Slideology (Burk Hufnagel)

AJUG Book Review – slide:ology

slide:ology The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
by Nancy Duarte

Published by O’Reilly in August 2008
List Price: $44.99; Pages: 186
ISBN 10: 0-596-52234-7 \| ISBN 13: 9780596522346

This may seem like an odd book to suggest to AJUG members, but I think
it’s actually something that can benefit most of us. The book’s
subtitle, “The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations”,
offers a clue as to why. Granted, the book’s focus is more toward the
kind of presentations given at our monthly meetings, but you can use
the same ideas to improve how effective you are when you’re sketching
a process flow diagram on a whiteboard for other developers.

The book presents the ideas using a combination of text and graphics
in a very readable format, and there’s “case studies” showing how well
known people and groups designed their presentations to be extremely

Beware though, reading this book can’t guarantee that your
presentations will be world-class – any more than reading “Effective
Java” will make you a world-class developer. Reaching either goal will
take time and practice. But, if you want to improve your
presentations, reading slide:ology can help you reach your goal

If you’re interested in more detail you can read the review I posted
in DZone’s IT Book Zone
([]), or
ask me about it at next month’s AJUG meeting.

Burk Hufnagel
Lead Software Architect

Posted in BookReviews
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Building and Deploying 12 Factor Apps in Scala and Java

June 20, 2017

The twelve-factor app is a modern methodology for building software-as-a-service apps:

• Use declarative formats for setup automation, to minimise time and cost for new developers joining the project.

• Have a clean contract with the underlying operating system, offering maximum portability between execution environments.

• Are suitable for deployment on modern cloud platforms, obviating the need for servers and systems administration.

• Minimise divergence between development and production, enabling continuous deployment for maximum agility.

• And can scale up without significant changes to tooling, architecture, or development practices.

We will build a RESTful web service in Java and deploy the app to CloudFoundry. We will go over how to build a cloud manifest, how to keep our database credentials and application configuration outside of our code by using user-provided services and go over what it takes to build a 12 Factor application in the cloud. This presentation will be heavy on code and light on slides!


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