Opscode released Chef 11 early this month with enhancements to its scalability to meet the demands of hyperscale web operations. Opscode rewrote the entire server core API in Erlang and at the same time kept it backward compatible. Opscode renamed the core server API "Erchef" to complement the rewrite in Erlang.
Developers with MyGet accounts can now take advantage of a free public beta of MyGet Build Services. This service allows developers using services such as CodePlex, GitHub, or BitBucket to use MyGet as an automated build server.
VMware added $30 million to its initial investment into Puppet Labs, makers of the Open Source configuration management tool Puppet. Commenters seem to agree that its a good move for Puppet Labs and that Puppet will keep supporting any type of infrastructure avoiding vendor lock-in.
Opscode has announced the availability of Test Kitchen 0.7.0 with support for using on-demand OpenStack instances to test Chef cookbooks. Test Kitchen is a tool, which helps Opscode Chef cookbook developers to validate their cookbooks before applying them to their live infrastructure.
InfoQ's research initiative continues with an 13th question: "Top Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Toolsets". 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.
Microsoft will release .NET Compact Framework 3.9 (NETCF 3.9) in the upcoming build of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 with improved start-up time, enhanced memory utilization, Visual Studio 2012 support and new garbage collector.
Buck Hodges argues that long release cycles lead to unhealthy development practices for the Team Foundation Server team, but there is more to short release cycles than just shipping with each sprint. Other changes in how software is planned and developed is needed, including the ability to disable new features rather than fixing them.
David Starr, the founder of ElegantCode.com, a software craftsman, a technical and an agile instructor, talks about his new position at Microsoft, his vision of products, agility and his personal plans for future.
New Opscode Chef release includes whyrun (dry run) feature, output formatters, error inspectors, Solaris installers.
Microsoft released two new editions of its free Visual Studio Express 2012 series that will target F# and traditional Windows desktop applications. This enables developers using C#, C++, F#, and Visual Basic .NET to take advantage of VS2012's improvements.
Today, the Eclipse Foundation announced the release of Eclipse Juno, the ninth annual simultaneous release train including over 70 projects and for the first time the Eclipse 4 platform in the standard packages. Read on to find out what's new and noteworthy.
The British Computing Society has awarded its Lovelace Medal 2012 to Grady Booch for his “innovative work in software architecture, software engineering and collaborative environments.”
Microsoft has released a draft of their new Branching and Merging Guide. While ostensibly meant for TFS users, much of the advice is applicable no matter which source control provider you choose.
In two recent papers, David Chappell, Principal of Chappell & Associates, outlines the different aspects of software quality – functional, structural, and process-, the groups of people directly interested in quality –users, developers, and sponsors-, and the outcome of defects in externally or internally facing software over time.