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DataBricks Announces Spark SQL for Manipulating Structured Data Using Spark

by Matt Kapilevich on  Apr 19, 2014

DataBricks, the company behind Apache Spark, has announced a new addition into the Spark ecosystem called Spark SQL. Spark SQL is separate from Shark, and does not use Hive under the hood. InfoQ reached out to Reynold Xin and Michael Armbrust, software engineers at DataBricks, to learn more about Spark SQL.

A Roundup of Cloudera Distribution Containing Apache Hadoop 5

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 18, 2014

Cloudera recently released the latest version of its software distribution, CDH5. Almost 20 months after the last major version, CDH4 seems like ages in the Big Data world. We take a look at new features this release brings and the future direction of Cloudera after the latest round of investment from Intel and Google Ventures.

Mozilla and Unity Team Up to Rule Web Gameplay

by João Paulo Marques on  Apr 18, 2014

Mozilla and Unity recently announced they have joined forces to bring Unity's popular game engine to the web using WebGL standard and Mozilla’s asm.js.

Hadoop Gets Better Security, Several Operational Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Apr 18, 2014

Hadoop 2.4.0 was recently released with several enhancements to both HDFS and YARN. This includes support for Access Control Lists, Native support for Rolling upgrades, Full HTTPS support for HDFS, Automatic failover of YARN and other operational improvements

jQuery Stops IE 6 and IE 7 Support in v1.13

by Dennis Wilson on  Apr 17, 2014

jQuery will drop support for Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 "somewhere in 2015", jQuery Foundation president Dave Methvin stated on the official jQuery blog last week. This change will go hand in hand with the release of jQuery 1.13. The release 1.12 will be the last one with official support for the named versions of Microsoft's default browser for Windows.

Improving Node.js’ SSL Performance at PayPal

by Abel Avram on  Apr 17, 2014

Trevor Livingston, a software engineer working for PayPal, has outlined in a recent post a number of suggestions to improve the outbound SSL performance of Node.js.

Haskell Gets iOS Support, Several language and Performance Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Apr 16, 2014

GHC 7.8.1 was recently released, bringing several language, compiler and performance improvements. Haskell can now be compiled for iOS, and sports new features such as Closed Type Families, Roles, Overloaded Lists, Pattern Synonyms.

Ember.js 1.5 Released: New Testing Features, Improved UX

by James Chesters on  Apr 16, 2014

The Ember.js team has released version 1.5, with new testing features, and an eager URL update that will “provide for a better UX 99% of the time,” according to Ember core team member Robert Jackson. Jackson, posting on the Ember.js blog, described the new version as having “a ton of bug fixes and small improvements” as well as new features in the release.

Matias Duarte, Android’s Chief Designer: Make Apps for Screens, Not for Mobile

by Abel Avram on  Apr 16, 2014

Matias Duarte, Head of Design at Android, has recently held an interview on software design during Accel Design Conference 2014 underlining the need for a shift in software design approach from separate apps made for different devices to one app for multiple screens.

Build 2014 Retrospective

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 16, 2014

In this opinion piece, a look is taken at Microsoft's recent Build conference and how the company may be signaling its desire for an increased focus on attracting developers.

Windows Management Framework 5 Preview Introduces Package Manager And Network Switches Cmdlets

by João Miranda on  Apr 15, 2014

Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Management Framework V5 Preview, which includes Windows PowerShell OneGet, a package manager in the spirit of yum and apt-get; a set of cmdlets to manage network switches; and some polishing on Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).

Cucumber.js for BDD in JavaScript: An Interview with Julien Biezemans

by James Chesters on  Apr 15, 2014

Julien Biezemans is a Cucumber core team member and the author of Cucumber.js. Cucumber.js is a native JavaScript implementation of Cucumber, and is a strict port that can run on any JavaScript environment. Running on Node.js as well as within any browsers, Cucumber.js is virtually serviceable against everything producing JavaScript and HTML (Node.js, Ruby on Rails, PHP, .NET, etc)

Android 4.1.1 Vulnerable to Reverse Heartbleed

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 15, 2014

Google announced last week that Android 4.1.1 is susceptible to the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. While Android 4.1.1 is, according to Google, the only Android version vulnerable to Heartbleed, it remains in use in millions of smartphones and tablets. Android 4.1.1 devices have been shown to leak significant amount of data in a "reverse Heartbleed" attack.

Spring Updated for Java 8

by Matt Raible on  Apr 15, 2014

Java 8 might be difficult for enterprise projects to adopt, mostly because of established Java EE application servers. Those using Tomcat and Jetty will likely have an edge in upgrading. Spring 4.0.3 was recently released, with official support for Java 8 as well as many WebSocket improvements.

Udi Dahan on Event-Driven Architecture and Loosely Coupled Systems

by Jan Stenberg on  Apr 14, 2014

We should build systems more loosely coupled to achieve properties like robustness, resilience and scalability, Udi Dahan emphasizes in a recent presentation discussing how we can model our systems using more event-driven and asynchronous patterns and some of the challenges developers face when introducing these principles and patterns into development.

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