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Google on the Technical Debt of Machine Learning

by Mikio Braun on  Jan 15, 2015

A number of Google researchers and engineers presented their view on the technical debt of using machine learning at a NIPS workshop. They identified different aspects of technical debt and came to the conclusion that without proper care, using machine learning or complex data analysis in your company can induce new kinds of technical debt different from classical software engineering.

6to5 JavaScript Transpiler Gains Momentum

by David Iffland on  Jan 14, 2015

The 6to5 JavaScript transpiler has made significant gains in its short 6 month lifespan, besting Google's Traceur transpiler in ECMAScript 6 compatibility. Developers can write ES6 code now and let 6to5 output valid ES5 for use in today's browsers. Recently 6to5 incorporated the team behind competitor esnext into the project.

Rust 1.0 Alpha Released

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 14, 2015

The Rust programming language moves closer to its milestone 1.0 with the release of Rust 1.0 Alpha. It represents a marked improvement in code quality since the fall and provides interested developers a chance to use the language in a manner near its final 1.0 form.

CocoaPods Adds Support for Swift and iOS 8 Frameworks

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 13, 2015

CocoaPods 0.36-beta has recently been released, providing support for iOS 8 frameworks and libraries written in the Swift language, writes Marius Rackwitz (@mrackwitz), member of CocoaPods core team. This release allows pod maintainers to ensure compatibility of existing pods, while also enabling the creation of new pods for Swift libraries.

Major release for L20n, Mozilla's Localisation Framework

by James Chesters on  Jan 13, 2015

Mozilla has released version 1.0 of L20n, an open source, localisation-specific scripting language.

Architecture, Technology and the Lava Layer Anti-Pattern

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 12, 2015 1

Successive changes to architecture and technology throughout the lifetime of an application can lead to a fragile and fragmented codebase that is hard to understand and maintain, an anti-pattern named Lava Flow or Lava Layer that Mike Hadlow often finds in enterprise software, especially in large, mission critical and long-lived software.

Canonical Launches “Snappy” Ubuntu Core on Multiple Public Cloud Providers

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 12, 2015

Canonical has released the beta version of “snappy” Ubuntu Core, a lightweight and cloud-optimised version of Ubuntu Linux, on Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine and Amazon Web Services.

Reimplementing TeX's Algorithms: Looking Back at Thirty Years of Programming

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 09, 2015

Glenn Vanderburg, director of engineering at LivingSocial, gave an interesting recount of his effort to implement TeX’s algorithms in Clojure at the last ClojureConj conference. In the process, he discovered how much programming has changed in the last thirty years.

QCon New York 2015 (Jun 8-12): Track Topics Announced

by Diana Baciu on  Jan 09, 2015

The 15 track topics have been finalized for the 4th annual QCon New York (Jun 8-12) including: Modern CS, Mobile, Fraud Detection, Streaming Data, Microservices, Modern Advances in Java Technology, Machine Learning, Architectures You've Always Wondered about and more. Register before Jan 17th and save $700.

RESTier: A New Framework for Building OData Services

by Abel Avram on  Jan 09, 2015

The Microsoft OData Team has made available the preview version of RESTier, a middleware development framework for building OData 4.0 RESTful APIs. RESTier is based on ASP.NET Web API.

Distributed, Fault Tolerant Transactions in NoSQL

by Benjamin Darfler on  Jan 08, 2015

Five years ago many NoSQL databases were pre version 1.0 and when, it came to the CAP tradeoff, choosing availability over consistency was in vogue. Fast forward to today and distributed, fault tolerant transactions are moving into the fore as a new round of NoSQL databases seek to redefine our NoSQL expectations.

Google’s Android Performance Patterns

by Abel Avram on  Jan 08, 2015

The Google Developers YouTube channel has posted a set of 16 videos on Android Performance Patterns outlining a number of performance issues developers stumble across when creating applications for Android, along with advice on dealing with them which we will present in summary.

Agile Teams and Managers can Collaborate to Solve Impediments

by Ben Linders on  Jan 08, 2015

Impediments are issues that hinder agile teams. They are problems that teams are facing, which they need to solve. Managers can help agile teams in several ways to solve impediments.

What's Exciting in New JavaScript Libraries

by Philip De Smedt on  Jan 08, 2015

A number of new JavaScript libraries have popped up at GitHub and we decided to take a look at some of the more promising ones.

Apache Spark 1.2.0 Supports Netty-based Implementation, High Availability and Machine Learning APIs

by Rags Srinivas on  Jan 07, 2015

Apache Spark 1.2.0 was released with Netty-based implementation, High Availability and Machine Learning APIs. It represents the work of 172 contributors from over 60 institutions and comprises more than 1000 patches. InfoQ talks with Patrick Wendell, a Spark committer and PMC member.

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