Standardizing on common models for business objects that are exchanged within an enterprise, e.g. Customer, Order and Product together with the attributes and associations they have, might seem compelling but for Stefan Tilkov this creation of Canonical Data Models (CDMs) is a horrible idea which he strongly advices against.
Recently Adrian Cockcroft gave an interview to ActiveState's John Wetherill about microservices. In it he talks about how polyglot fits into microservices and the impact on him when he head that companies such as Target and Macy's, as well as Homeland Security had adopted that architectural approach.
The AdoptOpenJDK has released the first code coverage percentages for the OpenJDK codebase.
Sirius is an open source, customizable system that can be commanded through vocal input. It has been built by University of Michigan researchers and is similar to Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, and Google Now. According to University of Michigan, Sirius “is designed to spark a new generation of intelligent personal assistants” for wearables and other devices."
In an article published in their blog, ZeroDB team explains how it works. ZeroDB is an end-to-end encrypted database, which means that the database server does not need to be secure for the data to be safe. The way this works is that query logic is being pushed down to the client. The client also holds the decryption keys for data. The client encrypts data with a symmetric key at time of creation
Doing pair programming when working remote helps to increase interaction between developers and build relationships in teams, it makes knowledge flow and can prevent developers from drifting away. You can experiment with tooling to find a setup that works for you. Empathy and egolessness can emerge organically when doing pairing in a distributed team. Read about experiences with remote pairing.
Stack Overflow has conducted and published the results of their annual survey for 2015 evaluating the community of developers participating on their website by asking or answering questions, or simply learning. The study outlines among other trends the main technologies used, technologies loved/disliked/wanted and the predominance of Git.
AnyPresence, one of the leading MBaaS players has launched JustAPIs, a platform for building and deploying RESTful APIs.
Node Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS) has reached its 1.0 release. This extension is supported by all paid versions of Visual Studio 2012/2013 as well as VS Community and VS Express for Web.
A draft of the release notes for Mono 4.0 have been posted. Among other changes, they have started to adopt code from Microsoft’s CoreCLR project. At the same time, they are dropping support for .NET 4.0 and earlier. Mono will now only build .NET 4.5 compatible assemblies.
Matt DeBergalis has released version 1.1 of Meteor, announcing support for both Windows and MongoDB 3.0. The 1.1 release "adds first-class official support" for developing applications software on Microsoft Windows, DeBergalis said, adding that it is the start of "a commitment to developers on the Microsoft platform."
After three developer previews, six release candidates and over 1500 closed tickets the Apache foundation has announced version 1.0 of Apache HBase, a NoSQL database in the Hadoop ecosystem. After more than 7 years of active development, the team behind HBase felt that the project had matured and stabilized enough to warrant a 1.0 version.
MS Open Tech has announced a Cordova plugin which allows developers to use Active Directory Authentication in their apps for Android, iOS, Windows Store, and Windows Phone platforms to access the APIs that it protects, such as Office 365, Azure, Graph API, etc.
The Polymer team has made available Polymer 0.8 alpha with a “proposed API for 1.0” but it is “not compatible with the 0.5 API” having many breaking changes. The library has been optimized for size and performance and it is not yet feature complete.
At the inaugural O’Reilly Software Architecture conference, Raffi Krikorian discussed strategies and tactics for technical leads and architects who are undertaking a system rewrite. Drawing on his experience as VP of Twitter Engineering, Krikorian discussed a twelve point plan for managing a re-architecting, including defining “done”, instrumenting existing systems, and enforcing code quality.