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Datacenter Operators: Bumpy Ride Running Containers on Infrastructure Built for VMs

by Michael Redlich on  May 23, 2017

Specialized container technology company Diamanti was named a “cool vendor” by Gartner for their hyperconverged container platform. Mark Balch, VP of products and marketing, spoke to InfoQ with his take on the current friction that containers are creating between developers and data center operators.

Developing Virtual Assistant Apps with Amazon Lex and Polly Deep Learning Technologies

by Srini Penchikala on  May 22, 2017

Greg Bulmash from Amazon spoke at the OSCON 2017 Conference last week about developing your own virtual assistant applications using Amazon's Lex and Polly technologies.

HR Needs an Agile Makeover

by Shane Hastie on  May 22, 2017

Human Resources is an outmoded way of thinking about people and needs a significant makeover. Dov Sal examines the purpose of HR in agile organisations and encourages HR practitioners to adopt the Manifesto for Agile HR Development. On a similar note, Bersin by Deloitte provides an Agile Model of HR which talks about making radical change to the mission and focus of HR departments.

Self-Service Operations: Better, Faster, Cheaper? Damon Edwards at DevOps Enterprise Summit

by Daniel Bryant on  May 22, 2017

In preparation for the upcoming DevOps Enterprise Summit in London, InfoQ sat down with Damon Edwards, co-founder at Rundeck, Inc, and discussed the benefits and implementation of “Self-Service Operations”.

Microsoft Standardizes XAML across UWP and Xamarin

by Abel Avram on  May 20, 2017

Announced during BUILD 2017, Microsoft has made public the first draft of the XAML Standard, a markup dialect meant to unify how user interface elements are defined.

IBM Unveils Its Most Powerful Quantum Processor Yet for Business and Science

by Sergio De Simone on  May 19, 2017

IBM has announced a new feat in its race towards building ever more powerful quantum processors. Indeed, its new 16 and 17 qubit processors are its most powerful yet, IBM researchers claim.

Xamarin Live Player Speeds App Development Cycle

by Jeff Martin on  May 19, 2017

Mobile development has long required a large set of SDKs and tooling infrastructure to be in place before any code could be written. Xamarin Live Player intends to change that by making it easier for mobile developers to develop apps with nothing more than their target device and either Visual Studio 2017 or Visual Studio for Mac.

Moby and LinuxKit Open Source from Docker

by Chris Swan on  May 19, 2017

At DockerCon in Austin, Docker Inc announced two significant open source projects, Moby and LinuxKit. Moby essentially marks the split of Docker the open source project from Docker Inc the company, with the docker/docker GitHub repo moved to moby/moby. LinuxKit provides a set of tools to build ‘custom Linux subsystems that only include exactly the components the runtime platform requires’.

Kotlin Is Now a Supported Android Language

by Abel Avram on  May 18, 2017

Announced during Google I/O 2017, Android Studio 3.0 adds full support for Kotlin which is to be moved from JetBrains to an independent non-profit organization for future development.

Apache Metron Graduates to Top-Level Project

by Dylan Raithel on  May 18, 2017

Hortonworks and Apache announce graduation of Metron, a realtime big data security platform to top-level project at the ASF.

Confluent Cloud, Apache Kafka as a Service in AWS

by Alex Giamas on  May 18, 2017

Apache Kafka is a distributed, fault-tolerant pub sub messaging soltuion, originally developed by LinkedIn and open sourced. Confluent was formed by former LinkedIn engineers in the Kafka development group and today announced Confluent Cloud, a fully hosted and managed Apache Kafka as a Service in AWS. We also take a look at Confluent's second annual Streaming Data report and its findings.

QCon San Francisco 2017 Tickets on Sale; Committee Announced; Top Podcasts & Top Talks from 2016

by Wesley Reisz on  May 18, 2017

QCon San Francisco, the 11th annual Bay Area software conference that attracts attendees from all over the world, returns to the Silicon Valley area November 13-15, 2017 and tickets are officially on sale.

Fearless Feedback for Software Teams

by Ben Linders on  May 18, 2017

Feedback builds trust, increases team cohesion, and helps individuals to improve their skills and grow in their craft. An effective feedback cycle is the best possible tool for improving team performance. With feedback, issues are addressed before they become toxic and mistakes can be course-corrected early on.

TensorFlow: Providing Support to a Successful Open-Source Project

by Sergio De Simone on  May 17, 2017

Building a community around an open-source project requires a number of practices regarding support, pull requests handling, licensing, and more, writes Pete Warden, TensorFlow Mobile lead at Google.

The Economics of Microservices: Phil Calçado Recommends Avoiding ‘Microliths’ at CraftConf

by Daniel Bryant on  May 17, 2017 1

At CraftConf 2017 Phil Calçado presented “The Economics of Microservices”. The key takeaway from the talk: the ‘Inverse Conway Maneuver’ can be a useful tool to shape an application’s architecture during a migration away from a monolith, but this can lead to creating ‘microliths’ unless the ‘transaction cost’ of creating a new service is lowered to below the cost of adding to an existing monolith.

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