During Build 2014, Microsoft renewed its commitment to the long ignored .NET Micro Framework. This very lightweight version of .NET can be found in for very small devices such as the open source electronics platform Netduino. But the .NET Micro is rather limited, even basic functionality such as accessing REST based resources requires help from people like Daniel Stegmaier of the mfRCF project.
PhoneGap has released PhoneGap Developer App, a tool for testing apps during development, bypassing the whole SDK and the need for compiling or signing the code. LiveReload with GapReload can do the same thing.
With the software update announced last week, Microsoft nearly closed the gap between it and other leading Platform-as-a-Service offerings. With refined pricing, free SSL support, global DNS load balancing, and the introduction of Java support, Azure Web Sites appears to be a strong competitor for Heroku, Google App Engine, OpenShift Online, Cloud Bees, and Engine Yard.
Express.JS, the Node.js web application framework, recently released version 4.0, with router improvements and removed bundled middleware,; but the team say they currently have "no major plans” for future releases.
Google has announced that its Andromeda network virtualization stack is now live in two Google Compute Engine (GCE) zones (us-central1-b and europe-west1-a) with other zones being migrated in coming months. Andromeda offers significant performance improvements without requiring any reconfiguration by Google Cloud users.
OpenSSL's Heartbleed vulnerability has brought the project under the intense scrutiny of the OpenBSD development team. The team began a massive cleanse and repair of the OpenSSL codebase last week with impressive results.
The step-by-step app creation tools provided by backend services such as StackMob enable developers to create mobile apps that they would not otherwise be technically proficient enough to produce. With Stackmob gone, app developers may be searching for a replacement.Here's a look at some of the remaining options for those and other developers looking to find a mobile backend service provider.
Typesafe has announced the early preview of Akka Streams, an open source implementation of the Reactive Streams draft specification using an Actor-based implementation. Reactive Streams is an initiative to provide a standard for asynchronous stream processing with non-blocking back pressure on the JVM. Back pressure in needed to make sure the data producer doesn't overwhelm the data consumer.
The Internet of Things, Web APIs and Big Data will make continuous development a necessary reality and will tie developers down with maintenance work on completed applications, says Andrew Binstock of Dr. Dobbs. In that case, short sprints, continuous integration and deployment and modern programming practices are even more important to ensure a developer's time is better utilized.
The database source control and deployment system DBmaestro now offers SQL Server support. This tool, which is also available for Oracle, is designed to be used in environments where multiple instances of a database exist in development, QA, and staging branches that need to be kept in sync with source code changes.
DataBricks, the company behind Apache Spark, has announced a new addition into the Spark ecosystem called Spark SQL. Spark SQL is separate from Shark, and does not use Hive under the hood. InfoQ reached out to Reynold Xin and Michael Armbrust, software engineers at DataBricks, to learn more about Spark SQL.
Cloudera recently released the latest version of its software distribution, CDH5. Almost 20 months after the last major version, CDH4 seems like ages in the Big Data world. We take a look at new features this release brings and the future direction of Cloudera after the latest round of investment from Intel and Google Ventures.
Mozilla and Unity recently announced they have joined forces to bring Unity's popular game engine to the web using WebGL standard and Mozilla’s asm.js.
Hadoop 2.4.0 was recently released with several enhancements to both HDFS and YARN. This includes support for Access Control Lists, Native support for Rolling upgrades, Full HTTPS support for HDFS, Automatic failover of YARN and other operational improvements
jQuery will drop support for Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 "somewhere in 2015", jQuery Foundation president Dave Methvin stated on the official jQuery blog last week. This change will go hand in hand with the release of jQuery 1.13. The release 1.12 will be the last one with official support for the named versions of Microsoft's default browser for Windows.