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Hazelcast Version 3.6 Features Performance Improvements and Cloud Management

by Victor Grazi on  Jan 25, 2016

Hazelcast has released version 3.6 of their flagship in-memory grid and caching software, featuring numerous performance improvements and new cloud management and container deployment options.

Introducing ‘Gizmo’, a Golang-based Microservices Toolkit from The New York Times Development Team

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 24, 2016

The New York Times development team have released ‘Gizmo’, an open source Golang-based microservices toolkit, which provides standardised configuration and logging, health check and metric endpoints with configurable strategies, and basic interfaces to define service expectations and vocabulary.

Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

QCon New York Tracks Announcement

by Wesley Reisz on  Jan 22, 2016

QCon New York returns to the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge June 13-15th. Check out this year's tracks.

Architecting Scalable, Dynamic Systems when Eventual Consistency Won’t Work

by Michael Stiefel on  Jan 20, 2016

Architecting a scalable and dynamic system without caching is explained by Peter Morgan, head of engineering for the sports betting company William Hill. The values of the bets on sporting events change constantly. No data can be cached; all system values must be current. Distributed Erlang processes model domain objects which instantly recalculate system values based on data streams from Kafka.

The Basics of Being Reactive

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 20, 2016

A key problem with the whole Reactive space and why it’s so hard to understand is the vocabulary with all the terms and lots of different interpretations of what it means, Peter Ledbrook claims and also a reason for why he decided to work out what it’s all about and sharing his knowledge in a presentation.

The Evolution of Swift's Standard Library

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 20, 2016

One of the primary design goals of Swift is to allow efficient execution of code while allowing load-time abstraction of implementation, according to a work-in-progress document by Apple. Apple’s document provides information that is relevant to library designers, including Swift’s Standard Libraries, to ensure both backward and forward compatibility.

Amazon Announces AWS Region in South Korea Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Jan 16, 2016

On January 6th, Amazon announced its latest region, Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region, has reached general availability. The company initially announced its plan of expanding to South Korea back in November 2015.

Perfect Aims to Bring Swift to the Server-side

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 16, 2016 7

Perfect makes it possible to use Apple’s Swift language to build enterprise-grade web applications, say Canadian startup PerfectlySoft Inc. With Apple having recently open-sourced Swift, Perfect promises to support cross-platform development across multiple platforms, including OS X, Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android. InfoQ has spoken with Sean Stephens, CEO at PerfectlySoft.

From the Google Ubiquity Dev Summit 2016: Brillo, Weave and Beacons

by Abel Avram on  Jan 15, 2016

Google has organized this week the Ubiquity Dev Summit 2016 with sessions on their IoT technologies - Brillo, Weave, Beacons – and other technologies for wearable, TVs and Auto.

Startup Afero Platform Addresses Internet of Things Communications Security

by Kevin Farnham on  Jan 13, 2016

Tech startup Afero has launched a new platform that addresses both hardware and software necessities for securely connecting the internet of things (IoT). The platform interfaces IoT devices with a secure Bluetooth smart module, which communicates with a mobile phone that interfaces with the Afero cloud. All communications between the Bluetooth smart module node and the cloud are encrypted.

Introducing Paket, a Package Manager for .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 13, 2016 4

Paket is a package manager for .NET languages, intended to be an alternative for the popular NuGet. InfoQ reached out with Steffen Forkmann, co-creator of the project, to learn more about Paket's origin and features.

Wia Provides Cloud Infrastructure for IoT

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 12, 2016

Wia is a cloud platform that aims to provide developers with a scalable and powerful backend for their Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. According to Conall Laverty, founder and CEO at Wia, that will enable the creation of fully fledged, production ready solutions without worrying about server management, data replication, and storage. InfoQ has spoken with Laverty.

A Discussion of the Past and Future of Web APIs with Dion Hinchcliffe

by Jerome Louvel on  Jan 12, 2016

Interview with Dion Hichcliffe to get his vision for the direction of Web APIs. Based on a decade of in-depth experience, Dion explains how the history of REST and simple design influenced the ultimate popularity of web APIs over web services. As businesses adopt web APIs more broadly, Dion explains the past and present, and hints at the future of APIs, platforms and networks.

New Year's Resolutions, New Talks Posted, & Workshop Registrations Open

by Wesley Reisz on  Jan 12, 2016

Some of this year’s confirmed QCon London sessions include: Survival to Ubiquity: Netflix Global Architecture by Josh Evans; Spring Framework 5 - Preview & Roadmap by Juergen Hoeller; The quest for low-latency with concurrent Java by Martin Thompson.

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