PlanOut is Facebook's language for online field experiments supporting "A/B tests," factorial designs, and more. According to Facebook, PlanOut makes possible to separate experimental design from application code and allows experimenters to concisely describe their designs. Facebook claims to be using PlanOut to run over a thousand experiments each day that involve hundreds of millions of people.
Domino, a Platform-as-a-Service for data science, enables people to do analytical work using languages such as Python or R in the cloud (EC2).
Big Data is a field where even a single millisecond loss can be significant over billions of events. Yet, languages often regarded as slow like Python have gained a lot of popularity in the past year. Recent articles and discussions in the Big Data community have started reigniting the debate around the choice of a programming language for data science and Big Data.
Phusion Passenger, a popular web app server originally for Ruby, now supports Node.js apps. The feature was introduced in the Enterprise edition of Passenger earlier this year, but has been open sourced as of the recent 4.0.21 release of the free version. Phusion Passenger brings Scaling, Statistics, Supervision and Multitenancy to Node.js. InfoQ talked to Phusion's CTO Hongli Lai.
CodeCube is a new service and open source project that aims to improve collaboration by allowing developers to both share and run code samples in a secure manner via the browser.
IPython, a rich architecture for interactive computing, just reached 1.0. The release sees addition of NbConvert, which converts IPython notebooks to other formats, better flexibility in how user input is handled and more.
Google App Engine developers can now access dedicated cache up to 20GB of memory and split the application in modules providing stateless and secure services.
Google has released the Mirror API for writing Glassware applications and the final specification for Glass devices.
Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 alpha release includes support for Intellisense, Virtualenv, Windows Azure, Cloud Service, Web Sites and Client Libraries.
InfoQ's research initiative continues with an 12th question: "What's Your Next JVM Language?". This is a new service we hope will provide you with up-to-date & bias-free community-based insight into trends & behaviors that affect enterprise software development. Unlike traditional vendor/analyst-based research, our research is based on answers provided by YOU.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk can now be customized and configured via YAML configuration files. You can use configuration files to download and install packages, download and extract archives, create files, create users/groups, run commands, start and stop services, and define container settings.
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.
HeadwaySoftware has recently added support for Doxygen and Understand for C and C++, Delphi and Python programmers in its tools structure101 and restructure101.
Travis CI, a cloud-based continuous integration (CI) offering for open source projects on Github, has announced support for Java builds, as well as Scala and Groovy additions. After gaining traction among the Ruby open source community the project is now looking into the possibility of expansion to a hosted CI service (nicknamed Travis Pro).
Corporations are increasingly using social media to learn more about what their customers are saying about their products. This presents unique challenges as unstructured content needs analytic techniques to interpret the sentiment embodied in the blog posts. InfoQ caught up with Subramanian Kartik to learn more about the blog sentiment analysis project his team worked on.