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The Strengths and Weaknesses of Microservices

by Abel Avram on  May 28, 2014 1

There has been significant buzz around microservices lately, enough to generate some hype. After implementing heavy and cumbersome SOA solutions for more than a decade, are microservices the solution the industry has been waiting for? Or, are microservices simpler than monolithic solutions?

Scalability in a Reactive World

by Jan Stenberg on  Apr 28, 2014

We have to maximize locality of reference and minimize contention to make systems scale, Jonas Bonér, creator of the Akka project, stated in a recent presentation about scalability in reactive systems. By using a share nothing architecture, build on an event-driven foundation and adhering to core principles that have been proven to work for ages we can write really scalable systems.

The Performance of Dart 1.3 Is on Par with Node.js

by Abel Avram on  Apr 10, 2014 9

The Google Dart team has announced Dart SDK 1.3 which improves the performance of asynchronous server-side code to the point that Dart VM is on par with Node.js, the later using another Google technology, the V8 engine.

Akka Actors vs. Java EJBs from a High-Level Concurrency Perspective

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 27, 2014 1

There are both commonalities and some differences when comparing architectural principles and coding styles in Akka Actors and Java EE 7 Enterprise JavaBeans, specifically stateless session beans and JMS message-driven beans, Dr Gerald Loeffler concludes in a recent introductory talk when explaining and comparing the three approaches from a high-level concurrency view.

Parse Announces Bolts, a Collection of Low-level Libraries for iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 10, 2014

Parse, acquired by Facebook a few months ago, has recently open-sourced a collection of low-level libraries for Android and iOS collectively called Bolts. According to Parse announcement, Bolts is the outcome of the joint Parse/Facebook effort to consolidate small, low-level utility classes that both companies had already developed on their own.

Pivotal's Reactor Goes GA

by Dan Woods on  Nov 13, 2013

This week, Pivotal released version 1.0 of its project Reactor for general availability. Reactor provides low-level abstractions for an event-driven, reactive programming model, and is a component member of the Spring IO Platform in its "IO Foundation" layer.

ORM Profiler v1.5 with Entity Framework 6 and Async Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 11, 2013

ORM Profiler v1.5 has been released with support for Entity Framework 6 and Async in addition to several improvements and bug fixes.

core.async: A Different Approach to Asynchronous Programming with Clojure and ClojureScript

by Zef Hemel on  Jul 24, 2013

While it has been less than a month since the announcement of the core.async Clojure/ClojureScript library, a number of blog posts have been published describing how to use it effectively to avoid "callback hell" in front-end code, and showing off simple code resulting in some impressive demos.

Windows Azure Service Bus Client SDK with Task Based Asynchronous API

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  May 30, 2013

The recently released Windows Azure Service Bus Client SDK provides support for task based versions of all asynchronous APIs in addition to performance improvements.

Asynchronous Gotchas in C#

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 17, 2013 1

Sometimes the best way to understand pitfalls in one language is to see how another language prevents them. Tomas Petricek, author of Real-World Functional Programming, discusses seven common mistakes found in asynchronous C# code and demonstrates how F# makes them less likely to occur.

Atmosphere 1.0: Asynchronous Communication For Java/JavaScript

by Kostis Kapelonis on  Oct 31, 2012

Atmosphere 1.0 is a new Java/Scala/Groovy framework that attempts to abstract asynchronous communication between the web browser and the application server. It transparently supports Web Sockets, HTML5 Server Side events and other application server specific solutions when available, with long polling as a fallback.

Async/Await Now Available for Windows Phone, Silverlight 4

by Jenni Konrad on  Oct 26, 2012

An updated version of the Async Targeting Pack now provides asynchronous features to Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7.5. It also provides Portable Class Libraries targeting any of the supported platforms, including Silverlight 5 and .NET Framework 4.0.

Rx 2.0 Gets .NET 4.0 Support, Handles Absolute Time Better

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 27, 2012

Reactive Extensions 2.0 RC is out and it now supports .NET 4.0 (except few features) along with 4.5. It also has several improvements in the way it deals with time.

Async Features Now Available for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5

by Jenni Konrad on  Apr 30, 2012 5

Microsoft announced the new Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 Beta, which will allow developers to use asynchronous programming features in .NET 4 or Silverlight 5 applications. These features were previously provided in the Async CTP, which is now deprecated.

ReSharper 6.1 Improves Performance, Adds Async Support

by Jenni Konrad on  Dec 16, 2011 1

ReSharper 6.1 promises to alleviate many performance problems with ReSharper 6 in Visual Studio 2010. In addition to bugfixes, the pre-release includes new features such as the async/await keywords, an updated settings engine, and experimental support for Visual Studio 11.

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