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Google Offers Bigtable in the Cloud

by Abel Avram on  May 06, 2015

Google is making available to customers Cloud Bigtable, their own database used for more than a decade for services such as Search, GMail, Maps or YouTube. While they are not open sourcing Bigtable as they did with other products, the new cloud service is accessible through an open source interface, the Apache HBase 1.0.1 API.

Apple Opens Up Engagement Metrics with App Analytics Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  May 05, 2015

Apple has opened up its new App Analytics service for beta testing. The service was initially mentioned at last WWDC and aims to provide a way to learn how customers “discover and engage with your apps.”

Adatao Launches Full Stack Data Intelligence Platform

by Alex Giamas on  May 04, 2015

Adatao recently announced the general availability of its Data Intelligence platform. Its platform aims to make data analysis and predictive analytics available to everyone in large organizations. Adatao had secured an investment of $13 million last year from a group of investors including Bloomberg Beta, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Andreessen Horowitz.

Microsoft Goes Universal with Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial and Westminster

by Abel Avram on  May 04, 2015

In an attempt to bring Android, iOS, classic Windows and web applications on a single platform and make them available through the Windows Store, Microsoft has launched four projects, also knows as Universal Windows Platform Bridges, namely: Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial, and Westminster.

Agile Architecture: Reversibility, Communication and Collaboration

by Daniel Bryant on  May 04, 2015

At the inaugural O’Reilly Software Architecture conference, Molly Dishman and Martin Fowler discussed the role of architecture within agile software development. Key takeaways included; architects must remain ‘hands on’; architecture should focus on reducing irreversibility; adaptable documentation is essential; and architecture is a collaborative effort across the business and technical team.

Editorial: Microsoft’s Plan to Embrace and Extend Mobile

by Jonathan Allen on  May 04, 2015 1

When Microsoft announced they would start supporting Android and iOS applications on Windows Phone, it left a lot of people scratching their head. The common assumption is this would encourage more people to focus on those platforms and just use this new capability for a quick port. But there is a plan behind this, a plan Microsoft has successfully used in the past.

Apple Rebuilds Siri Backend Services Using Apache Mesos

by Daniel Bryant on  May 03, 2015

Apple have announced that the company’s popular Siri iOS-based intelligent personal assistant is powered on the backend by Apache Mesos, the open source cluster manager. The Mesosphere blog states that Apple have created a proprietary PaaS-like scheduler framework named J.A.R.V.I.S., which allows developers to deploy Siri services in a scalable and fault-tolerant manner.

Azure Logic Apps

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Historically working with BizTalk has been overly difficult. Once you get past very simple scenarios, the learning curve for BizTalk was so steep that most developers didn’t even bother trying. They would either hack something together or just skip BizTalk entirely and just use purely custom code. Azure App Logic seeks to correct this problem with a new approach.

Code Aware Libraries with Roslyn

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Code Aware Libraries are “libraries that provide guidance on correct use through embedded tooling and operates on the user’s code in real time.”

Universal Programs and API Contracts

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Historically, creating universal or “run anywhere” applications meant restricting yourself to the lowest common denominator. New features can’t be used until all devices support it, which may be never depending on your customer base. In the Windows 10 vision, that isn’t going to be the case.

Deep Dive into Universal Applications

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015 2

Developing Universal Applications require an understanding of .NET Native, their “compiler in the cloud” that allows one application to run on a variety of devices with paying for JIT compilation.

Entity Framework 7: New Platforms and New Data Stores

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015 1

Entity Framework was created solely for working with relational data on the full version of .NET. In EF 7, neither of those statements is true.

Compiling Objective-C into C++ with Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

While there were rumors that Microsoft would be adopting Android for the Windows 10 platform, no one expected the announcement that iOS applications would also be adopted. This is made possible, by combining C2 with Clang.

Dan North Asks for Real World BDD Examples

by Jan Stenberg on  Apr 30, 2015

During a panel discussion about Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) at this year’s CukeUp 2015 conference Dan North came up with an idea of a community-curated resource for everyone interested in BDD with examples, adaptions, scenarios as well as experience reports and common practises and links to other external resources.

Stroustrup: Thoughts on C++17 - An Interview

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 30, 2015 1

Bjarne Stroustrup, designer and original implementor of C++, has recently circulated a draft aimed at “stimulating a discussion” about C++17 design goals and possible new features,. such as modules, concepts, and ranges. InfoQ has taken the opportunity to talk with Stroustrup to clarify his view on C++ and the committee’s work.

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