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Microsoft Updates High Availability Guidance for Cloud Apps

by Irwin Williams on  Jul 29, 2016

Microsoft has released an updated checklist for high-availability (HA) scenarios in Microsoft Azure with guidance for how to design and manage solutions that use VMs, websites and storage, in cases where great load is expected intermittently or consistently.

Survey: Devs Are the Main Roadblock in Adopting TDD/BDD

by Abel Avram on  Jul 29, 2016 5

QASymphony, a testing services company, has recently released the State of Test-First Methodologies 2016 Report, a survey of over 200 people/organizations from 15 countries. The purpose of the survey was to evaluate the adoption of test-first technologies -BDD/ATDD/TDD – and how they are perceived by respondents.

Continuous Updating Tool VersionEye Now Open Source

by Grischa Ekart on  Jul 28, 2016

VersionEye open-sourced its eponymous continuous integration tool that helps with updated project dependencies. Coined "continuous updating", the tool provides update notifications, licence checking and security vulnerabilities information for many software libraries. By open-sourcing the software, VersionEye founder Robert Reiz intends to increase trust and transparency of the code base.

DeepMind AI Program Increases Google Data Center Cooling Power Usage Efficiency by 40%

by Dylan Raithel on  Jul 28, 2016

DeepMind Sensor data captured from Google data centers yield a 40% increase in data center power usage efficiency and an overall site-wide 15% power usage efficiency gain using an AI program similar to an earlier game-like program of theirs that had learned how to play Atari games.

ChakraCore Now Works on Linux and Mac OS

by Abel Avram on  Jul 28, 2016

Microsoft has demonstrated ChakraCore running on Linux and Mac OS X, and Node.js/ChakraCore on Linux.

Using Models in Developing Software for Self-Driving Cars

by Ben Linders on  Jul 28, 2016

Models play an important role in developing software for autonomous systems like self-driving cars; they are used to simulate and verify behavior, document the system, and generate code. Jonathan Sprinkle explains how to model software used in autonomous systems, the benefits of modeling, using test data to validate the software that drives a car and techniques for writing reliable code.

OCF Will Run Over Thread

by Abel Avram on  Jul 27, 2016

The Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation have agreed to make OCF’s application layer compatible with Thread, the IoT networking protocol initially developed by Alphabet’s Nest.

Facebook Open-Sources Deep Learning Project Torchnet

by Dylan Raithel on  Jul 27, 2016 1

Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research laboratory open-sources the Torchnet project to package and optimize boiler plate deep learning code for reuse and plugin-ability.

A New Microsoft Tool Aims to Help iOS Developers Port Their Apps to UWP

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 27, 2016

A new tool belonging to the Windows Bridge for iOS, iOS App Analysis, aims to make it easier for iOS developers to port their apps to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Nick Gerard, program manager at Microsoft, writes.

Facebook Launches Tool to Easily Create React Apps

by David Iffland on  Jul 27, 2016

Facebook has released a new tool, Create React App, that hopes to minimize the pain developers experience when getting started with a new React project. The command line tool creates all the necessary pieces for a simple React app, it's build process and dependencies.

Blending Agility and DevOps with Local Cultures at Barclays

by Manuel Pais on  Jul 27, 2016

Jonathan Smart, head of development services at Barclays, described how the bank's DevOps journey requires blending with local cultures (as in local to a given business are or to a geography) to succeed. Principles need to be shared, but practices need to emerge (with guidance where required) by applying those principles to the local context.

Oracle Paves the Way to Standardise Command Line Options in the JDK

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jul 27, 2016

Oracle has created JEP 293 to introduce a set of guidelines for command line options in JDK tools in an attempt to fix the existing disparity among them. The JEP has no target version yet, meaning it will be delivered with Java 10 as soonest; however, taking into account that the scope is only to create a set of guidelines for new options, it may take even longer for the effects to be felt.

Audio Library Howler.js Has 2.0 Release to Make Some Noise about

by James Chesters on  Jul 26, 2016

The JavaScript audio library Howler.js has been upgraded to version 2.0, with an update including "a long list of additions and improvements." Author James Simpson said it represents a "full rewrite" of Howler and is now 100% compatible across HTML5 Audio and Web Audio. Howler.js is used by companies including Google, Disney, Lego and Mozilla, as well as NASA.

Reviewing the .NET Core Roadmap

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 26, 2016

The .NET Core project has released a new road map describing Microsoft's plans for the next 6-9 months.

Microsoft and SAP Expand Partnership in the Cloud

by Kent Weare on  Jul 23, 2016

Microsoft and SAP recently announced, at SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference, an expanded partnership. The expanded partnership will focus on better support for SAP HANA in Azure, integration across Cloud Services including Office 365, Concur and SuccessFactors and Mobile App management for SAP Fiori using Microsoft Intune.

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