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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Google's hardware engineering team that designed and developed the TensorFlow Processor Unit detailed the architecture and benchmarking experiment earlier this month. This is a follow up post on the initial announcement of the TPU from this time last year.
Over the past five years, Google searches for Machine Learning have gone up five times. “Fo anything that has machine learning in it or blockchain in it, the valuation goes up, 2, 3, 4, 5x”, Andy Stewart pointed out. Zachary Lipton claimed a "misinformation epidemic" in the field in a recent blog post. In this article we present the technical perspective of ML and how it can be presented.
Day One of the 12th annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference was held on Tuesday, April 18 in Philadelphia, PA. This two-day event included keynotes by Blair MacIntyre (augmented reality pioneer) and Scott Hanselman (podcaster), and featured speakers Monica Beckwith (JVM consultant at Oracle), Yehuda Katz (co-creator of Ember.js), and Jessica Kerr (lead engineer at Atomist).
QCon New York (the 6th annual software conference) is just 10 weeks away. June 26-28 QCon returns to its new location at Times Square’s Marriott Marquis, but with the same great lineup of speakers. 2017 features speakers from Stitch Fix, Google, Netflix, Lyft, Pivotal, Redis Labs, among others.
Not too long ago the proposal for read-only local variables was revived. This is a much more modest feature than the read-only references proposal, but the two are complementary.
Marcin Grzejszczak is a software engineer at Pivotal. Currently, he is working on Spring Cloud Contract, a consumer-driven contracts framework for Java. InfoQ has interviewed Marcin in order to discuss some of the framework's benefits, and how in particular consumer-driven contracts can help with microservice testing.