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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.

Apple Open CloudKit to Server-to-Server Requests

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 09, 2016

Apple has recently announced that CloudKit, OS X and iOS framework that provides access to Apple’s cloud platform, is now open to server-to-server web requests. This removes the previous restriction of accessing the CloudKit public database only from iOS and Mac apps and through Apple’s web site.

Nginx Plus R8 Brings Hardened HTTP/2 and Persistent Re-configuration API

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Feb 09, 2016

The Release 8 of Nginx Plus has a hardened HTTP/2 implementation and a persistent re-configuration API.

Angular Releases Version 1.5, Narrows Focus

by David Iffland on  Feb 09, 2016 4

Angular 1.5 has been released, introducing a new component helper which aims to get developers closer to what they'll encounter in version 2, easing the transition. Along with a flurry of other new features, version 1.5 is the biggest update in 9 months.

Microxchg Conference Day 2 Recap

by Alex Giamas on  Feb 08, 2016

The second day of the Microxchg conference took place last Friday with more interesting talks coming up. Stefan Tilkov analyzed from his consulting experience how different is architecture in the real world, with microservices blending in a disconnected mess with potentially several different frontend monoliths. Adrian Cockcroft from Battery Ventures and ex-Netflix took the stage next, arguing ...

Puppet Enterprise Targets Application Orchestration

by Rags Srinivas on  Feb 08, 2016

Rags Srinivas talks to Luke Kanies, CEO of Puppet Labs and a seasoned DevOps veteran about application orchestration, the past, present and future of DevOps.

Retargeting .NET Code

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 08, 2016

Given the number of different platforms .NET developers can choose from, switching target platforms can be a chore given the difference in APIs available. The .NET Portability Analyzer provides a way to simplify a platform switch and supports moving .NET code in either direction.

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