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  • Building Tech at Presidential Scale

    Dan Woods discusses the unique challenges of building and running tech for a presidential cycle. Woods also describes how ML was applied at foundational points to reduce operating costs and what were some of the architectural choices made.

  • Application Security Manager: Developer or Security Officer?

    The role of the Application Security Manager (ASM) should be the driving force of the overall code review process. An ASM should know about development processes, information security principles, and have solid technical skills. To get a good ASM you can either use experts from a service provider or grow an in-house professional from developers or security specialists.

  • Present and Future of Xamarin Community Toolkit: Q&A with Gerald Versluis

    Xamarin.Forms is evolving into .NET MAUI, the Xamarin Community Toolkit is also preparing for the transition. In this Q&A, InfoQ decided to interview Gerald Versluis. He is a software engineer at Microsoft from the Netherlands. In this interview, we will talk about Xamarin Community Toolkit, MAUI transition, and their future roadmap.

  • Why the Future of Monitoring Is Agentless

    Traditionally, monitoring software has relied heavily on agent-based approaches for extracting telemetry data from systems. Observability requires better telemetry than agents currently provide. OpenTelemetry is driving advances in this area by creating a standard format and APIs to create, transmit, and store telemetry data. This unlocks new opportunities in observability.

  • Soulful Socio-Technical Architecture

    Happy developers make happy customers and stakeholders. Authority is ineffective with competent and knowledgeable teams. Socio-technical systems design provides a new worldview of what constitutes quality of working life and humanism at work. To create a magic environment where the soul of our teams can thrive, we need to create the conditions for strong relationships to develop and flourish.

  • How to Not Lose Your Job to Low-Code Software

    The uptake of low code software is so strong that it will almost certainly make its way into your organization. Most software engineers shouldn’t be concerned about this because they are good at the things that low code software is not yet good at. The key to surviving and thriving during this change is ensuring that your role encompasses responsibilities that low code can’t yet do.

  • The Fundamentals of Testing with Persistence Layers

    Mocking out dependencies such as databases and other persistence layers leads to ineffective tests. Unfortunately, our industry is also focused on function-level testing to the exclusion of all else, so few are trained on how to write any other type of test. This article seeks to correct the issue by reintroducing the concept of testing with databases.

  • Is Artificial Intelligence Taking over DevOps?

    AI tools are slowly replacing the role of the developer – just as DevOps did before – and will eventually supplant DevOps entirely. Assessing whether that prediction is true is tricky. In this article, we’ll look at what AI promises for the development process, assess whether it can really ever take over from human developers, and what DevOps is likely to look like in a decades’ time.

  • A Lightweight, Safe, Portable, and High-Performance Runtime for Dapr

    Dapr (Distributed Application Runtime) has quickly become a very popular open-source framework for building microservices. It provides building blocks and pre-packaged services that are commonly used in distributed applications, such as service invocation, state management, message queues, resource bindings and triggers, mTLS secure connections, and service monitoring.

  • How Unnecessary Complexity Gave the Service Mesh a Bad Name

    There is immense value in adopting a service mesh, but it must be done in a lightweight manner to avoid unnecessary complexity. Take a pragmatic approach when implementing a service mesh by aligning with the core features of the technology, such as standardized monitoring and smart routing, and watching out for distractions.

  • Ballerina Swan Lake: 10 Compelling Language Characteristics for Cloud Native Programming

    The Ballerina language has come a long way with significant improvements since the 1.0 release in 2019. The latest Swan Lake release further simplifies building and deploying cloud native apps.

  • Service Mesh Ultimate Guide - Second Edition: Next Generation Microservices Development

    This second edition of Service Mesh Ultimate Guide article covers the latest developments in service mesh technologies like multi-cloud, multi-cluster, and multi-tenant models, service mesh extensions, and the operational aspects of productionizing service mesh.