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Amazon Launches Lumberyard Game Engine, Featuring Integration with AWS and Twitch

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 13, 2016

Lumberyard is a free (as in “free-beer”) game engine and SDK that is suitable to create triple-A games, Amazon say, for Windows, Xbox One, and PS4, while support for Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android is coming.

RethinkDB Has Ported Their Database to Windows

by Abel Avram on  Feb 13, 2016

RethinkDB has launched a Windows port of their database. This version of RethinkDB took a year of development, runs on Windows 64-bit and it is currently in beta.

Google Introduces Cloud Functions

by Abel Avram on  Feb 13, 2016

Google has launched a new service called Cloud Functions in alpha. This service allows one to create small JavaScript functions that automatically respond to cloud events without requiring user’s intervention, configuring a runtime and executing it, or scaling it to multiple machines.

Google Drops Flash to go 100% HTML5 for Ads

by James Chesters on  Feb 13, 2016

The long, painful death of Adobe's Flash continues, with Google announcing the company's display network will soon stop running Flash ads. In an official post the company said "to enhance the browsing experience for more people on more devices, the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing are now going 100% HTML5."

Shane Hastie on Applying the Agile Mindset to Tough Business Challenges at Agile Tour Singapore

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 12, 2016

Shane Hastie gave a keynote talk at Agile Tour Singapore Conference 2015 in which he discussed Agile mindset and how it can be helpful in solving tough business problems.

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.

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