Hyperledger Steering Committee Approves First Ethereum Project

by Kent Weare on  Apr 23, 2017

In a recent blog post on the Hyperledger project website, Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger project, announced that the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee has approved a proposal, submitted by Monax and Intel, to incubate the first Ethereum derived project called Burrow, a permissionable smart contract machine.

C# Futures: Read-Only References and Structs

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 19, 2017 2

In C++ we have a feature known as “const”. This can be applied to parameters so that the caller knows that function will not modify the parameter and/or the object the parameter references. Under this proposal, C# would get something similar.

C# Futures: Nullable Reference Types

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 17, 2017 2

No, the headline isn’t a typo. One of the new proposals for C# is to assume that all reference variables are non-nullable by default. Under the new syntax, you would need to explicitly indicate when a reference variable is nullable, just as you do for value types.

Causal Consistency for Large Neo4j Clusters

by Andrew Morgan on  Apr 15, 2017

Jim Webber, chief scientist at Neo4J Technology, explored how Neo4J implements causal consistency at QCon London 2017. The presentation included a high-level overview of Neo4J’s clustering architecture, its implementation of consensus using Raft, and a pattern called bookmarking used to achieve read-after-write consistency.

Light at the End of the Long Tunnel for Java EE 8

by Michael Redlich on  Apr 14, 2017 6

There may finally be some light at the end of the long tunnel for Java EE 8. Oracle recently updated the Java community on Java EE 8, which included the latest release schedule and updates on JSR activities. Almost four years in the making, the road for Java EE 8 has not been easy.

Hiring Tools and Tips from Google

by Abel Avram on  Apr 14, 2017

Google has published a number of tools useful for the hiring process, including advice on creating a job description, preparing the interviewer, best practices for interviews, and others.

MailKit Officially Replaces .NET’s SmtpClient

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 14, 2017 3

For the second time, Microsoft has officially marked a .NET class as being replaced by an open source library. The documentation for SmtpClient now reads, “Obsolete("SmtpClient and its network of types are poorly designed, we strongly recommend you use MailKit and MimeKit instead")”.

Amazon Adds Cross Region and Encrypted Replication Support for Aurora

by Kent Weare on  Apr 13, 2017

In a recent blog post, Amazon announced updates to its MySQL-compatible Database Engine, Aurora. In this update, Amazon is including support for cross region snapshot copy, cross region replication for encrypted databases, cross account encrypted snapshot sharing, adding a region where Aurora can be provisioned and a new instance size called T2.Small.

Visual Studio 2017 Update Focuses on Stability

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 13, 2017

The redesigned installer and setup engine featured in Visual Studio 2017 allows Microsoft to more rapidly deploy fixes to their flagship development software. The first named update to the recently released tool has just been deployed, and brings with it the standalone version of Visual Studio Team Explorer.

Atlassian Opens up Team Health Monitors and Team Playbook Blueprints

by Steffen Opel on  Apr 12, 2017

After introducing a tool-agnostic version of its Team Health Monitors at Summit 2016, Atlassian now also bundles Team Playbook blueprints with the recently released Confluence Server 6.1. A Health Monitor workshop is a team self-assessment aiming to identify pain points and formulate a plan to address weak spots by running low-ceremony "plays" that "can help improve a team's overall health".

Apple TestFlight Now Supports A/B Testing of iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 12, 2017

With its recent update to TestFlight, Apple has introduced a number of features, such as multiple builds and enhanced groups, that make it possible to do A/B testing for iOS apps.

Azure Service Fabric SDK Becomes Open Source

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Apr 12, 2017

Microsoft recently announced it opened the source code of its Azure Service Fabric SDK. Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform to package, deploy, and manage and microservices. The SDK exposes Service Fabric APIs to integrate .NET applications in the Service Fabric platform.

.NET Futures: Type Classes and Extensions

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 12, 2017

Another feature being considered for future versions of .NET are type classes. Referred to as “shapes” in the Shapes and Extensions proposal, they would greatly increase the capabilities of .NET generics.

New Language Features in Visual Basic 15

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 11, 2017

Visual Basic 15 brings with it partial implementations of two important C# features: tuples and ref returns. Neither feature is “complete”, but they do offer enough work-arounds that VB applications can consume C# libraries that make use of these features.

.NET Futures: Multiple Inheritance

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 10, 2017 2

A controversial new proposal for .NET suggests the introduction of a limited form of multiple inheritance via abstract interfaces. This feature was inspired by Java’s default methods.