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To Have and Have Not StackMob- Part 1 of 2: MBaaS Provider's Customers get Short End of Backend

by Martin Monroe on  Mar 30, 2014 1

On Sunday May 11, 2014 mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) vendor StackMob will cease operations. PayPal dictated its closure after eBay's online payment system acquired the company at the close of 2013.

Rebecca Parsons on the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 28, 2014 3

In January ThoughtWorks released the latest version of their Technology Radar in which they track what's interesting in the software development ecosystem. The big themes this year are (1) early warning systems and recovery in production, (2) the tension between privacy and big data, (3) the javascript ecosystem and (4) blurring of the line between the physical and virtual worlds.

Google Cuts Cloud Prices, Integrates CI Tools, Supports Windows and Manages VMs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 26, 2014

Google had a Cloud Platform Live event on Tuesday (recorded here) unveiling a number of new features, improvements and a new pricing model.

Domain-Driven Design Using a Functional Language

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 25, 2014 1

Using a functional language in domain-driven design (DDD) the actual code can often become simple enough to be used instead of UML diagrams when discussing with domain experts, Scott Wlaschin stated in a recent talk about domain modelling together with functional programming using F#.

Java 8 Launch Q&A

by Matt Raible on  Mar 25, 2014 1

Java 8 is one of the most highly anticipated programming language updates in many years. The release contains a date API, streams API and lambdas. Include permgen removal and you end up with a nice set of improvements. To learn more about this release, we sat down with Georges Saab, vice president of software development, Java Platform Group, Oracle.

Microservices and SOA

by Mark Little on  Mar 23, 2014 8

Over the past year or so we've started to hear about Microservices as potentially new architectural style. Recently Thoughtworks' Martin Fowler and James Lewis wrote an article defining Microservices. However, Steve Jones takes issue with the general theme and much in that article, believing that there is little new here and this is just a Service Oriented Deliver approach.

CouchDB Progresses As IBM Acquires Cloudant

by Alex Giamas on  Mar 21, 2014

IBM announced recently a definite agreement to acquire the major contributor to the CouchDB project, cloud database startup Cloudant. Adding CouchDB to IBM’s arsenal of technologies together with SoftLayer acquisition and MongoDB partnership creates an ecosystem of technologies bringing IBM in direct comparison with Amazon. A comparison of CouchDB, DynamoDB and ObjectRocket shows the strong points

Object Oriented Design Principles and Functional Programming

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 20, 2014

Independently from each other, Richard Warburton in a presentation, and Mark Seemann in a blog post both talks about object-orientation and the SOLID design principles from a functional programming perspective.

Vagrant Launches Collaboration Tools for Development Environments

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 20, 2014

DevOps tool provider Vagrant announced significant features in their 1.5 release, including a public image repository and the ability to share access to running environments. The Vagrant Cloud is meant to simplify the discovery and distribution of complete development environments. Vagrant Share lets developers collaborate with others by exposing HTTP or SSH access to these virtual environments.

Data Warehousing in SQL Server 2014 RTM

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 18, 2014

SQL Server has been released to manufacturing with general availability set for April 1st. Through this week we’ll be covering various aspects of the new release starting with data warehousing.

Azul ReadyNow! Seeks to Eliminate JVM Warm-up

by Victor Grazi on  Mar 18, 2014

Azul Systems announces the release of ReadyNow! in the latest version of Azul's Zing runtime for Java. Includes a series of algorithms designed to obviate the need for "warming-up" the Java Virtual Machine.

Java Foreign Function Interface

by Bienvenido David on  Mar 17, 2014

JDK Enhancement Proposal (JEP) 191 defines the Java Foreign Function Interface (FFI), which are interfaces that can bind native functions to Java methods and can manage blocks of native memory. This JEP will make it easier to add new native-level features to the JDK and help provide a standard FFI for use in Java development.

Graph Processing Using Big Data Technologies

by Charles Menguy on  Mar 17, 2014 2

Processing extremely large graphs has been and remains a challenge, but recent advances in Big Data technologies have made this task more practical. Tapad, a startup based in NYC focused on cross-device content delivery, has made graph processing the heart of their business model using Big Data to scale to terabytes of data.

How Etsy Deploys More Than 50 Times a Day

by João Miranda on  Mar 17, 2014

Daniel Schauenberg described at QCon London how Etsy, renowned for its DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices, does 50 deploys/day. A fully automated deployment pipeline, thorough application monitoring and IRC-based collaboration are all important to achieve this rate of change while keeping risk to a minimum. Etsy has about 60 million monthly visits and 1.5 billion page views per month.

Introducing Biggy: An ORM-like Library for Document Databases

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 16, 2014 1

When working with relational data, there are several options for lightweight databases such as SQLite and SQL Server Compact. But when your needs are better met by a document style database there is a surprising lack of options. Hence the creation of Biggy.

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