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Amazon Releases Official AWS Mobile SDK 2

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 30, 2014

After a few months spent in Developer Preview, the Amazon Web Services Mobile SDK version 2 is ready for general development. According to Amazon, the final release takes into account feedback received from developers during the preview in order to improve the SDK with some new features.

MySQL Offers a REST API

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 30, 2014 5

A prototype of MySQL 5.7 is shipping with an optional component called the MySQL HTTP Plugin. This plugin allows direct access to MySQL via a REST over HTTP interface, eliminating the need for a middle-tier server or database specific drivers.

Nvidia Introduces cuDNN, a CUDA-based library for Deep Neural Networks

by Jérôme Serrano on  Sep 29, 2014

Nvidia earlier this month released cuDNN, a set of optimized low-level primitives to boost the processing speed of deep neural networks (DNN) on CUDA compatible GPUs. The company intends to help developers harness the power of graphics processing units for deep learning applications.

Netflix's Chaos Engineering to Advance Failure Injection

by João Miranda on  Sep 29, 2014

"Chaos Engineering", a term recently coined by Netflix, is an umbrella that embraces all Netflix's activities on controlled failure injection. Bruce Wong, Engineering Manager of Chaos Engineering at Netflix, wrote about what Chaos Engineering is, its aims, and the roadmap to achieve them. InfoQ reached Bruce to learn more.

CloudBees Exit PaaS Business, Resign JCP Executive Committee Seat

by Ben Evans on  Sep 29, 2014

CloudBees have announced they are exiting the PAAS business to focus on Enterprise Jenkins. With this new focus, they have resigned from the Java Community Process Executive Committee.

Microservices vs Shared Libraries

by Jan Stenberg on  Sep 28, 2014 4

Robert C. Martin's advice is to start with shared libraries and a plugin architecture and only when that becomes insufficient consider microservices. Giorgio Sironi argues against this, emphasising how different interactions between microservices are compared to interactions between objects and warns for the cost of retrofitting microservices over an existing code base.

Building iOS 8 Share Extensions: A GitHub Repo with Issues, Sample Code, and Workarounds

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 26, 2014

Share extensions, introduced by Apple in iOS 8, "provide an exciting opportunity for developers of all types of apps to integrate with their customers’ devices like never before," says Bryan Irace, iOS developer at Tumblr. Though, as it is often the case with new technologies, the road to building iOS share extensions is paved not only with fun but also with frustration.

NPM Reaches 2.0, Adds Private Node.js Module Management and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 24, 2014

Node.js standard package manager, npm, has reached version 2.0. Among npm's new features, scoped packages promise to make it easier to manage private Node.js modules, just as if they were part of the public repository. The new version also marks the introduction of a new release process and offers improved reliability.

Microsoft Azure Joins SSD Storage Bandwagon

by Janakiram MSV on  Sep 24, 2014

Microsoft has announced a new family of virtual machines called D-Series that offers better memory, CPU and faster I/O. With this Azure joins the club of elite IaaS providers with SSD backed storage.

PureScript: A Haskell-like Language that Compiles to JavaScript

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 22, 2014

PureScript is a strongly, statically typed language which compiles to JavaScript. It is written in and inspired by Haskell and aims at "allowing to write very expressive code which is still clear and readable" when translated into JavaScript. Furthermore, says PureScript creator Phil Freeman, PureScript provides interoperability with other languages which target JavaScript.

The Return of Java Modularity

by Ben Evans on  Sep 22, 2014

Oracle have announced the relaunch of Project Jigsaw, devoted to bringing full modularity to the Java Platform.

Parse Gets a Refresh for iOS 8

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 19, 2014

Parse has announced its new SDK for iOS 8, an update to its Parse push service which now supports iOS 8 "silent" pushes and notification categories, and a new Parse Config API to store configuration parameters in the cloud to update apps on the fly.

Details of NetBeans Day at JavaOne 2014

by Ben Evans on  Sep 18, 2014

Oracle have announced details for NetBeans Day 2014. Particular topics of interest include Maven, a new Education initiative and an appearance by James Gosling.

MVC 1.0 JSR Created for Java EE

by Matt Raible on  Sep 17, 2014 3

Oracle recently announced a JSR for MVC 1.0. JSR 371 was motivated by results of a Java EE 8 Survey, covered by InfoQ in March of this year. 61% of those surveyed supported the idea of providing support for an action-based MVC framework, alongside JSF. Only 26% felt there was an existing framework that could do the job, and 42% of those mentioned Spring MVC.

API World 2014: Summary of Day One Events

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Sep 17, 2014

In this news item, we summarize the highlights of various talks from day one of the conference which are primarily focused on the craft of designing and developing effective APIs.

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