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Karma Refactors to Microservices

by Saul Caganoff on  Jul 25, 2014

It's one thing to build a microservices application from scratch, quite another to refactor the architecture of a running application. Karma is doing exactly that and finding benefits and challenges of microservices architecture as they go.

F# Native App Development on iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 25, 2014

F# has supported both iOS and Android native programming through Xamarin since at least Xamarin 4.8 and can be efficiently used to create native apps on both platforms. Let's give a look at some experience reports.

Is Project Jigsaw Back On Track?

by Victor Grazi on  Jul 24, 2014 17

Oracle Chief Java Architect Mark Reinhold reveals the plans and scheduling for Project Jigsaw, the Java modularity initiative, now scheduled for release with Java 9.

Lessons Learned Building Distributed Systems at Bitly

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 23, 2014

At the Bacon Conference last May, bitly Lead Application Developer Sean O'Connor explained the most relevant lessons bitly developers learned while building a distributed system that handles 6 billions clicks per month.

Cloudbreak, New Hadoop as a Service API, Enters Open Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 22, 2014

Cloudbreak, a new open-source and cloud-agnostic Hadoop as a Service API, is now open for beta access to application developers and enterprises. SequenceIQ, Cloudbreak's maker, claims that its freely available product will make it easier to manage and monitor on-demand Hadoop clusters while also abstracting their provisioning.

Microsoft Tackles Internet-of-Things With New Data Stream Processing Service

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 22, 2014

Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft took the wraps off of Azure Event Hubs. This service – in preview release until General Availability next month – is for high throughput ingress of data streams generated by devices and services. Event Hubs resembles Amazon Kinesis and uses an identical pricing scheme based on data processing units and transaction volume.

.NET Actor Model Implementations Differ in Approach

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 21, 2014 4

Last week Vaughn Vernon published Dotsero, a .NET actor model toolkit that follows the Akka API and earlier this year a preview of the Orleans framework based on the Actor model was released by Microsoft Research. In a recent twitter discussion Vaughn and Sergey Bykov, lead of the Orleans project at Microsoft Research, discussed the different approaches taken in Orleans and Dotsero.

Google Released LiquidFun 1.1, Open-source 2D Physics Engine

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 18, 2014

Google announced 1.1 release of LiquidFun, an open-source 2D physics engine including fluid simulation. The engine opens new possibilities to both game developers and UI designers, says Google. LiquidFun now officially supports iOS in addition to Android, Linux, and OS X.

Streams Library Brings Lazy Evaluation and Functional-style to C++14

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 17, 2014

Streams is a C++14 library that provides lazy evaluation and functional-style transformations on the data, to ease the use of C++ standard library containers and algorithms. Streams support many common functional operations such as map, filter, and reduce. InfoQ interviews Streams' author.

Cloudera Acquires Big Data Encryption Startup Gazzang

by Jérôme Serrano on  Jul 15, 2014

Hadoop distributor Cloudera pursued its strategy of securing the Hadoop ecosystem by acquiring last month the big data encryption and key management startup Gazzang. The deal will strengthen Cloudera's security offering and lead to the creation of a center of excellence for Hadoop security that will initially be fueled by Gazzang’s engineering team.

DBAccess: a Thread-safe, Efficient Alternative to Core Data

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 14, 2014

DBAccess is a new ORM for iOS that promises to improve on Apple's Core Data by providing thread-safety and high performance. InfoQ has interviewed its author.

OSGi Release 6 Specifications add Data Transfer Objects and Versioning Annotations

by Alex Blewitt on  Jul 14, 2014

At last month's OSGi DevCon in New York, the OSGi Alliance released OSGi Core Release 6. This adds a standard for representing Data Transfer Objects and a way of annotating interfaces indicating whether they are supposed to be implemented or used by clients. In addition, an osgi.native namespace and extension bundle activators have been added; read on to find out more.

Android to Include Ahead-Of-Time Compiler

by Seth Cousins on  Jul 12, 2014 4

Google announced the next version of the Android operating system at Google I/O 2014. Code named “L release,” in the most significant change to the system architecture a new runtime simply called the Android RunTime (ART) with an AOT compiler replaces the Dalvik virtual machine and its JIT compiler.

App Extensions for iOS 8 in Depth

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 10, 2014

Apple recently announced app extensions for iOS 8, which allow developers to extend functionality and content beyond the boundaries of a single app. Learn what iOS 8 app extensions are and how they work.

ThoughtWorks Radar July 2014: Trends in JavaScript, Microservices, Conway’s Law and Decentralization

by Abel Avram on  Jul 10, 2014

ThoughtWorks has recently published their Technology Radar July 2014 (PDF) noticing important trends in the JavaScript ecosystem, microservices, Conway’s Lay and infrastructure decentralization.

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