The UK's Revenue and Customs agency applied DevOps and Continuous Delivery principles to change from a bureaucratic culture to frequent delivery of digital tax services, learning and adapting from incremental successes and the occasional failures. InfoQ reached out to Lindsay Prewer to dig deeper into how this journey started, where the agency is at today and what have been the main challenges.
Haskell might be “the closest thing to a secret weapon” when building server-side software, writes Better co-founder Carl Baatz, summarizing their four-year journey using Haskell in production.
Google has released gRPC 1.0, considering it stable and ready for production.
You can now run Microsoft SQL Server on Google Cloud Platform. All the major cloud providers support SQL Server, either with an IAAS or PAAS model, but the offerings have very different feature sets. Providing an attractive option for migrating SQL Server to the cloud seems to be a new focus for Google, Amazon and Microsoft.
NativeScript 2.2 has been released with upgraded UI, support for iOS10 Beta 3 and introducing Webpack for the Angular 2 based projects. The major release brings a raft of tooling updates, including the decision to use Webpack for the Angular 2 based projects.
At the Agile 2016 conference Andy Hircock, Mike Lowery, and Rob Vandenburg, discussed how they transitioned to persona-based teams, instead of feature or component based, and how they used this to help teams keep focused on their customers despite significant growth.
The survey on Agile Manifesto 2.0 investigates whether the Manifesto for Agile Software Development is still relevant and effective in today's environment. Kamlesh Ravlani, an Agile / Lean Coach and Scrum Trainer, created this survey to gain insight into the need for change in the Agile Manifesto. The survey is open to anyone who has experience with and an opinion about the Agile Manifesto.
With its 1.12.0 release, Docker introduced new options for load balancing of services via DNS and IP Virtual Server (IPVS) when the services are started in a Swarm cluster.
GitLab has announced a new integrated tool, GitLab Issue Board, aimed to improve issue prioritization, release planning, and communication by allowing developer teams to visualize and organize issues through a flexible multi-column board.
Spring Boot 1.4 and Dropwizard 1.0 were both released at the end of July, using fat JARs. As adoption of such frameworks and microservices increases, fat JARs are becoming a more common deployment mechanism. Earlier HubSpot cited issues where Fat JARs deployments experienced problems with the maven-shade-plugin, and efficiency problems when packaging 100,000 tiny files as a JAR.
Microsoft PowerShell has been released as an open source project and now is available for Linux and Mac OS X. Windows administrators apply their scripts and knowledge to non-Microsoft systems, while developers can view and contribute to the project's source code.
At the recent Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta, Joshua Kerievsky, CEO of Industrial Logic and author of "Refactoring to Patterns" gave a thought-provoking keynote around the idea of Modern Agile.
IBM recently announced a cloud service for organizations looking to adopt blockchain technologies. The service is underpinned by the IBM LinuxONE platform which hosts a series of underlying services for blockchain processing. IBM is positioning this platform for organizations in regulated industries which require secure environments for testing and running blockchain projects.
In the webcast entitled "What's Better Than Microservices? Serverless Microservices," Alan Williams (Autodesk), Asha Chakrabarty (Amazon) and Alan Ho (Apigee) discuss the architecture of a serverless microservice built with lambda functions with Apigee end-points running on AWS.