GitHub recently introduced at their Github Universe conference the alpha release of their new API, written in Facebook’s GraphQL (a query language that allows for self-service API contracts). GitHub writes in its engineering blog that its main reason for switching API paradigms is lack of scalability with their existing RESTful contracts.
The maintainers of the popular Bootstrap framework have announced that they are ending maintenance for Bootstrap v3, the current version. It's been over a year since the first alpha of version 4 was released and the project is still not in beta. To speed along development, Mark Otto (creator of Bootstrap) has decided to end all regular maintenance for version 3.
Open Source project hosting sites like SourceForge, Codehaus and Google Code inspired developers to share their code for projects not associated with a foundation like Apache or Eclipse. Over the past few years, these hosting sites have been superseded by GitHub, to the extent that they are closing down over the next year. InfoQ looks back at their contributions and into the future.
Facebook-owned DBaaS platform Parse has open-sourced the full source code of the official Facebook f8 apps for iOS and Android, Parse Developer Advocates Christine Abernathy announced. The apps are aimed to provide guidance for how to build apps on Parse as well as a starting point for similar apps and shows an interesting use of Parse for UI customisation.
LibreSSL is the OpenBSD group's response to the Heartbleed security vulnerability that was discovered a few weeks ago in OpenSSL. LibreSSL aims at fully pruning/refactoring OpenSSL to provide a secure and stable code base, fix long standing bugs, introduce modern programming practices, and redesign portability. After one month of work, it is time for a status update.
In an effort to accelerate the development of Firefox OS, Mozilla announced a Contribution Program which will aim at providing dedicated developers with access to resources and reference hardware. Foxconn will manufacture the initial reference hardware, a tablet. The program will be open to developers, localizers, testers, and bug fixers.
Twitter has open sourced their MapReduce streaming framework, called Summingbird. Available under the Apache 2 license, Summingbird is a large-scale data processing system enabling developers to uniformly execute code in either batch-mode (Hadoop/MapReduce-based) or stream-mode (Storm-based) or a combination thereof, called hybrid mode.
Azavea a company based in Philadelphia that provides products for geographical data, has published an open source product called GeoTrellis under GNU GPL v3 license which is a geographic data processing engine for high performance applications.
2011 was a busy year for OSS projects using .NET. Phil Haack has released some highlights.