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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

Tokutek Announces New Consensus Algorithm for MongoDB

by Benjamin Darfler on  Aug 05, 2014

Tokutek has announced work on a new consensus algorithm with the goal of replacing the existing leader election algorithm in MongoDB. Ark, as the algorithm is named, is being developed for use in TokuMX, Tokutek’s fork of MongoDB, and addresses a number of issues with the existing MongoDB algorithm.

Racket 6.1 Released

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 05, 2014

PLT Design has released version 6.1 of Racket, its general purpose, multi-paradigm programming language belonging to the Lisp/Scheme family. Racket 6.1 introduces a new way of handling local recursive variable definitions and several other language features.

"Terraform" Infrastructure: New Tool From Vagrant's Creators

by João Miranda on  Aug 04, 2014

Terraform is a new tool to build, change and version infrastructure, such as VMs, network switches or containers. It comes from the creators of Vagrant, the popular tool for managing development environments. Terraform's main selling point is its ability to combine and compose different service providers resources in a declarative and agnostic way.

Maven Central Enables SSL

by Ben Evans on  Aug 04, 2014 1

Responding to recent concerns that hackers could upload rogue versions of common libraries to Maven Central, Sonatype has released a patch that closes a security vulnerability, enabling SSL by default.

Google Showcases Android Best Practices by Open-sourcing Google I/O App

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 04, 2014 2

Google has recently made available the source code of the 2014 version of the Google I/O app. The primary goal of this is to provide a practical example of best practices for Android app design and development, including essential features to most Android apps, and a customizable template for apps with similar features.

Udi Dahan on Service-Oriented Composition

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 03, 2014

Udi Dahan describes how we in a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) where client-side components for one service runs in the same process as components for other services can collect several logical calls into one larger physical call to avoid the high cost, in terms of client to server communication, that otherwise could be substantial.

Experiences Building a Reactive Event-Driven CQRS Application

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 01, 2014

CQRS and Event Sourcing provide a clear and concise way to build distributed applications that adhere to the reactive manifesto, Duncan DeVore claimed in a recent presentation sharing his experiences building a distributed application using Akka and Scala.

Google Course: UX Design for Mobile Developers

by Abel Avram on  Aug 01, 2014 3

UX Design for Mobile Developers is a free/paid course created by Google to help developers become UX designers.

Java 8 Update 11 Broke Third Party Tools

by Ben Evans on  Aug 01, 2014

Oracle's latest update to Java, 8 update 11, introduced a breaking change that has affected a range of third-party tools, including JRebel, Groovy and Google's Guice library.

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