Since my last entry when I detailed the gruesome surgical technique I'd be undergoing on my elbow, a lot has happened. The elbow is almost fully healed for one, but more important is the steady stream of new content we've managed to publish over the past three months.
First up, two new series. Although not really "Java," we've launched two new series in an effort to provide some content for two of our sister areas in need. Regardless of your day job requirements, both of these offer something for every engineer:
- In his HTML5 2D game development series, David Geary provides a soup-to-nuts recipe for building a 2D platform game reminiscent of those old favorites Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Bros, and several others. In the first installment he shows you the finished game -- a platformer called Snail Bait -- and then gets you started on implementing it from scratch. The second (current) installment gets into drawing and animating graphics. You'll learn the best way to animate with HTML5, how to scroll the games's background, and how to implement parallax to simulate three dimensions.
- Our other new series, Agile DevOps, veteran Paul Duvall explores the practical uses of applying an operations mindset to development, and vice versa — and of considering software products as holistic entities that can be delivered with more agility and frequency than ever before. Already three articles in (as of today!), Paul has detailed the concept of flattening the sofware release process, which reviews techniques such as test-driven infrastructures, transient environments, and the chaos monkey -- and how they enable DevOps teams to deliver quality software to users more quickly and more often. He's also showed how open source tools, Chef and Puppet, help you to automate infrastructure provisioning. finally, in today's article, he offers a look at transient environments, which are short-lived environments that are terminated on a frequent basis to reduce risk.
In addition to those great series, we've published an abundance of new (and Java-focused!) articles that will surely pique your interest. Bear with me while I detail a few:
If you've made it this far, you're clearly eager for knowledge -- a wonderful thing. There's a lot to look forward to in the remainder of this year and as we move into 2013, so stay tuned!