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Joda-Time 2.4 - New Methods, Improved Concurrency and Performance

by Bienvenido David on  Aug 20, 2014

The Joda-Time 2.4 date and time Java library has been released. It's the first Joda-Time release for 2014, and it contains enhancements, bug fixes and a time zone update. No deprecations have been introduced. Joda-Time 2.4 is released under the Apache License Version 2 and requires JDK 5+.

Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC Released

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 20, 2014

Microsoft continues to polish their powerful (and open source) Python Tools for Visual Studio package, which turns their famous IDE into a powerful Python development environment. This plugin does support the Web and Desktop Express editions of VS2013.

Xamarin.Mac and iOS Now Have a Unified API and 64-bit Support

by Abel Avram on  Aug 20, 2014

Xamarin now provides a single API for both Mac OS and iOS for 32-bit and/or 64-bit.

JavaScript Error Recorder Lets Users Report Bugs in Browser

by James Chesters on  Aug 19, 2014

Bogomil Shopov and Robert Nyman have announced The Usersnap Console Recorder, a browsable JavaScript error- and XHR-logs recorder that is free to use for FOSS projects.

Microservices vs Monolithic Applications

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 19, 2014 2

Using microservices is one way of breaking up a monolithic application to gain increased decoupling, separation of concerns and fast deployment but it’s not the only or even the best way, Todd Hoff states comparing the two architectural approaches.

Google unveils Mesa - Geo-Replicated Near-Realtime Scalable Data Warehouse

by Matt Kapilevich on  Aug 19, 2014

Google has unveiled their new data-warehouse called Mesa. Mesa is a system that scales across multiple data centers and processes petabytes of data, while being able to respond to queries in sub-second time and maintain ACID properties.

Thoughts on Unit Testing vs Ad-hoc Testing with Asynchronous Code

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 18, 2014

One of the interesting features of the Task + async/await pattern is that you can easily decorate the results of any operation. Lucian Wischik of Microsoft shows how to take advantage of this in order to make your end-to-end testing more robust.

The End of .NET 4.0 is Near

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 18, 2014

Microsoft has announced an end-of-life schedule for .NET 4.0 thru 4.5.1. After January 12 of 2016, all technical support, including security and non-security updates, will be discontinued. Developers and users will need to either go back to.NET 3.5 SP 1 or upgrade to 4.5.2.

Oracle Announces First Java 9 Features

by Ben Evans on  Aug 18, 2014

Oracle has announced the first set of enhancement proposals that will deliver features for Java 9. They include HTTP/2 support, enhanced JSON support and a first step towards modularity.

Guido van Rossum Wants to Bring Type Annotations to Python

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 15, 2014

Guido van Rossum, best known as designer of the Python programming language, recently sent out a proposal on the python-ideas mailing list for adding type annotations to Python function declarations. The proposal aims at bringing to Python the benefits provided by static typing without changing Python's dynamic typing nature and interpreter behaviour.

Pattern Matching in C# 6 and VB 12

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 14, 2014 11

Another concept from functional programming languages making its way to C# and VB is what’s known as pattern matching. At first glance pattern matching looks like a switch/select block, but it is much more powerful.

AppDynamics New Release Brings Big Data and Machine Learning to APM

by Victor Grazi on  Aug 14, 2014

Leading application performance monitoring vendor AppDynamics released version 3.9 of their flagship "Application Intelligence Platform" monitoring tool. Highlights of the release include big data analysis and machine learning to provide intuitive, scalable performance monitoring. InfoQ spoke to Maneesh Joshi, head of product marketing and strategy at AppDynamics

Balancing Quality and Velocity in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Aug 14, 2014

Agile software development teams have to assure that the products that they develop have sufficient quality. Management often also expect that they increase their velocity to be able to deliver more functionality faster to their customer. Several authors explored the relationship between quality and velocity and suggested ways to improve both quality and velocity.

Data Encryption in Apache Hadoop with Project Rhino - Q&A with Steven Ross

by Abhishek Sharma on  Aug 14, 2014

Cloudera recently released an update over Project Rhino and data at-rest encryption in Apache Hadoop. Project Rhino is an effort of Cloudera, Intel and Hadoop community to bring a comprehensive security framework for data protection. InfoQ recently talked to Steven Ross from Cloudera team to learn more about the project.

Facebook Releases Graph API v2.1 and Updates Platform Policies to Forbid Like-gating

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 14, 2014

New Facebook Graph API v2.1 incorporates several commonly requested features that build on the changes in v2.0, says Facebook. The company has also sparked a certain amount of reactions announcing changes to its platform policies that prohibit well-established like-gating practices.

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