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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.

Google Cloud Endpoints is Now Generally Available

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 16, 2017

After three months in beta, Google has announced the general availability of its Open API-based Cloud Endpoints (GCE) API management system, which aims to make it possible to build efficient, ready-to-scale API platforms, says Google.

Microsoft AirSim, a Simulator for Drones and Robots

by Abel Avram on  Feb 16, 2017

Microsoft has developed and open sourced AirSim, a tool that can be used to simulate the flight of drones around the world. The simulator is built on the Unreal Engine and Microsoft will soon add support for robots and other types of vehicles.

Overcoming Self-Imposed Limitations

by Ben Linders on  Feb 16, 2017

People can feel limited when challenged, which slows them down or keeps them from trying. It can be a real problem, but their fear might actually be in their imagination. Sometimes the only thing that's holding you back is yourself. Survival rules can hinder us- sometimes you have to break them.

Apache Flink 1.2 Released with Dynamic Rescaling, Security and Queryable State

by Alexandre Rodrigues on  Feb 15, 2017

Apache Flink 1.2 was announced and features dynamic rescaling, security, queryable state, and more. The release resolved 650 issues, maintains compatibility with all public APIs and ships with Apache Kafka 0.10 and Apache Mesos support. Flink’s dynamic rescaling allows one to change the parallelism of a streaming job or of an operator within the job.

Eric Evans: DDD is Not for Perfectionists

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 15, 2017

A problem with Domain-Driven Design (DDD) since the beginning has been the too common hunt for perfect designs, but DDD is not for perfectionists. In order to stop that hunt you need to have some idea of how to create software that is well designed, yet not perfect, Eric Evans noted in his presentation at the recent DDD Europe Conference in Amsterdam.

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