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GitHub Responds to 'Dear GitHub' letter

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 12, 2016

GitHub has responded to the 'Dear GitHub' letter, with plans of how they propose to address the issues raised in the future.

ECMAScript 2016: Array.prototype.includes and the Exponentiation Operator

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2016

ECMAScript 2016 will include as new features only Array.prototype.includes and the Exponentiation Operator. Async functions will have to wait until next year.

Microsoft Open Sources PDB

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 12, 2016 2

PDB or Program DataBase is a central component of the Windows ecosystem. Whether you write code in C++ or .NET, without a PDB file even basic tasks such as stepping through code becomes impossible. And yet, the PDB format is largely a black box. At least until now.

Swift’s Benchmarking Suite is Now Open Source

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 12, 2016

Apple has open sourced Swift’s benchmarking suite, a key piece in tracking Swift performance and catching performance regressions when adding new features to the language.

Revolution R Enterprise has been Rereleased as Microsoft R Server

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 12, 2016

Revolution Analytics’ flagship product, Revolution R Enterprise, has been rebranded as Microsoft R Server. In addition to Windows, Microsoft R Server runs on Linux (SUSE/Red Hat), Hadoop (Red Hat only), and Teradata DB.

Jevgeni Kabanov and Sten Suitsev, from ZeroTurnaround, Talk about JRebel for Android

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Feb 11, 2016

After announcing the first stable release of JRebel for Android, InfoQ reached out to Jevgeni Kabanov, founder and CEO of ZeroTurnaround, and Sten Suitsev, Product Manager of JRebel for Android, to find out more about what lead to the creation of this product and what might be coming next in their pipeline.

From Monolith to Microservices, Zalando's Journey

by Alex Giamas on  Feb 11, 2016

Last week Microxchg 2016, one of the leading conferences about microservices was held in Berlin, Germany. Rodrigue Schaefer from Zalando gave a speech about their transition from a monolithic application to microservices. This article explores in detail the findings and challenges faced by a large organization with over 1000 engineers migrating to microservices.

Discontinued Technology in .NET Core

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 11, 2016 2

While some applications will have an easy migration path to .NET Core, especially ones based on ASP.NET MVC, others may run into problems. Not just obvious ones such as porting from WinForms or WPF to Universal Windows Applications (UWP), but subtler issues that are deep within the core of the .NET Framework.

Organisational Learning and the Importance of Real Communication

by Ben Linders on  Feb 11, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Stephen Carver about how bringing in procedures and rules often doesn't help to prevent problems, enabling communication between engineers working in different companies, taking learnings from failure to a next level to prevent similar problems, and what engineers can do if they want to influence decisions on developing and releasing products.

R for SQL Server 2016

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 11, 2016

SQL Server is add support for the statistical programming language R.

Microsoft Announces ASP.NET Core Schedule Changes and Renaming Clarifications

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Feb 10, 2016

Microsoft made some clarifications on ASP.NET a few weeks ago. Jeffrey T. Fritz, program manager at Microsoft, explains the recent changes in the schedule. He also gives some details related to the renaming from ASP.NET 5 to ASP.NET Core 1.0.

Mozilla Announces Focus on Connected Devices

by James Chesters on  Feb 10, 2016

Mozilla has this week revealed more details regarding its intention to pivot from Firefox OS to “Connected Devices” -- to some concern from the community.

GitHub Pages Moves to Jekyll 3.0 to Improve Performance

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 09, 2016

According to GitHub, Jekyll 3.0 will make GitHub Pages faster and easier to use, though the switch will not be painless for all existing sites due to some features being removed in the process.

Road Mapping Your Way to Agile Fluency

by Ben Linders on  Feb 09, 2016

Kelsey van Haaster will give a talk at 1st Conference about how to develop a road map to agile fluency for teams and organisations. InfoQ interviewed her about the possible ways to do an agile fluency assessment, example of findings and improvement opportunities that came out of the assessments and things that she learned, and advice for readers who want to use the agile fluency model.

Racket 6.4 Improves Security and Adds Incremental Garbage Collection

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 09, 2016

Racket 6.4, a multi-paradigm programming language belonging to the Lisp/Scheme family, has reached version 6.4, PLT announced. The new version adds several new features, including an incremental garbage collector (GC), and fixes a vulnerability in the web server.

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