Presto, a technology from Facebook enabling interactive SQL queries on petabytes of data, has now taken a first step into mainstream adoption. Big Data startup Qubole has launched its Presto-as-a-Service alpha with integration to Amazon Web Services.
The Manifesto for Agile Software Development values "working software over comprehensive documentation". This core value asks us to think about how much and which kinds of documents are needed and when they need to be written.
Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.
Big Data is a field where even a single millisecond loss can be significant over billions of events. Yet, languages often regarded as slow like Python have gained a lot of popularity in the past year. Recent articles and discussions in the Big Data community have started reigniting the debate around the choice of a programming language for data science and Big Data.
With a new connector, it is now possible for Hadoop to run directly against Google Cloud Storage instead of using the default, distributed file system. This results in lower storage costs, fewer data replication activities, and a simpler overall process.
Curoverse and Tute Genomics secured $1.5 million each in seed funding in the past month aiming to bring gene sequencing to the masses. Illumina, Seven Bridges Genomics, Complete Genomics and others are offering researchers and private parties the opportunity to map the full genome sequence for a four figure quote. Illumina recently announced HiSeq X Ten, promising the long-awaited $1,000 genome.
After a slight delay the long anticipated release of Java 8 is now on back on track and scheduled for release on March 18.
Version 4.0 of JArchitect by CoderGears, a tool used to manage Java code bases and application development, is now available. JArchitect allows architects and developers to analyze a code base, automate code reviews, and facilitate refactoring and migration.
Apple recently announced that iOS applications have to be iOS 7 compatible by February, 1st. To submit new applications or application updates to the iTunes Store, developers have to build their applications with XCode 5 and apps have to be optimized for iOS7. Compatibility with iOS 7 includes changing the UI according to the current Human Interface Guidelines and adapting API changes.
Would better user stories improve software delivery? Gojko Adzic thinks applying small changes to the way teams manage their user stories can have a huge impact on the actual outcomes of their software delivery. He announced that he wants to write a book about improving user stories if at least 5000 people show that they are interested by pre-registering themselves in January.
Twitter has open sourced their MapReduce streaming framework, called Summingbird. Available under the Apache 2 license, Summingbird is a large-scale data processing system enabling developers to uniformly execute code in either batch-mode (Hadoop/MapReduce-based) or stream-mode (Storm-based) or a combination thereof, called hybrid mode.
Oracle has launched the second part of its Java EE 8 community survey with cloud, security, logging, deployment, testability, pruning, and profiles amongst the topics.
AppFuse 3.0 has been released. AppFuse uses the Maven Archetype plugin to generate a starter Java project, which allows you to quickly get started with a full-stack Java EE application. Version 3.0 is using Mojarra and PrimeFaces for its JSF framework and library, Mockito for its test mocking framework, Bootstrap 3 for its front-end framework, and added Apache Wicket as a Web Framework option.
Facebook has posted on how they've sped up Mercurial to be five times faster than Git in certain operations. Read on to find out what they have changed, and why it makes such a difference for their setup.
Language pioneers, project leads, and seasoned practitioners will provide two days of hands-on tutorials at the eighth annual QCon London (Mar 3-7, 2014). Three to six hours in length, QCon tutorials delve into new technologies, tools, or methodologies driving innovation in enterprise software development. Get in early for the three day conference; reserve your seat now to save £236 by Jan 8th.