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Google on the Technical Debt of Machine Learning

by Mikio Braun on  Jan 15, 2015

A number of Google researchers and engineers presented their view on the technical debt of using machine learning at a NIPS workshop. They identified different aspects of technical debt and came to the conclusion that without proper care, using machine learning or complex data analysis in your company can induce new kinds of technical debt different from classical software engineering.

Service Discovery with Consul

by Carlos Sanchez on  Jan 13, 2015

HashiCorp Consul is a solution for service discovery and configuration, designed to run distributed, highly available and scalable to thousands of nodes.

Apache Spark 1.2.0 Supports Netty-based Implementation, High Availability and Machine Learning APIs

by Rags Srinivas on  Jan 07, 2015

Apache Spark 1.2.0 was released with Netty-based implementation, High Availability and Machine Learning APIs. It represents the work of 172 contributors from over 60 institutions and comprises more than 1000 patches. InfoQ talks with Patrick Wendell, a Spark committer and PMC member.

Alex Bordei on Scaling NoSQL Databases

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 30, 2014

Network performance, virtualization and testing are some of the considerations to address performance and scalability issues with NoSQL databases. Alex Bordei wrote about scaling NoSQL databases and tips for increasing performance when using these data stores.

Shippable Launches Version 2.0 Leveraging Docker-Based Applications

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Dec 30, 2014 1

Shippable recently announced its new platform in the virtualization space, which now supports containerized workflows

State of the Art in Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 29, 2014 1

Moving to Continuous Delivery and speeding things up, the rate of change have increased at the same time as the cost, size and risk of change has reduced, an DevOps and agile transformation, and a containerization that is very compelling for businesses of nowadays, Adrian Cockcroft explained in his keynote at the recent Docker conference in Amsterdam.

Atlas Workflow and Vagrant Push

by João Miranda on  Dec 24, 2014

Atlas is a new product from Hashicorp, whose main goal is to unify the workflow of moving applications from development to production, by leveraging the suite of open source tools that Hashicorp's been releasing over the years. These include Vagrant, Packer, Terraform and Consul. Atlas rests on the immutable infrastructure principle, meaning you deploy to production entire machine images.

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.

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