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Visual Basic: Back by Popular Demand

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 27, 2015

Once again, Visual Basic has been brought back from the brink of deprecation. Reversing a previous decision, VB will be fully supported in ASP.NET 5 including cross-platform.

The Next Web Europe 2015 Recap Part One

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 27, 2015

The Next Web took place last week in Amsterdam, Netherlands. With more than 3,500 participants, it’s one of the biggest technology conferences in Europe. This recap looks at the most interesting news that came out of the two day conference.

Rust Beyond 1.0: Where It Stands, Where It is Headed

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 27, 2015

As Rust 1.0 official release approaches, Mozilla Research’s Niko Matsakis has set out an initial assessment of priorities for new features to be added to the language in the future. This is meant as a way to trigger a public discussion about the direction that the Rust language should take. InfoQ has spoken with Matsakis.

Chuck Cobb on the Role of an Agile PMO

by Savita Pahuja on  Apr 27, 2015

InfoQ did an interview with Charles about the role of the PMO in an agile organization.

C# Futures: Tuples and Anonymous Structs

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 27, 2015

With C#6 nearing completion, plans are already being laid for C# 7. While nothing is definite yet, they are starting to categorize proposals in terms of “interest and estimated plausibility”. In this series, we’ll be looking at some of the proposals starting with language support for tuples.

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio Supports Remote Sessions, DSC and Workflows

by João Miranda on  Apr 27, 2015

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio is a Visual Studio extension that brings the power of Visual Studio to PowerShell developers. Adam Driscoll, the original creator of this extension, got help from Microsoft over the past couple of months. The result is a new release, v3.0.108, offering 64-bit and remote session support, among other improvements.

Domain-Driven Design the Wrong Way

by Jan Stenberg on  Apr 26, 2015

Applications claimed to have been built using Domain-Driven Design (DDD) in reality often consists of entities or DTOs separating data and logic together with services containing a mix of business and infrastructure logic, Gabriel Schenker states, noting that this also often applies early on to projects building new applications. Lack of knowledge is one major reason for this, Schenker believes.

Scaling Microservices at Gilt with Scala, Docker and AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 26, 2015

At Craft Conference 2015, Adrian Trenaman discussed the evolution of the Gilt.com architecture from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a cloud-based microservice ‘lots of small applications’ platform utilising Scala, Docker and AWS. Trenaman shared both technical and organisational lessons learnt from the past eight years, as Gilt has grown from a startup to a $1B company.

Creating and Maintaining an Effective Coding Culture with Sven Peters

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 25, 2015

Sven Peters presented a guide to creating and maintaining an effective ‘coding culture’ at Craft Conference 2015 in Budapest. Recommendations included, defining and regularly retrospecting on organisational and team values, giving people time to innovate, celebrating success, enabling transparent communications and actions, and ensuring the needs of the customer are constantly in focus.

Mary Poppendieck Discusses Containers, Microservices and Contract Tests

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 25, 2015

At Craft Conference 2015 in Budapest, Mary Poppendieck discussed the ‘new software development game’ and offered advice on how best to utilise containers, microservices and consumer-based contract tests to lower friction and limit risk within software systems.

Hortonworks, IBM and Pivotal to Support Open Data Platform in Their Big Data Solutions

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 24, 2015

Big data vendors Hortonworks, IBM, and Pivotal recently announced that their Hadoop based platform products will use the common Open Data Platform (ODP). They made the announcement at the recent HadoopSummit Europe Conference of the open platform which includes Apache Hadoop 2.6 (HDFS, YARN, and MapReduce) and Apache Ambari software.

WPF Tooling in Blend and Visual Studio 2015

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 24, 2015

A question that keeps coming up is whether or not Blend should be integrated into Visual Studio. The current thought is that it is still better to have separate tools, one focused on UI design tasks and one focused on application development. But that doesn’t mean both can’t be improved.

Chip Childers on Modern Application Architecture and Cloud Native Application Platform

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 23, 2015

Programming frameworks, containers, and application platforms are some of the components that make up the modern application architecture. Chip Childers of Cloud Foundry Foundation spoke at ApacheCon Conference last week about modern application architecture and the cloud native application platform.

Complexity is Outside of the Code with Dan North and Jessica Kerr

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 23, 2015

At Craft Conference in Budapest, Dan North and Jessica Kerr presented a keynote session which cautioned developers that complexity is often found outside of the code. The key messages included: identify and manage areas of complexity; treat learning as a first-class citizen; focus on working to sustainably minimise lead time to business impact; and nurture a supportive team and community.

Web Frameworks Benchmark 2015

by Abel Avram on  Apr 23, 2015 1

We published in 2014 the results of TechEmpower’s benchmark of various web frameworks, a term including web platforms and micro-frameworks. A year later, they have published a new set of results outlining important changes in the performance of top 10 web frameworks.

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