Polymer 0.8 Comes with Performance Improvements and Breaking Changes

by Abel Avram on  Apr 07, 2015

The Polymer team has made available Polymer 0.8 alpha with a “proposed API for 1.0” but it is “not compatible with the 0.5 API” having many breaking changes. The library has been optimized for size and performance and it is not yet feature complete.

The Architecture of a Scalable and Resilient Google Cloud Solution

by Abel Avram on  Apr 03, 2015

Google has recently published a paper providing architectural guidelines for creating a scalable and resilient solution running on their cloud platform. This article digests the respective paper extracting the main ideas and advice. These guidelines can be used with minor changes for deploying web applications on other clouds.

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.

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.

Dart Adds Support for Asynchronous Programming

by James Chesters on  Mar 30, 2015

Google has released Dart 1.9, bringing fresh support for asynchronous programming. Kevin Moore, product manager for Google, said the release of version 1.9 introduces async methods and await expressions built on top of its existing Future API.

Bazel: Google Build Tool is now Open Source

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 27, 2015

Bazel, the tool that Google uses to build the majority of its software has been partially open sourced. According to Google, Bazel is aimed to build “code quickly and reliably” and is “critical to Google’s ability to continue to scale its software development practices as the company grows.”

The Demise of Open Source Hosting Providers Codehaus and Google Code

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 22, 2015 1

Open Source project hosting sites like SourceForge, Codehaus and Google Code inspired developers to share their code for projects not associated with a foundation like Apache or Eclipse. Over the past few years, these hosting sites have been superseded by GitHub, to the extent that they are closing down over the next year. InfoQ looks back at their contributions and into the future.

Lessons Learned From Scaling Services at Google and eBay

by João Miranda on  Mar 22, 2015

Randy Shoup shared his experiences to the QCon London audience in scaling services at Google and eBay, giving advice on building and operating services. A successful services strategy requires end-to-end service ownership, decentralized decision-making and standardization efforts focused on protocols of communications and supporting infrastructure.

Google Brings Places API Natively to Android and iOS

by Abel Avram on  Mar 20, 2015

So far, Places API has been available as a web service, but now it has been integrated in the recently released Android Play Services 7.0, and a beta program has been started to bring it natively to iOS. On Android, this new API can be used on all OS versions starting with Gingerbread. There are not many details yet on how it will work on iOS.

Gain insight into the performance of your apps with Google Cloud Monitoring

by Russell Smith on  Mar 05, 2015

Google Cloud Monitoring is now available for free whilst in beta to all Google Cloud Platform customers. The service provides dashboards and alerts for cloud-powered applications, giving developers and operations staff insight and metrics to their services.

Google Teams Up With Rivals to Deliver Cloud Benchmarking Toolkit

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 03, 2015

Are you trying to make performance comparisons between cloud providers? Google, along with a diverse set of collaborators, has released an open-source performance benchmarking framework that tests common workloads across clouds. InfoQ reached out to Google to learn more about this somewhat unusual partnership, and how the industry will benefit from it.

Google Releases gRPC, a HTTP/2 RPC Framework for Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Feb 27, 2015 2

Google has opened sourced gRPC, a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications.

Google Dumps SPDY after HTTP/2 Enters "Last Call"

by Abel Avram on  Feb 10, 2015

Google has announced giving up SPDY after HTTP/2.0 has integrated the protocol and its standardization is in its final stages.

Google Shares its Views on Containers

by João Miranda on  Jan 26, 2015

The Google Cloud Platform team started an article series to share its views on container, leveraging their 10-year experience on the technology. Google's first two articles provide an overview of the topic. They explain the rationale behind container clusters and their defining traits. Along the way, they show how it all applies to Kubernetes.

Google Aims at Bootstrapping Go 1.5

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 15, 2015

Google has recently made public its plan to bootstrap Go 1.5. According to Russ Cox, Go core developer for almost 6 years now and author of the document, Google has been planning for a year “how to eliminate all C programs from the Go source tree.” InfoQ has spoken to Russ to learn more about the plan to bootstrap Go.

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