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Ansible 2.0 Generally Available Shortly After Red Hat Acquisition

by Guillermo Beltri on  Jan 29, 2016

Ansible Inc. has recently released Ansible v2.0. With this version the company makes a great refactoring effort while trying to maintain backwards compatibility with existing playbooks. The announcement includes improvements like handling exceptions in blocks, bringing new strategies when executing different tasks or improving connection with other services through modules.

OCaml Now Ready for iOS Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 28, 2016

San Francisco-based programmer Edgar Aroutiounian has recently created a package for OCamliOS, an OCaml cross-compiler for iOS recently made available by Jeffrey A. Scofield that should eventually be merged into the official OCaml compiler. InfoQ has spoken with Aroutiounian.

Survey Indicates Rise in Container-based Stateful Applications

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 28, 2016

A survey revealed that more than 75% of IT decision makers are interested in running stateful applications like databases inside containers.

Oracle to Deprecate Java Browser Plugin in 2017

by Charles Humble on  Jan 28, 2016

Oracle has announced that it will deprecate the Java browser plugin as part of the JDK 9 release now expected in 2017. The deprecated technology will be completely removed from the Oracle Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in a future Java release, but Oracle is yet to indicate which one.

How Database Administration Fits into DevOps

by Ben Linders on  Jan 28, 2016 5

InfoQ interviewed Dan North about the activities that are performed by database administrators and how they are related to those done by developers and by operations, how database administration is usually organized, how the database fits into DevOps or Continuous Delivery, and what he expects that the future will bring for database administration when organizations adopt DevOps.

Clojure 1.8 Improves Performance and Development Experience

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jan 27, 2016

Earlier this month, Alex Miller, one of the main developers behind the Clojure Community, announced the latest version of Clojure. The flagship new features of Clojure 1.8 are Direct Linking, String Functions and Socket Servers, although it also includes a few minor enhancements and more than thirty bug fixes.

Release 1.0 of Suave, a Web Server and Development Library for F#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 27, 2016

Suave 1.0 was recently released, bringing a new web development library to .NET. Suave packs a light, fully async web server and a semantic model to describe HTTP processing pipelines. Suave runs on multiple platforms and operating systems, including Windows, OSX, Linux, .NET and Mono. While it could be used from any .NET language, Suave combinators and types are designed to be used from F#.

Interview with Henrik Feldt on Suave 1.0

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 27, 2016

Suave 1.0 was recently released after several years of active development. InfoQ reached out to Henrik Feldt, maintainer of Suave and CEO of qvitoo, to learn more about its capabilities and development history.

Yelp Releases dumb-init, a Minimal init System for Docker Containers

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 27, 2016

Yelp released a minimal init system for Docker containers called dumb-init which acts as a proxy and performs other init functions by registering signal handlers and forwarding signals to the actual process running in the container.

Father of AI Marvin Minsky Dies

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 26, 2016

The father of AI, Professor Marvin Minsky, died on Sunday of a brain haemorrhage. InfoQ looks back at the contributions he made in inspiring a whole new field.

Git 2.7: a Major New Release with Many New Features and Improvements

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 26, 2016

Two months after the release of version 2.6, Git 2.7 has been announced, bringing many new features as well as performance improvements.

Technical Debt and Team Morale when Maintaining a Large System

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2016

Thomas Bradford talked about his experience with maintaining a monolith Java based system with zero test coverage and large technical debt at the Agile Testing Days 2015. InfoQ interviewed him about the problems that they had maintaining the system and the technical debt that had been build up, why they decided to take a different approach and how they improved team morale.

Software Industry Pioneer Ed Yourdon Dies

by Shane Hastie on  Jan 26, 2016 1

Software industry pioneer, prolific author, researcher, consultant and photographer Edward Yourdon died on January 20, 2016

Ember.js 2.3 Release Brings Significant Changes

by James Chesters on  Jan 26, 2016

The Ember.js team has released the stable version of Ember 2.3, and the first beta of 2.4. Ember contributor Matthew Beale modestly describes the update as a "minor release," nonetheless 2.3 comes with several significant changes, including the ability to use Ember FastBoot with the latest stable release.

Hazelcast Version 3.6 Features Performance Improvements and Cloud Management

by Victor Grazi on  Jan 25, 2016

Hazelcast has released version 3.6 of their flagship in-memory grid and caching software, featuring numerous performance improvements and new cloud management and container deployment options.

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