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Unity Launches Analytics on iOS and Android

by Matt McComb on  Jan 27, 2015

Unity last week announced the launch of Unity Analytics, a service which assists game developers in gaining an understanding into the behaviour of their players. The service is currently in an open beta with support for the iOS and Android platforms only.

Vivaldi: A New Browser Created by Former Opera Developers

by Abel Avram on  Jan 27, 2015 2

A team of former Opera developers along with their ex-CEO Jon von Tetzchner have created a new browser called Vivaldi.

EMRFS Brings Consistency to Amazon S3

by Jérôme Serrano on  Jan 27, 2015

Amazon recently announced EMRFS, an implementation of HDFS that allows EMR clusters to use S3 with a stronger consistency model. When enabled, this new feature keeps track of operations performed on S3 and provides list consistency, delete consistency and read-after-write-consistency, for any cluster created with Amazon Machine Image (AMI) version 3.2.1 or greater.

Q&A with Scott Ambler on the Disciplined Agile Enterprise

by Ben Linders on  Jan 27, 2015

“An agile enterprise is able to anticipate and respond swiftly to changes in the marketplace” says Scott Ambler. InfQ interviewed Scott about the reasons why agile projects are failing, how to increase budgets for building new systems, disciplined DevOps, harmonizing agile and lean, and on coaching for enterprise agility.

QCon London 5 Weeks Away; Top Tracks, Sessions, and Speakers

by Nitin Bharti on  Jan 27, 2015

The ninth annual QCon London (March 2-6) will feature in-depth presentations and case studies from Netflix, Google, Facebook, Uber, eBay, SoundCloud and others. Learn from front line, industry practitioners on topics like Microservices, Docker, Engineering Culture, Go, Reactive Architecture, Low Latency Trading, Continuous Delivery, and more.

Microsoft Azure G-Series VMs are Generally Available

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 26, 2015

Azure’s beefy, powerful G-series VM types are now available in East US 2 region.

Java 8 Auto-Update, Java 7 End of Public Update

by Bienvenido David on  Jan 26, 2015 1

Oracle has started auto-updating JRE 7 to JRE 8. Auto-update was turned on in January 20, 2015 and affects Windows 32-bit and OS X users who use Java's auto-update mechanism. This is not a silent upgrade and requires user permission. JRE 8 was released on March 2014 and has been the default version on Java.com since October 2014.

Leveraging Nashorn at Netflix

by Matt Raible on  Jan 26, 2015 1

Netflix recently hosted the Silicon Valley Java User Group to talk about Nashorn, "The Hidden Weapon of JDK 8." In this presentation the Netflix Partner Tools team described how they’ve started leveraging JavaScript in their services.

Feedback Cycles in Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2015

In agile software development feedback plays an important role. Many are aware how feedback supports dealing with changing requirements and adjusting the way of working in teams with retrospectives. But there is more that feedback can do in agile. “An effective feedback cycle in Scrum is more than having sprints and doing retrospectives” says Kris Philippaerts.

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.

vCloud Air Gets Disaster Recovery, Pay-Per-Use and Advanced Networking Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 25, 2015

VMware has announced the availability of enhanced disaster recovery, advanced networking services and on-demand pricing of its hybrid cloud platform.

Don’t Share Code Between Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 25, 2015 8

Reasons for building microservices are often about using isolation as a means to handle change. Sharing code between services couples your services to each other reducing the effectiveness of the isolation and the ability to handle change, David Dawson writes in a series of blog posts questioning the Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY) principle in connection with microservices.

.NET API Review Part 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 23, 2015

This is part 2 of our analysis of the .NET API review meeting for January 14th. This report covers HashSet, RegEx, Process.Start, Immutable collections, and BitVector32.

The State of Testing in 2015

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2015

The state of testing survey 2015 aims to provide insight in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. Ongoing developments have impact on testing, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the adoption of agile where developers and testers collaborate in teams and competencies become more important than roles and titles.

Using the "Worse is Better" Concept with Agile and Lean

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2015

Less functionality can make a better product according to the “Worse is Better” concept described 25 years ago by Richard P. Gabriel. According to Kevlin Henney and Frank Buschmann we can learn from the worse is better concept for development and architecture with agile and lean.

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