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GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2017

GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. The guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories. InfoQ spoke with Brandon Keepers, GitHub’s Head of Open Source.

Microsoft Releases Managed Disks, Scale Sets

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 24, 2017

In an effort to simplify virtual machine (VM) storage and scaling in Azure, Microsoft released two new capabilities. Managed Disks eliminate the need to configure "storage accounts" for holding VM disks. Scale sets make it possible to deploy hundreds of identical VMs at once.

Open Office Layouts Bad for Productivity and Memory

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 24, 2017

A recent BBC article revived the discussion about the "best" office layout for productive knowledge work - how spaces impact culture, productivity and collaboration.

Microsoft Makes it Easy to Create JavaScript Web Apps with New Tool

by David Iffland on  Feb 24, 2017

Microsoft's new dotnet new tool allows JavaScript developers an easy way to spin up Single Page Applications using ASP.NET and Node.js.

Lightbend Speaks to InfoQ on Their Acquisition of OpsClarity

by Michael Redlich on  Feb 24, 2017

Nine months after acquiring BoldRadius, Lightbend announced their acquisition of OpsClarity, a company specializing in monitoring reactive applications. InfoQ interviewed Mark Brewer, president and CEO at Lightbend and Alan Ngai, co-founder of OpsClarity and now VP of cloud services at Lightbend to learn more about this new partnership..

Swift 4 Enters Final Stage, Defers ABI Stability

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 23, 2017

Apple has detailed the release process for Swift 4, which should become available in the Fall of 2017. The main focus of this release is to provide significant enhancements to the core language and standard library, while delivering source compatibility. ABI compatibility, which was originally in the roadmap, will be deferred, explains Apples' new Swift team lead Ted Kremenek.

Organizing over Organization

by Ben Linders on  Feb 23, 2017

In the coming years we will see less organizations, but not less organizing. Organizing is a daily activity to get things done, but we don't necessarily need organizations to do things. When individuals are subordinate to the organization, it's an inhibitor for adopting modern management approaches.

Beam Graduates to Top-Level Apache Project

by Dylan Raithel on  Feb 21, 2017

Beam exits incubation period and graduates to top-level Apache project, Google support and contribution to open source integration for various data processing backends and more.

Microsoft Makes Cloud-Based Biological Research Tool Open Source

by Michael Stiefel on  Feb 21, 2017

Bio Model Analyzer, a Microsoft cloud-based tool that biologists can use to model cell interactions and communications, is now available as open-source on GitHub. It is used to create computer models that can compare the processes within healthy and diseased cells. Scientists can see the interactions between millions of genes and proteins, speeding up research and treatment of diseases.

RightScale Cloud Survey 2017

by Abel Avram on  Feb 21, 2017

RightScale has recently published their annual cloud survey (RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report) which comprises the status and the trends in cloud computing adoption and usage, comparing some of the values with last year’s results.

LLD, LLVM’s New Linker, Coming to LLVM 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 21, 2017

LLD, which touts great performance improvements over GCC ld, will be included in LLVM 4 rc1 and enabled by default. Although the new linker is already able to build a running FreeBSD/amd64 base system, its inclusion in LLVM is still experimental and could be set back in rc2 if it causes problems.

GitLab.com Postmortem Digs into Root Causes of 18 Hour Outage

by David Iffland on  Feb 21, 2017

GitLab's postmortem into the root cause of their 18 hour site outage is a detailed look at how the incident began, how it got worse before it got better, and how they plan to learn from the mistakes and improve the service.

Rider EAP17 Brings Improvements, But Loses .NET Core Debugging

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 21, 2017

The latest release of JetBrains' Rider IDE for .NET brings some new features in its latest preview build, but licensing issues are preventing it from providing complete .NET Core support.

Java 9 Will Adjust Memory Limits if Running with Docker

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Feb 21, 2017

A first experimental change has been added to Java 9 so the JVM can understand that it is running within a container and adjust memory limits accordingly. Despite the increase in popularity of containers, many tools, including the JVM, still rely on the host's parameters to assess available resources, oftentimes running out of memory. This change tries to prevent many of those scenarios.

Humility is a Positive Trait

by Susan McIntosh on  Feb 20, 2017

Validating the premise of Jim Collins' description of "Level 5 Leadership," a study described in the Washington Post shows how humility is a positive trait in many aspects of our lives, including leadership.

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