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Apple's ResearchKit Available on GitHub

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 14, 2015

As announced last month, Apple has published ResearchKit, its open source framework aimed at enabling the use of mobile devices as a network of sensors for medical research.

Git Large File Storage Promises to Extend Git to Large Binary Files

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 14, 2015

Git Large File Storage (LFS) is an open source Git extension aimed to better "integrate large binary files such as audio samples, datasets, graphics, and videos" into a Git workflow, says GitHub.

Twitter Cuts Off Firehose Partner DataSift

by Saul Caganoff on  Apr 14, 2015

Twitter recently announced that it has cut-off their firehose data distributor DataSift. This move echoes Twitter's controversial 2012 API changes which restricted the Twitter client ecosystem. There is much speculation as to whether this latest announcement is an attempt to control the tweet analytics space and whether or not this is behaviour fitting of a platform provider.

Firefox 37 Brings Native Playback of HTML5 Video

by James Chesters on  Apr 13, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox 37, bringing native playback of HTML5 video for Windows, and many security changes.

Microsoft Announces General Availability of Azure DocumentDB

by Janakiram MSV on  Apr 13, 2015

Azure DocumentDB, Microsoft’s NoSQL cloud database service is now generally available.

Avoid a Canonical Data Model

by Jan Stenberg on  Apr 12, 2015 15

Standardizing on common models for business objects that are exchanged within an enterprise, e.g. Customer, Order and Product together with the attributes and associations they have, might seem compelling but for Stefan Tilkov this creation of Canonical Data Models (CDMs) is a horrible idea which he strongly advices against.

Adrian Cockcroft: Microservices Revisited

by Mark Little on  Apr 12, 2015 1

Recently Adrian Cockcroft gave an interview to ActiveState's John Wetherill about microservices. In it he talks about how polyglot fits into microservices and the impact on him when he head that companies such as Target and Macy's, as well as Homeland Security had adopted that architectural approach.

Java Community Release First OpenJDK Coverage Numbers

by Ben Evans on  Apr 10, 2015 4

The AdoptOpenJDK has released the first code coverage percentages for the OpenJDK codebase.

Sirius: an Open Source Competitor to Siri, Cortana, Google Now

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 10, 2015

Sirius is an open source, customizable system that can be commanded through vocal input. It has been built by University of Michigan researchers and is similar to Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, and Google Now. According to University of Michigan, Sirius “is designed to spark a new generation of intelligent personal assistants” for wearables and other devices."

ZeroDB Internals and End-To-End Database Encryption

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 09, 2015

In an article published in their blog, ZeroDB team explains how it works. ZeroDB is an end-to-end encrypted database, which means that the database server does not need to be secure for the data to be safe. The way this works is that query logic is being pushed down to the client. The client also holds the decryption keys for data. The client encrypts data with a symmetric key at time of creation

Experiences from Doing Remote Pairing

by Ben Linders on  Apr 09, 2015

Doing pair programming when working remote helps to increase interaction between developers and build relationships in teams, it makes knowledge flow and can prevent developers from drifting away. You can experiment with tooling to find a setup that works for you. Empathy and egolessness can emerge organically when doing pairing in a distributed team. Read about experiences with remote pairing.

Stack Overflow Survey 2015: Technologies Used, Loved, Disliked or Wanted

by Abel Avram on  Apr 09, 2015 2

Stack Overflow has conducted and published the results of their annual survey for 2015 evaluating the community of developers participating on their website by asking or answering questions, or simply learning. The study outlines among other trends the main technologies used, technologies loved/disliked/wanted and the predominance of Git.

AnyPresence Launches a New API Platform for Mobile and IoT Developers

by Janakiram MSV on  Apr 08, 2015

AnyPresence, one of the leading MBaaS players has launched JustAPIs, a platform for building and deploying RESTful APIs.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Hits the Big 1.0

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 08, 2015 1

Node Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS) has reached its 1.0 release. This extension is supported by all paid versions of Visual Studio 2012/2013 as well as VS Community and VS Express for Web.

Mono Adopts .NET Source Code

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 08, 2015

A draft of the release notes for Mono 4.0 have been posted. Among other changes, they have started to adopt code from Microsoft’s CoreCLR project. At the same time, they are dropping support for .NET 4.0 and earlier. Mono will now only build .NET 4.5 compatible assemblies.

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