Recently, Spark graduated from the Apache incubator. Spark claims up to 100x speed improvements over Apache Hadoop over in-memory datasets and gracefully falling back to 10x speed improvement for on-disk performance. Based on Scala, it can run SQL queries and be used directly in R. It provides Machine Learning, Graph database capabilities and other further discussed in the article.
Apache has released Kafka 0.8, the first major release of Kafka since becoming an Apache Software Foundation top level project. Apache Kafka is publish-subscribe messaging implemented as a distributed commit log, suitable for both offline and online message consumption. It is a messaging system initially developed at LinkedIn for collecting and delivering high volumes of event and log data.
Apache Stratos has entered incubation with contributors from Cisco, NASA, Citrix and Engine Yard, among others. WSO2 still keeps their open source middleware under their control.
IBM has assembled a comprehensive portfolio of applications whereby enterprises can catch up to today’s current mobile computing trends. Mobile First is designed to enable enterprise to get their share of the billions of dollars that the firm maintains is being left on the table by the organizations that are not gearing up for this trend.
Struts 1, the venerable Java MVC Web framework, has reached End Of Life status, the Apache foundation has announced. In a sense, the move simply formalises what has already happened, as the Struts team have focused their efforts on version 2; the last release of Struts 1 was in December 2008. The change of status does mean that no further security patches or bug fixes will be issued.
Datastax Enterprise 3.0 was announced last month with several Enterprise security features for a cluster using Cassandra, Hadoop and Solr. InfoQ caught up with Robin Schumacher, VP of Products at DataStax to learn more.
Apache has released Apache Isis, a Java framework for rapidly developing domain-driven applications. Users focus on developing domain objects and Apache Isis takes care of persistence, security and the user interface. Apache Isis became an Apache top-level project in October 2012 and version 1.0 was released on December 2012.
ASF recently announced the Apache Flex graduation as a top level project (TLP) after being in incubation for about one year after Adobe entrusted the SDK’s source code, tools and dependencies to ASF.
Lucene.Net, a C# port of the Lucene text search index library, has graduated the Incubator and has become a top-level Apache project. This article contains an interview with Prescott Nasser on the future of the project and Solr.Net.
The Apache Software Foundation has released Apache TomEE 1.0. Apache TomEE, pronounced "Tommy", is a Java EE 6 Web Profile certified all-Apache stack available under the Apache 2.0 license. TomEE is composed of Tomcat (Servlet, JSP, JSTL), OpenWebBeans (CDI), OpenEJB (EJB), OpenJPA (JPA), MyFaces (JSF), Geronimo Transaction (JTA), Geronimo JavaMail (Javamail) and Apache Bean Validation.
Adobe will continue offering PhoneGap as a Cordova distribution along with PhoneGap Build and Adobe Shadow.
The Jetty project recently announced that Jetty now has SPDY support. InfoQ caught up with Greg Wilkins and Simone Bordet to find out more about the protocol, and what advantages it may bring.
LinkedIn engineering releases SenseiDB 1.0.0, a NoSQL database focused on high update rates and complex semi-structured search queries, already used in production by LinkedIn in its search related pages (e.g. People/Company search)
Phusion announced that their Ruby 1.8.7 based Enterprise Edition (REE) is nearing its end-of-life. A Ruby 1.9 based version is not planned, instead the team focuses on Phusion Passenger, their solution for running Ruby on Apache and Nginx.