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The New Scala Center Focuses on Education and the Scala Community

by Michael Redlich on  Aug 16, 2016

Details of the new Scala Center, a non-profit organization created to focus on education and the open source community, were presented by research scientist Heather Miller during her June 16, 2016 keynote address at Scala Days Berlin.

Agile 2016: Steve Denning on Agile within Large Organizations and Leadership in Agile

by Angela Wick on  Aug 15, 2016

At the recent Agile 2016 Conference, leadership expert and author Steve Denning presented a fishbowl-style session focused on the topics of Agile within Large Organizations and Leadership in Agile. He covered three broad topics: Engagement of Leaders - Agile Mindset Shift in Management, Agile Adoption Challenges and Agile in the Global Economy

AWS Launches Application Load Balancer

by David Iffland on  Aug 15, 2016

Amazon Web Services has launched their new Application Load Balancer, an OSI Layer 7 balancer that can route traffic to different end-points depending a set of URL rules.

Oracle Unveils Plan to Revamp Java EE 8 for the Cloud

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Aug 15, 2016 6

In a recent interview, Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle, announced a set of improvements for Java EE 8. The move is believed to be designed to appease recent critics (like those coming from the Java EE Guardians) and divergent efforts (like the MicroProfile). Although the information at the moment is scarce, further details are to be unveiled at JavaOne 2016.

Docker and High Security Microservices: A Summary of Aaron Grattafiori's DockerCon 2016 Talk

by Daniel Bryant on  Aug 14, 2016

At DockerCon 2016, held in Seattle, USA, Aaron Grattafiori presented “The Golden Ticket: Docker and High Security Microservices”. Core recommendations for running secure container-based microservices included enabling User Namespaces, configuring application-specific AppArmor or SELinux and seccomp whitelist, hardening the host system, restricting host access and considering network security.

Microsoft Edge Extension Toolkit Aims to Bring Chrome Extensions to Edge

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 13, 2016

A new tool for Windows 10 from Microsoft, the Edge Extension Toolkit, aims to make it easier to convert Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge extensions.

Uber Engineering Moving from Postgres to MySQL

by Alex Giamas on  Aug 12, 2016 1

In a recent blog post, Uber detailed why they have chosen to replace PostgreSQL with MySQL. In this article we present a high level overview of the problems they faced, how MySQL fares against them and some of the best rebuttals against the case presented by Uber.

Aurelia JavaScript Framework Hits 1.0, Looks to the Future

by David Iffland on  Aug 11, 2016 2

The JavaScript framework Aurelia has reached its 1.0 release and has emerged as an alternative to the Angular vs. React debate. Its goal is to provide a standards-based, modular framework with minimal boilerplate and ceremony.

Scaling Teams to Grow Effective Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Aug 11, 2016

When organizations are growing fast it can be a challenge to keep them sane and to achieve what you actually want to achieve by hiring more people: getting more done. Alexander Grosse talked about how you scale teams to build an effective organization at Spark the Change London 2016. He explored the five domains of scaling teams: Hiring, People Management, Organization, Culture, and Communication.

Philip Lay's Advice to Technologists: Stop Disrupting, Start Engaging

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 10, 2016 4

Commentator and strategy adviser Philip Lay recently admonished the technology industry to stop disrupting and start engaging. He points to the populist dissatisfaction with technology-enabled globalization, the Brexit vote and the general geo-political and social-economic instability around the world. He encourages tech companies to do more to support local growth and skills development.

Survey: Android’s Lead is Consolidated

by Abel Avram on  Aug 10, 2016

According to the latest Developer Nation Q3 2016 survey from VisionMobile, Android’s lead over iOS as primary platform and developer mindshare has been consolidated. Also, Windows developers prefer C# in the cloud while Linux ones stay with Java.

Django 1.10 Brings Full Text Search for PostgreSQL

by James Chesters on  Aug 09, 2016

Version 1.10 of Django has been released, bringing full text search for PostgreSQL, official support for Unicode usernames and new-style middleware. The major release for Django Software Foundation's dynamic language includes using database functions in the django.contrib.postgres.search module to ease the use of PostgreSQL’s full text search engine.

AWS Adds Native SQL Server Backups to Database-as-a-Service

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 08, 2016

AWS released an update to its Relational Database Service (RDS) that allows users to take advantage of native SQL Server backup and restore functionality. AWS beat Microsoft Azure to market with this capability which simplifies database migration and disaster recovery scenarios.

Agile 2016: Communicating and Collaborating - How Distributed Teams Can Thrive

by Angela Wick on  Aug 08, 2016

David Horowitz and Mark Kilby presented at the Agile 2016 conference on how distributed teams can thrive. The premise of their talk was that distributed teams need to be connected, and that while face-to-face is important for collaboration, it isn’t as important as connectedness.

Apple’s Chris Lattner Looks Back at Swift 3 and Ahead to Swift 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 08, 2016

While Swift 3 is nearing its late 2016 release, Apple’s Developer Tools Department senior director Chris Lattner provided a retrospective on its development and set expectations for Swift 4 in a long message to the Swift-evolution mailing list.

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