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Improving Work Life with Organizational Hacks

by Ben Linders on  Apr 13, 2017

Visualize everything, pair up, open Friday, and no training budget; these are some of the "work hacks" that have improved work life at Sipgate, a telephone provider using Scrum.

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.

Doing Safe-to-Fail Experiments

by Ben Linders on  Apr 11, 2017 8

Safe-to-fail experiments can be used in complex environments to probe, sense, and respond. You have to know what success and failure look like and need to be able to dampen or amplify the effect of probing to handle potential failures. Safe-to-fail experiments can help you to deal with risks and uncertainty, learn, and keep your options open.

Google Announces Cloud Machine Learning API Updates

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 10, 2017

Google recently announced the Cloud Machine Learning API updates at the Google Cloud Next Conference. This includes a set of APIs in the areas of vision, video intelligence, speech, natural language, translation and job search.

.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.

How Google Uses Espresso to Connect to the Public Internet

by Thomas Betts on  Apr 08, 2017

At the Open Networking Summit, Google engineers highlighted the capabilities of their Software Defined Networking (SDN) strategy, including the peering edge architecture named Espresso. Espresso is the fourth pillar of Google's SDN strategy and focuses on optimizing the performance and availability of peering connections with major Internet Service Providers around the globe.

Microsoft Adds Application Insights Support for Azure Functions

by Kent Weare on  Apr 08, 2017

Microsoft recently announced an initial preview of Application Insights support for Azure Functions. As a result of this integration between the two services, developers now get built-in instrumentation for their code and a portal to view trends in their code’s performance. Developers are also able to set monitoring thresholds which can be used to create alerts or a callout to external webhooks.

Intel Launch Optane SSD

by Chris Swan on  Apr 08, 2017

Intel recently launched their 3D XPoint non-volatile memory (NVM) under the brand name of Optane. The SSD label in some of the branding might imply that it’s a different type of durable storage, but the technology is aimed at applications that would normally use RAM. This marks the beginning of the end of the compromise between in memory and persistent.

CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Summary: Kubernetes 1.6, Docker and CoreOS Donations, and Certifications

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 07, 2017

At the combined CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Europe conferences, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) made several announcements, including: the latest release of the container scheduling platform, Kubernetes 1.6.; the acceptance of Docker’s containerd and CoreOS’ rkt container technology projects into the CNCF; and the release of the ‘Kubernetes Certified Administrator Exam’ curriculum.

The Blockchain and the CAP Theorem

by Andrew Morgan on  Apr 07, 2017

Yaron Goland, Principal Architect at Microsoft, has published an article describing how a blockchain client can be made AP or CP based on its implementation. This works by being able to configure how many blocks must come after a transaction until it is accepted. The more blocks which have occurred after the transaction, the more likely it is to have a system wide consensus, making it consistent.

Long Term Support for Angular Announced at ng-conf 2017

by David Iffland on  Apr 07, 2017

During the 2017 ng-conf keynote, Igor Minar and Steven Fluin took the time to showcase the softer side of Angular. With all major technical topics in the rearview mirror, the focus was on the community and how Angular will evolve over time. Long Term Support for Angular v4 was announced.

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