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Basho Technologies Hosts RICON Distributed Systems Conference

by Victor Grazi on  Oct 28, 2014

Basho Riak is emerging as -the- highly scalable NoSQL database. InfoQ talks with Basho CEO and President Adam Wray, and Peter Coppola - VP of Product, about the RICON conference, and about Basho, Riak, and distributed systems.

Microsoft Releases iOS Mobile Services 2.0 Beta

by Matt McComb on  Oct 27, 2014

Microsoft has recently released a new preview of its 2.0 Mobile Services iOS SDK. The SDK allows iOS developers to easily integrate their mobile applications with Mobile Services backends hosted on Azure. Mobile Services is a MBaaS with support for cloud storage, push notifications, authentication, mobile analytics and custom APIs written in Node.js or .NET.

Vormetric Partners with DataStax to Deliver Enhanced Data-at-Rest Security in Apache Cassandra

by Abhishek Sharma on  Oct 27, 2014

Vormetric, a data security solutions provider has announced a partnership with DataStax, the company behind Apache Cassandra, to enhance the enterprise-class security features in the platform. The two companies will work together to enhance data-at-rest security that includes encryption, enhanced access controls and security intelligence in Apache Cassandra.

Lock-free Programming in C++ with Herb Sutter

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 26, 2014

At CppCon 2014, Herb Sutter gave a talk about lock-free programming in C++ where he provided the fundamental concepts of lock-free programming, and presented three algorithms to show lock-free techniques. Here is a summary of the most relevant points in the talk.

Couchbase to Replace its Storage Engine with Homegrown ForestDB

by Rags Srinivas on  Oct 24, 2014

Couchbase is expected to replace its Database engine with a homegrown engine based on B+-Trees called ForestDB. The replacement is expected to result in significant performance gains and better transactional support.

LinkedIn and Twitter Contribute Machine Learning Libraries to Open Source

by Alex Giamas on  Oct 24, 2014

Twitter’s engineering group, known for various contributions to open source from streaming MapReduce to front-end framework Bootstrap recently announced open sourcing an algorithm that can efficiently recommend content. LinkedIn also open sourced a Machine Learning library of its own, ml-ease. In this article we present the algorithms and what they mean for the open source community.

How Immutable State Helped Facebook to Improve Its iOS App Architecture

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 24, 2014

Facebook has been working in the last two years to evolve the architecture of its iOS app with the goal of improving performance, abstractions, and the underlying development model. Adam Ernst and Arl Grant, software engineers at Facebook, explained what issues they had to solve and how they did in a @Scale 2014 talk.

An Introduction to Actor Model, with Examples in Akka

by Jan Stenberg on  Oct 23, 2014

For developers who have experienced the problems with creating and managing multithreaded applications and are looking for a higher level of abstraction, Arun Manivannan has written a series of, so far, six blog posts explaining the principles of Actor model using an picture-rich visualization and some simple Akka examples.

Apiary Announces Apiary for Enterprise

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Oct 22, 2014

Apiary, the company behind API Blueprints has announced a new offering, Apiary for Enterprise, that promotes API design best practices through tooling that validates API designs against defined API style guide standards and best practices. InfoQ caught up with Apiary to shed more light on this new offering.

W3C's Latest HTML5 Standard Ignores WHATWG

by Han Xu on  Oct 21, 2014

W3C published a new version of the HTML5 Differences from HTML4 working draft. The latest version describes the differences of W3C HTML5 and HTML4, and a comparison between WHATWG HTML and HTML4 is no longer covered.

Catching up with Neo4j

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Oct 21, 2014

Neo4j, the open source graph database project has doubled its contributor community in the past six months, which has enabled significant improvements in the product. InfoQ caught up with Emil Efrem after his keynote titled "Graph All the Things" to understand the current and planned features for the open source version of Neo4j.

Apache Camel 2.14: Java 8, Spring 4, REST DSL and Metrics

by Matt Raible on  Oct 21, 2014

The Apache Camel team recently released version 2.14, their 66th release. Camel is an open-source integration framework that provides components based on the popular enterprise integration patterns. It allows an application to define route and mediation rules in many domain-specific languages (DSLs), for example with Java, XML, Groovy and Scala.

Fear Driven Development on the Rise

by Boris Lublinsky on  Oct 20, 2014 3

There are several recent posts and discussions dedicated to a fairly common approach to software development: Fear Driven Development.

Facebook AsyncDisplayKit Touts Smooth Asynchronous UI for iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 17, 2014

Facebook has open-sourced its AsyncDisplayKit, a framework originally built for Facebook's Paper app that promises to make it easier to keep apps smooth and responsive even on older devices.

Leslie Lamport on Distributed Systems and Precise Thinking

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 16, 2014

Leslie Lamport is the author of some of the most cited computer science papers and won a Turing Award in 2013 for his seminal work in distributed and concurrent systems. This is a summary of an interview that Lamport gave to Software Engineering Radio touching themes such as his early work in distributed systems and the importance of precise thinking in programming.

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