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Microsoft Azure G-Series VMs are Generally Available

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 26, 2015

Azure’s beefy, powerful G-series VM types are now available in East US 2 region.

Java 8 Auto-Update, Java 7 End of Public Update

by Bienvenido David on  Jan 26, 2015 1

Oracle has started auto-updating JRE 7 to JRE 8. Auto-update was turned on in January 20, 2015 and affects Windows 32-bit and OS X users who use Java's auto-update mechanism. This is not a silent upgrade and requires user permission. JRE 8 was released on March 2014 and has been the default version on Java.com since October 2014.

Leveraging Nashorn at Netflix

by Matt Raible on  Jan 26, 2015 1

Netflix recently hosted the Silicon Valley Java User Group to talk about Nashorn, "The Hidden Weapon of JDK 8." In this presentation the Netflix Partner Tools team described how they’ve started leveraging JavaScript in their services.

Feedback Cycles in Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2015

In agile software development feedback plays an important role. Many are aware how feedback supports dealing with changing requirements and adjusting the way of working in teams with retrospectives. But there is more that feedback can do in agile. “An effective feedback cycle in Scrum is more than having sprints and doing retrospectives” says Kris Philippaerts.

Google Shares its Views on Containers

by João Miranda on  Jan 26, 2015

The Google Cloud Platform team started an article series to share its views on container, leveraging their 10-year experience on the technology. Google's first two articles provide an overview of the topic. They explain the rationale behind container clusters and their defining traits. Along the way, they show how it all applies to Kubernetes.

vCloud Air Gets Disaster Recovery, Pay-Per-Use and Advanced Networking Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 25, 2015

VMware has announced the availability of enhanced disaster recovery, advanced networking services and on-demand pricing of its hybrid cloud platform.

Don’t Share Code Between Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 25, 2015 8

Reasons for building microservices are often about using isolation as a means to handle change. Sharing code between services couples your services to each other reducing the effectiveness of the isolation and the ability to handle change, David Dawson writes in a series of blog posts questioning the Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY) principle in connection with microservices.

.NET API Review Part 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 23, 2015

This is part 2 of our analysis of the .NET API review meeting for January 14th. This report covers HashSet, RegEx, Process.Start, Immutable collections, and BitVector32.

The State of Testing in 2015

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2015

The state of testing survey 2015 aims to provide insight in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. Ongoing developments have impact on testing, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the adoption of agile where developers and testers collaborate in teams and competencies become more important than roles and titles.

Using the "Worse is Better" Concept with Agile and Lean

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2015

Less functionality can make a better product according to the “Worse is Better” concept described 25 years ago by Richard P. Gabriel. According to Kevlin Henney and Frank Buschmann we can learn from the worse is better concept for development and architecture with agile and lean.

Fastlane Brings Continuous Deployment to iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 23, 2015

Fastlane is a suite of tools that aim at automating the iOS app release process and provide "a fully working Continuous Deployment process" that can be triggered by running a single command. Interview with fast lane's creator, Felix Krause.

Xamarin Releases Unified iOS/Mac API with 64-Bit Support

by Matt McComb on  Jan 22, 2015

amarin last week announced version 8.6 of its iOS SDK (Xamarin.iOS), the first non-beta release to include the company's Unified API for iOS and Mac. The Unified API replaces the 32-bit MonoTouch and MonoMac APIs, enabling code re-use across both platforms and adding 64-bit support.

AWS Release EC2 Auto Recovery Feature in US East Region

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 22, 2015

AWS released a new EC2 auto recovery feature in the US East (N. Virgina) region, which is designed to increase instance availability by automatically recovering supported instances when a system impairment is detected.

Apache Flink 0.8.0 Released, Roadmap for 2015 Published

by Mikio Braun on  Jan 22, 2015

Apache Flink has released the version 0.8.0 of their project. Besides the usual performance, compatibility, and stability improvements, it has also added a streaming Scala API, where streaming capabilities had so far been missing. Apache Flink has also been promoted to the top-level of the Apache projects recently after joining the incubator roughly nine months ago.

Achieving a Learning Culture that Support Scaling Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jan 22, 2015

When you want to scale agile you have to view it as “a way of doing things, a mindset and a culture for the whole company” says Christoph Mathis. To scale agile you need to change the culture to achieve a learning organization.

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