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Becoming a Continuous Learning Organization

by Ben Linders on  Nov 10, 2014

Software Development is often considered to be knowledge intensive, therefor organizations look for ways to enable continuous learning. “We need learning organisations and they start with learning individuals” says Marcin Floryan. Individual learning can be difficult and scaling individual learning even more challenging. What can organizations do to become a continuous learning organization?

Rebuilding Wunderlist Using Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Nov 08, 2014 3

Chad Fowler, CTO at 6Wunderkinder, the company behind Wunderlist, describes how they went from a large monolithic Rails application and a large monolithic database to a system with many microservices, and the architecture they ended up with. Starting by adding new functionality as services and splitting the large database into smaller databases, they ended up doing a big rewrite of a new system.

Martin Fowler on Characteristics of Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Nov 06, 2014 8

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a very broad term and practically meaningless. Microservices is a subset of SOA with the value being that it allows us to put a label on this useful subset of SOA terminology, Martin Fowler stated in his keynote introducing Microservices when opening the GOTO Berlin Conference 2014.

Measuring Outcomes with the Mobius Framework

by Ben Linders on  Nov 06, 2014

In stead of feature farming, we need to deliver better outcomes and focus on the business results that we need to deliver. Measurements should provide insight into the outcomes because that is what is important. The Mobius loop can be used to define appropriate measurements.

WHATWG Is Standardizing Web Streams

by Abel Avram on  Oct 31, 2014

After gestating for more than a year on GitHub, the project Streams has now been adopted by WHATWG in an effort to standardize a web streaming API. The project is led by Domenic Denicola, the man that started the work on Promises, currently part of the upcoming ECMAScript 6.

W3C's Latest HTML5 Standard Ignores WHATWG

by Han Xu on  Oct 21, 2014

W3C published a new version of the HTML5 Differences from HTML4 working draft. The latest version describes the differences of W3C HTML5 and HTML4, and a comparison between WHATWG HTML and HTML4 is no longer covered.

Apache Camel 2.14: Java 8, Spring 4, REST DSL and Metrics

by Matt Raible on  Oct 21, 2014 1

The Apache Camel team recently released version 2.14, their 66th release. Camel is an open-source integration framework that provides components based on the popular enterprise integration patterns. It allows an application to define route and mediation rules in many domain-specific languages (DSLs), for example with Java, XML, Groovy and Scala.

Use Your Blockades to Sustainably Improve

by Ben Linders on  Oct 21, 2014

Blockades in work, like insufficient information, unclear requirements or having to wait for tools or systems to become available can have a systematic cause. It could be the case that similar problems that block the team keep happening until the underlying causes are addressed. You can use your blockades as treasures of improvement to sustainably improve the way work is done.

Getting your Quality Management System Used

by Ben Linders on  Oct 20, 2014

Creating and maintaining a Quality Management System (QMS) can be difficult, certainly when organizations have multiple product lines where different regulations and standards are applicable. InfoQ interviewed Willem van den Biggelaar about the benefits of having a QMS, dealing with multiple regulations, assuring adherence, how a QMS can support agility and deploying a QMS in an agile way.

Martin Thompson Discusses the Reactive Manifesto 2.0

by Harry Brumleve on  Oct 13, 2014

The second version of the Reactive Manifesto was announced at September's GOTO conference in Aarhus. Martin Thompson discusses the need for a revised version of the Manifesto and what its changes mean for the burgeoning reactive community.

Lessons Learnt Using Microservices

by Mark Little on  Oct 12, 2014 1

Several companies have reported their move to adopting Microservices. Recently Tom Livesey from startup Droplet has joined the discussions by posting several lessons they learnt when moving to that architectural approach.

MySQL Offers a REST API

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 30, 2014 5

A prototype of MySQL 5.7 is shipping with an optional component called the MySQL HTTP Plugin. This plugin allows direct access to MySQL via a REST over HTTP interface, eliminating the need for a middle-tier server or database specific drivers.

How Agile Can Yield Effective IT Business Alignment

by Ben Linders on  Sep 24, 2014

In agile projects the product owner is often seen as the person who primary assures the connection between business and IT. But for effective IT-Business alignment having a product owner is not enough. What can people from the business, demand and supply parts of the organization do increase the effectiveness of IT – Business alignment?

Standard Markdown Becomes Common Markdown then CommonMark

by Abel Avram on  Sep 08, 2014

A group of representatives from Stack Exchange, GitHub, Reddit, and others have started to standardize and enhance Markdown under the name Standard Markdown. Their efforts have met the opposition of John Gruber, the syntax’s creator, who does not want to see Markdown used in other projects, so the project was eventually renamed CommonMark.

Microservices vs Monolithic Applications

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 19, 2014 3

Using microservices is one way of breaking up a monolithic application to gain increased decoupling, separation of concerns and fast deployment but it’s not the only or even the best way, Todd Hoff states comparing the two architectural approaches.

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