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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.

Apple Offering Microsite about UI Design for iOS 7

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 14, 2014

Apple is offering registered iOS developers a new microsite collecting in a central location videos, documents, and whitepapers about User Interface design for iOS 7. The new site aims at providing developers with the necessary information "to build polished, engaging, and intuitive apps for iOS 7."

Akka Toolkit 2.3 with Java 8 and Persistence Support

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 11, 2014

Latest version of the Akka toolkit, an implementation of Actor Model, comes with persistence enabling stateful actors to persist their internal state, together with support for Java 8 lambda expressions.

Domino: Datascience-as-a-Service

by Michael Hausenblas on  Mar 11, 2014

Domino, a Platform-as-a-Service for data science, enables people to do analytical work using languages such as Python or R in the cloud (EC2).

Java EE 8 Survey Last Call

by Victor Grazi on  Mar 11, 2014 1

Oracle announces the third final survey on Java EE 8, the next version of Java Enterprise Edition, and the Glassfish reference implementation.

Layer 7 Survey - Strong Growth Predicted for Hypermedia APIs

by Saul Caganoff on  Mar 10, 2014

Layer 7 recently released the results of a survey focussed on API design and deployment. The survey showed that API designers are divided on security versus usability as their top priority, there is an even split between XML and JSON representations and strong growth is predicted for Hypermedia style APIs. In summary the survey showed there is no one-size-fits-all way to manage APIs.

QCon New York 2014 Update: Netflix, LinkedIn, Google, Foursquare Case Studies Confirmed (Jun 11-13)

by Nitin Bharti on  Mar 06, 2014

The third annual QCon New York (Jun 11-13, 2014) will feature in-depth case studies from LinkedIn, Netflix, Foursquare, Google, Mount Sinai, Gilt and others. Hear how these companies are dealing with some of the greatest challenges in the arenas of Big Data, DevOps, Cloud Computing, Architecture, and Software Delivery. Register before Mar 15th and save $500.

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