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Windows Server 2008 & 2012 Are Now GA on GCE

by Abel Avram on  Jul 24, 2015

After being more than a year in beta, Google has graduated the Windows Server running on Compute Engine (GCE) to General Availability. The versions supported are Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition, and they plan to add support for Windows Server 2016 and Nano in the future.

ASP.NET 5 Support for Visual Studio Application Insights

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jul 23, 2015

Microsoft has released an SDK for its monitoring platform Visual Studio Application Insights that brings support for ASP.NET 5. Application Insights is divided into two main components; the Azure portal is where the data is displayed and the SDK provides the API to send telemetry events.

IBM to Open Source 50 Projects

by Abel Avram on  Jul 23, 2015

IBM has announced a new web portal called developerWorks Open, bringing together various projects they are open sourcing. The projects cover many domains including Analytics, Cloud, IoT, Mobile, Security, Social, Watson and others. So far, IBM has open sourced about 30 projects, and they plan to increase the number up to 50 by the end of the year, and others may come in the future.

Visual Studio 2013 Update 5

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 23, 2015 2

Developers who are still using VS2013 will find that new update has been made available this week, coinciding with the launch of VS2015. While mostly containing bug fixes, expanded Team Project rename support is included in Update 5.

Q&A with Jeff Sutherland on Agile Leadership

by Ben Linders on  Jul 23, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Jeff Sutherland about the problems that larger organizations have when adopting Scrum, how they can increase their capability for handling impediments, improving agile leadership, what Scrum masters can do to help teams to become agile, and his advice to managers when their organization is implementing Scrum.

Reaction to the Scrum Alliance Trademark Application for Scrum User Group

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 23, 2015 1

In 2009 the Scrum Alliance registered a trademark application to register the term "Scrum User Group" as a protected trademark. Ken Schwaber, one of the original founders of the Scrum Alliance, has written a blog in which he objects strenuously to this move, and has asked for the community to respond to the move, with the possibility of filing an expensive legal challenge.

JRuby 9000 Released Featuring Ruby 2.2 Compatibility

by Victor Grazi on  Jul 22, 2015

JRuby released version 9000, the ninth release of the popular implementation of Ruby for the Java Virtual Machine. InfoQ speaks to Charles Oliver Nutter co-lead of the JRuby project and senior engineer at Red Hat about the release and about Ruby in general.

AWS Device Farm Enables Cloud Testing for Android and Fire OS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 22, 2015

Amazon has introduced its new AWS Device Farm, a mobile test farm targeting the Android and Fire OS ecosystem that provides a growing collection of more than 200 unique environments, says Amazon, and integration with major testing automation frameworks and CI systems.

ASP.NET 5: Three More Betas Planned

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 22, 2015

The roadmap for ASP.NET 5 includes three more betas between now and November’s release candidate. And that’s after dropping Visual Basic, SingalR 3, and Web Pages 4 from the list.

Performance Improves in .NET 4.6

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 22, 2015 1

.NET 4.6 comes with several CLR features to improve performance. Some are automatically enabled, others such as SIMD and Async Local Storage require changes to how you write your applications.

Kubernetes v1 Released, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation Formed

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 21, 2015

Google have released Kubernetes v1, a production-ready version of the open source container orchestration system. The Linux Foundation, in combination with multiple industry partners, have also announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which aims to advance the state-of-the-art for building cloud and container native applications.

Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 RTM Available

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 21, 2015 1

The long awaited official releases of .NET 4.6 and Visual Studio 2015 are now available. Exhibiting Microsoft's renewed focus on producing a compelling developer tool regardless of application target, VS2015 supports iOS and Android development in addition to the expected Windows family.

New Features for ASP.NET 5 and MVC 6

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 21, 2015

While most of the buzz has been about ASP.NET 5 and the cross-platform execution engine, MVC, Microsoft’s preferred UI and web service framework, is also seeing many changes. The most important being the unification of MVC, Web API, and Web Pages.

Mozilla Blocks Flash, Encourages HTML5 Adoption

by James Chesters on  Jul 20, 2015

Mozilla is encouraging developers towards HTML5 and JavaScript and away from Flash, after it blocked the plugin in browsers amid security concerns. Following Adobe's advice that two critical vulnerabilities would potentially allow attackers to take control of affected systems, Mark Schmidt, Firefox's head of support, announced the move on Twitter.

Clojure 1.7 Introduces Transducers, Improves Cross-platform Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 20, 2015

Transducers and reader conditionals are the two most important new features in Clojure 1.7, says Cognitect’s Alex Miller. Transducers aim to enable composable algorithmic transformations on different kinds of collections, while reader conditionals can be used to improve Clojure portability across the JVM and JavaScript platforms.

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