QCon New York (the 6th annual software conference) is just 10 weeks away. June 26-28 QCon returns to its new location at Times Square’s Marriott Marquis, but with the same great lineup of speakers. 2017 features speakers from Stitch Fix, Google, Netflix, Lyft, Pivotal, Redis Labs, among others.
Facebook has open sourced Litho, a framework for creating user interfaces in Android applications using a React-like declarative style with scrolling performance in mind.
Parse co-founder Kevin Lacker sent out a final reminder of Parse shutting down at the end of this month. Developers are urged to export any data they would like to save as soon as possible.
A Facebook team has recently published a comparison of the performance of their existing Giraph-based graph processing system with the newer GraphX which is part of the popular Spark framework. Their conclusion is that GraphX is neither sufficiently scalable or performant to support their graph processing workloads.
At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced a preview of their deep learning technology called Amazon Lex which can be used to build conversational interfaces using voice and text. Amazon Lex is powered on the same deep learning technology as Alexa, which is used in the portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Amazon Echo speaker.
Facebook recently announced CommAI-env, a platform for training and evaluating an AI system. Inspired by A roadmap towards Machine Intelligence the system aims for teaching intelligent agents general learning capabilities that would serve as the groundwork for further, more specialized training by human or machine level interaction. The article provides a high level overview of current state and..
In the Summer of 2013, Facebook engineers started a major redesign of the HHVM JIT compiler that brought an overall 15% reduction of CPU usage on Facebook’s web servers. Facebook engineer Guilherme Ottoni has recently described how Facebook achieved that result by backing profile-guided optimizations (PGO) into their JIT compiler.
Microsoft has made available Bot Framework Preview to developers and Google has purchased API.ai, a bot engine with many integrations.
The new Zstandard 1.0 compression algorithm, recently open sourced by Facebook, is one of the few compression algorithms that is both faster and more efficient than zlib, the current “reigning standard”, write Facebook engineer Yann Collet and Chip Turner.
Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research laboratory open-sources the Torchnet project to package and optimize boiler plate deep learning code for reuse and plugin-ability.
Now available in beta, Facebook’s new SDK for Swift aims to make it easier for developers to integrate Facebook services into their iOS apps.
Microsoft and Facebook have announced that the Universal Windows Platform will be the next platform to support React Native. Aiding developers build React Native apps on Windows, Microsoft also released a React Native extension for Visual Studio Code that provides debugging and IntelliSense in their cross-platform code editor.
Facebook has opened up the Messenger Platform to be integrated with chatbots performing various tasks.