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Microsoft Releases BizTalk Server 2016 CTP 1

by Kent Weare on  May 01, 2016

On March 30th, 2016 Microsoft announced the release of their BizTalk Server 2016 Community Technical Preview 1 (CTP). This release is one of Microsoft’s milestones they highlighted in their recent Integration Roadmap. In addition to the BizTalk Server CTP, Microsoft has also released an initial CTP for its Host Integration Server offering.

Continuous Deployment at Instagram

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Apr 28, 2016

Instagram's continuous deployment pipeline lets them push code faster to production, identify bad commits easily and always be release ready. Put together in an iterative manner over a period of time, the key principles behind it include a high quality test suite, quick identification of bad commits, visibility at each stage to improve buy-in from stakeholders and a working rollback plan.

Concourse: Scalable Open Source CI Pipeline Tool

by Grischa Ekart on  Apr 27, 2016

Concourse, an open source CI pipeline tool that uses yaml files for configuring pipelines and configuration-free setup, has recently bumped its major release and is currently available in version 1.1.0. Major conceptual benefits of Concourse are explicit and first-class support of pipelines, running isolated builds in containers, avoidance of snowflake build servers and easy access to build logs.

Datawire Release Fault Tolerant Microservice Communication Framework ‘Datawire Connect’

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 26, 2016

Datawire have released their open source Datawire Connect framework, which allows developers to ‘resiliently connect microservices’ using automatically generated RPC-style client libraries for Java, Python or NodeJS services. The client libraries generated provide service registration and discovery, dynamic load balancing and routing, automated timeouts and circuit breakers.

Atlassian Bamboo 5.11 Delivers Continuous Integration At Scale

by Craig Smith on  Apr 26, 2016 1

Atlassian, makers of development tools such as JIRA and Confluence, have just released version 5.11 of their continuous delivery tool Bamboo with a host of new features to help teams scale and collaborate. The key feature in this new release is the ability to scale from 100 to 250 elastic build agents.

Amazon Announces Managed Platform Updates for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

by Kent Weare on  Apr 23, 2016 1

On April 19th, 2016 Amazon announced changes to their Elastic Beanstalk service. In this update, Amazon is providing customers with the ability to automatically install platform updates.

Key Takeaways from the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference: Day Two

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 21, 2016 2

This article presents a review of the second day at the O'Reilly Software Architecture conference, held in New York City 12-13th April. Sessions covered include 'Evolving toward microservices: How HomeDepot.com made the transition’, ‘Going cloud native: It takes a platform’, ‘Let's make the pain visible’, ‘Microservices in reverse’, and ‘The architect as coach’.

Google Cloud Machine Learning and Tensor Flow Alpha Release

by Dylan Raithel on  Apr 18, 2016

Late last month Google released an alpha version of their TensorFlow (TF) integrated cloud machine learning service as a response to a growing need to make their Tensor Flow library to run at scale on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google describes several new feature sets around making TF usage scale by integrating several pieces of the GCP like Dataproc, a managed Hadoop and Spark service.

Microsoft Releases Power BI Embedded Preview

by Kent Weare on  Apr 17, 2016

Recently at the 2016 Build Event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a change to their Power BI offering. The update comes in the form of giving customers and ISVs with the ability to embed Power BI reports within their own applications. Microsoft is calling this service Power BI Embedded and it is currently in preview.

Microsoft Gets into Serverless Apps with Azure Functions

by Richard Seroter on  Apr 15, 2016

At this month's Build conference, Microsoft announced a preview of Azure Functions, a service that runs code on-demand. Azure Functions is Microsoft's entry into the increasingly-popular space of event-driven, serverless computing occupied by Amazon, Google, IBM, and others.

JetBrains Releases IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Apr 13, 2016

JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1, the latest version of their most popular IDE. The new version seems to have the polyglot developer in mind, with multiple enhancements over a variety of languages and technologies; however, the most noticeable changes are aimed at Java, particularly at helping developers take full advantage of Java 8.

Rancher Labs Release Rancher 1.0, An Open Source Cross-Cloud Container Management Platform

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 10, 2016

Rancher Labs have released version 1.0 of their open source Rancher container management platform, which allows the deployment of Docker containers via Docker Swarm, Kubernetes or Rancher Labs’ Cattle. Rancher manages the underlying compute fabric, and can be deployed across a combination of multiple public cloud vendors, private virtualised clouds and bare metal.

Amazon API Gateway Now Supports Swagger Definition Import

by Kent Weare on  Apr 09, 2016

On April 5th, 2016 Amazon announced an update to its API Management service known as Amazon API Gateway. In this update, Amazon API Gateway now supports a direct way of importing Swagger 2.0 definitions.

Zalando’s STUPS: Creating an Audit-Compliant PaaS on Top of AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 04, 2016

At the microXchg conference 2016, Zalando talked about their journey to creating an audit-compliant Platform as a Service (PaaS) for multiple autonomous teams that runs on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Key lessons learned included: the need for autonomous teams and a supporting PaaS, alongside auditing and a clear vision, are essential to scale development as an engineering organisation grows.

Azure Service Fabric Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Apr 03, 2016

At Microsoft’s recent Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Fabric.

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