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Apple Rebuilds Siri Backend Services Using Apache Mesos

by Daniel Bryant on  May 03, 2015

Apple have announced that the company’s popular Siri iOS-based intelligent personal assistant is powered on the backend by Apache Mesos, the open source cluster manager. The Mesosphere blog states that Apple have created a proprietary PaaS-like scheduler framework named J.A.R.V.I.S., which allows developers to deploy Siri services in a scalable and fault-tolerant manner.

Alexey Pikulev Describes Team Trust Constellations Exercise

by Savita Pahuja on  May 01, 2015 1

Alexey Pikulev, business agility coach at Unusual Concepts describes team trust constellations exercise in his recent blog. This exercise is based on the concept of Systematic Constellations.

Reducing Technical Debt with SonarQube and Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  May 01, 2015 2

Java developers have long been able to use SonarQube to measure and analylize their code base for technical debt. Now C# developers using can benefit from this tool thanks to its improved cooperation with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.

Azure Logic Apps

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Historically working with BizTalk has been overly difficult. Once you get past very simple scenarios, the learning curve for BizTalk was so steep that most developers didn’t even bother trying. They would either hack something together or just skip BizTalk entirely and just use purely custom code. Azure App Logic seeks to correct this problem with a new approach.

Code Aware Libraries with Roslyn

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Code Aware Libraries are “libraries that provide guidance on correct use through embedded tooling and operates on the user’s code in real time.”

Universal Programs and API Contracts

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Historically, creating universal or “run anywhere” applications meant restricting yourself to the lowest common denominator. New features can’t be used until all devices support it, which may be never depending on your customer base. In the Windows 10 vision, that isn’t going to be the case.

C# Futures: Extension Properties and More

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

The next proposal in our C# Futures series considers the possibility of offering extension fields. This in turn would allow for extension properties and extension events.

CoreOS Launches Monitored Google-Style Infrastructure

by Guillermo Beltri on  May 01, 2015 1

CoreOS has released Tectonic, a new product created from the aggregation of the CoreOS stack and the Google Kubernetes platform. Tectonic packages up different container technology and puts an UI on top of containers which includes a management console, an integrated registry and other tools to automate deployment.

New F12 Developer Tools for the New Microsoft Edge

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft's new web browser, Edge, comes with new F12 developer tools built in TypeScript.

Deep Dive into Universal Applications

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015 2

Developing Universal Applications require an understanding of .NET Native, their “compiler in the cloud” that allows one application to run on a variety of devices with paying for JIT compilation.

Entity Framework 7: New Platforms and New Data Stores

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

Entity Framework was created solely for working with relational data on the full version of .NET. In EF 7, neither of those statements is true.

Compiling Objective-C into C++ with Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

While there were rumors that Microsoft would be adopting Android for the Windows 10 platform, no one expected the announcement that iOS applications would also be adopted. This is made possible, by combining C2 with Clang.

Enhancements for C2, the Compiler Behind VC++ and Native .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

Most developers don’t know much about C2, but it is a vital part of the Windows development lifecycle. It acts as the backend compiler for Visual C++, .NET natively compiled code, compiled T-SQL, and Objective-C on Windows.

Dan North Asks for Real World BDD Examples

by Jan Stenberg on  Apr 30, 2015

During a panel discussion about Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) at this year’s CukeUp 2015 conference Dan North came up with an idea of a community-curated resource for everyone interested in BDD with examples, adaptions, scenarios as well as experience reports and common practises and links to other external resources.

Quick Take: Build 2015 Day 2 Keynote

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft's Build continued today with demonstrations on what modern Windows 10 apps can do and how developers can quickly bring their existing apps to the platform.

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