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V8's New JavaScript Interpreter Improves Memory Consumption

by David Iffland on  Aug 25, 2016 1

Google's V8 JavaScript engine has a new interpreter, called Ignition, that hopes to reduce the compiler's memory consumption and reduce complexity. Chrome 53 will start using Ignition on Android devices with 512 MB of RAM or less.

Deliver Shippable Products with Good Engineering Practices

by Ben Linders on  Aug 25, 2016

Good engineering practices are the tools that help agile teams to deliver shippable products. Although many engineering practices have proved to be effective, they are not as widely used as they should be. Agile anti-patterns like the software testing ice-cream cone, accumulating technical debt and functional silos prevent teams from delivering a potentially releasable product.

Retrospective: Haskell in Production

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 24, 2016

Haskell might be “the closest thing to a secret weapon” when building server-side software, writes Better co-founder Carl Baatz, summarizing their four-year journey using Haskell in production.

gRPC 1.0 is Ready for Production

by Abel Avram on  Aug 24, 2016 3

Google has released gRPC 1.0, considering it stable and ready for production.

SQL Server is the New Hunting Ground in the Cloud

by Elton Stoneman on  Aug 23, 2016

You can now run Microsoft SQL Server on Google Cloud Platform. All the major cloud providers support SQL Server, either with an IAAS or PAAS model, but the offerings have very different feature sets. Providing an attractive option for migrating SQL Server to the cloud seems to be a new focus for Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

NativeScript 2.2 Introduces Webpack for Angular 2 Projects

by James Chesters on  Aug 23, 2016 1

NativeScript 2.2 has been released with upgraded UI, support for iOS10 Beta 3 and introducing Webpack for the Angular 2 based projects. The major release brings a raft of tooling updates, including the decision to use Webpack for the Angular 2 based projects.

Transcompiling F# to Javascript with Fable

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Aug 22, 2016

Fable is a F# to Javascript transpiler. It can compile an F# script or a whole F# project to Javascript. Fable is executed through a command line interface, giving the option to either compile an .fsx script or a whole project. It is distributed as an npm package.

New GitLab Issue Board Aims to Improve Issue Management

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 22, 2016

GitLab has announced a new integrated tool, GitLab Issue Board, aimed to improve issue prioritization, release planning, and communication by allowing developer teams to visualize and organize issues through a flexible multi-column board.

Solving Fat JAR Woes at HubSpot

by Matt Raible on  Aug 22, 2016 6

Spring Boot 1.4 and Dropwizard 1.0 were both released at the end of July, using fat JARs. As adoption of such frameworks and microservices increases, fat JARs are becoming a more common deployment mechanism. Earlier HubSpot cited issues where Fat JARs deployments experienced problems with the maven-shade-plugin, and efficiency problems when packaging 100,000 tiny files as a JAR.

PowerShell Comes to Linux and Mac OS X

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 22, 2016

Microsoft PowerShell has been released as an open source project and now is available for Linux and Mac OS X. Windows administrators apply their scripts and knowledge to non-Microsoft systems, while developers can view and contribute to the project's source code.

LinkedIn Test Butler Aims to Improve UI Testing on Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 19, 2016 1

Test Butler is an open-source testing tool for Android that aims to allow developers to reliably run UI tests, writes LinkedIn engineer Drew Hannay and creator of Test Butler, by allowing developers to programmatically control a number of testing environment settings.

Webpack Dashboard Improves UX over Console Output

by David Iffland on  Aug 18, 2016

A new tool, Webpack Dashboard, offers to improve the UX for those that use the popular Webpack module builder.

Go 1.7 Brings Compiler Improvements and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 17, 2016

Go 1.7 significantly improves both compile times and runtime performance, says Google engineer Chris Broadfoot. It also adds hierarchical tests and benchmarks and official support for Linux on IBM z Systems (s390x).

Google is Working on a New Operating System Called Fuchsia

by Abel Avram on  Aug 17, 2016 8

Google has open sourced the at least some of the bits for a new operating system planned for hardware with fast processors and lots of RAM.

Software Developers Use Domain Driven Design to Drive Business

by Mikael Zandin on  Aug 17, 2016

Increasingly, software developers have the ability to not only maintain and architect code, but extend their expertise to providing direction to the business. By using domain driven design, developers can discover customer behaviors and recommend practices that change the nature of the business.

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