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Chef 11 is Ready for Hyperscale

by Aslan Brooke on  Feb 20, 2013

Opscode released Chef 11 early this month with enhancements to its scalability to meet the demands of hyperscale web operations. Opscode rewrote the entire server core API in Erlang and at the same time kept it backward compatible. Opscode renamed the core server API "Erchef" to complement the rewrite in Erlang.

MyGet is Offering Free Build Services for CodePlex, GitHub, and BitBucket

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 11, 2013

Developers with MyGet accounts can now take advantage of a free public beta of MyGet Build Services. This service allows developers using services such as CodePlex, GitHub, or BitBucket to use MyGet as an automated build server.

VMware Strengthens Influence In Configuration Management Tools

by Matthias Marschall on  Feb 08, 2013

VMware added $30 million to its initial investment into Puppet Labs, makers of the Open Source configuration management tool Puppet. Commenters seem to agree that its a good move for Puppet Labs and that Puppet will keep supporting any type of infrastructure avoiding vendor lock-in.

Opscode Chef Integration Tests Now On OpenStack With Test Kitchen 0.7.0

by Matthias Marschall on  Jan 03, 2013

Opscode has announced the availability of Test Kitchen 0.7.0 with support for using on-demand OpenStack instances to test Chef cookbooks. Test Kitchen is a tool, which helps Opscode Chef cookbook developers to validate their cookbooks before applying them to their live infrastructure.

Community-Driven Research: Top Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Toolsets

by Dio Synodinos on  Dec 07, 2012

InfoQ's research initiative continues with an 13th question: "Top Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Toolsets". This is a new service we hope will provide you with up-to-date & bias-free community-based insight into trends & behaviors that affect enterprise software development. Unlike traditional vendor/analyst-based research, our research is based on answers provided by YOU.

.NET Compact Framework 3.9 with Visual Studio 2012 Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 18, 2012 3

Microsoft will release .NET Compact Framework 3.9 (NETCF 3.9) in the upcoming build of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 with improved start-up time, enhanced memory utilization, Visual Studio 2012 support and new garbage collector.

How TFS Embraced 3-Week Release Cycles

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 31, 2012

Buck Hodges argues that long release cycles lead to unhealthy development practices for the Team Foundation Server team, but there is more to short release cycles than just shipping with each sprint. Other changes in how software is planned and developed is needed, including the ability to disable new features rather than fixing them.

An Interview with David Starr, a Senior Program Manager in the Visual Studio ALM

by Dmytro Mindra on  Oct 01, 2012

David Starr, the founder of ElegantCode.com, a software craftsman, a technical and an agile instructor, talks about his new position at Microsoft, his vision of products, agility and his personal plans for future.

Why-run Chef

by Manuel Pais on  Sep 24, 2012

New Opscode Chef release includes whyrun (dry run) feature, output formatters, error inspectors, Solaris installers.

VS2012: Improvements for ALM and Web Developers

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 19, 2012

Microsoft has made a "huge bet on HTML5 and JavaScript", and stressed the importance of application lifecycle maintenance. InfoQ takes a look at how VS2012 brings new features to the table in its support for these areas.

Microsoft Delivers Visual Studio Express for the Windows Desktop and F#

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 13, 2012 1

Microsoft released two new editions of its free Visual Studio Express 2012 series that will target F# and traditional Windows desktop applications. This enables developers using C#, C++, F#, and Visual Basic .NET to take advantage of VS2012's improvements.

Eclipse Juno Brings Eclipse 4 as Standard

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 27, 2012 2

Today, the Eclipse Foundation announced the release of Eclipse Juno, the ninth annual simultaneous release train including over 70 projects and for the first time the Eclipse 4 platform in the standard packages. Read on to find out what's new and noteworthy.

Grady Booch Receives 2012 Lovelace Medal from British Computing Society

by Michael Stal on  Jun 09, 2012

The British Computing Society has awarded its Lovelace Medal 2012 to Grady Booch for his “innovative work in software architecture, software engineering and collaborative environments.”

Microsoft’s Branching and Merging Guidelines

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 23, 2012 1

Microsoft has released a draft of their new Branching and Merging Guide. While ostensibly meant for TFS users, much of the advice is applicable no matter which source control provider you choose.

An Introduction to Software Quality

by Abel Avram on  Apr 06, 2012 2

In two recent papers, David Chappell, Principal of Chappell & Associates, outlines the different aspects of software quality – functional, structural, and process-, the groups of people directly interested in quality –users, developers, and sponsors-, and the outcome of defects in externally or internally facing software over time.

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