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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.

CocosSharp: Xamarin Forks Cocos2D-XNA

by Abel Avram on  Aug 13, 2014

Xamarin has forked Cocos2D-XNA, a 2D/3D game development framework, creating a cross-platform library that can be included in PCL projects.

Flickr Chooses Sentinel for Highly Available Redis

by Benjamin Darfler on  Aug 13, 2014

Flickr recently announced that they have deployed Sentinel to provide automated Redis failover in their offline task processing subsystem despite worries about its consistency.

CenturyLink Launches Panamax Docker Composition Tool

by Chris Swan on  Aug 12, 2014

CenturyLink has launched Panamax, a tool that they describe as ‘Docker Management for Humans’. Panamax distinguishes itself from other composition tools for Docker by offering a web based user interface, which can be used to compose multiple Docker containers into templates that can then be shared on GitHub.

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.

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