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New and Interesting Changes on ThoughtWorks Radar

by on  Nov 12, 2016

As usual, the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar covers four areas - Language & Frameworks, Platforms, Techniques, Tools – each item having one of four recommendations – Adopt, Trial, Assess, Hold. This article lists only what is new and noteworthy in the respective areas.

Enterprise Development Trends 2016: A Survey of JVM Developers by Lightbend

by on  Nov 08, 2016

Lightbend surveyed over 2100 JVM developers to study correlations between development and infrastructure trends. Their findings, published in a whitepaper, revealed that microservices and lightweight containers are challenging heavyweight J2EE application servers.

Workplace of the Future: How Technology Affects Employee Experience

by on  Nov 04, 2016

Jacob Morgan, a keynote speaker, best-selling author and the co-founder of The Future of Work Community, a global innovation council of the world’s most forward thinking organizations exploring the new world of work, gave a webinar together with Konica Minolta to discuss the workplace of the future and how technology affects the employee experiences.

Esther Derby's Six Rules for Change

by on  Nov 03, 2016

Esther Derby identifies six rules to use when change needs to happen, so that the people involved are honored, and the complexity of the change is acknowledged. Creating an environment based on empathy, knowledge of the past, and a willingness to experiment, makes change less stressful.

Serverless Frameworks at Serverlessconf London 2016

by on  Oct 31, 2016

The emergent theme for the second day of Serverlessconf London 2016 was the availability and functionality of management frameworks to address the operational issues highlighted on day one. The Node.js based Serverless Framework featured in at least three talks, and there was also coverage of Zappa, a more opinionated Python based framework.

Honeycomb - A Tool for Debugging Complex Systems

by on  Oct 31, 2016 1

Honeycomb is a tool for observing and correlating events in distributed systems. It provides a different approach from existing tools like Zipkin in that it moves away from the single-request-tracing model to a more free-form model of collecting and querying data across layers and dimensions.

Serverless Operations is Not a Solved Problem

by on  Oct 28, 2016

The emergent theme from day one of the Serverlessconf London 2016 was that far from being ‘NoOps’ Serverless platforms bring with them substantial operational challenges. The physical servers and virtual machines may have been abstracted away, but that doesn’t mean an end to infrastructure configuration; and developers ignore the implications of underlying persistence mechanisms at their peril.

Deis Helm Major Release Improves Kubernetes Usability

by on  Oct 27, 2016

InfoQ recently interviewed Jason Hansen, chief architect at Deis, about a recent major release of Deis Helm. Deis builds open source tools that make using Kubernetes easier. The banner feature for the release is first-class support to upgrade Kubernetes releases in place. Helm now also provides the ability to define pre and post hooks that are called during install, upgrade, and deletion.

Wolfram Wants to Deliver “Computation Everywhere” with New Private Cloud

by on  Oct 26, 2016

Wolfram, the software company behind computation-centric products like Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, shipped a new private cloud appliance targeting companies that want to centralize their computational efforts.

Oracle Cloud: the Future beyond the Headlines

by on  Oct 25, 2016 1

Oracle OpenWorld focused attention on the new Oracle Cloud Platform offerings - particularly in the IaaS space. Gartner selected AWS and Azure as leaders in IaaS, while Oracle didn't place in the latest Magic Quadrant. InfoQ spoke with AWS and Azure experts about the future of Oracle Cloud.

Netflix Engineer Lorin Hochstein on Chaos Monkey 2.0

by on  Oct 25, 2016

Netflix made waves when it initially announced Chaos Monkey, a tool that would terminate normally healthy VM instances in production. The goal was to embrace failure and thereby increase resiliency. Rags Srinivas caught up with Lorin Hochstein at Netflix regarding the recent upgrade to Chaos Monkey.

Chaos Monkey 2.0 Runs via Spinnaker

by on  Oct 24, 2016

Netflix has recently made available the source code of the Chaos Monkey 2.0. The latest iteration of the resilience tool is fully integrated with Spinnaker and event tracking systems, but the SSH support has been removed.

QCon Awarded 10 Diversity Scholarships for QCon SF 2016

by on  Oct 24, 2016 2

QCon San Francisco has provided diversity scholarships to underrepresented groups in the technology community. The Conference is committed to encouraging diversity.

JAX London: Production Time Profiling Using Java Flight Recorder

by on  Oct 22, 2016 1

During JAX London 2016, Ola Westin of Oracle provided an insight into Java Mission Control.

Proposed Consolidation of JDK 10 OpenJDK Mercurial Repositories

by on  Oct 21, 2016

Joe Darcy, JDK Engineer at Oracle, proposed a consolidation of the Mercurial (Hg) repositories for JDK 10 OpenJDK to a single repository that sparked a debate over scalability, performance, and other difficulties.

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