: An article presenting 5 scalability poisons (Object Relational Mappers, Synchronous or Locking Processes, Single DB Copy, No App Metrics, Lack of Feature Flags) and 3 antidotes (Auto-scaling, Horizontal DB Scale, Striped EBS Volumes).

* When Infinispan meets CDI: A short tutorial on how to integrate Infinispan with the CDI programming model. Also check out GWT Spring and Hibernate enter the world of Data Grids.

* Java EE PaaS Providers: A look in the current status of Java EE Platform as a Service (Paas) providers and an overview of some new players like Red Hat’s OpenShift and Cloudbees.

* Building Scalable Systems: an Asynchronous Approach: A presentation where the presenter expresses his opinion on Big Data, NoSQL, cloud, system architecture and design and discusses the benefit of using asynchronous queues for building scalable systems.

* The Real News is Not that Facebook Serves Up 1 Trillion Pages a Month…: Another look at Facebook‘s massive scalability achieved mainly by accurate architectural choices and an architectural approach that leverages both modern application scalability patterns as well as infrastructure scalability patterns.

That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for more, here at JavaCodeGeeks.

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Ilias Tsagklis

Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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