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Alternative Container Runtimes in Kubernetes

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Apr 30, 2017

Recent changes in Kubernetes break its traditional tie-in to Docker and rkt as container runtimes. Kubernetes has released its Container Runtime Interface (CRI) API and there is a parallel ongoing implementation called CRI-O which attempts to create a bridge between Kubernetes and OCI-compliant runtimes, paving the way for Kubernetes to use any OCI compliant container runtime in a standard way.

Microsoft Updates Azure IoT Platform: Adds Connectivity, Time Series Insights and Edge Analytics

by Kent Weare on  Apr 29, 2017

Microsoft has recently made some announcements regarding their Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities within Azure. Microsoft’s news includes adding a new service called Azure Time Series Insights, additional connectivity platform support for OPC UA/DA and Azure Stream Analytic support on edge devices. In addition, Microsoft also announced a new SaaS-based IoT Solution called Azure IoT Central.

TypeScript 2.3 Adds Generic Default Arguments, Async Iterators Support, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 29, 2017

TypeScript 2.3 extends the language syntax by adding support for declaring defaults for generic type parameters and for async generators and iterators. It also aims to improve integration with existing JavaScript code with a new compile option and introduces official support for language server plugins.

John Gossman on Microsoft’s Serverless Platform, Azure Functions and Logic Apps

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 28, 2017

John Gossman, lead architect at Microsoft Azure, spoke on Thursday at ServerlessConf Conference about Microsoft's open source Serverless platform. The Microsoft team also gave demos on Azure Functions, Logic Apps and how to monitor the platform components.

Announcing a Unified .NET Documentation Experience

by Michael Stiefel on  Apr 28, 2017

Microsoft has announced its new .NET API browser for finding .NET documentation in a standardized manner. Community contributions to the documentation will be enabled within the next month. The User Voice site allows users to request improvements, and vote on which suggestions are most important including additional documentation users want to see added to the API browser.

Automated Acceptance Testing Supports Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders on  Apr 28, 2017

Automated acceptance tests are an essential component of a continuous delivery style testing strategy, as they give an important and different insight into the behaviour of our systems. Developers must own the responsibility to keep acceptance tests running and passing, argued Dave Farley; you don't want to have a separate QA team lagging behind a development team.

Exploring the Seven Principles of Sociocracy 3.0

by Ben Linders on  Apr 27, 2017

Principles guide behaviour, and when made explicit can raise consciousness and help to evolve culture. The seven Sociocracy 3.0 principles support organizations that want to act in integrity with their environment, learn from experience, and generate a collaborative, adaptable and intelligent system to navigate complexity.

Microsoft Releases Feature Pack 1 for BizTalk Server 2016

by Kent Weare on  Apr 26, 2017

On April 26th 2017, Microsoft released Feature Pack 1 for BizTalk Server 2016. This is the first time Microsoft has provided a Feature Pack for BizTalk Server and it provides customers with new capabilities in the areas of Deployment, Analytics and the BizTalk Runtime.

Google Retires Octane JavaScript Benchmark

by David Iffland on  Apr 26, 2017

Google has retired their Octane JavaScript benchmark tool, citing over-optimization of micro-benchmarks to the detriment of real-world performance. Other browser vendors agree that the benchmark by itself is of little value. In the future, performance improvements may come from focusing on what the user is actually experiencing.

Visual Studio 2017 - Update 2 Preview

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 26, 2017

Microsoft has released a preview of the second major update planned for Visual Studio 2017. This update brings a new workload, TypeScript side-by-side support, and enhanced F# tooling.

C# Futures: Relaxed Overrides

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 26, 2017

A commonly requested feature in .NET is the ability to use covariant return types. An example of this would be overriding “virtual object Clone()” with “override Widget Clone()”. From a type safety perspective, this is perfectly acceptable, but C# doesn’t currently allow it.

Jenkins Gets a Facelift with Release of Blue Ocean 1.0

by Craig Smith on  Apr 25, 2017

Jenkins, the popular open source automation server that is used by development teams worldwide for continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines, has recently announced the general availability of Blue Ocean 1.0.

Microsoft Releases Dialogue Dataset to Make Chatbots Smarter

by Roland Meertens on  Apr 25, 2017

Maluuba, a Microsoft company working towards general artificial intelligence, recently released a new open dialogue dataset based on booking a vacation. With this dataset, they help researchers and developers make their chatbots smarter.

Cloud Foundry Foundation Launch Cloud Native Developer Certification and Training Program

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 25, 2017

At the CloudNativeCon, held in Berlin, Germany, the Cloud Foundry Foundation announced the creation of a Cloud Foundry Certified Developer (CFCD) training and certification program which is community-based, independent and vendor-neutral, and aims to verify job candidates have practical experience with any distribution of Cloud Foundry.

DigitalOcean Adds Monitoring and Alerting Features

by Richard Seroter on  Apr 24, 2017

Cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean recently released capabilities for monitoring servers and sending alerts. While not novel, this free feature is indicative of growing industry attention paid to server and application insight.

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