Detecting concurrency-related bugs and performance bottlenecks is hard, especially on clusters consisting of a large number of nodes. In an interview with Artima, Terracotta co-founder and CTO Ari Zilka explains the importance of visualization in cluster-based applications, and introduces Terracotta's open-source cluster visualizer tool.
Object-oriented databases complement relational databases in important ways, says Anat Gafni, VP of Engineering at db4objects, the company behind the open-source object database db4o. In this interview with Artima, Gafni explains how OO databases support agile development, and how they co-exist with relational databases in an enterprise.
Software-as-service (SaaS) has started to permeate the field of software development tools, says Atlassian's Jeffrey Walker in this interview with Artima. Walker describes important characteristics of hosted developer tools, and highlights the need for such tools to integrate well with locally-installed tools, such as IDEs.
A programming language is as much about a set of design principles as it is about syntax and code structure. In this brief interview Martin Odersky, creator of the Scala language, talks about design tendencies that Scala encourages, especially in comparison with Java. He also discusses Scala's approach to concurrency.
Discovering security problems early in the development cycle is only the first step toward creating more secure and reliable applications, says Parasoft's Wayne Ariola in an interview with Artima. For developers to work effectively, addressing security-related coding issues must be integrated into developers' daily workflow.
Re-using developer knowledge is an important concern for many enterprises. In this interview with Artima, CodeGear's Jeff Anders talks about Application Factories, a feature of the new JBuilder 2008 IDE that facilitates knowledge sharing among developers.
Rich clients are more than just about user interfaces, argues Adobe's James Ward in this JavaOne 2008 interview with Artima. Rich clients are about architecture, and are also about collaboration between developers and designers.
In Artima's initial interview from JavaOne 2008, Patrick Curran, Chair of the Java Community Process, shares his vision for the JCP, and discusses how artisans and engineers differ in their approach to building software and in their attitude toward standards.
In this interview with Artima, Terence Parr, creator of the StringTemplate template engine as well as the ANTLR parser generator, talks about the importance of separating business logic and presentation.
In this interview with Artima, Shannon Hickey, spec lead for the Beans Binding API, JSR 295, discusses the challenges of Java data binding, and how the JSR 295 API simplifies that task.
In this interview with Artima, Bill Shannon and Roberto Chinnici, spec leads for JSR 316, Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6, discuss the key design considerations for the upcoming version of the enterprise Java specification.
In this interview with Artima, Robert Dunne, principal software engineer at Paremus, discusses three levels of dynamism, and why it's most difficult to deal with "impolite" services.
by Frank Sommers and Bill Venners, August 20, 2007, 13 comments
Readily available frameworks and APIs can make developers very productive. However, they can also limit developers' imagination, explains Overstock.com principal software engineer Chris Maki in this brief audio interview with Artima.
by Frank Sommers and Bill Venners, August 10, 2007, 2 comments
Small bugs can sometimes lead to significant failures, especially when those bugs appear in production code. In this interview with Artima, Mark Thomas, Director of Java Technologies at IBM, talks about the potentially big implications of defects discovered only in a production environment, and what developers can do to mitigate such problems.
by Jonas Bonér and Geert Bevin, August 8, 2007, 2 comments
This article discusses how the RIFE Web framework, and its use of continuations to maintain conversational state, integrates with the open-source Terracotta clustering project to create highly scalable applications with minimal coding.