Microsoft Makes Cloud-Based Biological Research Tool Open Source

by Michael Stiefel on  Feb 21, 2017

Bio Model Analyzer, a Microsoft cloud-based tool, that biologists can use to model cell interactions and communications, is now available as open-source on GitHub. It is used to create computer models that can compare the processes within healthy and diseased cells. Scientists can see the interactions between millions of genes and proteins, speeding up research and treatment of diseases.

RightScale Cloud Survey 2017

by Abel Avram on  Feb 21, 2017

RightScale has recently published their annual cloud survey (RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report) which comprises the status and the trends in cloud computing adoption and usage, comparing some of the values with last year’s results.

LLD, LLVM’s New Linker, Coming to LLVM 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 21, 2017

LLD, which touts great performance improvements over GCC ld, will be included in LLVM 4 rc1 and enabled by default. Although the new linker is already able to build a running FreeBSD/amd64 base system, its inclusion in LLVM is still experimental and could be set back in rc2 if it causes problems. Postmortem Digs into Root Causes of 18 Hour Outage

by David Iffland on  Feb 21, 2017

GitLab's postmortem into the root cause of their 18 hour site outage is a detailed look at how the incident began, how it got worse before it got better, and how they plan to learn from the mistakes and improve the service.

Rider EAP17 Brings Improvements, But Loses .NET Core Debugging

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 21, 2017

The latest release of JetBrains' Rider IDE for .NET brings some new features in its latest preview build, but licensing issues are preventing it from providing complete .NET Core support.

Java 9 Will Adjust Memory Limits if Running with Docker

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Feb 21, 2017

A first experimental change has been added to Java 9 so the JVM can understand that it is running within a container and adjust memory limits accordingly. Despite the increase in popularity of containers, many tools, including the JVM, still rely on the host's parameters to assess available resources, oftentimes running out of memory. This change tries to prevent many of those scenarios.

Humility is a Positive Trait

by Susan McIntosh on  Feb 20, 2017

Validating the premise of Jim Collins' description of "Level 5 Leadership," a study described in the Washington Post shows how humility is a positive trait in many aspects of our lives, including leadership.

Stormpath Launches Client API to Simplify Mobile and Frontend Authentication

by Benjamin Young on  Feb 20, 2017

Stormpath, a provider of authentication, authorization, social login, and other user management related API services, recently launched a new Client API with the aim of simplifying mobile and front-end authentication and registration.

Shrinking Microservices to Functions: Adrian Cockcroft at microXchg

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 20, 2017

At the microXchg microservices conference, held in Berlin, Adrian Cockcroft presented “Shrinking Microservices to Functions”. Key takeaways from the talk included: ‘serverless’ technologies enable rapidly developed functions-as-a-service (FaaS); and the biggest challenges for modern enterprise software development are connected with the people and process within an organisation.

Courage to Become Agile

by Ben Linders on  Feb 20, 2017

Being brave is about doing what is necessary, even when you are afraid. The single most important thing in agile is to inspect and dare to change things which aren't working. You can start with small experiments to find solutions, and if it turns they do not work, then you can stop them.

Open Source WSO2 IoT Server Advances Integration and Analytic Capabilities

by Kevin Farnham on  Feb 19, 2017

WSO2 has announced a new, fully-open-source WSO2 Internet of Things Server edition that "lowers the barriers to delivering enterprise-grad IoT and mobile solutions." While WSO2 has been involved in the IoT marketplace for some time, the announcement that their IoT Server is now 100% open source is significant. The enhanced WSO2 platform also includes...

Relearning Functional Service Design for Microservices: Uwe Friedrichsen at microXchg

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 19, 2017

The opening talk of the microXchg microservices conference was delivered by Uwe Friedrichsen, and discussed “Resilient Functional Service Design”. Key takeaways included: microservice developers should learn about fault tolerant design patterns and caching; understanding Domain-Driven Design (DDD) and modularity is vital; and aim for replaceability of components rather than reuse.

Deep Learning at Gilt

by Alex Giamas on  Feb 19, 2017

Deep Learning is a rapidly evolving subfield of Machine Learning originating from Neural Networks. Recent algorithmic advances and utilization of GPU parallelization have resulted in Deep Learning based algorithms mastering the game of Go as well as several practical applications. The fashion industry is one of the target sectors for Deep Learning. Gilt is using Deep Learning for real world apps

Apple Proposes a New 3D Graphics Standard Called WebGPU

by Abel Avram on  Feb 17, 2017

Apple has proposed a new GPU API for the browser, called WebGPU. Google has another solution called NXT in the development.

Twitter's React-Based Mobile Web Stack Rivals Native Performance

by David Iffland on  Feb 17, 2017

Twitter recently switched all of their mobile web traffic over to their new web stack, running Node.js on the back end, and a React-based Progressive Web App in the browser. The ability for this technology set to handle large traffic and data proves the capabilities of the chosen stack.