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HashiCorp Publicly Release Atlas, a Version Control System for Infrastructure

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 08, 2015

HashiCorp have publicly released Atlas, a commercial platform that unites their open source tools for development and operations to create a version control system for infrastructure management. Atlas integrates HashiCorp’s Vagrant, Packer, Terraform, and Consul tooling, with the primary goal of promoting ‘automation, audit and collaboration on infrastructure changes’ across the modern datacenter.

BBC MicroBit Aims to Make Computing Cool for Kids

by Alex Blewitt on  Jul 08, 2015

Yesterday the BBC unveiled the final plans for the BBC MicroBit, a system-on-a-chip-on-a-board with a 5x5 LED matrix aimed at getting children interested in programming. Announced in March 2015, the BBC MicroBit is now finalised and will be given to children in year 7 across the UK, and available for purchase towards the end of 2015. InfoQ looks at what it will provide.

SQL Server 2016: Identify Regressions with Query Store

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 07, 2015

SQL Server 2016 offers a new tool for performance tuning called Query Store. This holds metrics that let you quickly see when an execution plan change has negatively impacted the database.

Google Brings Material Design to CSS, HTML, and JavaScript

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 07, 2015 1

Google Material Design Lite) (MDL) aims to enable material design look and feel for websites. Material design is a visual language that is standard on Android and that Google is proposing cross-platform.

QCon San Francisco 2015 (Nov 16-20): Track Topics Announced

by Diana Baciu on  Jul 07, 2015

Track topics for QCon San Francisco 2015 have been finalized and published to the conference website. Registrations for the event - which has been completely sold out for the past four years - are up 200% compared to the same time last year.

Douglas Crockford Previews His Idea For a New Web

by David Iffland on  Jul 06, 2015

At the Angular U conference in San Francisco, Douglas Crockford presented a radical new idea for upgrading the web. His proposal would replace parts of the web that don't work with newer, more secure alternatives, leaving behind existing web techologies such as SSL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

SQL Server 2016: Live Query Statistics

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 06, 2015

A database query times out and you don’t know why. The estimated query plan is revealing the problem, so you remove the timeout entirely. An hour later it is still running and you are no closer to getting the actual execution plan. If only there was a way to find out what is actually happening inside the server. With Live Query Statistics in SQL Server 2016 you can now answer that question.

Basho Data Platform Supports In-Memory Analytics, Caching, Search and Integration with NoSQL

by Srini Penchikala on  Jul 05, 2015

Basho Data Platform supports integration with NoSQL databases like Redis, in-memory analytics, caching, and search. Basho Technologies, the company behind Riak NoSQL database, announced in May, the availability of the data platform that can be used to deploy and manage Big Data, IoT and hybrid cloud applications.

Udi Dahan on Reuse in Business Logic and Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 05, 2015 3

Reuse has been a watch word for almost everything that has happened in system development during the last thirty years, but reuse is like cyanide; in really small portions it can be healthy, using it too much it starts doing a lot of damage, Udi Dahan claimed in his presentation giving a different perspective on business logic at this year’s DDD Exchange conference in London.

Flocker v1.0 Provides Docker Volume Migration and Storage Abstraction

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 03, 2015

At the London Microservice User Group July meetup, Kai Davenport presented a live demonstration of ClusterHQ’s Flocker v1.0 container data volume manager tool migrating a Docker storage volume between multiple containers running within a Docker Swarm.

State of Testing 2015 Report is Published

by Ben Linders on  Jul 02, 2015 3

The state of testing 2015 report shares results from this year's testing survey that was organized by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest and Lalit Bhamare from Tea-Time with Testers. It provides insights in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. InfoQ did an interview with the organizers of the survey.

Challenges When Implementing Microservices and Why Programming Style Matters

by Ben Linders on  Jul 02, 2015 3

Fred George talked about the Challenges in Implementing MicroServices and The Secret Assumption of Agile at the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him about how make microservices as small as possible, challenges when implementing microservices and how to deal with them, why programming style matters, and what developers can do to develop their code writing skills.

AWS s2n: Open-source TLS Implementation in Less than 6,000 Lines

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 01, 2015

Amazon Web Services has recently introduced s2n, short for “signal to noise”, an open-source implementation of the TLS/SSL protocols that aims to be “simple, small, fast, and with security as a priority”.

Richard Warburton and Raoul-Gabriel Urma Review the History of Generics in Java at Devoxx UK

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jul 01, 2015

Richard and Raoul, who provide in person training courses on Java 8, offered a joint presentation at Devoxx UK 2015 where they discussed the origins and motivations for Generics in Java, some of the less known current features, and a glimpse of what might be coming up in Java 10. The presentation was split into three distinctive sections: past, present and future of Generics.

Leveraging Data Science to Improve Monitoring

by João Miranda on  Jun 30, 2015

At the recent devopsdays Amsterdam 2015, Patrick Roelke contended that monitoring still has lots of issues. Roelke believes that data science can help by eliminating static thresholds and coalescing information from various data sources into a single metric. The talk included a quick overview of monitoring tools that leverage data science: Kale, Bosun and AnomalyDetection.

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