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Cap’n Proto Interchange Format Adds Windows Support and Many New Features

by Sergio De Simone on  May 09, 2017

After nearly 2.5 years since its previous release, data interchange format and RPC system Cap’n Proto reached version 0.6, adding Windows support, security hardening, and more.

JCP EC Votes against the Java Platform Module System

by Charles Humble on  May 09, 2017

Today, the results of the JCP Executive Committee vote on JSR-376 (Java Platform Module System, commonly known as Jigsaw), was published on the Java Community Process page. There were 10 votes for the proposal and 13 votes against the public review.

Microsoft Releases APIs for Face Recognition, Computer Vision, and Content Moderation

by Roland Meertens on  May 09, 2017 1

Microsoft Cognitive Services released its Face, Computer Vision, and Content Moderator APIs to its users in late April. Cognitive Services comprises many APIs and services that enable developers to add image recognition, speech, translation and other functionality to their own applications, without having to develop these capabilities themselves.

Spring Vault GA 1.0 Released

by Andrew Morgan on  May 08, 2017

Pivotal has announced the general availability of Spring Vault 1.0. It is a Java library which offers client-side abstractions around Hashicorp Vault, a secret management tool. Following typical Spring idioms, it allows Vault to be more easily integrated into Spring or Java applications. Some familiar patterns include templating, property sources, and more.

Reinhold Publishes Open Letter to JCP Pleading That JPMS (Jigsaw) Is Approved

by Charles Humble on  May 08, 2017 2

Mark Reinhold has published an open letter to the JCP Executive Committee. In the letter he expresses surprise that IBM has decided to vote against the JSR, and argues that RedHat’s decision to vote "no" is motivated by a desire to "preserve and protect their home-grown, non-standard module system, which is little used outside of the JBoss/Wildfly ecosystem".

Prepack JavaScript Compiler Aims to Reduce Startup Time

by David Iffland on  May 08, 2017 1

Facebook has revealed Prepack, a compile time JavaScript interpreter that aims to reduce the time spent initializing code by pre-computing the global code block. The biggest beneficiaries of this tool are React Native apps and other platforms where startup time is one of the biggest performance bottlenecks.

GCC 7.1 Released with Full C++17 Support

by Sergio De Simone on  May 06, 2017

The latest GNU Compiler Collection major release, GCC 7.1, brings substantial new functionality, writes GCC maintainer Jakub Jelinek, including experimental support for the current C++17 draft, better diagnostics, and new optimizations.

Google Invests in Cognitive: Cloud Speech API Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  May 06, 2017

In a recent blog post, Google announced their Cloud Speech API has reached General Availability. The Cloud Speech API allows developers to include pre-trained machine learning models for cognitive tasks such as video, image and text analysis in addition to dynamic translation. The Cloud Speech API was launched, in open beta, last summer.

The HTTP API Space is Consolidating around OAS

by Abel Avram on  May 06, 2017

MuleSoft has become member of OAI and released the API Modeling Framework that understands both RAML and OAS. Restlet Studio now supports RAML.

.NET Framework 4.7 Now Generally Available

by Jeff Martin on  May 05, 2017

.NET Framework 4.7 debuted with the release of Windows 10 Creators Edition, but was not available for prior releases of Windows until now. The general availability of .NET Framework 4.7 provides users of Windows 7-10 with the latest features including support for C#7 and VB 15, bug fixes, and expanded cryptography support.

2017 Tech Leavers Study Report Released

by Shane Hastie on  May 05, 2017 2

The Kapor Center for Social Impact has released the results of a study that looked at the reasons people leave tech roles. The four key takeaways from the study are: unfairness drives turnover, experiences differ dramatically across groups, unfairness costs billions each year, and diversity and inclusion initiatives can improve culture and reduce turnover, if they are done right.

Mark Reinhold Confirms JPMS (Jigsaw) Will Be Submitted for Public Review, Despite Community Concerns

by Charles Humble on  May 04, 2017 1

Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, has confirmed that Jigsaw will be submitted for public review, despite IBM and RedHat's concerns.

Linux Foundation EdgeX Foundry to Enable Edge Computing for IoT

by Sergio De Simone on  May 04, 2017

The Linux Foundation has launched the EdgeX Foundry, a new project aimed at building an open framework for IoT computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components. InfoQ has spoken with Philip DesAutels, senior director of IoT at The Linux Foundation.

Scaling Lean Startup: Principles over Process

by Ben Linders on  May 04, 2017

Large organizations want to be like lean start-ups but they need to rethink how they hire, incentivize and manage their staff to become an agile organization. Organizations should reward teams for making low-risk decisions based on what they can learn quickly and build in the value of learning in addition to delivery.

Being a Polyglot Programmer

by Stéphane Wojewoda on  May 03, 2017 2

Every programmer knows a langage or two. Being a polyglot programmer is a different mindset, fitting with the "Engineering yourself" principle. Zaiste, co-organizer of Polyconf, a conference dedicated to IT polyglotism, explains what it means to be a polyglot programmer, why it is useful, how to use it in your day-to-day job.

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