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A Preview of C# 6

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 19, 2014

Mads Torgersen, C# program manager at Microsoft, published a short video presentation describing what is coming in the next major C# version, C# 6. Among C# 6 new features, Mads highlighted getter-only properties, the lambda-arrow operator, string interpolation, and more.

More Java 9 Features Announced

by Ben Evans on  Nov 19, 2014 13

Oracle have announced more features to be delivered as part of JDK 9, including Unified JVM Logging and fine-grained control over the JIT compiler. Primitive specialization of generics is pushed out to JDK 10, however.

Go Language Moves to Git and GitHub

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 18, 2014 3

Rob Pike, lead designer of Go at Google, announced on Go's Google Group that Go language is moving to Git and GitHub. "All data will be preserved," said Rob, but GitHub will not be used to handle pull requests and code reviews. Google's own Gerrit will be used instead because it fits better the requirements of a large project such as Go, explained Google engineers.

Embedding Security Testing in Development Workflow

by João Miranda on  Nov 18, 2014

Stephen de Vries, ContinuumSecurity founder, promoted the idea of continuous and visible security at Velocity Europe 2014. Stephen argued that the same kind of processes and tools that embedded QA in the whole workflow of an agile development process can be applied to security. BDD-Security is a security testing framework that follows the Given-When-Then approach and is built on top of JBehave.

Oracle Commit to Java Modularity

by Ben Evans on  Nov 17, 2014 4

Oracle have announced the second set of enhancement proposals (known as JEPs) that will deliver features for Java 9, including major news about Java modularity.

Amazon DynamoDB Streams and Event Notifications for Amazon S3 Launched at AWS re:Invent 2014

by Boris Lublinsky on  Nov 16, 2014

In their move to event driven architecture, Amazon introduced two enabling technologies allowing the conversion of DynamoDB and S3 written data into events, which can be consumed by other applications and used by Lambda architecture.

Microsoft Announces Pre-release of F# 4.0 in Visual Studio 2015 Preview

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 14, 2014

Microsoft announced a pre-release of F# 4.0 for Visual Studio 2015 Preview which can be installed through a Visual Studio update package. The update brings improvements to language and tooling features that can positively impact developers' daily life, several commenters said.

Hortonworks Data Platform Makes an Enterprise Push

by Rags Srinivas on  Nov 14, 2014

Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) version 2.2 with features based around Hadoop and YARN has better support for enterprise features such as security, compliance and so on as well.

JCP Election 2014 Results Announced

by Ben Evans on  Nov 14, 2014

The results of the Java Community Process Executive Committee (JCP EC) have been announced. All Ratified seats were returned. Elected members returned were: ARM, Azul, Hazelcast, Werner Keil and Geir Magnusson Jr.

Amazon EC2 Container Service and Lambda Service Launched at AWS re:Invent 2014

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 13, 2014

As expected, Amazon has added container hosting to its compute building block service. Along with that, it also launched an event-driven compute service called AWS Lambda.

“Age of Ascent” Case Study Highlights Cloud as Game Delivery Engine

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 13, 2014

Microsoft recently published a case study describing how a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game used Microsoft Azure to support tens of thousands of players in a single space battle. The case study looks at how architectural considerations like connectivity, latency, and scale can be addressed in an elastic cloud environment that must respond quickly to unexpected bursts in demand.

Facebook & Instagram Lessons on Android Development for Emerging Markets

by Abel Avram on  Nov 13, 2014

Facebook and Instagram shared from their experience improving their apps to perform better on various Android devices and over different network connection speeds during the session Scaling Android Apps for Emerging Markets recorded at @Scale 2014.

Microsoft Open Sources .NET, Adds Linux and Mac OS X Support

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 13, 2014 2

Microsoft's recent trend toward open source software has made a major advance as the company has released the core .NET software stack under the MIT License and published the code on GitHub. The company plans to fully support an "enterprise ready" version of .NET for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

AWS Launched Amazon Aurora, a MySQL Compatible RDBMS

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 12, 2014

At the AWS re:Invent event, Amazon announced a brand new database called Aurora. It will be available under the Amazon RDS offering that already supports MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle and PostgreSQL.

64 Bit Support for iOS Mandatory From February 2015: Benefits and Hindrances

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 11, 2014

Apple announced that, as of February 1 2015, all App Store submissions will be required to include 64-bit support and to be built with the iOS 8 SDK. The new requirement will only apply to new submissions, that is new apps and updates to existing apps. A look at benefits and hindrances in this process.

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