The Apache Software Foundation recently announced the General Availability of Log4j 2.0, containing many performance improvements over its predecessor Log4j 1.x. Years in the making, this release was written from scratch, and gained its inspiration from existing logging solutions such as Log4j 1.x and java.util.logging.
Motorola RhoMobile 5.0 comes with a new licensing model, support for the latest iOS and Android versions, a set of new or improved cloud services – Build, Synchronization, Push Notification –, Zebra Printing support, and others.
As promised, Microsoft has released newly acquired Visual Studio plugin UnityVS for free to developers using any recent paid edition of Visual Studio. This plugin greatly improves developers working with the Unity game development system.
Agile retrospectives are mostly done at the team level or at a project level. What if you need to conduct a retrospective with 50 teams or more? Luke Hohmann describes how a large scale agile transformation project did a huge retrospective to create insight on what was going well and what needed to be improved.
What's new with vendors at Agile 2014?
Puppet Labs recently closed $40 million funding round. Five investors including VMware, Google Ventures and Cisco want the company invest into talent, technology and global expansion. This fifth round nearly doubles the company’s venture capital to $85.5 million. InfoQ has talked to Luke Kanies about growing his company so fast.
The Agile 2014 conference is underway in Orlando, Fl, USA this week. This is the first of a number of news items summarising the offerings from the vendors who are exhibiting at the conference.
Cloud 9 has recently launched a new version of their online IDE. Usually, online developer tools are simpler than their native counterparts, some even refusing to call them IDEs. But Cloud 9 does not want to be just a rich editor, incorporating more and more features of a traditional integrated development environment.
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) recently expanded available password policy rules to enable self-service password rotation. A new credential report provides visibility into the AWS credentials security status. AWS also added logging of AWS Management Console sign-in events to AWS CloudTrail.
Mozilla has released Firefox 31, including the implementation of new ECMAScript 6 features, malware blocking and new features for game developers.
ElasticSearch 1.3.0 has been released. Based on Lucene 4.9, it comes with better aggregation features, some security and scripting improvements, several index performance improvements and more.
Amazon has updated Web Services Mobile SDK with support for iOS, Android and Fire OS. It also introduces several new tools such as Cognito, Mobile Analytics, Kinesis Recorder and S3 Transfer Manager in addition to improvements and bug fixes.
Sam Gluckenheimer opened the Agile 2014 conference with a talk titled "The Journey to Cloud Cadence" in which he discussed the transformationt at Microsoft Developer Division from a waterfallian box product delivery cycle of four years to Agile practices enabling a hybrid SaaS and on-prem business, triweekly delivery of new features in the service, and quarterly delivery for on-premise customers.
InterState is a new programming language and environment aimed at addressing the challenges of writing and reusing user interface code. InterState's creators Stephen Oney, Brad Myers, and Joel Brandt claim in their paper that InterState can help programmers to better understand, navigate, and reuse their GUI components even with complex interfaces involving thousands of objects.
Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (22.214.171.124) is now available and includes the much anticipated “In-memory” feature, along with several other improvements.