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Agile 2014 Opening Keynote

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 28, 2014

Sam Gluckenheimer opened the Agile 2014 conference with a talk titled "The Journey to Cloud Cadence" in which he discussed the transformationt at Microsoft Developer Division from a waterfallian box product delivery cycle of four years to Agile practices enabling a hybrid SaaS and on-prem business, triweekly delivery of new features in the service, and quarterly delivery for on-premise customers.

InterState: A Language and Environment for Expressing Interface Behavior

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 28, 2014 3

InterState is a new programming language and environment aimed at addressing the challenges of writing and reusing user interface code. InterState's creators Stephen Oney, Brad Myers, and Joel Brandt claim in their paper that InterState can help programmers to better understand, navigate, and reuse their GUI components even with complex interfaces involving thousands of objects.

Oracle Launches Project Valhalla for Java

by Ben Evans on  Jul 28, 2014 11

Oracle launches Project Valhalla to experiment with advanced features for the JVM and Java language, including a major revision of Java's approach to generic types.

Protocol Design and Implementation with Martin Thompson

by Harry Brumleve on  Jul 27, 2014

Martin Thompson answers a few questions about the opportunity for developers and architects to introduce custom protocols to their system's interaction points.

Hypermedia is like Dancing

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 27, 2014

To take full advantage of the benefits of hypermedia driven systems, the client must allow the server to take the lead and drive the state of the client, Darrel Miller writes comparing with a couple who can dance, one leads and the other just follows, there is no a choreographed sequence of steps defined beforehand.

Karma Refactors to Microservices

by Saul Caganoff on  Jul 25, 2014

It's one thing to build a microservices application from scratch, quite another to refactor the architecture of a running application. Karma is doing exactly that and finding benefits and challenges of microservices architecture as they go.

F# Native App Development on iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 25, 2014

F# has supported both iOS and Android native programming through Xamarin since at least Xamarin 4.8 and can be efficiently used to create native apps on both platforms. Let's give a look at some experience reports.

Is Project Jigsaw Back On Track?

by Victor Grazi on  Jul 24, 2014 17

Oracle Chief Java Architect Mark Reinhold reveals the plans and scheduling for Project Jigsaw, the Java modularity initiative, now scheduled for release with Java 9.

Lessons Learned Building Distributed Systems at Bitly

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 23, 2014

At the Bacon Conference last May, bitly Lead Application Developer Sean O'Connor explained the most relevant lessons bitly developers learned while building a distributed system that handles 6 billions clicks per month.

Cloudbreak, New Hadoop as a Service API, Enters Open Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 22, 2014

Cloudbreak, a new open-source and cloud-agnostic Hadoop as a Service API, is now open for beta access to application developers and enterprises. SequenceIQ, Cloudbreak's maker, claims that its freely available product will make it easier to manage and monitor on-demand Hadoop clusters while also abstracting their provisioning.

Microsoft Tackles Internet-of-Things With New Data Stream Processing Service

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 22, 2014

Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft took the wraps off of Azure Event Hubs. This service – in preview release until General Availability next month – is for high throughput ingress of data streams generated by devices and services. Event Hubs resembles Amazon Kinesis and uses an identical pricing scheme based on data processing units and transaction volume.

.NET Actor Model Implementations Differ in Approach

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 21, 2014 5

Last week Vaughn Vernon published Dotsero, a .NET actor model toolkit that follows the Akka API and earlier this year a preview of the Orleans framework based on the Actor model was released by Microsoft Research. In a recent twitter discussion Vaughn and Sergey Bykov, lead of the Orleans project at Microsoft Research, discussed the different approaches taken in Orleans and Dotsero.

Google Released LiquidFun 1.1, Open-source 2D Physics Engine

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 18, 2014

Google announced 1.1 release of LiquidFun, an open-source 2D physics engine including fluid simulation. The engine opens new possibilities to both game developers and UI designers, says Google. LiquidFun now officially supports iOS in addition to Android, Linux, and OS X.

Streams Library Brings Lazy Evaluation and Functional-style to C++14

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 17, 2014

Streams is a C++14 library that provides lazy evaluation and functional-style transformations on the data, to ease the use of C++ standard library containers and algorithms. Streams support many common functional operations such as map, filter, and reduce. InfoQ interviews Streams' author.

Cloudera Acquires Big Data Encryption Startup Gazzang

by Jérôme Serrano on  Jul 15, 2014

Hadoop distributor Cloudera pursued its strategy of securing the Hadoop ecosystem by acquiring last month the big data encryption and key management startup Gazzang. The deal will strengthen Cloudera's security offering and lead to the creation of a center of excellence for Hadoop security that will initially be fueled by Gazzang’s engineering team.

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