Apache Flink 0.8.0 Released, Roadmap for 2015 Published

by Mikio Braun on  Jan 22, 2015

Apache Flink has released the version 0.8.0 of their project. Besides the usual performance, compatibility, and stability improvements, it has also added a streaming Scala API, where streaming capabilities had so far been missing. Apache Flink has also been promoted to the top-level of the Apache projects recently after joining the incubator roughly nine months ago.

The Current Status of Browser-based Virtual Reality in HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2015

The SFHTML5 group recently had a meeting discussing HTML5 technologies for creating virtual reality experiences – WebGL, WebVR, Three.js, GLAM –, and the current development status for implementing support for them in Firefox and Chrome. The idea is to bring the entire web into the VR experience.

Should all .NET Collections Implement all .NET Collection Interfaces?

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 21, 2015

Should all .NET Collections Implement all .NET Collection Interfaces? That was the first of several important API questions asked in the .NET Core API Review for January the 14th. This video contains a recording of the discussions about ten change requests for the .NET’s base class library.

Spring Boot 1.2.1 Released

by Simon Maple and Victor Grazi on  Jan 20, 2015

InfoQ speaks to Spring Boot co-creator Phil Webb about the latest release of Pivotal's convention over configuration offering for bootstrapping Spring based projects.

Facebook Open Sources Modules for Faster Deep Learning on Torch

by Abel Avram on  Jan 20, 2015

Facebook has open sourced a number of modules for faster training of neural networks on Torch.

Pivotal Pulls Groovy/Grails Funding

by Victor Grazi on  Jan 19, 2015 5

Pivotal Software today announced that it will be withdrawing funding for the popular Groovy and Grails frameworks after March 31, 2015. Pivotal cited their larger strategy to concentrate resources on accelerating both commercial and open source projects that support its growing traction in Platform-as-a-Service, Data, and Agile development.

Developing an Apple Watch App

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 16, 2015

At a recent Seattle Xcoders Meetup, Curt Clifton, software engineer at The Omni Group, described what developing for the Apple Watch is like. He discussed a watch app conceptual model, data communication between the phone and the watch, and a few challenges.

Google Aims at Bootstrapping Go 1.5

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 15, 2015

Google has recently made public its plan to bootstrap Go 1.5. According to Russ Cox, Go core developer for almost 6 years now and author of the document, Google has been planning for a year “how to eliminate all C programs from the Go source tree.” InfoQ has spoken to Russ to learn more about the plan to bootstrap Go.

Google on the Technical Debt of Machine Learning

by Mikio Braun on  Jan 15, 2015

A number of Google researchers and engineers presented their view on the technical debt of using machine learning at a NIPS workshop. They identified different aspects of technical debt and came to the conclusion that without proper care, using machine learning or complex data analysis in your company can induce new kinds of technical debt different from classical software engineering.

CocoaPods Adds Support for Swift and iOS 8 Frameworks

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 13, 2015

CocoaPods 0.36-beta has recently been released, providing support for iOS 8 frameworks and libraries written in the Swift language, writes Marius Rackwitz (@mrackwitz), member of CocoaPods core team. This release allows pod maintainers to ensure compatibility of existing pods, while also enabling the creation of new pods for Swift libraries.

Architecture, Technology and the Lava Layer Anti-Pattern

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 12, 2015 1

Successive changes to architecture and technology throughout the lifetime of an application can lead to a fragile and fragmented codebase that is hard to understand and maintain, an anti-pattern named Lava Flow or Lava Layer that Mike Hadlow often finds in enterprise software, especially in large, mission critical and long-lived software.

Reimplementing TeX's Algorithms: Looking Back at Thirty Years of Programming

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 09, 2015

Glenn Vanderburg, director of engineering at LivingSocial, gave an interesting recount of his effort to implement TeX’s algorithms in Clojure at the last ClojureConj conference. In the process, he discovered how much programming has changed in the last thirty years.

QCon New York 2015 (Jun 8-12): Track Topics Announced

by Diana Baciu on  Jan 09, 2015

The 15 track topics have been finalized for the 4th annual QCon New York (Jun 8-12) including: Modern CS, Mobile, Fraud Detection, Streaming Data, Microservices, Modern Advances in Java Technology, Machine Learning, Architectures You've Always Wondered about and more. Register before Jan 17th and save $700.

Apache Spark 1.2.0 Supports Netty-based Implementation, High Availability and Machine Learning APIs

by Rags Srinivas on  Jan 07, 2015

Apache Spark 1.2.0 was released with Netty-based implementation, High Availability and Machine Learning APIs. It represents the work of 172 contributors from over 60 institutions and comprises more than 1000 patches. InfoQ talks with Patrick Wendell, a Spark committer and PMC member.

QCon London 2015: Google, Netflix Keynotes Confirmed; Tutorials At-a-Glance (March 2-6, 2015)

by Nitin Bharti on  Jan 03, 2015

John Wilkes, ​Principal Software Engineer at Google and Roy Rapoport, Manager of Insight Engineering at Netflix have been confirmed to keynote at the 9th annual QCon London (Mar 2-6, 2015). All four keynotes, 65/100 speakers, and 13 tutorials are now confirmed, including 19 conference tracks. Register before Jan 26 and save £290.

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