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AWS Adds Dense-Storage Instances to Amazon EC2

by Janakiram MSV on  Apr 02, 2015

Amazon Web Services announced a new instance type called D2 which is optimised for Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) data warehouses, log processing, and MapReduce jobs.

PostgreSQL advances in the JSON datastore landscape

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 02, 2015

This article discusses PostgreSQL as a JSON datastore in a world of document storage systems. JSON based datastores have been gaining popularity in the past years. Following on the increasing popularity of MongoDB, CouchDB, RethinkDB, ToroDB and others are focusing on storing and retrieving JSON documents as seamlessly as possible...Is PostgreSQL going to be your next JSON database?...we answer it

Massive Price Cut for Visual Studio 2015

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2015 6

Microsoft has announced that they are restructuring the way they sell Visual Studio. Starting with VS 2015, there will only be three main SKUs or editions: Community, Professional w/MSDN, and Enterprise w/MSDN. The most expensive edition will cost you 5,999 for the first year, less than half the cost of VS 2013 Ultimate Edition.

Package Management for Python Tools for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2015

Package Management for Python Tools for Visual Studio Microsoft is continuing its efforts to support Python in Visual Studio. Still in beta, Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.2 (PTVS) brings more of the standard features found in other VS supported languages such as C# and VB including code snippets, an auto watch window, and package management.

WebStorm 10 Compiles TypeScript 1.4 to JavaScript on the Fly

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

JetBrains WebStorm 10 compiles TypeScript 1.4 code to JavaScript while editing. It has added support for unions, modules, decorators, plus let and const keywords. It comes with an application dependency diagram, source maps and a CPU plus memory profiler for V8.

Google Is Going to Make Pointer Events the Main Event Type in Chrome after All

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

Google is going to make Pointer Events the main event type in Chrome, joining ranks with Microsoft, Firefox and leaving out Apple.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Adds Preconfigured Docker Containers for Go

by Steffen Opel on  Mar 31, 2015

After introducing "Preconfigured Docker" as a new category of supported platforms in November 2014 with initial support for Java/GlassFish and Python 3.4 containers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently added Go versions 1.3 and 1.4 as the first additional language based on this new approach to its platform as a service offering AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Facebook’s Parse Launches SDK for Internet of Things

by Janakiram MSV on  Mar 31, 2015

At the F8 developer conference last week, Facebook announced Parse for IoT , a Backend as a Service (BaaS) for microcontrollers and realtime operating systems (RTOS).

A Service is a Logical Construct Built by Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 31, 2015

A service is a logical construct owning a business capability and made up of internal autonomous components or microservices that together fulfil the responsibilities of the service, Jeppe Cramon suggests continuing a previous series of blog posts clarifying his view on building services around business capabilities and bounded contexts.

Improving Quality and Delivery Speed with DevOps Teams

by Ben Linders on  Mar 31, 2015 2

You can increase the quality of products by constantly increasing the level of automation of the delivery process and working with DevOps teams who constantly deliver small features to get quick customer feedback. A case story from ING Lease explaining the problems they had, experiences from the first steps of their agile and DevOps journey and exploring what they want to achieve in the future.

Google Strategies for Automated Android UI Testing

by Abel Avram on  Mar 31, 2015

Convinced that “whatever can be unit tested should be unit tested”, Mona El Mahdy, a Software Engineer in Test at Google, has written a blog post proposing several approaches to perform unit tests on the user interface of Android applications. Mahdy recommends Robolectric and the Android Studio Gradle plug-in for general unit testing, and Espresso or UI Automator for creating and running UI tests.

Azul Announces Zulu Embedded, based on OpenJDK

by Matt Raible on  Mar 31, 2015

Azul Systems has released Zulu Embedded, a new open source embedded JDK, based on OpenJDK. It is targeted at companies that have embedded Java-based products such as mobile and IoT devices. Examples include routers and switches, ATM machines, avionics systems, automotive electronics and Point of Sale (POS) systems.

Ed Burns Discusses HTTP/2 and the Java EE Servlet 4 Specification

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 30, 2015

At JavaLand 2015, Ed Burns provided an overview of the Java EE Servlet 4.0 specification (JSR 369), the main focus of which is to introduce HTTP/2 support into the Java EE Platform. HTTP/2 aims to overcome problems with the existing HTTP specification, and new features include request/response multiplexing, binary framing, stream prioritisation, server push and header compression.

Sensible Cocoa STV 4.0 Further Advances Visual UI Programming on iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 30, 2015

Sensible Cocoa STV 4.0 is a framework that allows you to create native data-driven apps for iOS by defining your data model and then visually binding it to your UI in Xcode. Sensible Cocoa claims that “developers save on average about 70% of their development time when they start using STV in their applications.” InfoQ has talked to Sensible Cocoa founder Tarek Sakr about their product.

How a Scrum Master Helped a Team to Increase Their Agility

by Ben Linders on  Mar 30, 2015

Here's an experience story from a tester who decided to move onward and become a Scrum master to help her team to become more agile, with learnings from their agile journey and pieces of advice for doing change in organizations.

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