Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015-05-12 Tuesday - Dream Teams

Trust, Innovation, and Ability are three of the most critical qualities in my line of work that I value the most in people. When thinking of who I would call on to tackle a major new project, there is a short list of names I mentally review from time-to-time as the core of my primary dream team. Those folks are already in my LinkedIn network - and it seems I may have need to call on them soon...

Saturday, May 09, 2015

2015-05-09 Saturday - Graph Databases

I'm doing some research today on Graph Databases and happened to come across this very nice concise deck by Max De Marzi that provides some good examples of use cases that illustrate the benefits of Graph Database (using Nejo4j):
http://www.slideshare.net/maxdemarzi/bootstrapping-recommendations-with-neo4j

There's also a 2nd Edition of the O'Reilly book, Graph Databases now available.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

2015-05-07 Thursday - Architecture Documentation with Sparx

If your organization is like most  - architecture documentation is often missing, out-of-date, inaccurate, or incomplete.

I offer a three week time-boxed service to work on-site with your teams and create Sparx Enterprise Architect models to capture your current-state architecture.

Please contact me via kmeeks@intltechventures.com to discuss a convenient time to schedule an engagement.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

2015-04-09 Thursday - Martin Odersky Scala Days Keynote

This year, Scala Days was held in San Francisco March 16th-18th.

Martin Odersky's presentation from his keynote is available here.

2015-04-09 Thursday - Sparx Enterprise Architect 12

I've been a long-time user of the most excellent Sparx Enterprise Architect tool - and recently upgraded to Sparx Enterprise Architect 12 - and must say, I find it to be a pleasant surprise and significant improvement over previous versions: Fast, Crisp, Elegant.



You'll notice in the Project Browser window (in the upper right-hand corner) - there is now support for doing iPhone and Android Wireframes.

I've just sent an inquiry to Sparx to request permission to develop some training programs (to offer my clients, and publicly) - and to prepare some short free video tutorials that I could upload to YouTube in the near future.


2015-04-09 Thursday - Apache Qpid AMQP Messaging

Today I'm spending some time exploring Apache Qpid's AMQP messaging features

2015-04-09 Thursday - Java SE 8 Lambda Quick Start

I happened to come across this excellent tutorial today in the Oracle Learning Library:
Java SE 8: Lambda Quick Start

This is an excellent introduction for developers to help them understand the benefit of Java SE 8 Lambda expression features.

Based on my experience leading Java code reviews over the last 5 years for large corporations - I would estimate that those companies could achieve at least a 20-30% reduction in the size of their code bases by the judicious adoption of Java SE 8 Lambda expression capabilities.