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Agile 2015 Interviews and Commentary

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 17, 2015

At the recent Agile 2015 conference two organisations had video booths set up to record interviews with conference attendees, organizers and speakers. These videos are now published and available.

Shadow Properties in Entity Framework 7

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 17, 2015

Shadow properties are fields that don’t exist in the class itself, but are treated as if they did by Entity Framework. They can participate in queries, create/update operations, and database migrations.

Introducing DDD in a Project at “Which?”

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 16, 2015 1

After failing with two proof of concept, mainly with scalability issues, when trying to renew their main website the business decided to take a more agile and incremental approach and in a restart of the project inspired by Domain-Driven Design (DDD) having developers talk with domain experts, Chris Patuzzo explains describing the principles of DDD in the context of a real project.

Facebook’s Parse Open-sources its SDK for Android and iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 16, 2015

Parse, Facebook-owned provider of a successful Mobile Backend as a service, has open-sourced its SDK for the iOS/OS X and Android platforms.

Internet of Things Design Manifesto 1.0 Released

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 16, 2015

IOT Design Manifesto 1.0 has been recently released. This manifesto serves as a code of conduct for everyone involved in developing the Internet of Things, outlining 10 principles to help create balanced and honest products in a burgeoning field with many unknowns.

Impact of Splitting User Stories on the Original Estimates

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 14, 2015 1

Product backlog refinement is a practice in which product backlog items are split and often re- estimated. This post is based on user story splitting and re-estimations.

Lessons Learned Working with Distributed Systems

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 13, 2015

Preparing for problems like partial failure is the best thing you can do when working with distributed systems, Vaughn Vernon explains in a conversation with InfoQ and refers to a blog post by Jeff Hodges noting its down-to-earth approach and practical advices e.g. designing for partial availability, and using capped exponential back off to restore full operation when dependencies are unavailable.

Meet Grid, The Guardian's Image Management Service

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 13, 2015

The British newspaper The Guardian has open sourced Grid, their image management service. Grid utilizes numerous modern web-based technologies including AngularJS, Amazon Web Serivces, and ElasicSearch using ECMAScript 6 and Scala. Build by a small developer team over the past 11 months, it is currently used in production and available under a liberal open source license.

Pro or Against Agile Certification

by Ben Linders on  Aug 13, 2015 6

Some people stress the need for agile training with certification, as it helps to select candidates and lays a foundation for an agile transformation. Others are against certification, in their opinion they don't reflect people's abilities and skills properly and people who have no certifications might be better candidates than others who have. Are you pro or against agile certification?

QCon SF 2015 Update: Workshops at a glance (Nov 19-20)

by Wesley Reisz on  Aug 13, 2015

At QCon San Francisco, we offer two days of workshops (Nov 19-20). Workshops focus on developing the technical skills that leverage technologies you heard about from our expert practitioners during the conference sessions. Here is a glimpse at some of the experts you can learn from QCon SF ‘15 workshops.

All-New Devtools for React Bring Tools to Firefox

by James Chesters on  Aug 12, 2015

The React team has released entirely new devtools for the JavaScript library -- including a new version for Firefox. Jared Forsyth said "The current version of the devtools is a fork of Blink's "Elements" pane, and is imperative, mutation-driven, and tightly integrated with Chrome-specific APIs. The new devtools are much less coupled to Chrome, and easier to reason about thanks to React."

Frege: a Haskell-like Language for the JVM

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 12, 2015 1

Frege, named after the German mathematician Gottlob Frege, is a purely functional, strongly typed language for the JVM that is so similar to Haskell that “most idiomatic Haskell code will run unmodified or with only minimal, obvious adaptions”. InfoQ has spoken with Ingo Wechsung, Frege’s creator.

Adopting a Suitable Agile Method Based on Organizational Goals

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 12, 2015 1

Dan Tousignant, Agile Executive Coach and Trainer at Cape Project Management, proposed a matrix to help organizations choose their Agile approach.

Performance Guru Kirk Pepperdine Reflects on Results of RebelLabs' Performance Survey

by Matt Raible on  Aug 11, 2015

RebelLabs published their Developer Productivity Report, the result of a survey started in March 2015, where they polled the Java development community on Java performance and performance testing methods. To see how these numbers line up with a real world experience, InfoQ spoke with Kirk Pepperdine, CTO at JClarity and well-known performance expert.

Netflix.com Adopts Universal JavaScript, Drops Java from Rendering Pipeline

by David Iffland on  Aug 11, 2015 2

The team behind Netflix.com have dropped their Java-based HTML renderer in favor of a Universal JavaScript renderer that they can run in the browser or on the server.

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