At the F8 developer conference last week, Facebook announced Parse for IoT , a Backend as a Service (BaaS) for microcontrollers and realtime operating systems (RTOS).
A service is a logical construct owning a business capability and made up of internal autonomous components or microservices that together fulfil the responsibilities of the service, Jeppe Cramon suggests continuing a previous series of blog posts clarifying his view on building services around business capabilities and bounded contexts.
Azul Systems has released Zulu Embedded, a new open source embedded JDK, based on OpenJDK. It is targeted at companies that have embedded Java-based products such as mobile and IoT devices. Examples include routers and switches, ATM machines, avionics systems, automotive electronics and Point of Sale (POS) systems.
At JavaLand 2015, Ed Burns provided an overview of the Java EE Servlet 4.0 specification (JSR 369), the main focus of which is to introduce HTTP/2 support into the Java EE Platform. HTTP/2 aims to overcome problems with the existing HTTP specification, and new features include request/response multiplexing, binary framing, stream prioritisation, server push and header compression.
Sensible Cocoa STV 4.0 is a framework that allows you to create native data-driven apps for iOS by defining your data model and then visually binding it to your UI in Xcode. Sensible Cocoa claims that “developers save on average about 70% of their development time when they start using STV in their applications.” InfoQ has talked to Sensible Cocoa founder Tarek Sakr about their product.
Pinterest, the company behind the visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas, is using real-time data analytics for data-driven decision making purposes. It’s experimenting with MemSQL and Spark technologies for real-time user engagement across the globe.
Cucumber was created as a way to overcome ambiguous requirements and misunderstandings, targeting both non-technical and technical members of a project team, but if you think Cucumber is a testing tool you are wrong, Aslak Hellesøy, who created Cucumber in 2008, recently stated. Julien Biezemans and Liz Keogh recently expressed similar opinions.
At JavaLand 2015, Arun Gupta presented several ‘recipes’ for deploying Java EE applications using Docker and Kubernetes. Gupta stated that containers are beneficial for deploying and managing applications, as they provide faster deployment, isolation and portability. The use of a container cluster manager, such as Kubernetes, also ensures availability and scalability.
Bazel, the tool that Google uses to build the majority of its software has been partially open sourced. According to Google, Bazel is aimed to build “code quickly and reliably” and is “critical to Google’s ability to continue to scale its software development practices as the company grows.”
Information architecture (IA) is one of the fundamental aspects of website design. DoGo map is a new and lightweight method for IA design, which visualizes the sitemap and the flowchart of a website and provides a good basis for communication between the UX designer and other stakeholders without heavy documentation.
Facebook has open sourced ComponentKit, a declarative library for creating native views on iOS.
Microsoft increased its foothold in the data science community last winter by acquiring Revolution Analytics, a major provider of software and services based on the open-source R project for computational statistics. The deal is expected to bring R capabilities to the Microsoft suite of products and facilitate the adoption of R-based solutions in the enterprise environment.
Microsoft attempts to bring web, mobile, API and workflow development under one umbrella called App Services. Along with this, Microsoft also added integration for many 3rd party APIs.
Domain-Driven Design (DDD) is an approach to building software emphasizing collaboration between domain experts, developers and others involved in order to meet business objectives, Naresh Bhatia explains introducing the DDD base concepts exemplifying with Bullsfirst, an example system of medium complexity from the financial trading domain.
Amazon announced increased size and IOPS for Elastic Block Store (EBS) at AWS re:Invent 2014. This feature has now become generally available in all AWS regions.