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  • The New Microsoft Edge's Extensions

    Pratyusha Avadhanula, senior program manager with the Microsoft Edge extension team, recently walked developers through the new extension submitting process. At Microsoft Build 2020, Avadhanula detailed the registration process, the differences between the Chromium APIs and the new Microsoft Edge APIs, and the features roadmap. Edge users can install existing Chrome extensions, with some caveats.

  • Bazel 2.0 Released with Performance and Stability Improvements

    Bazel, the build and test tool that is based off of Google's internal build tool Blaze, recently released version 2.0. This release introduces a few flagged changes that will be incompatible with past versions as well as a number of other stability and performance improvements.

  • Reducing Build Time with Observability in the Software Supply Chain

    Tools commonly used in production can also be applied to gain insight into the CI/CD pipeline to reduce the build time. Ben Hartshorne, engineer at honeycomb.io, gave the presentation Observability in the SSC: Seeing into Your Build System at QCon San Francisco 2019.

  • Improving Continuous Integration at Dropbox Using Bazel

    Benjamin Peterson recently shared how Dropbox leverages Bazel to improve their build and deploy experience. Using Bazel, Dropbox was able to scale their continuous integration and deployment pipelines to ensure quick feedback on commits. They achieved this by running only the affected tests within a grouping of commits and selectively pre-declaring which tests are gating to deployments.

  • Athena: Automated Build Health Monitoring at Dropbox Engineering

    Dropbox’s engineering team runs ~35,000 builds and millions of automated tests, many of which can fail either due to bad commits or due to environmental conditions. The team created a build monitoring system to minimize the manual intervention necessary to detect and quarantine flaky tests, and notify code authors.

  • Babel 7.3: Smart Pipelines, Private Instance Accessors and More

    The recently released Babel 7.3 can now parse and compile private instance accessors and the 'smart' pipeline operator. Babel 7.3 additionally supports named capturing groups in regular expressions, and much more.

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