Last week, Microsoft delivered the first technical preview of Microsoft Azure Stack – a product that promises to let organizations run Azure services in their own data centers. This represents the third attempt by Microsoft to deliver a local Azure experience, but the first one that’s faithful to the public cloud experience and targeted at a mass audience.
At the Agile Practitioners 2016 conference Huib Schoots talked about testability. He stated that low testability, anything that makes our software hard to test, slows teams down, and explored how testability can be increased.
Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a customer loyalty metric used to determine the likelihood that a customer will return to a company's website or use their service again. Airbnb uses NPS extensively in measuring the customer loyalty, as a more effective measurement to determine the likelihood that a customer will return to book again or recommend the company to their friends.
Proper implementation of feature toggles based on a categorisation of their longevity and dynamism helps dealing with their operational complexity according to Pete Hodgson, consultant at ThoughtWorks. In his post he expands Martin Fowler's FeatureToggle pattern and proposes Release, Ops, Experiment and Permission Toggle implementation strategies.
Although development has only started, Google has announced their first commits of Git Ketch, a multi-master Git management system that replicates information across multiple Git servers for resilience and scalability. The changes are based on JGit, a Java-based Git server, although other Git servers may be part of the multi-master cluster.
Version 2 of the Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) tool SpecFlow supports parallel test execution and adds support for xUnit 2.0 and NUnit 3.0. As well as an upgrade of all components to .Net 4.5 it’s also upgraded to the new Gherkin3 parser, now used across nearly all Cucumber tools.
In a recent post on the "swift-evolution" mailing list, Swift creator Chris Lattner outlined a few criteria that will guide Swift 3 definition and made clear that it will bring disruptive changes.
Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) separates the part that changes the state from the part that queries the state in an application. Axon is a Java framework implementing the building blocks of CQRS to help in when building CQRS applications, Dadepo Aderemi, writes in a series of blog post explaining CQRS by building a small demo application based on the Axon Framework.
Secret management is a difficult problem in a distributed and scalable environment. Chef-vault is a Chef tool built on top of encrypted data bags that eliminates the need to share the decryption key with all users and nodes of an infrastructure.
Following the recent news about its South Korea region reaching general availability, Amazon has announced its plans to enter the Canadian market in 2016.
Kevin Lacker, Parse Co-founder, announced that the Facebook-owned DBaaS platform will wind down its operation to be fully retired at the end of January 2017. This announcement gave rise to many complaints from developers, yet Facebook is trying to make the transition easy and several alternatives are available.
Ansible Inc. has recently released Ansible v2.0. With this version the company makes a great refactoring effort while trying to maintain backwards compatibility with existing playbooks. The announcement includes improvements like handling exceptions in blocks, bringing new strategies when executing different tasks or improving connection with other services through modules.
San Francisco-based programmer Edgar Aroutiounian has recently created a package for OCamliOS, an OCaml cross-compiler for iOS recently made available by Jeffrey A. Scofield that should eventually be merged into the official OCaml compiler. InfoQ has spoken with Aroutiounian.
A survey revealed that more than 75% of IT decision makers are interested in running stateful applications like databases inside containers.
Oracle has announced that it will deprecate the Java browser plugin as part of the JDK 9 release now expected in 2017. The deprecated technology will be completely removed from the Oracle Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in a future Java release, but Oracle is yet to indicate which one.