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Exploring the Seven Principles of Sociocracy 3.0

by Ben Linders on  Apr 27, 2017

Principles guide behaviour, and when made explicit can raise consciousness and help to evolve culture. The seven Sociocracy 3.0 principles support organizations that want to act in integrity with their environment, learn from experience, and generate a collaborative, adaptable and intelligent system to navigate complexity.

Microsoft Releases Feature Pack 1 for BizTalk Server 2016

by Kent Weare on  Apr 26, 2017

On April 26th 2017, Microsoft released Feature Pack 1 for BizTalk Server 2016. This is the first time Microsoft has provided a Feature Pack for BizTalk Server and it provides customers with new capabilities in the areas of Deployment, Analytics and the BizTalk Runtime.

Google Retires Octane JavaScript Benchmark

by David Iffland on  Apr 26, 2017

Google has retired their Octane JavaScript benchmark tool, citing over-optimization of micro-benchmarks to the detriment of real-world performance. Other browser vendors agree that the benchmark by itself is of little value. In the future, performance improvements may come from focusing on what the user is actually experiencing.

Visual Studio 2017 - Update 2 Preview

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 26, 2017

Microsoft has released a preview of the second major update planned for Visual Studio 2017. This update brings a new workload, TypeScript side-by-side support, and enhanced F# tooling.

C# Futures: Relaxed Overrides

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 26, 2017

A commonly requested feature in .NET is the ability to use covariant return types. An example of this would be overriding “virtual object Clone()” with “override Widget Clone()”. From a type safety perspective, this is perfectly acceptable, but C# doesn’t currently allow it.

Jenkins Gets a Facelift with Release of Blue Ocean 1.0

by Craig Smith on  Apr 25, 2017

Jenkins, the popular open source automation server that is used by development teams worldwide for continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines, has recently announced the general availability of Blue Ocean 1.0.

Microsoft Releases Dialogue Dataset to Make Chatbots Smarter

by Roland Meertens on  Apr 25, 2017

Maluuba, a Microsoft company working towards general artificial intelligence, recently released a new open dialogue dataset based on booking a vacation. With this dataset, they help researchers and developers make their chatbots smarter.

Cloud Foundry Foundation Launch Cloud Native Developer Certification and Training Program

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 25, 2017

At the CloudNativeCon, held in Berlin, Germany, the Cloud Foundry Foundation announced the creation of a Cloud Foundry Certified Developer (CFCD) training and certification program which is community-based, independent and vendor-neutral, and aims to verify job candidates have practical experience with any distribution of Cloud Foundry.

DigitalOcean Adds Monitoring and Alerting Features

by Richard Seroter on  Apr 24, 2017

Cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean recently released capabilities for monitoring servers and sending alerts. While not novel, this free feature is indicative of growing industry attention paid to server and application insight.

TensorFlow Processor Unit Architecture

by Dylan Raithel on  Apr 24, 2017

Google's hardware engineering team that designed and developed the TensorFlow Processor Unit detailed the architecture and benchmarking experiment earlier this month. This is a follow up post on the initial announcement of the TPU from this time last year.

The AI Misinformation Epidemic

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 24, 2017 1

Over the past five years, Google searches for Machine Learning have gone up five times. “Fo anything that has machine learning in it or blockchain in it, the valuation goes up, 2, 3, 4, 5x”, Andy Stewart pointed out. Zachary Lipton claimed a "misinformation epidemic" in the field in a recent blog post. In this article we present the technical perspective of ML and how it can be presented.

Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference 2017: Day One Recap

by Michael Redlich on  Apr 24, 2017

Day One of the 12th annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference was held on Tuesday, April 18 in Philadelphia, PA. This two-day event included keynotes by Blair MacIntyre (augmented reality pioneer) and Scott Hanselman (podcaster), and featured speakers Monica Beckwith (JVM consultant at Oracle), Yehuda Katz (co-creator of Ember.js), and Jessica Kerr (lead engineer at Atomist).

10 Weeks to QCon New York: Keynotes Announced and Early Peek into the Speaker Lineup

by Wesley Reisz on  Apr 24, 2017

QCon New York (the 6th annual software conference) is just 10 weeks away. June 26-28 QCon returns to its new location at Times Square’s Marriott Marquis, but with the same great lineup of speakers. 2017 features speakers from Stitch Fix, Google, Netflix, Lyft, Pivotal, Redis Labs, among others.

Amazon Lex Now Generally Available to Enable Conversational Interfaces

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 24, 2017

Amazon Lex, the platform behind Amazon Alexa, is now generally available to create voice-powered chatbots and mobile, web, and desktop apps.

C# Futures: Read-Only Local Variables

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 24, 2017 1

Not too long ago the proposal for read-only local variables was revived. This is a much more modest feature than the read-only references proposal, but the two are complementary.

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