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Presentation: Progressive Architectures at the Royal Bank of Scotland

by Michael Stal on  Jul 06, 2012 2

In their presentation posted at InfoQ systems and data architects Ben Stopford, Farzad Pezeshkpour and Mark Atwell show how RBS leveraged new technologies in their architectures while facing difficult challenges such as regulation, competition and tighter budgets. They also need to cope with stringent technical challenges, for instance with efficiency and scalability.

Performance Tips For Metro Style XAML Apps

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 30, 2012

Microsoft has published a paper named “Performance Tips For Metro Style XAML Apps”. This includes several suggestions for remaining responsive, ensuring fluid animations, improving startup time, consuming lesser resources and more. We present a summary here.

JRuby 1.7 Preview 1 Released: Defaults to 1.9 and Improves Performance With Invokedynamic

by Mirko Stocker on  May 29, 2012

The first preview release of the upcoming JRuby 1.7 defaults to Ruby 1.9 runtime mode and is much faster thanks to Java 7's invokedynamic. We talked to Charles Nutter to learn more about the future of JRuby on Java 7, Fibers and his move to Red Hat.

Phusion Passenger 3.2 Preview Released: Evented I/O, Python Support

by Mirko Stocker on  Apr 23, 2012

Phusion has released a preview release of their upcoming 3.2 version of Phusion Passenger. Version 3.2 comes with a re-written ApplicationPool, I/O handling is now event-driven and the Python support became a first-class citizen.

LinkedIn Engineering Releases SenseiDB 1.0.0

by Kostis Kapelonis on  Mar 19, 2012 2

LinkedIn engineering releases SenseiDB 1.0.0, a NoSQL database focused on high update rates and complex semi-structured search queries, already used in production by LinkedIn in its search related pages (e.g. People/Company search)

Hazelcast 2.0 Released with Off-Heap Storage and Distributed Backups

by Charles Humble on  Mar 19, 2012 1

Version 2.0 of Hazelcast, a Java-based caching, clustering and data distribution solution, has recently been released. As part of this, the product is now offered in both commercial Enterprise and free open-source Community Editions.

AppDynamics Extends APM Solution to Include End User Monitoring

by Fabian Lange on  Mar 09, 2012 8

Application Performance Management Vendor AppDynamics announced the addition of End User Monitoring support to their product on March 7th. The AppDynamics agent uses JavaScript to record data from the browser and incorporates it with the data collected on the server side.

Apache Celebrates 17th Anniversary with HTTP Server 2.4

by Abel Avram on  Feb 22, 2012 2

Apache has released the HTTP Server version 2.4 with performance improvements, enhanced concurrency, asynchronous I/O support, lower resource footprint and others.

Caucho's Resin Application Server Grew by a Factor of Almost Ten Last Year According to Netcraft

by Charles Humble on  Feb 22, 2012 2

According to Netcraft Resin has been seeing strong growth in the last 12 months, seeing an almost tenfold growth from 480k hostnames in February 2011 to 4.7M in February 2012.

Netty 3.3.1 Release Supports SPDY Protocol

by Fabian Lange on  Feb 16, 2012 4

The Netty 3.3.1 release adds support for SPDY protocol, which has been proposed for inclusion in http/2.0, fixes regression of Android support and reduces memory consumption of ZLib compression.

Hybrid SQL-NoSQL Databases Are Gaining Ground

by Abel Avram on  Feb 07, 2012 5

Hybrid SQL-NoSQL database solutions combine the advantage of being compatible with many SQL applications and providing the scalability of NoSQL ones. Xeround offers such a solution as a service in the cloud, including a free edition. Other solutions: Database.com with ODBC/JDBC drivers, NuoDB, Clustrix, and VoltDB.

VMware Releases SQLFire 1.0

by Kostis Kapelonis on  Jan 31, 2012 2

VMware releases SQLFire 1.0 a distributed SQL database geared towards high availability and horizontal scalability which offers table replication, table partitioning and parallel execution of queries.

Bitmap Marking GC for Ruby Improves Memory Usage

by Mirko Stocker on  Jan 30, 2012 1

The successor of Ruby 1.9.3 will replace the current Lazy Sweep Garbage Collector with a Bitmap Marking GC, which will significantly reduce Ruby's memory usage for parallel programs, similar to Ruby Enterprise Edition's copy-on-write-friendly GC. We talked with Narihiro Nakamura who implemented both the current Lazy Sweep and the Bitmap Marking GC.

More on TPL Data Flow from Zlatko Michailov

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 19, 2012

We briefly interviewed Zlatko Michailov, author of the Guide to Implementing Custom TPL Dataflow Blocks.

InfoQ Issues Call for Articles

by Michael Floyd on  Jan 09, 2012 3

InfoQ is announcing a call for articles and is encouraging practitioners and domain experts to submit feature-length (2,000 to 3,000 word) papers that are timely, educational and practical. Topics of interest include cloud architecture and development, Java, Agile, NoSQL, big data analytics, HTML 5 and mobile development. Author guidelines are now also available.

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