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CocosSharp: Xamarin Forks Cocos2D-XNA

by Abel Avram on  Aug 13, 2014

Xamarin has forked Cocos2D-XNA, a 2D/3D game development framework, creating a cross-platform library that can be included in PCL projects.

Comparing Virtual Machines and Linux Containers Performance

by Carlos Sanchez on  Aug 13, 2014

IBM Research Division has published a paper comparing the performance of container and virtual machine environments, using Docker and KVM, highlighting the cost of using Docker with NAT or AUFS, and questioning the practice of running containers inside of virtual machines.

ClusterHQ Launches Flocker to Facilitate Robust Stateful Docker Containers

by Chris Swan on  Aug 13, 2014

Flocker is a volume and container management system for Docker based on ZFS. It allows for stateful containers, such as databases, to be moved between virtual or physical hosts. This provides a capability that is analogous to the live migration features of some virtual machine hypervisors. Version 0.1 has been released by ClusterHQ as an Apache 2.0 open source project.

Flickr Chooses Sentinel for Highly Available Redis

by Benjamin Darfler on  Aug 13, 2014

Flickr recently announced that they have deployed Sentinel to provide automated Redis failover in their offline task processing subsystem despite worries about its consistency.

CenturyLink Launches Panamax Docker Composition Tool

by Chris Swan on  Aug 12, 2014

CenturyLink has launched Panamax, a tool that they describe as ‘Docker Management for Humans’. Panamax distinguishes itself from other composition tools for Docker by offering a web based user interface, which can be used to compose multiple Docker containers into templates that can then be shared on GitHub.

Red Hat Releases Project Atomic

by Justin Cormack on  Aug 12, 2014

In April, Red Hat released Project Atomic, a prototype system for running Docker containers. This is Red Hat’s response to the interest in CoreOS a system for hosting Docker containers based on ChromeOS.

Easier Immutable Objects in C# 6 and VB 12

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 12, 2014 8

A common pain point in .NET programming is the amount of boilerplate code necessary to implement immutable objects such as explicitly defined backing stores for each property. Under a new draft specification, C# and VB will be adding what they are calling a “record class” that eliminates most of the effort.

ASP.NET Two-Factor Authentication, Web And Mobile Tooling Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 12, 2014

Visual Studio Update 3 was released last week and includes some framework and tooling improvements relevant to web and mobile developers. We go through some of these, including the ASP.NET identity update supporting two-factor authentication, new Visual Studio-Azure integrations as well as several updates to the Apache Cordova Tooling preview.

Try Before You Buy: Heroku Supports Preview of GitHub Applications

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 12, 2014

Heroku is trying to make it easier to turn source code into a running application. The Heroku Button – a simple bit of HTML or Markdown that triggers a deployment from a public GitHub repository to Heroku’s public cloud – sets up Heroku as an attractive destination for quickly previewing, hosting, and extending open source web applications.

MontageJS: An Interview with Creator Benoit Marchant

by James Chesters on  Aug 12, 2014

Benoit Marchant is the creator of the open source MontageJS HTML5 Framework, and the Co-Founder & CEO at Montage Studio. MontageJS is designed to write single page, multi-screen web applications with a focus on high quality user experience, and to enable big projects with larger teams.

Experiences from Failing with Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 11, 2014 3

Different views within the team on the benefits and drawbacks comparing a microservice architecture with a more traditional monolithic architecture was one of the major reasons we failed, Richard Clayton writes sharing his experiences and reasons for failing when implementing and maintaining a microservice architecture.

Json.NET Updates: Merge, Dependency Injection, F# and JSONPath Support

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 11, 2014

Json.NET 6.0 received 4 releases this year, the latest last week. Over these releases, several new features have been added, including several F# specific features, support for JSONPath querying, ability to integrate with Dependency Injection frameworks, ability to Merge JSON objects and more.

Striking a Balance Between Open API Usage Policies and Innovation

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Aug 11, 2014

The limits imposed on open API usage policies by API providers has sparked off a debate on the relationship between such restrictions and its effect on innovation. In spite of philosophical differences between the two sides developers continue to circumvent technical blocks to access data. Is there a way to strike a balance or align interests?

New Android Features for Project ARA to Become Part of Mainline Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 11, 2014

Google is working with Linaro to develop a special edition of Android to support specific features required for the Project Ara customizable smartphone, said Linaro CEO George Grey. This collaboration is aimed to make improvements and additional functionality in the Android ARA version “part of mainline Android,” Grey said.

Microservices and the Big Ball of Mud

by Mark Little on  Aug 10, 2014 30

Recently several articles have been written which wonder whether microservices offers a better way of architecting systems or represents a potential problem waiting to happen: distributed Big Balls of Mud. Simon Brown and Gene Hughson discuss the possibility that until people can write well architected monolithic systems they're unlikely to benefit from microservices.

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