Remote systems cannot be ignored. They are the heart of actor programming. The ability of an actor application to smoothly scale out geographically is a tremendous advantage in meeting the challenges of growth. Today we will learn the basics of setting up for remote interaction between actors. If you wish to set up to try coding a set of remote actor systems and do not as yet have a...
on Nov 10, 2013
Configuration of an actor system affects the way in which the Akka actor libraries and microkernel interact with actors. The visibility of a configuration is limited to the specific actor system with which the configuration has been associated. The effective configuration for any given actor system is a merger of three sources. In Fig. 1 below the precedence of...
on Oct 30, 2013
This week I am presenting a coding of a simple two actor application designed to show actor creation, message passing, and actor termination. This application is called the "Fortune Cookie Application". It is the next state of the art beyond the HelloWorld program. Despite its simplicity this application shows the elements that every actor application uses.
What We Will Be...
on Oct 22, 2013
Test Driven Development (TDD) has become a cornerstone of modern software craftsmanship. Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) takes it to the next level; it provides easier to use and a more readable syntax as well as many other improvements. If you haven't used Test Driven Development before, start with BDD, you will reap the benefits much faster.
This book is a hands-on introduction on BDD. Using...
on Jun 12, 2013
Much of what you do in Java is to define classes that package data and functionality together by concept to represent the desired problem-space element. When you instantiate a class, you create an object that has it's own piece of memory made up of other objects. Java has a peculiar means of manipulating these elements in memory. This is to say even though you treat everything as an object, you...
on Oct 25, 2013
Each of these objects can be described in terms of the classes or types to which they belong for instance a maple tree belongs to the class of tree or is a type of tree, a bicycle is a type of cycle, a car is a type of vehicle. OOP is thus a very powerful language abstraction that allows you to simplify the complexity of a problem while retaining its value. Java is an Object Oriented...
on Oct 16, 2013
Exciting information technologies emerge from new discoveries and re-emerge from past discoveries at a rapid rate. Despite the glamor and curiosity appeal engendered by cutting edge technologies when they debut, after the hype fades and we look at what actually is there in the cold light of reason we find ourselves turning to our pragmatic side and asking:
on Oct 15, 2013
Recently, I was asked to participate in creating another Java application at my company.
It was to be our team's third major Java application since 2002.
We felt we had plenty of wisdom from our previous two Java applications to apply to our third one.
One of our first steps was to form an application architecture sub-team.
This sub-team's purpose was to provide the development team with a solid...
on Sep 22, 2013
My company uses a large number of software applications to support all aspects of its business.
These software applications are either "bought" or "built".
The portions of the company that cannot be supported by purchased software are
supported by custom developed, in-house, applications.
A variety of technologies are used to create and build these custom applications.
The Java framework has been...
on Sep 15, 2013
A while ago, I was asked to evaluate another Java application that was being used at my company.
It was a point-of-sale app, developed entirely "in-house" by one of our overseas affiliates.
I wondered what their MVC model would look like.
How different would their Java app be from the ones I have worked on?
I started my evaluation by learning all I could about the architecture and design of this...
on Sep 8, 2013
Very soon, it will be time for the annual Java One conference in San Francisco, California.
Thousands of Java-fanatics will make the journey to my favorite city "by the bay" (and my home town).
Thousands more Java-fanatics will not attend (including me) and wish they could.
I hope all attendees will have a great and productive time at Java One 2013.
My general advice to attendees is, "Make the...
on Aug 25, 2013
As a developer, when you are building and/or designing a Java application;
the first (or one of the first) question you might ask is...
"What are the objects?"
This seems to be a very simple question. But it is not.
There probably is no single "right" answer to this question.
Nevertheless, careful consideration given to this question will contribute to
a good start to one's Java development...
on Jun 23, 2013
When we started building our first Java application, at my company Amway Corp, many years ago;
we learned our first lesson.
In spite of all the formal training we received, in spite of all the literature at our disposal;
we still needed help with our Java development on a regular basis.
Where would this assistance come from?
At the time, we had no in-house Java subject-matter experts.
on Jun 16, 2013
Learning Java (or any programming language) can be a great challenge.
Any group of developers, learning Java, will bring with them a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
In our case, our first Java project began with developers that had COBOL language experience.
Our second Java project, began with developers that had RPG language experience.
Even though COBOL and RPG don't "look" like Java,...
on Jun 11, 2013
Tuning Java code presents many challenges and addresses several goals.
One of these goals is to make the application "run faster".
Recently, our end-users were getting multiple-second response times from our web application's home page.
This was unacceptable.
We were asked to see what we can do to make the web application "run faster".
We began by looking at the usual suspects... database access...
on Apr 14, 2013
One of the first things we did as we began to learn about Java was to create our own library of Java books.
Every member of the development team was given the chance (and funding) to build their own collection of books.
In time, these book collections became a sort of "comfort blanket" for the developers.
In addition to being a valuable source of reference material,
these collections act as a...
on Mar 29, 2013
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on Aug 16, 2013
How did you first get into developing / coding?
My first encounter with a computer was in 1987 during a physics class. This particular one (a Commodore C64) went immediately to my Xmas wish list. When I teared away the gift wrapping, I found the datasette broken. A datasette was a tape drive using audio cassettes for storage
on Jun 24, 2013
We thought we'd get to know a little more about the author!
1. For someone that
on Jun 14, 2013
The 15th anniversary of OSCON showed its interest in diversity, and continuing to broaden the market for open source technology. I saw a lot of discussions on how to get people interested, and keep people involved. It was remarkably open to all sorts of ideas on how to keep open source going into the future.
I started with Tim Berglund
on Jul 30, 2013