Showing posts from September, 2012

This Blog Has Moved!

Right, so yes, five years ago I moved to github pages, and never bothered to redirect any of these pages there. Now I've moved on from there, and... Finally I am using my real domain, . My blog is now at .  See you there!

The Strange Loop

Last week (was it only last week?) I was at Strange Loop , presenting a workshop on the Disruptor . I didn't really have any expectations from the conference, I've never been before and, if I'm honest, hadn't heard of it before.  So everything was a pleasant surprise. It's a very geeky conference.  I mean that as a compliment, of course.  Lots of very smart people talking about stuff that's waaaay more advanced than you frequently get in the conferences employers would be happy to pay for.  The themes I mostly saw were functional programming and the (insert horribly abused term) Big Data space. So nothing about Spring and Hibernate or any of their ilk, of course.  Almost nothing about Java actually, as if a language that is actually used by millions of developers is somehow too passé.  But this was extremely liberating - if there's nothing that's going to be applicable to my day job, I can go and see talks on things I'm actually interested in

Strangeloop Disruptor Workshop Materials

On Sunday I gave my very first workshop on the Disruptor.  The aim was to give people some hands-on coding experience using the syntax.  Because time was limited (you can't get people to build an entire application architecture in 2.5 hours) the example is somewhat contrived, and needs a big leap to make it into a proper application context.  But the workshop should: Give an overview of the Disruptor Show how to create a simple one producer, one consumer example. Show how to wire up a parallel event handler Show how to how (and why) to create a diamond dependency graph. Extrapolate beyond these very simple examples to something closer to a real world architecture. Requirements are: Basic Java skills Java 7 update 7 (Optionally) IntelliJ . The slides (not all that useful, I'll grant you, without me talking) are available, and you can download the code . If you want to work through the examples yourself, start with com.mechanitis.towerdefense.TowerDefence .

Upcoming Events

So yeah... in keeping with this year's theme of basically only blogging about the exciting conferences I've been to, I'm going to blog about the exciting conferences I am attending in the future.  I haven't been great at doing that, the disconnect between the time I submit a presentation and the actual announcement means that I often forget I haven't told anyone about what I'm up to. Firstly, I'm back in the States this month to present my very first workshop - An Introduction to the Disruptor  at Strangeloop.  I've been given a mere 6 months to prepare it (note: sarcasm) and it's still a work in progress.  So, if you're coming, feel free to suggest things you want to see covered.  If you are coming, I'd love to hear from you. Secondly, I'm back in the States again a minute and a half later for several presentations at JavaOne.  I really enjoyed JavaOne last year, it was my first international conference, my first speaking gig, and a

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