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ASP.NET vNext Projects Get Simpler

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 22, 2014

ASP.NET vNext alpha3 was released along with the Visual Studio "14" CTP3. Several interesting changes are around ASP.NET projects - simpler project files, ability to specify build event handlers, cleaner source folders and more.

research2guidance: The Most Preferred Cross-platform Tools

by Abel Avram on  Aug 22, 2014

research2guidance has published a study (PDF) comparing the top 40 cross-platform (CP) tools by asking 2,188 developers from 5 continents to name and rate their satisfaction with the tools they are using.

Mono 3.6 Delivers Improved Debugger

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 22, 2014

Mono 3.6 has been released, and features an improved debugger, several bug fixes, and Nuget for Mac users.

Lyft Replaces Puppet with SaltStack

by João Miranda on  Aug 22, 2014 3

Lyft, a "ridesharing" start-up, replaced Puppet with SaltStack as its infrastructure configuration management tool. Ansible was the other contender as Ryan Lane, a Lyft engineer, explained in his recent article. In the end, SaltStack came on top when Lyft considered each tool's ease of use, maturity, performance and the surrounding community.

CoreOS Launches the CoreOS Enterprise Registry

by Carlos Sanchez on  Aug 21, 2014

CoreOS has announced the acquisition of Quay.io and the launch of the CoreOS Enterprise Registry, a private, behind-the-firewall Docker registry, based on Quay.io hosted service.

Managing Agile Teams with Project Managers

by Ben Linders on  Aug 21, 2014

Adopting agile in organizations usually impacts the role and activities of project managers. Scrum offers the possibility for project managers to become Scrum masters or product owners. Project managers can also adopt their way of working and the things they do to work together with Scrum masters and agile teams.

ORTC and the Future of WebRTC

by Abel Avram on  Aug 21, 2014

The first stable ORTC (Object RTC) specification is out. The questions is how is it going to impact WebRTC?

Joda-Time 2.4 - New Methods, Improved Concurrency and Performance

by Bienvenido David on  Aug 20, 2014

The Joda-Time 2.4 date and time Java library has been released. It's the first Joda-Time release for 2014, and it contains enhancements, bug fixes and a time zone update. No deprecations have been introduced. Joda-Time 2.4 is released under the Apache License Version 2 and requires JDK 5+.

Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC Released

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 20, 2014

Microsoft continues to polish their powerful (and open source) Python Tools for Visual Studio package, which turns their famous IDE into a powerful Python development environment. This plugin does support the Web and Desktop Express editions of VS2013.

Xamarin.Mac and iOS Now Have a Unified API and 64-bit Support

by Abel Avram on  Aug 20, 2014

Xamarin now provides a single API for both Mac OS and iOS for 32-bit and/or 64-bit.

JavaScript Error Recorder Lets Users Report Bugs in Browser

by James Chesters on  Aug 19, 2014

Bogomil Shopov and Robert Nyman have announced The Usersnap Console Recorder, a browsable JavaScript error- and XHR-logs recorder that is free to use for FOSS projects.

Microservices vs Monolithic Applications

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 19, 2014 2

Using microservices is one way of breaking up a monolithic application to gain increased decoupling, separation of concerns and fast deployment but it’s not the only or even the best way, Todd Hoff states comparing the two architectural approaches.

Google unveils Mesa - Geo-Replicated Near-Realtime Scalable Data Warehouse

by Matt Kapilevich on  Aug 19, 2014

Google has unveiled their new data-warehouse called Mesa. Mesa is a system that scales across multiple data centers and processes petabytes of data, while being able to respond to queries in sub-second time and maintain ACID properties.

APIs.json: Publishing and Discovering APIs

by Abel Avram on  Aug 19, 2014 1

APIs.json lets domains make their APIs public and discoverable by search engines.

Thoughts on Unit Testing vs Ad-hoc Testing with Asynchronous Code

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 18, 2014

One of the interesting features of the Task + async/await pattern is that you can easily decorate the results of any operation. Lucian Wischik of Microsoft shows how to take advantage of this in order to make your end-to-end testing more robust.

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