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Red Hat Releases Project Atomic

by Justin Cormack on  Aug 12, 2014

In April, Red Hat released Project Atomic, a prototype system for running Docker containers. This is Red Hat’s response to the interest in CoreOS a system for hosting Docker containers based on ChromeOS.

Easier Immutable Objects in C# 6 and VB 12

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 12, 2014 8

A common pain point in .NET programming is the amount of boilerplate code necessary to implement immutable objects such as explicitly defined backing stores for each property. Under a new draft specification, C# and VB will be adding what they are calling a “record class” that eliminates most of the effort.

ASP.NET Two-Factor Authentication, Web And Mobile Tooling Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 12, 2014

Visual Studio Update 3 was released last week and includes some framework and tooling improvements relevant to web and mobile developers. We go through some of these, including the ASP.NET identity update supporting two-factor authentication, new Visual Studio-Azure integrations as well as several updates to the Apache Cordova Tooling preview.

Try Before You Buy: Heroku Supports Preview of GitHub Applications

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 12, 2014

Heroku is trying to make it easier to turn source code into a running application. The Heroku Button – a simple bit of HTML or Markdown that triggers a deployment from a public GitHub repository to Heroku’s public cloud – sets up Heroku as an attractive destination for quickly previewing, hosting, and extending open source web applications.

MontageJS: An Interview with Creator Benoit Marchant

by James Chesters on  Aug 12, 2014

Benoit Marchant is the creator of the open source MontageJS HTML5 Framework, and the Co-Founder & CEO at Montage Studio. MontageJS is designed to write single page, multi-screen web applications with a focus on high quality user experience, and to enable big projects with larger teams.

Json.NET Updates: Merge, Dependency Injection, F# and JSONPath Support

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 11, 2014

Json.NET 6.0 received 4 releases this year, the latest last week. Over these releases, several new features have been added, including several F# specific features, support for JSONPath querying, ability to integrate with Dependency Injection frameworks, ability to Merge JSON objects and more.

Striking a Balance Between Open API Usage Policies and Innovation

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Aug 11, 2014

The limits imposed on open API usage policies by API providers has sparked off a debate on the relationship between such restrictions and its effect on innovation. In spite of philosophical differences between the two sides developers continue to circumvent technical blocks to access data. Is there a way to strike a balance or align interests?

New Android Features for Project ARA to Become Part of Mainline Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 11, 2014

Google is working with Linaro to develop a special edition of Android to support specific features required for the Project Ara customizable smartphone, said Linaro CEO George Grey. This collaboration is aimed to make improvements and additional functionality in the Android ARA version “part of mainline Android,” Grey said.

Microservices and the Big Ball of Mud

by Mark Little on  Aug 10, 2014 30

Recently several articles have been written which wonder whether microservices offers a better way of architecting systems or represents a potential problem waiting to happen: distributed Big Balls of Mud. Simon Brown and Gene Hughson discuss the possibility that until people can write well architected monolithic systems they're unlikely to benefit from microservices.

QCon SF Update (Nov 3-7, 2014): Walmart Labs, Netflix, Twitter Talks Confirmed; Registrations up 50%

by Nitin Bharti on  Aug 08, 2014

With registrations up 50% and 24/100 speakers confirmed, the 8th annual QCon San Francisco (Nov 3-7, 2014) is expected to draw over 1,000 team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers for three days of practitioner-delivered talks. The tracks-to-days schedule has been published along with the confirmed list of tutorials. Register before Aug 23rd and save $600.

Parse Releases Official Open-source PHP SDK

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 07, 2014

Parse released the Parse PHP SDK, aimed at enabling Parse integration "for a new class of apps and different use cases." The company also says that this is its "first SDK for a server-side language, and the first to be truly open-source."

VS2013 Update 3 Continues Refinements

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 07, 2014

The 3rd Update to Visual Studio 2013 continues Microsoft's steady application of refinements to their flagship IDE. This update increases the usefulness of diagnostic tools, adds deployment options, and updates some key features in VS2013 Ultimate.

Enabling Agile Teams to Improve Software Quality

by Ben Linders on  Aug 07, 2014

Long working days, deadlines and team pressure can impact the quality of the software that agile teams deliver. What can we do to prevent that from happening and enable teams to improve the quality of their software? Some suggestions are to arrange for scope and deadline slack, adopt pull systems, and to make sure that people can slow down and get enough sleep.

New Lightbox Script To Combine Responsive Images with Browser Compatibility

by James Chesters on  Aug 05, 2014

Marek Grzybek has released version 0.7 of baguetteBox.js, a lightbox script in pure JavaScript.

Vivint and Cloudera Analyzing Big Data from the Smart Home

by Alex Giamas on  Aug 05, 2014

Vivint recently announced that it is partnering up with Cloudera to analyze more efficiently data coming from Smart Home sensors. The sensors in a residence vary from thermostats to security oriented devices. Analyzing this data centrally, Vivint can provide actionable insights for customers that can provide energy savings. Heating ventilation and cooling(HVAC) accounts for more than 40 percent of

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