Presentation Zen

Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

Published by New Riders on January 4, 2008
List Price: $29.99; Pages: 240
ISBN 10: 0321525655 \| ISBN 13: 978-0321525659

Presentation Zen is for anyone who has to present information to others and doesn’t want to bore them to death. It’s about a better way of communicating with your audience than the style we often see at technical conferences; slide after slide of bullet points being read to us by a disembodied voice as we sit in the dark.
The Presentation Zen book grew out of Reynolds’ Presentation Zen web site, which is a great place to get a feel for the kind of information in the book. Personally, I like having a book in my hands when learning things but you may find all you need online at – if so, that’s great. One other suggestion, Presentation Zen makes a great companion book to silde:ology by Nancy Duarte. In fact, each author refers to the other so it’s not just me who thinks there may be some synergy between them. If you’re interested in more detail, I’ve posted a review in DZone’s IT Book Zone, or ask me about it at the next AJUG meeting.

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AJUG Meetup

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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