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Is Unhedged Call Options a Better Metaphor for Bad Code?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 24, 2014

In a blog post on bad code and technical debt Steve Freeman described how Chris Matts came up with the metaphor of an unhedged call option for bad code. This post is being intensively discussed on Reddit and on Hacker News recently. InfoQ interviewed Steve and Chris about using metaphors for bad code and code smells, trade-offs and costs of low quality code, and responsibilities for code quality.

Pulp 2.5 Released Including Docker Repository Management

by Carlos Sanchez on  Dec 23, 2014

Pulp is a repository content management tool, supporting RPM, Debian, Puppet modules, and now Docker repositories amongst other content. The project has released version 2.5, including bug fixes and a new plugin to manage Docker repositories.

Splunk Enterprise 6.2 Supports Instant Pivot and Enhanced Event Pattern Detection

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 21, 2014

The latest version of big data analytics tools Splunk Enterprise and Hunk support instant pivot, enhanced event pattern detection, and prebuilt dashboard panels. Splunk Inc., provider of the software platform for operational intelligence, recently announced the general availability (GA) of version 6.2 of Splunk Enterprise and Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop and NoSQL Data Stores.

New and Interesting on ThoughtWorks Radar Jan 2015

by Abel Avram on  Dec 19, 2014 2

ThoughtWorks has published a digital preview of the January 2015 radar, providing opinion on techniques, tools, platforms and languages and taking a snapshot of the current trends in software technology.

Splice Machine Version 1.0 Supports Integration with Hadoop and Analytic Window Functions

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 18, 2014

Splice Machine version 1.0 supports analytic window functions and integration with Hadoop ecosystem. Splice Machine team recently released their Hadoop based RDBMS data management solution that can be used for transactional workloads on Hadoop.

Google Open Sources Cloud Dataflow Java SDK

by Abel Avram on  Dec 18, 2014

Google announced earlier this year their Cloud Dataflow, a service and SDK for processing large amounts of data in batches or real time. Now they have open sourced the Dataflow Java SDK, enabling developers to see how it works and possibly use the SDK for services running on-premises or in other clouds.

LinkedIn Open Sources Cubert With an Eye To Big Data Analytics

by Alex Giamas on  Dec 17, 2014

LinkedIn recently open sourced Cubert, its High Performance Computation Engine for Complex Big Data Analytics. Cubert is a framework written for analysts and data scientists in mind.Developed completely in Java and expressed as a scripting language, Cubert is designed for complex joins and aggregations that frequently arise in the reporting world.

Q&A with Patrick Debois and Kris Buytaert on 5 Years of DevOps Days

by Carlos Sanchez on  Dec 17, 2014

DevOps Days has celebrated 5 years since the initial conference in Ghent in 2009. With events in Helsinki, Vancouver and Tel Aviv just in the month of November, the DevOps Days series has taken place across multiple cities all over the world in these 5 years. InfoQ talked to Patrick Debois and Kris Buytaert, part of the team that organized the first event 5 years ago.

State of On-Call Survey

by João Miranda on  Dec 17, 2014

VictorOps published the results of its survey on the state of on-call activities, which it claims to be the first of its kind. The survey includes data about the challenges of being on-call, the way those who are on-call get notified, the tools they use to support incident resolution, the prevalence of false alarms, the average time of each incident resolution and more.

Agile View of Big Data

by Savita Pahuja on  Dec 16, 2014

An agile view of Big Data, wherein data is viewed as a real time stream, offers a new look at how data is managed. Using an agile data infrastructure, organizations can conquer Big Data challenges with a level of ease, flexibility and performance. White paper by codeFutures describes the Agile view of Big Data.

Gobblin, LinkedIn's Unified Data Ingestion Platform

by Mikio Braun on  Dec 15, 2014

At the 2014 QCon San Francisco conference, LinkedIn's Lin Qiao gave a talk on their Gobblin project (also summarized in a blog post) that is a unified data ingestion system for their internal and external data sources.

Docker Releases Versions 1.4.0 and 1.3.3 with Critical Security Fixes

by Carlos Sanchez on  Dec 15, 2014

The Docker project has released version 1.4.0 and 1.3.3 focused on bug fixes and platform stability, and addressing some critical security issues found in previous versions.

SysAdvent: DevOps Yearly Review And a Bit of History

by João Miranda on  Dec 13, 2014

Every December, the SysAdvent community publishes twenty-five articles, one per day until Christmas. The articles touch on a broad set of DevOps topics, ranging from low-level sysadmin tools to people and process issues. SysAdvent 2014 is now underway with twelve articles already published. Each SysAdvent acts like a yearly snapshot, making it possible to follow DevOps history over the years.

Canonical Launches a Stripped Down Version of Ubuntu for Cloud

by Janakiram MSV on  Dec 11, 2014 2

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution on the cloud launched a lightweight cloud-optimised version of the OS called Snappy Ubuntu Core.

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