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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Data Microservices with Spring Cloud Stream, Task, and Data Flow

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Microservice based architectures are not just for distributed web applications! They are also a powerful approach for creating distributed stream and batch processing.

Spring Cloud Data Flow enables you to create and orchestrate standalone executable applications that communicate over messaging middleware such as Kafka and RabbitMQ that when run together, form a distributed stream processing application. It also allows users to create and orchestrate short lived microservices like batch jobs or boot applications that perform a task and then terminate when complete.

This allows you to scale, version and operationalize stream processing and task applications following microservice based patterns and practices on a variety of runtime platforms such as Cloud Foundry, Apache YARN and others.


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