The real requirements of a product are not the functions that are needed, or user stories that have to be delivered. It is the possible improvement of performance that customers can get from using the product said Matteo Vaccari. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference he facilitated a workshop together with Antonio Carpentieri about defining the value that is needed by customers.
AppDynamics recently released Mobile Real User Management, a sophisticated solution for end-to-end monitoring of mobile apps. AppDynamics offers application performance monitoring (APM) which lets users not only analyze their applications but complete end-to-end transactions. Therefore monitoring with AppDynamics supports database systems, application container, web-applications and mobile apps.
Facebook and Instagram shared from their experience improving their apps to perform better on various Android devices and over different network connection speeds during the session Scaling Android Apps for Emerging Markets recorded at @Scale 2014.
To thoroughly remove waste in a process you need flow to deliver just in time, and mindfulness and situational awareness in organizations to handle problems with processes and built in human intelligence. Organizations apply concepts from flow to develop what is needed and when it is needed and use pull to prevent inventories. What they also need is “Jidoka”: mindfulness and situational awareness.
Kanban is often used to manage work, but the concepts of kanban can also be used to guide a journey of change in an organization. This is a case study of an insurance company that used kanban to get change done to improve visibility and predictability and engaging their people.
The idea behind Proxygen is not to replace Apache but having the ability to create a specialized high-performance web server that can be embedded into existing applications providing web services. Facebook initially started to build a proxy (hence the name) server in 2011, and now they are open sourcing it after the project evolved and has been tested in production for a number of years.
Ember 1.8 has been announced. One of the biggest changes is use of metal-views, which improves rendering performance as well as paves the way for more rendering improvements, grouped as "HTMLBars" in the future.
Martin Fowler describes Sacrificial Architecture. This post highlights the need and benefits of sacrificial Architecture.
Amazon CloudWatch recently gained log file monitoring and storage for application, operating system and custom logs and meanwhile enhanced support for Microsoft Windows Server to cover a wider variety of log sources.
Lindsay Holmwood made a retrospective about metrics and monitoring in his DevOps Days Belgium talk, listed his typical metrics and monitoring pipeline, exposed some flaws in monitoring systems, and his view of what the future may bring in the field.
Neo4j, the open source graph database project has doubled its contributor community in the past six months, which has enabled significant improvements in the product. InfoQ caught up with Emil Efrem after his keynote titled "Graph All the Things" to understand the current and planned features for the open source version of Neo4j.
Ryan Mckergow explains various ways to set up story walls for agile team. This post includes setting up columns, rows, selecting colors and avatars for the story wall.
The second version of the Reactive Manifesto was announced at September's GOTO conference in Aarhus. Martin Thompson discusses the need for a revised version of the Manifesto and what its changes mean for the burgeoning reactive community.
Spring Framework 4.1 provides comprehensive support for JCache (JSR-107) annotations using Spring's existing cache configuration and infrastructure abstraction. The new release also supports JMS and performance enhancements and WebSocket refinements.
Amazon Web Services recently added several features to its Auto Scaling service to improve control over the managed Amazon EC2 instances. It is now possible to hook into the pending and terminating lifecycle state transitions to perform custom operations, which is also available for in service instances via a new standby state. The DetachInstances API now allows to remove instances from a group.