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JCP Members Voting No on JSR-48 WBEM

by Victor Grazi on  Apr 09, 2014

London Java Community and other JCP members will be voting "no" on JSR 48 WBEM Service Specification, a set of APIs for Web-Based Enterprise Management.

Mobile Usage Report Highlights Trends and Shifts in Mobile Device Use

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2014

Mobile analytics firm Flurry has issued a report analyzing time spent on mobile devices by the average US consumer between January and March of 2014. This is the second such report that Flurry issues, allowing for an interesting comparison year to year showing, among other things, that mobile devices are changing the way the web is consumed.

WinRT Apps Move Slightly Closer to Being Enterprise Ready

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 05, 2014

A major limitation of WinRT apps in the enterprise has been the licensing model. In the past companies were asked to setup an Active Directory or pay 3,000 per hundred computers for side-loading keys. As part of the Windows 8.1 Update that requirement has been considerably softened.

AlchemyAPI and The State of Deep Learning

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 04, 2014 1

AlchemyAPI recently announced a taxonomy and a sentiment analysis API based on deep learning that can help transform digital content into ad inventory. IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others are working in the deep learning space. We take the high level view of what deep learning is all about and what are the key advances throughout the past months in the field.

Google publishes FarmHash, a new family of hash functions for strings

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 04, 2014 1

Google has just announced FarmHash, a new family of hash functions for strings. FarmHash is a successor to CityHash, from which it inherits many tricks and techniques. FarmHash has multiple goals and claims to improve CityHash on several accounts.

IDC: The Past, Present and Future of HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

The recently released IDC study, The Evolving State of HTML5 by Al Hilwa, Research Director for Application Development, attempts to evaluate the advances made so far, the current state and takes a look at the future of HTML5 as a unifying web platform.

Highlights from Build 2014’s Second Keynote

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

Today felt like a day of housekeeping. Mostly it was about promoting products from preview/beta to production status. There were some big revelations around opening sourcing Roslyn the formation of the .NET Foundation, but even these were just doing what the community has been asking for all along.

Spark Gets a Dedicated Big Data Platform

by Charles Menguy on  Apr 03, 2014

Spark users can now use a new Big Data platform provided by intelligence company Atigeo, which bundles most of the UC Berkeley stack into a unified framework optimized for low-latency data processing that can provide significant improvements over more traditional Hadoop-based platforms.

Android/iOS Testing with Devices as a Service

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

As new combinations of hardware, operating system version, and carrier customizations continue to proliferate, testing mobile devices has grown increasingly challenging. Perfecto Mobile’s solution to this is their “Devices as a Service” offering called MobileCloud. Rather than purchasing all of the devices you need for testing, MobileCloud allows you to rent them on an hourly or monthly basis.

Patterns and Anti-Patterns for Scalable and Available Cloud Architectures

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2014

More than anything else, architectural choices matter when designing a system with high scalability and availability. Using Azure customers as an example, Microsoft talks about the patterns and anti-patterns they see with their Azure customers and how it affects the four facets of system architecture.

The Shallot 2014 Edition Published

by Shane Hastie on  Apr 01, 2014

The 2014 Edition of The Shallot - the online magazine which conducts deep analysis of the state of the information technology industry - has been released.

Lean UX Conference Returns to NYC

by Todd Charron on  Apr 01, 2014

The Lean UX Conference is returning to NYC April 10-12, 2014 and this year includes a wide variety of speakers as well as workshops from Jeff Gothelf, Dave Snowden and Michael Cheveldave. I had a chance to sit down with one of the conference founders, Will Evans to discuss what to expect from the conference this year.

DDD and CQRS Using the Functional Language F#

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 31, 2014

A focus on behaviour and a more declarative style of code are two benefits for Domain-Driven Design (DDD) when moving from an object-oriented language like C# to a functional one like F#, Lev Gorodinski claims in a recent presentation, using an example that includes event sourcing and Command-Query Responsibility Separation (CQRS) to show some of the benefits and challenges in a move to F#.

Mobile App Performance Report Benchmarks Crashes and Responsiveness on iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 31, 2014

Crittercism, maker of a mobile app performance management solution, has analysed one month of performance data and compiled it into a Mobile Experience Benchmark report focusing on two aspects of a mobile performance: app uptime and app responsiveness. Results highlight app categories with the highest crash and error rates and provide the basis for a comparison among iOS and Android versions.

RESTistential Crisis over Hypermedia APIs

by Jerome Louvel on  Mar 31, 2014 3

Software developer Evan Cordell initiated a debate about how the hypermedia constraint of REST is at odds with common web APIs requirements in the API-Craft mailing list a few weeks ago.

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