Facebook Litho: An Android UI Framework Created for Performance

by Abel Avram on  Apr 19, 2017

Facebook has open sourced Litho, a framework for creating user interfaces in Android applications using a React-like declarative style with scrolling performance in mind.

C# Futures: Read-Only References and Structs

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 19, 2017 2

In C++ we have a feature known as “const”. This can be applied to parameters so that the caller knows that function will not modify the parameter and/or the object the parameter references. Under this proposal, C# would get something similar.

Phantom.js Maintainer Steps down, Leaving Project's Future in Doubt

by David Iffland on  Apr 17, 2017

The maintainer of the headless browser testing framework, Phantom.js, has decided to step down due to the release of a headless version of Chromium. It's unclear if the project's founder will be able to find enough help to continue.

C# Futures: Nullable Reference Types

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 17, 2017 2

No, the headline isn’t a typo. One of the new proposals for C# is to assume that all reference variables are non-nullable by default. Under the new syntax, you would need to explicitly indicate when a reference variable is nullable, just as you do for value types.

Moving from JavaScript to TypeScript at Slack

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 17, 2017

Switching from JavaScript to TypeScript at Slack has been challenging but dramatically beneficial, writes Slack desktop engineer Felix Rieseberg. InfoQ has spoken with him.

Data Preparation Pipelines: Strategy, Options and Tools

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 16, 2017

Data preparation is an important aspect of data processing and analytics use cases. Business analysts and data scientists spend about 80% of their time gathering and preparing the data rather than analyzing it or developing machine learning models. Kelly Stirman spoke last week at Enterprise Data World 2017 Conference about the data preparation best practices.

A Preview of Coming Features in PostgreSQL 10

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 16, 2017

While PostgreSQL continues to progress towards its tenth major release in September 2017, EnterpriseDB Chief Architect and PostgreSQL contributor Robert Hass compiled a list of notable features that will likely make it into PostgreSQL 10 based on its official roadmap.

Causal Consistency for Large Neo4j Clusters

by Andrew Morgan on  Apr 15, 2017

Jim Webber, chief scientist at Neo4J Technology, explored how Neo4J implements causal consistency at QCon London 2017. The presentation included a high-level overview of Neo4J’s clustering architecture, its implementation of consensus using Raft, and a pattern called bookmarking used to achieve read-after-write consistency.

Light at the End of the Long Tunnel for Java EE 8

by Michael Redlich on  Apr 14, 2017 6

There may finally be some light at the end of the long tunnel for Java EE 8. Oracle recently updated the Java community on Java EE 8, which included the latest release schedule and updates on JSR activities. Almost four years in the making, the road for Java EE 8 has not been easy.

React 15.5 Prepares Developers for Big Changes

by David Iffland on  Apr 14, 2017

Facebook has released version 15.5 of React which deprecates two features that may trip up developers. To prepare for their removal in version 16, which is set to be a big update, Facebook wants to give plenty of notice to developers about changes they'll have to make to their code.

Hiring Tools and Tips from Google

by Abel Avram on  Apr 14, 2017

Google has published a number of tools useful for the hiring process, including advice on creating a job description, preparing the interviewer, best practices for interviews, and others.

MailKit Officially Replaces .NET’s SmtpClient

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 14, 2017 3

For the second time, Microsoft has officially marked a .NET class as being replaced by an open source library. The documentation for SmtpClient now reads, “Obsolete("SmtpClient and its network of types are poorly designed, we strongly recommend you use MailKit and MimeKit instead")”.

Amazon Adds Cross Region and Encrypted Replication Support for Aurora

by Kent Weare on  Apr 13, 2017

In a recent blog post, Amazon announced updates to its MySQL-compatible Database Engine, Aurora. In this update, Amazon is including support for cross region snapshot copy, cross region replication for encrypted databases, cross account encrypted snapshot sharing, adding a region where Aurora can be provisioned and a new instance size called T2.Small.

Visual Studio 2017 Update Focuses on Stability

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 13, 2017

The redesigned installer and setup engine featured in Visual Studio 2017 allows Microsoft to more rapidly deploy fixes to their flagship development software. The first named update to the recently released tool has just been deployed, and brings with it the standalone version of Visual Studio Team Explorer.

Improving Work Life with Organizational Hacks

by Ben Linders on  Apr 13, 2017

Visualize everything, pair up, open Friday, and no training budget; these are some of the "work hacks" that have improved work life at Sipgate, a telephone provider using Scrum.