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Warum in die Ferne schweifen, wenn das Gute doch so nah ist?

Das dachten sich dieses Jahr auch vier Entwickler von synyx, und machten sich daher am 17.07. auf nach Stuttgart zum JavaForum der Java User Group Stuttgart (JUGS).
Die Vorteile liegen auf der Hand: kurze An-/ Abreise, große Auswahl an guten Vorträgen, super Verpflegung, und das alles zu einem relativ günstigen Preis.

 

08:05 Uhr, Hauptbahnhof Stuttgart


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Vom 13.-15. Juni war die State of the Map EU in Karlsruhe. Open Street Map wird bei einigen unserer Kundenprojekte verwendet. Nicht nur deswegen sondern auch, weil Open Street Map ein tolles Community Projekt ist, haben wir uns entschlossen diese Veranstaltung durch ein Sponsoring zu unterstützen.


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tl;dr: When you are using Gerrit and Jenkins on the same machine, know what you're doing!

In a recent project we decided to increase code quality by introducing Gerrit as Code Review Tool.
The configuration looks as follows:

Next to a colleague who reviews the patchset, we created a dedicated Jenkins job which verfies the patchset by building the project with the usual maven build configuration “mvn clean install” on the same machine. Only when both the reviewer and the ci server accept the patchset, it will be merged into our git repository.


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A very brief history of the NoSQL development - From Codd to Brewer and beyond

I am still new to the movement that is now called NoSQL, and therefore curiously following all the discussions around the CAP theorem, consistency levels like BASE, the immolation of several letters in the ACID paradigm and the 'demonization' of the relational join operation. I wondered why long established techniques and paradigms might no longer be valid and attended some of the NoSQL matters conferences. These conferences are still small and very communicative, and I enjoyed them a lot! Last year in Barcelona a great inspiring talk on the development of NoSQL was given by Doug Turnbull (@softwaredoug), who is a historian as well as a computer scientist. He discussed a lot of interesting points, and to some of these I will refer here, too. What is better suited to understand a new topic than writing a review on its history? As this would be too time consuming a task, I will write down a very brief history of the events (as far as I know about them) related to the NoSQL development, as well as some of my very own thoughts and impressions on this topic. There are still a lot of questions troubling my mind...


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Suppose we voted for Sass as the css preprocessor of our choice for a web application. Knowing that css must be generated from our Sass code everytime a scss file is modified, we want to set up the project in a way that enables fast turnaround cycles during development.

The Requirements are:

  • generated css should be bundled within the WAR when building the webapp for production on the continuous integration server

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Vom 28. April bis zum 30. April fand die NoSQL matters in Köln statt. Austragungsort war das KOMED im MediaPark, nur knapp 15 Gehminuten von Kölner Hauptbahnhof und Dom entfernt. Neben zwei Tagen mit Vorträgen gab es auch einen Trainingstag. Die angebotenen Workshops waren hochwertig, und einige Firmen wie Neotechnology haben die Chance genutzt um neben der Konferenz auch ein Meetup durchzuführen. Die Vorträge auf der Tagung waren breit gestreut, und aufgrund der noch überschaubaren Teilnehmerzahl gab es viel Gelegenheit für Diskussion. Die Teilnahme an diesen Veranstaltungen kann ich uneingeschränkt all denjenigen empfehlen, die sich für neue Datenbanktechnologien und BigData interessieren, und einen Einblick aus sowohl anwendungsorientierter als auch theoretisch fundierter Sicht gewinnen wollen. Inhalt dieses kurzen BlogPosts sollen jedoch ein paar Punkte sein, an denen sich die Geister noch immer scheiden, und die auch auf der Konferenz in Köln immer wieder zu Diskussionen geführt haben.


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Last weekend our conference train got rolling again. A group of twelve synyx guys and gals boarded the ICE to our capital, heading for the Berlin Expert Days, a nice and small two-day developer conference. The anticipation was high as the topics and speakers were promising and we were looking forward to having a nice time inside and outside of the conference.

Talks

The following talks were my (highly subjective) Top 3 of the conference:


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In my last blog post, i talked about all these little things you need to keep in mind when setting up a new or replace your current network infrastructure. I came up with that topic first, because in our case we are not only building a new data center, but we are also building a whole new office location. Providing a working network infrastructure to the office floor was crucial in our case, that's why we took care of that first.


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Letztes Wochenende fand zum zweiten Mal das DevCamp in Karlsruhe statt. Nicht nur weil synyx auch dieses Mal als Sponsor auftritt, war ich beide Tage vor Ort. Nein, ich finde diese Art der Veranstaltungen einfach klasse. Eine lockere Atmosphäre, man trifft viele nette, aufgeschlossene Leute. Außerdem gefällt mir das Format. Es gibt hier keine Zuschauer, sondern nur Mitwirkende. Jeder Teilnehmer bekommt dabei die Zeit, seinen Vortrag, Workshop oder eine einfache Diskussionsrunde durchzuführen.


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Welcome 2014! This year will be pretty big for us here at synyx - business has been doing well and in the last couple of years, we have been grown to, as of now, employ a dedicated team of almost 50 individuals. The downside though: We are quickly running out of office space. Guess what, it's time to move!

Our new office. In the faaaar back: Our CEO Thomas Kraft