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CockroachDB: A Scalable, Geo-Replicated, Transactional Datastore

by Benjamin Darfler on  Aug 29, 2014

The team behind CockroachDB, an open source datastore project, has recently announced its initial alpha version. Inspired by Google’s Spanner project, CockroachDB aims to address the current lack of an open source, scalable, geo-replicated, ACID compliant database.

Heroku’s HTTP API Design Guide

by Abel Avram on  Aug 29, 2014 1

Wesley Beary, a member of the API team at Heroku, has compiled a list of guidelines for creating HTTP+JSON APIs presented in a condensed form here.

Microsoft Introduces NoSQL Document Database for Microsoft Azure

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 29, 2014

Microsoft may be synonymous with relational databases thanks to their flagship SQL Server product, but a new NoSQL offering looks to change that. Last week, Microsoft announced the preview of DocumentDB, a cloud-hosted managed document database with deep JavaScript support and features like automatic indexing and transactions.

New Device Mode in Google Chrome

by David Iffland on  Aug 29, 2014

In an upcoming Chrome release, Google upgraded DevTools with a new “Device Mode” to enable streamlined device display emulation, media query inspection, and a new network throttling tool. These tools make it easier for developers to emulate various devices and situations that their web page will encounter in the wild.

Puppet-lint 1.0.0 released

by Carlos Sanchez on  Aug 28, 2014

Tim Sharpe has announced the release of Puppet lint 1.0.0, a tool to check that Puppet code conforms to the recommended Puppet style guidelines and find common syntax mistakes, which in this new version includes a plugin system and the capability of automatically fixing the errors amongst other new features and bug fixes.

Inherent Complexity of the Cloud: VS Online Outage Postmortem

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 28, 2014

Running cloud-based always-on systems is inherently complex. Microsoft recently experienced a 5 hour outage with Visual Studio Online, rendering their service unusable to developers. Microsoft's Brian Harry has provided a candid retrospective on what went wrong and how his team his correcting the failure.

Death by Planning in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Aug 28, 2014

Management can get the feeling of losing control when their enterprise adopts agile and starts deploying self-organizing teams. Procedures, review boards and consultation bodies can become superfluous when switching to an agile approach, but they may not realize that, says Marcel Heijmans. Trying to regain control with additional planning can make things worse, causing "death by planning".

Debugging iOS File Corruption at Facebook

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 27, 2014

Facebook engineers Slobodan Predolac and Nicolas Spielberg have recently described how they "solved a long-term mobile debugging problem and reduced the crash rate ... by more than 50 percent." In the process, they show general useful techniques and a few Facebook tools that can help with large, rapidly evolving codebases.

August Patch Tuesday Improves Internet Explorer's Security and Features

by João Paulo Marques on  Aug 27, 2014

In their latest Patch Tuesday, Microsoft issued 9 bulletins covering a total of 37 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) spread across some of their products.

The Future of Scala

by Matt Raible on  Aug 27, 2014 1

The Scala Team recently published a "Scala: Next Steps" article describing the future of the language, and detailing the features of the next three major Scala releases and main goals: to make the language and its libraries simpler to understand, more robust, and better performing.

Microsoft’s new Web Server, Katana, Hits Version 3

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 27, 2014 2

Katana is Microsoft’s stand-alone implementation of the OWIN (Open Interface for .NET) standard. With the release of version 3, Kanata is wholly to the asynchronous model offered by .NET 4.5.

Git 2.1 Released: What's New

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 26, 2014

Two-and-a-half months after Git 2.0, a new version of Git has been released. Though a minor update, the list of new features and improvements is large.

NHibernate Lets Go of Iesi.Collections, Improves Support for SQL Server 2012

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 26, 2014 5

NHibernate 4.0 GA has been released. It comes with .NET 4.0 support, moving away from the Iesi.Collections library, and also supports some SQL Server 2012 features such as sequences and Query Paging.

P5.js Brings Creative Coding to the Masses

by James Chesters on  Aug 26, 2014

Lauren McCarthy has released the first public beta of p5.js, a JavaScript library that wants to make coding accessible for artists, designers, educators, and beginners. p5.js is an offshoot of the Processing visual programming language, and enables non-programmers to write JavaScript code and create visual projects.

IBM: 70% of Enterprises Are Using Big Data, Cloud, Mobile and Social

by Abel Avram on  Aug 26, 2014 3

With Raising the game - The IBM Business Tech Trends Study (PDF) IBM has evaluated the current adoption landscape of 4 key technologies in the enterprise: Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile and Social, comparing today’s adoption with 2012’s and Pacesetters against Dabblers.

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