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Facebook’s Parse Open-sources its SDK for Android and iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 16, 2015

Parse, Facebook-owned provider of a successful Mobile Backend as a service, has open-sourced its SDK for the iOS/OS X and Android platforms.

Internet of Things Design Manifesto 1.0 Released

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 16, 2015

IOT Design Manifesto 1.0 has been recently released. This manifesto serves as a code of conduct for everyone involved in developing the Internet of Things, outlining 10 principles to help create balanced and honest products in a burgeoning field with many unknowns.

Lessons Learned Working with Distributed Systems

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 13, 2015

Preparing for problems like partial failure is the best thing you can do when working with distributed systems, Vaughn Vernon explains in a conversation with InfoQ and refers to a blog post by Jeff Hodges noting its down-to-earth approach and practical advices e.g. designing for partial availability, and using capped exponential back off to restore full operation when dependencies are unavailable.

Meet Grid, The Guardian's Image Management Service

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 13, 2015

The British newspaper The Guardian has open sourced Grid, their image management service. Grid utilizes numerous modern web-based technologies including AngularJS, Amazon Web Serivces, and ElasicSearch using ECMAScript 6 and Scala. Build by a small developer team over the past 11 months, it is currently used in production and available under a liberal open source license.

QCon SF 2015 Update: Workshops at a glance (Nov 19-20)

by Wesley Reisz on  Aug 13, 2015

At QCon San Francisco, we offer two days of workshops (Nov 19-20). Workshops focus on developing the technical skills that leverage technologies you heard about from our expert practitioners during the conference sessions. Here is a glimpse at some of the experts you can learn from QCon SF ‘15 workshops.

Frege: a Haskell-like Language for the JVM

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 12, 2015 1

Frege, named after the German mathematician Gottlob Frege, is a purely functional, strongly typed language for the JVM that is so similar to Haskell that “most idiomatic Haskell code will run unmodified or with only minimal, obvious adaptions”. InfoQ has spoken with Ingo Wechsung, Frege’s creator.

Performance Guru Kirk Pepperdine Reflects on Results of RebelLabs' Performance Survey

by Matt Raible on  Aug 11, 2015

RebelLabs published their Developer Productivity Report, the result of a survey started in March 2015, where they polled the Java development community on Java performance and performance testing methods. To see how these numbers line up with a real world experience, InfoQ spoke with Kirk Pepperdine, CTO at JClarity and well-known performance expert.

Netflix.com Adopts Universal JavaScript, Drops Java from Rendering Pipeline

by David Iffland on  Aug 11, 2015 2

The team behind Netflix.com have dropped their Java-based HTML renderer in favor of a Universal JavaScript renderer that they can run in the browser or on the server.

Oracle Carving Strategy for Unsafe Library

by Victor Grazi on  Aug 10, 2015

Oracle carved out some direction for the library class sun.misc.Unsafe, from the unsupported sun.misc package in a blog last week. At issue has been the concern that this heavily used class will have its access severely limited via Project Jigsaw's JDK modularization.

GameAnalytics Open-Source Erlang Scheduler for Distributed Tasks

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 05, 2015

GameAnalytics, maker of a free analytics platform, has recently open sourced gascheduler an Erlang library that provides a generic scheduler for parallel execution of distributed tasks. InfoQ has spoken to Chris de Vries, one of gascheduler’s creators.

JerryScript & IoT.js: JavaScript for IoT from Samsung

by Abel Avram on  Aug 05, 2015

Samsung has recently open sourced IoT.js, a platform for IoT applications written in JavaScript, and JerryScript, a JavaScript engine for small, embedded devices.

Intel Multi-OS Engine Enables Porting Android Apps to iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 03, 2015

Intel has introduced a new feature for its Integrated Native Development Experience (INDE) called Multi-OS Engine that aims to make it easier for Java developers to port their Android apps to the iOS platform.

Six Ways of Improving Behaviour-Driven Development

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 31, 2015

Remembering that automation is a side benefit and not the reason for BDD is one improvement to more closely follow the recommendations of BDD thought leaders, Joe Colantonio explains noticing six ways of improving work with a BDD mindset.

The Community Initiates Discussion to Work Around the Removal of sun.misc.Unsafe

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jul 31, 2015 6

The community has started discussions around what to do about sun.misc.Unsafe. Despite being part of an unsupported, proprietary API, this class is widely used by a number of popular tools due to its ability to provide low-level access to memory management. Given that Oracle has indicated their desire to remove this class at some point, developers are looking for viable alternatives.

Git 2.5 Adds Worktrees, Improves Triangular Workflows, Performance, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 31, 2015 1

Git 2.5 is a major feature release that includes worktrees, improved triangular workflows, better performance, and countless improvements and fixes.

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