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IBM Creates Artificial Neurons from Phase Change Memory for Cognitive Computing

by Srini Penchikala on  Sep 13, 2016

A team of scientists at IBM Research in Zurich, have created an artificial version of neurons using phase-change materials to store and process data. These phase change based artificial neurons can be used to detect patterns and discover correlations in Big Data (real-time streams of event based data) and unsupervised machine learning at high speeds using very little energy.

Redmonk Analyzes Java Framework Popularity

by Matt Raible on  Sep 13, 2016 1

Redmonk Analyst Fintan Ryan recently published his findings on framework popularity in Java. After completing an in-depth research study on GitHub stars, issues, commits and Twitter followers, Ryan concludes: Spring still dominates, Spring Boot is on an exponential curve, Netty and Play continue to grow strongly.

Don Syme Presents F# Design Principles at .Net Fringe

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Sep 13, 2016

Don Syme, creator of F#, presented at .Net Fringe 2016 an assessment of the current status of F#. He also commented on the duality that exists in F#, a functional language created on a runtime built for object oriented languages.

Key Takeaways from the 'Agile on the Beach' 2016 Conference: Day One

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 11, 2016

At the sixth ‘Agile on the Beach’ conference, held in Cornwall, UK, several leading practitioners of agile software delivery presented the state-of-the-art and emerging trends within this domain. Key takeaways included the value of the scientific method to drive change; the use of Continuous Delivery (CD) for improving safety and speed; and the power of cognitive bias during the user testing.

BitBucket Introduces Disaster Recovery and Merge Strategies

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 11, 2016

Recently released BitBucket Server and BitBucket Data Center 4.9 bring the possibility of defining a strategy for disaster recovery, setting a preferred merge strategy, and more.

Oracle Shares Their Strategy for Java EE with the JCP Executive Committee

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Sep 11, 2016 1

Anil Gaur, Oracle Group Vice President with responsibility for Java EE and WebLogic Server, was invited to speak at the last JCP Executive Committee meeting to shed some light on the future of Java EE. The core of his message was that enterprise programming is changing, and that Oracle wants to adapt to it. However, questions from the EC members indicated that the plan is still unclear.

Categories of Monoliths

by Mark Little on  Sep 11, 2016 1

Derek Ashmore details the different types of monoliths he has come across with a view to subsequently describing how they may be broken down into more manageable components/microservices.

Experiences with Behaviour-Driven Development

by Jan Stenberg on  Sep 09, 2016 1

Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) recognizes that software development is fundamental to businesses of today and helps to improve how business stakeholders and software developers communicate with each other, Kevin Smith claims in a recent blog post about his experiences working with BDD.

Yahoo! Open Sources Pulsar, a Pub/Sub Messaging Platform

by Abel Avram on  Sep 10, 2016

Yahoo! has made available Pulsar, their publish-subscribe messaging platform used internally in production by several services.

Netflix Attempts to Reconcile Large Scale APIs with Developer Autonomy

by Margot Krouwer on  Sep 09, 2016

Katharina Probst and Justin Becker, engineering managers at Netflix, recently wrote an article on maintaining developer autonomy in API environments for Netflix's tech blog. The August 23 blog post "Engineering Trade-Offs and the Netflix API Re-Architecture" explores the difficulty of reconciling developer code and process ownership with multiple team-wide shared services in API environments.

Regular Maintenance for Bootstrap v3 Ends

by David Iffland on  Sep 08, 2016

The maintainers of the popular Bootstrap framework have announced that they are ending maintenance for Bootstrap v3, the current version. It's been over a year since the first alpha of version 4 was released and the project is still not in beta. To speed along development, Mark Otto (creator of Bootstrap) has decided to end all regular maintenance for version 3.

Open-Source OCaml to JavaScript Compiler BuckleScript Hits 1.0

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 07, 2016 1

BuckleScript 1.0 brings almost full compatibility with OCaml features and an improved FFI with the aim of avoiding writing unsafe JavaScript stubs. InfoQ has spoken with Bloomberg’s Hongbo Zhang, BuckleScript creator at Bloomberg.

Box Open-Sources Continuous Localization Platform Mojito

by David Iffland on  Sep 07, 2016

Box has open-sourced their continuous localization platform, Mojito. The product consists of a CLI that collects and integrates strings for translation and a web app that provides an interface for translators to keep track of their work.

Simplifying Form Creation with XAML Power Toys

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 07, 2016

The routine creation of XAML data entry forms can be tedious, but thanks to a new Visual Studio extension this process can be streamlined. XAML Power Toys for Visual Studio 2015 provides a way for developers to quickly create data entry forms using XAML for WPF or Xamarin forms applications. With UWP app support coming, this is an all-in-one tool that supports all major WPF use-cases.

Microsoft Releases TypeScript 2.0 RC

by James Chesters on  Sep 06, 2016 1

Microsoft has released the TypeScript 2.0 release candidate. One of the most important updates in Typescript's release candidate is its tagged unions. "Tagged unions make it way easier to get type safety using JavaScript patterns you’d write today," says Daniel Rosenwasser, Typescript program manager.

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