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MakeDrive: Syncing Filesystem for the Web from Mozilla

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 02, 2014

 MakeDrive is a new offline-first, syncing filesystem for the web, from Mozilla. Built on node.js and filer, it provides a sync service that other apps can use, while user retains full control of where her data lives.

Meteor 0.9 Release Brings Controversial Packaging System

by James Chesters on  Sep 02, 2014

Geoff Schmidt -- co-founder of Meteor -- announced this week the release of Meteor 0.9 and and the official Meteor packaging system.

PHP 5.6 Released

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 02, 2014

The PHP development team announced the availability of PHP 5.6. The new release brings new features and many improvements, PHP development team say, as well as some backward incompatible changes.

ASP.NET vNext: Custom Project Loaders and Language Support

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 01, 2014 1

The ASP.NET vNext runtime uses the Rosylyn compiler to compile and load the C# sources before running them. David Fowler shows how you can leverage the DI-by-design approach of KRuntime to inject support for your own language.

9th Annual State of Agile Survey Now Open

by Craig Smith on  Sep 01, 2014

The 9th Annual State of Agile Survey is currently open for participants to share their adoption of Agile practices and processes for inclusion in the annual report.

Refreshed AWS Trusted Advisor Offers Several Free Checks

by Steffen Opel on  Aug 31, 2014

AWS has recently integrated the AWS Trusted Advisor into the AWS Management Console and made four security and service limit checks available at no charge. Additional checks from the security, performance, fault tolerance and cost optimization categories remain part of their Business and Enterprise support tiers.

Yahoo Drop the Axe on YUI

by João Paulo Marques on  Aug 31, 2014

Yahoo has just announced they will immediately stop all new development on Yahoo User Interface (YUI).

Facebook F8 Apps for iOS and Android Now Open-Source

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 30, 2014

Facebook-owned DBaaS platform Parse has open-sourced the full source code of the official Facebook f8 apps for iOS and Android, Parse Developer Advocates Christine Abernathy announced. The apps are aimed to provide guidance for how to build apps on Parse as well as a starting point for similar apps and shows an interesting use of Parse for UI customisation.

CockroachDB: A Scalable, Geo-Replicated, Transactional Datastore

by Benjamin Darfler on  Aug 29, 2014 2

The team behind CockroachDB, an open source datastore project, has recently announced its initial alpha version. Inspired by Google’s Spanner project, CockroachDB aims to address the current lack of an open source, scalable, geo-replicated, ACID compliant database.

Heroku’s HTTP API Design Guide

by Abel Avram on  Aug 29, 2014 4

Wesley Beary, a member of the API team at Heroku, has compiled a list of guidelines for creating HTTP+JSON APIs presented in a condensed form here.

Microsoft Introduces NoSQL Document Database for Microsoft Azure

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 29, 2014

Microsoft may be synonymous with relational databases thanks to their flagship SQL Server product, but a new NoSQL offering looks to change that. Last week, Microsoft announced the preview of DocumentDB, a cloud-hosted managed document database with deep JavaScript support and features like automatic indexing and transactions.

New Device Mode in Google Chrome

by David Iffland on  Aug 29, 2014

In an upcoming Chrome release, Google upgraded DevTools with a new “Device Mode” to enable streamlined device display emulation, media query inspection, and a new network throttling tool. These tools make it easier for developers to emulate various devices and situations that their web page will encounter in the wild.

Puppet-lint 1.0.0 released

by Carlos Sanchez on  Aug 28, 2014

Tim Sharpe has announced the release of Puppet lint 1.0.0, a tool to check that Puppet code conforms to the recommended Puppet style guidelines and find common syntax mistakes, which in this new version includes a plugin system and the capability of automatically fixing the errors amongst other new features and bug fixes.

Inherent Complexity of the Cloud: VS Online Outage Postmortem

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 28, 2014

Running cloud-based always-on systems is inherently complex. Microsoft recently experienced a 5 hour outage with Visual Studio Online, rendering their service unusable to developers. Microsoft's Brian Harry has provided a candid retrospective on what went wrong and how his team his correcting the failure.

Death by Planning in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Aug 28, 2014 1

Management can get the feeling of losing control when their enterprise adopts agile and starts deploying self-organizing teams. Procedures, review boards and consultation bodies can become superfluous when switching to an agile approach, but they may not realize that, says Marcel Heijmans. Trying to regain control with additional planning can make things worse, causing "death by planning".

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