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Conference Recap: Google Cloud Next

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 14, 2017 4

Cloud enthusiasts from around the world attended Google Cloud Next to hear an update from the search giant. Three broad themes emerged from the many keynotes and 200+ sessions: service scale and maturity, usable machine learning, and enterprise-friendliness.

Current State of UWP App Development

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 14, 2017

Microsoft continues to seek ways to encourage and support UWP app development. The recently updated UWP Community Toolkit makes new app controls available, while Microsoft MVP Thomas Claudius Huber demonstrates what controls are still missing.

Inaugural Business Agility Conference Considered Successful

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 14, 2017

The inaugural Business Agility conference was recently held in New York. Over 330 people attended the sold-out event, and the response from participants and speakers emphasizes the importance of culture and mindset in adopting agile thinking across the whole organisation, and how important business agility is for success in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment.

Apache Ranger Graduates to Top-Level Project

by Alexandre Rodrigues on  Mar 14, 2017

Apache Ranger, a security management framework for Apache Hadoop ecosystem, graduated to top level. Ranger is used as a centralized component to define and administer security policies that are enforced across supported Hadoop components such as Apache HBase, Hadoop (HDFS and YARN), Apache Hive, Apache Kafka, Apache Solr, among others.

Open Source Linkerd Project Celebrates First Anniversary in Quest to Become TCP/IP of Microservices

by Michael Redlich on  Mar 13, 2017

Bouyant, a cloud-native services company, announced the one-year anniversary of Linkerd, an open source “service mesh” project for cloud-native microservices-based applications. William Morgan, founder and CEO of Bouyant, spoke exclusively to InfoQ about this milestone.

How JD.com Moved to Kubernetes from OpenStack

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Mar 13, 2017

JD.com, one of China’s largest e-commerce companies, recently shared their experience in adopting Kubernetes to evolve to an application container based infrastructure from an OpenStack-managed IaaS one. The move, that also includes an in-house component for networking, improved resource utilization by 30%.

Study Shows the Web is Crowded with Outdated, Vulnerable JavaScript Libraries

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 13, 2017

A recent study has found that 37% of Alexa top 75K websites has at least one vulnerability and almost 10% at least two. Maybe even more shockingly, 26% of Alexa top 500 websites use vulnerable libraries.

.NET Core Tools 1.0 Released with Full C# Support

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 13, 2017

The .NET Core Tools has produced its first 1.0 release. Focused on C#, the tools provide .NET Core developers easy-to-build applications for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core. While their release coincides with the launch of Visual Studio 2017, this is a multiplatform toolset supporting Windows, Linux, and Mac OS systems.

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Releases Vision Paper

by Kent Weare on  Mar 12, 2017

The newly formed Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has published a Vision Paper outlining “a vision for users and stakeholders to propose, implement, and integrate advances to the Ethereum protocol with support for Enterprise Ethereum protocols.” In this paper the EEA discusses many topics related to Pluggable Consensus, interoperability, Ethereum protocol updates, storage and performance.

Is it Possible to Test Programmable Infrastructure? Matt Long at QCon London Made the Case for "Yes"

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 12, 2017

At QCon London, Matt Long, QA Consultant at OpenCredo presented “Testing Programmable Infrastructure with Ruby”. Key takeaways included: it is possible to test programmable infrastructure at the unit, integration, and acceptance level; Ruby provides the power of a full programming language for integration and acceptance tests, and is often understood by both testers and sysadmins;

From Microliths to Microsystems: Jonas Bonér at QCon London

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 12, 2017

At QCon London, Jonas Bonér, CTO at Lightbend, presented “From Microliths to Microsystems”, and explored microservices from first principles, and discussing the architectural style in the context of distributed systems. Key takeaways included: avoid building ‘microliths’, and instead create systems that are resilient and elastic; and practice events-first Domain-Driven Design (DDD).

IBM QISKit Aims to Enable Cloud-Based Quantum Computation

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 11, 2017

The Quantum Experience team at IBM has started to open source their quantum software QISKit, writes quantum computing and information scientist Jay Gambetta. QISKit allows developers to explore IBM cloud-enabled quantum processor using Python.

Improving IT Performance with Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders on  Mar 11, 2017

The main benefit of continuous delivery is lower-risk releases; comprehensive test automation and continuous integration are practices that have the biggest impact on IT performance. Research of continuous delivery and IT performance tells us that implementing continuous delivery practices leads to higher IT performance and high performers achieve both higher tempo and higher levels of stability.

Creating a More Equal Workplace

by Ben Linders on  Mar 10, 2017 5

Women are leaving the tech industry because they are unhappy, don't feel valued or lack access to opportunities. We need to create environments that retain and grow employees, regardless of what they look like on the outside, argued Kate Heddleston. During her QCon London talk she suggested a process that organizations can use if they want to create equal access opportunities.

Google Makes Public Their API Design Guide

by Abel Avram on  Mar 10, 2017

Google has made public an API Design Guide for creating HTTP or RPC APIs. These design principles are recommended especially to developers creating gRPC APIs connecting to Google Cloud Endpoints.

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