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Distributed Systems Theory for Practical Engineers

by Andrew Morgan on  Jun 12, 2017

Alvaro Videla, distributed systems engineer and co-author of RabbitMQ in Action, reviewed distributed systems theory at QCon London 2017. This involved breaking distributed systems into different classifications and then discussing the trade-offs between each of them. These included timing models, failure modes and more.

Microsoft Introduces Blockchain Proof of Concept Framework for Developers

by Kent Weare on  Jun 11, 2017

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced a framework for accelerating enterprise-ready proof of concept (PoC) blockchain deployments in their Azure cloud platform. Microsoft wants their customers focused on developing sound business scenarios through smart contracts and less time on the infrastructure that underpins distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions.

WebKit Now Has Full Support for WebAssembly

by Abel Avram on  Jun 10, 2017

Apple Safari has full support for WebAssembly including preparation for future integration with ECMAScript Modules and threads.

Jake Wharton, Android Engineer at Square, Speaks to InfoQ at ETE

by Michael Redlich on  Jun 09, 2017

Jake Wharton, Android engineer at Square, spoke to InfoQ at the 2017 Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise (ETE) Conference about his work at Square and his thoughts on reactive systems, RxJava, and Kotlin.

Apple Announces Core ML: Machine Learning Capabilities on Apple Devices

by Roland Meertens on  Jun 09, 2017

At WWDC 2017 Apple announced ways it uses machine learning, and ways for developers to add machine learning to their own applications. Their machine learning API, called Core ML, allows developers to integrate machine learning models into apps running on Apple devices running iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Models run on the device itself, so data never leaves the device.

GitHub GraphQL API is out of Early Access

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 08, 2017

GitHub GraphQL API has recently become generally available. InfoQ has spoken with GitHub senior engineering manager Kyle Daigle.

AWS Greengrass Runs Lambda Functions on IoT Devices

by Abel Avram on  Jun 08, 2017

Amazon has made available AWS Greengrass, a solution that allows developers to run Lambda functions on IoT devices and enable devices to communicate to each other and the cloud.

How to Build Open Source Communities

by Ben Linders on  Jun 08, 2017

Seeing programming as a social activity changes how we build communities around programming. We should focus on building a community, and not on building a codebase, argued Ash Furrow at Craft. He suggested using a code of conduct, moving long or heated discussions into a Skype call or Google Hangout, avoiding fixing easy issues yourself, and distributing power and responsibilities.

ARKit Sets the Foundations for Augmented Reality on Apple’s Platform

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 07, 2017

At WWDC 2017, Apple unveiled ARKit, a framework to build augmented reality (AR) apps for iOS. ARKit aims to allow for accurate and realistic immersion of virtual content on top of real-world scenes.

Implementing DevOps at Barclays, Allianz and Disney: DOES17 London Day One Keynotes

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 07, 2017

At the London DevOps Enterprise Summit 2017 conference, the first morning of keynotes provided many takeaways for enterprise organisations looking to embrace DevOps and the principles of business agility, operational stability, and increased innovation.

C# 7.2 and 8.0 Roadmap

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 07, 2017

Features are already being lined up for C# 7.2 and 8.0 including nullable reference types and limited multiple inheritance.

Kiki Carter, Enterprise Architect at Lightbend, Speaks to InfoQ at ETE

by Michael Redlich on  Jun 07, 2017

Kiki Carter, enterprise architect at Lightbend, spoke to InfoQ at the 2017 Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise (ETE) Conference about her thoughts on microservices, reactive systems, Scala vs. Java, and the SMACK stack.

Q&A with Greg Kurtzer from the GPU Technology Conference

by Rags Srinivas on  Jun 06, 2017

Rags Srinivas talks to Greg Kurtzer, a serial Open Source contributor at the GPU Tech Conference.

Stack Overflow Becomes HTTPS by Default

by Andrew Morgan on  Jun 06, 2017

Nick Craver, architecture lead at StackOverflow, has published a blog announcing StackOverflow's migration to HTTPS. Some of the technical challenges along the way included supporting hundreds of domains, migrating URL’s, user generated content, and meeting the sites stringent performance requirements.

Q&A with Renee Troughton on Leadership Patterns for Agility

by Shane Hastie Hugo Messer on  Jun 06, 2017

Renee Troughton will talk at the upcoming Agile Indonesia conference on transforming organisations using systems thinking. The challenge with a successful agile implementation is not to get the team doing Agile or Scrum, but rather to reform the policies and constraints in the system faster than the system can re-impose itself. Troughton spoke to InfoQ about this and leadership patterns.