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Google Releases Android 7.0 with over 250 New Features

by Abel Avram on  Aug 25, 2016 1

Google has started updating certain devices to the latest Android 7.0, dubbed Nougat. Usually, a new version of Android would start to be pushed to devices during the fall, in late September or even October. But this year they changed the pace, making available a preview in March and the GA in August.

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.

DevOps Gov Adoption at HMRC Digital

by Manuel Pais on  Aug 24, 2016

The UK's Revenue and Customs agency applied DevOps and Continuous Delivery principles to move from a bureaucratic culture to frequent delivery of digital tax services, learning and adapting from incremental successes and the occasional failures. InfoQ reached out to Lyndsay Prewer to dig deeper into how this journey started, where the agency is at today, and what the main challenges have been.

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.

Agile 2016: Persona Based Teams - The Ultimate Focus

by Angela Wick on  Aug 23, 2016

At the Agile 2016 conference Andy Hircock, Mike Lowery, and Rob Vandenburg, discussed how they transitioned to persona-based teams, instead of feature or component based, and how they used this to help teams keep focused on their customers despite significant growth.

Survey on the Need for an Agile Manifesto 2.0

by Ben Linders on  Aug 23, 2016 2

The survey on Agile Manifesto 2.0 investigates whether the Manifesto for Agile Software Development is still relevant and effective in today's environment. Kamlesh Ravlani, an Agile / Lean Coach and Scrum Trainer, created this survey to gain insight into the need for change in the Agile Manifesto. The survey is open to anyone who has experience with and an opinion about the Agile Manifesto.

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.

Improved Options for Service Load Balancing in Docker 1.12.0

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Aug 22, 2016

With its 1.12.0 release, Docker introduced new options for load balancing of services via DNS and IP Virtual Server (IPVS) when the services are started in a Swarm cluster.

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.

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