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Microsoft Open-Sources P Language for Safe Async Event-Driven Programming

by on  Oct 12, 2016 1

Microsoft’s recently open-sourced P language aims to make it possible to write safe asynchronous event-driven programs on Linux, macOS, and Windows.

GitHub Adopts New GraphQL API

by on  Oct 12, 2016

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.

Komand Principal Engineer Sean Kelly on Microservice Fallacies

by on  Oct 09, 2016 2

Sean Kelly, a Principal Engineer at Komad, has written about his experiences around microservices and five "truths" which developers believe microservices will bring to their architectures, applications and teams, but which, in his view, are not always the case.

Reactive Summit 2016 Conference: Reactive Microservices and Staging Data Pipelines

by on  Oct 08, 2016

Reactive microservices, data center scale operating system (DCOS), and staging reactive data pipelines were the highlighted topics at Reactive Summit 2016 Conference held this week. InfoQ team attended the conference and this post is a summary of the first day's events at the conference.

Service-Based Architecture as an Alternative to Microservice Architecture

by on  Oct 07, 2016 5

ThoughtWorks director Neal Ford argued in a recent talk that organizations transition more easily from a monolithic architecture to a service-based architecture than to a microservices architecture. Ford spoke at UberConf 2016 about service-based architecture, a middle ground between service-oriented architecture and microservices.

Continuous Delivery at Klaverblad Insurance

by on  Oct 07, 2016

Continuous delivery should be treated as an agile project as it is about automating your deployment. You have to speed up in small steps and gain trust by doing small deliveries and solve problems fast. The story about how Klaverblad insurance has implemented Agile, DevOps, continuous delivery, and microservices.

Confluent Announces Kafka for the Enterprise with Multi-Datacenter Replication

by on  Oct 05, 2016

Confluent Enterprise latest version supports multi-datacenter replication, automatic data balancing, and cloud migration capability. Confluent, provider of the Apache Kafka based streaming platform, announced last week the new features for Confluent Enterprise, to help build streaming data pipelines and develop stream processing applications.

Netflix Zuul Gets a Makeover to a Asynchronous and Non-Blocking Architecture

by on  Oct 04, 2016

Rags Srinivas caught up with engineering manager at Netflix, Mikey Cohen, regarding their major re-architecture of their Zuul gateway for microservices. Cohen talks about the journey and walks through the motivation and challenges of this significant effort.

Zeppelin: a Secure Smart Contracts Open-Source Framework for Blockchain Applications

by on  Oct 03, 2016

Zeppelin is a MIT licensed open source secure smart contract development framework to build blockchain applications. It's a community effort pioneered to ensure only secure, tested and audited smart contract code makes it to a production blockchain, to reduce incidents such as "The DAO" hack. Zeppelin is intended to be blockchain-agnostic, but in the beginning they are focusing on Solidity tools.

Keeping Systems "Poised for Change" with Evolutionary Architecture

by on  Oct 02, 2016

At the Agile on the Beach 2016 conference, held in Cornwall, UK, Rebecca Parsons argued that the requirements for improved time-to-market and increased business agility can be achieved by architecting software for real evolvability, keeping systems poised for change, lowering the cost (and risk) of experimentation, maximising visibility and feedback, and aligning the organisation.

Building a Scalable Minimum Viable Product

by on  Sep 29, 2016 1

Scalability should be considered when developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). An MVP needs to be technically scalable and you need to have a plan on how to scale quickly when your MVP attracts many users and becomes successful. Knowing your possible performance bottlenecks and using common sense while developing your MVP will get you very far, says Erik Duindam, CTO at Unboxd.

MicroProfile Group Holds Discussion Panel Event during JavaOne

by on  Sep 26, 2016

On 22nd September, the MicroProfile group held a panel event in San Francisco to discuss the current and future situation. Albeit not being part of JavaOne, the fact that it coincided in time and city made it easy for conference-goers to attend. The panel included representatives from RedHat, Payara, SouJava, Tomitribe, IBM, and the LJC, and speculated about the shape of future Java development.

First Release of Project Bletchley on Microsoft Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service

by on  Sep 26, 2016

Microsoft announced the first release of Project Bletchley, which is Microsoft's approach to building a cloud-based enterprise consortium blockchain ecosystem. This first release is primarily focused on a questionnaire based automated deployment along with roadmap details for the Cryptlet middleware tier.

Refactoring and Code Smells – A Journey Toward Cleaner Code

by on  Sep 21, 2016

Refactoring helps to move towards cleaner code that is easier to understand and maintain. It takes practice and experience to recognise code smells: symptoms of bad design which indicate deeper problems in the code. Tools can be helpful to refactor in small steps and prevent breaking the code.

How Agile and Architecture Parted and Finally Became Friends

by on  Sep 13, 2016

People stopped seeing the need to define the architecture or do software design due to incorrect interpretation of the agile manifesto, argued Simon Brown. Many software developers don’t seem to have a sufficient toolbox of practices and the software industry lacks a common vocabulary for architecture. A good architecture enables agility with just enough up front design to create firm foundations.

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