With the software update announced last week, Microsoft nearly closed the gap between it and other leading Platform-as-a-Service offerings. With refined pricing, free SSL support, global DNS load balancing, and the introduction of Java support, Azure Web Sites appears to be a strong competitor for Heroku, Google App Engine, OpenShift Online, Cloud Bees, and Engine Yard.
Typesafe has announced the early preview of Akka Streams, an open source implementation of the Reactive Streams draft specification using an Actor-based implementation. Reactive Streams is an initiative to provide a standard for asynchronous stream processing with non-blocking back pressure on the JVM. Back pressure in needed to make sure the data producer doesn't overwhelm the data consumer.
The Internet of Things, Web APIs and Big Data will make continuous development a necessary reality and will tie developers down with maintenance work on completed applications, says Andrew Binstock of Dr. Dobbs. In that case, short sprints, continuous integration and deployment and modern programming practices are even more important to ensure a developer's time is better utilized.
DataBricks, the company behind Apache Spark, has announced a new addition into the Spark ecosystem called Spark SQL. Spark SQL is separate from Shark, and does not use Hive under the hood. InfoQ reached out to Reynold Xin and Michael Armbrust, software engineers at DataBricks, to learn more about Spark SQL.
Cloudera recently released the latest version of its software distribution, CDH5. Almost 20 months after the last major version, CDH4 seems like ages in the Big Data world. We take a look at new features this release brings and the future direction of Cloudera after the latest round of investment from Intel and Google Ventures.
Matias Duarte, Head of Design at Android, has recently held an interview on software design during Accel Design Conference 2014 underlining the need for a shift in software design approach from separate apps made for different devices to one app for multiple screens.
In this opinion piece, a look is taken at Microsoft's recent Build conference and how the company may be signaling its desire for an increased focus on attracting developers.
Google announced last week that Android 4.1.1 is susceptible to the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. While Android 4.1.1 is, according to Google, the only Android version vulnerable to Heartbleed, it remains in use in millions of smartphones and tablets. Android 4.1.1 devices have been shown to leak significant amount of data in a "reverse Heartbleed" attack.
Java 8 might be difficult for enterprise projects to adopt, mostly because of established Java EE application servers. Those using Tomcat and Jetty will likely have an edge in upgrading. Spring 4.0.3 was recently released, with official support for Java 8 as well as many WebSocket improvements.
We should build systems more loosely coupled to achieve properties like robustness, resilience and scalability, Udi Dahan emphasizes in a recent presentation discussing how we can model our systems using more event-driven and asynchronous patterns and some of the challenges developers face when introducing these principles and patterns into development.
Gilad Bracha, Co-Author of the Java Spec, and Dianne Marsh, Director of Engineering at Netflix have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the third annual QCon New York (Jun 11-13, 2014). The tutorials schedule has been finalized and the preliminary conference schedule is now live. New speakers are being added daily to the conference website, with more than 60/100 speakers already confirmed.
CERT Secure Coding team, part of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, have recently released secure coding guidelines specific to Java's application in the Android platform. InfoQ interviews Lori Flynn, one of the researchers who authored them.
MongoDB needs no introduction for NoSQL users. Kelly Stirman, Director of Product Marketing at MongoDB is answering questions about the latest stable 2.6 release. Storage fragmentation, index intersection, full text search and MongoDB in enterprise are discussed. Finally, we have more info about one of the most watched and voted feature requests at MongoDB jira tracker, collection level locking.
Pivotal, last week, announced the first general availability release of the Spring Boot framework.
Estimote, a maker of iBeacon devices, has released a new version of their mobile SDK that allows developers to build contextual computing solutions using small Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth LE or BLE) beacons called “motes”. These devices are capable of broadcasting BLE signals that can be detected by compatible smartphones to enable a variety of micro-location services.