Ruby’s creator announced the move to generational garbage collection in Ruby 2.1 in what is expected to be an important performance boost for the language. The announcement took place during Barcelona Ruby Conference where Ruby’s GC was singled out as a major pain point in large scale Ruby deployments.
One blog of note that is furthering the efforts of today’s mobile application developers can be found at the OpenSignal web site. Their recent Android Fragmentation Visualized report offers some unique perspectives on the challenges of writing Android apps.
The recently released Jelastic 1.9.2 includes support for GIT, SVS, PHP 5.5 in addition to an ability to access database servers using FTP and FTPs. It also include automatic MongoDB backup scheduling including the ability to deploy PHP projects from GIT repository.
The OSGi Alliance has published their draft specifications onto GitHub, allowing non-OSGi members to see the process that goes behind a specification for the first time, and allowing them to be involved in commenting and suggesting improvements before the specification goes live. Read on for more information about where to find these specifications.
"Don't version unless you absolutely must, and it is rare that you absolutely must" says Mike Amundsen in a series of API design workshops he held recently. Amundsen describes the "USE" paradigm for API design focussing on usability, scalability and evolvability. He describes the three most common styles of API implementation and how they compare to these principles.
Opscode has just announced Enterprise Chef with new capabilities for automating configuration of Microsoft Windows, networking and storage. Enterprise Chef will be the successor to Private Chef and Hosted Chef as Opscode's new offering to provide the capabilities for configuring entire infrastructures.
In the beginning of MBaaS, there was StackMob. Since then the mobile ecosystem has become flooded with competitors in this new approach to app dynamics. InfoQ takes a closer look at the Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) provider StackMob and its privacy practices.
The recently released Isolator V7.4 by Typemock includes SmartRunner, Keyboard Shortcuts, GetTimesCalled API with support for re-running and re-debugging. The new release also provides an ability to test legacy code.
Niek Bartholomeus recently finishing composing a four post DevOps focused blog series about leading the implementation of configuration management and release management in a traditional enterprise. Niek covers the theory of DevOps, then an analysis of the problems with software delivery within a traditional enterprise, and finally the application of specific DevOps practices.
With the migration of Eclipse repositories to Git, the Eclipse Foundation is looking to make it easier for people to contribute code via enabling a Contributor License Agreement and facilitating projects to be hosted on GitHub to take advantage of social features.
Codice Software, maker of Plastic SCM, have added Java support to the beta of their 3-way code-aware merge tool, SemanticMerge.
"To avoid the confusion caused by renumbering releases", Oracle has announced that it is adopting a new numbering scheme for JDK 5.0, JDK 6 and JDK 7. "The next Limited Update for JDK 7 will be numbered 7u40, and the next 3 CPUs after that will be numbered 7u45, 7u51, and 7u55.”
CloudMunch launched its full-stack DevOps platform - a dashboard of pre-integrated tools for version control, build management, validation, automated testing, deployment and cloud connectors. The company claims its platform significantly simplifies deployment of applications and infrastructure.
Microsoft WebMatrix 3 provides an ability for the developers to create and manage Windows Azure based websites including support for remote editing, Git and TFS source control.
IBM and Opscode are working together to help IBM customers leverage Chef. Additionally Microsoft and Opscode have joined forces to help automate Microsoft's cloud service Azure.