Remembering that automation is a side benefit and not the reason for BDD is one improvement to more closely follow the recommendations of BDD thought leaders, Joe Colantonio explains noticing six ways of improving work with a BDD mindset.
Oracle has started discussions to create a plan for the removal of sun.misc.Unsafe. Despite being part of an unsupported, proprietary API, this class is widely used by a number of popular tools due to its ability to provide low-level access to memory management. For this reason, Oracle is engaging with the community to create a supported alternative.
VisionMobile has published the Developer Economics: State of the Developer Nation Q3 2015 survey, observing that most developers are male and young, Windows leads on the desktop followed by the browser, developers like to keep their code in private clouds and they make most of the money from cloud services.
Git 2.5 is a major feature release that includes worktrees, improved triangular workflows, better performance, and countless improvements and fixes.
Two more significant bugs have been found when using RyuJIT and .NET 4.6. Code recompilation is not necessary to experience the effects, merely running existing code on RyuJIT (which ships in .NET 4.6 and is enabled by default) will cause severe problems.
The FCC has introduced ‘software security requirements’ obliging WiFi device manufacturers to “ensure that only properly authenticated software is loaded and operating the device”. This could become an early battle in ‘The war on general purpose computing’ as many smartphones and Internet of Things devices contain WiFi router capabilities that would be covered by the same rules.
It is obvious that open source is much used today and plays an important role in many organizations, but how used is it in large enterprises? This question has been addressed in a recent study called The Open Source Era, conducted by Oxford Economics, a venture with Oxford University dedicated to forecasting and quantitative analysis, and WIPRO, an IT, consulting and outsourcing company.
Olaf Lewitz gave a keynote about Integral Quality at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. InfoQ asked Lewitz about quality attributes, what causes poor quality software, the relationship between the structure and culture of the organization and software quality and about clarifying intent and increasing trust.
Snowflake Computing has announced the general availability of their Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse, a software as a service offering that provides a SQL data warehouse on top of Amazon Web Services.
At WWDC 2015, Apple engineers Doug Gregor and Bill Dudney reviewed Swift’s support for value types and explained how it can be used to build better apps by providing a flexible approach to immutability.
Phaser 2.4 is an "epic release" featuring a new video component updates, enhancements and fixes. Where 2.3 didn't have support for video files, creator Richard Davey says 2.4 not only introduces this support, but does so in a way that they can easily be used in games.
Microsoft has released TypeScript 1.5, dramatically improving ES6 transpilation capabilities.
StackExchange developers Nick Craver and Marc Gravell have reported a critical bug that affects all users and developers who have installed .NET 4.6. Once .NET 4.6 is installed, the new RyuJIT compiler is set active by default which exposes users to a serious flaw during their program's execution.
Oracle released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0. It supports Paravirtualization for Windows and Linux guests, offers improved CPU utilization, supports USB 3.0, enables bi-directional Drag and drop, and lets you encrypt your disk images. It works seamlessly with current versions of Vagrant.
CoreOS Inc, have released Tectonic Preview, a commercial container infrastructure offering that supports the recently released Kubernetes v1.0, CoreOS, Docker and rkt. CoreOS also announced that the inaugural 'Tectonic Summit' conference will be run within New York in December.