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Aurelia JavaScript Framework Hits 1.0, Looks to the Future

by David Iffland on  Aug 11, 2016 2

The JavaScript framework Aurelia has reached its 1.0 release and has emerged as an alternative to the Angular vs. React debate. Its goal is to provide a standards-based, modular framework with minimal boilerplate and ceremony.

Scaling Teams to Grow Effective Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Aug 11, 2016

When organizations are growing fast it can be a challenge to keep them sane and to achieve what you actually want to achieve by hiring more people: getting more done. Alexander Grosse talked about how you scale teams to build an effective organization at Spark the Change London 2016. He explored the five domains of scaling teams: Hiring, People Management, Organization, Culture, and Communication.

Philip Lay's Advice to Technologists: Stop Disrupting, Start Engaging

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 10, 2016 4

Commentator and strategy adviser Philip Lay recently admonished the technology industry to stop disrupting and start engaging. He points to the populist dissatisfaction with technology-enabled globalization, the Brexit vote and the general geo-political and social-economic instability around the world. He encourages tech companies to do more to support local growth and skills development.

Survey: Android’s Lead is Consolidated

by Abel Avram on  Aug 10, 2016

According to the latest Developer Nation Q3 2016 survey from VisionMobile, Android’s lead over iOS as primary platform and developer mindshare has been consolidated. Also, Windows developers prefer C# in the cloud while Linux ones stay with Java.

Django 1.10 Brings Full Text Search for PostgreSQL

by James Chesters on  Aug 09, 2016

Version 1.10 of Django has been released, bringing full text search for PostgreSQL, official support for Unicode usernames and new-style middleware. The major release for Django Software Foundation's dynamic language includes using database functions in the django.contrib.postgres.search module to ease the use of PostgreSQL’s full text search engine.

AWS Adds Native SQL Server Backups to Database-as-a-Service

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 08, 2016

AWS released an update to its Relational Database Service (RDS) that allows users to take advantage of native SQL Server backup and restore functionality. AWS beat Microsoft Azure to market with this capability which simplifies database migration and disaster recovery scenarios.

Agile 2016: Communicating and Collaborating - How Distributed Teams Can Thrive

by Angela Wick on  Aug 08, 2016

David Horowitz and Mark Kilby presented at the Agile 2016 conference on how distributed teams can thrive. The premise of their talk was that distributed teams need to be connected, and that while face-to-face is important for collaboration, it isn’t as important as connectedness.

Apple’s Chris Lattner Looks Back at Swift 3 and Ahead to Swift 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 08, 2016

While Swift 3 is nearing its late 2016 release, Apple’s Developer Tools Department senior director Chris Lattner provided a retrospective on its development and set expectations for Swift 4 in a long message to the Swift-evolution mailing list.

Updated Spring 5.0 Roadmap and Reactive Story Presented at SpringOne

by Charles Humble on  Aug 08, 2016

On the second day of the SpringOne Platform conference in Las Vegas, project lead Juergen Hoeller gave an update to attendees on the Spring framework roadmap.

Azure Logic Apps Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Aug 08, 2016

On July 27th, Microsoft announced their Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) offering, Logic Apps has reached General Availability (GA). The GA release includes additional management support, telemetry events, alerts, and consumption-based pricing. InfoQ reached out Jim Harrer, principal group program manager at Microsoft to gain further insight into this Logic Apps release.

Experiences Working with Real World Distributed Systems

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 07, 2016

We live in a distributed world, but that doesn’t mean we have to tackle every single problem that comes along with that. We only need to tackle those that really need to be solved; develop a sense of where value lies in your business and where it’s reasonable to take risks. This will make building distributed systems much easier, Camille Fournier claimed, when interviewed by Stefan Tilkov.

Kubernetes 1.3 Released with Cross-Cluster Federation and Alpha Support for Stateful Services

by Daniel Bryant on  Aug 06, 2016

Kubernetes 1.3 has been released with improved support for scaling clusters up and down, cross-cluster federated services, improved local development tooling, support for CoreOS’s rkt container format, foundations for the emerging OCI image format and CNI networking standards, and the inclusion of the alpha ‘PetSet’ feature that enables support for implementing stateful applications.

Agile 2016: Industry Analyst Panel

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 05, 2016

The Agile 2016 conference annual Industry Panel Discussion session examined Agile Trends and Future Directions. The panel discussed the implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning on the software industry, safety and ethics in AI systems, whether the Agile Manifesto should be updated, and the impact of tools on agile adoptions.

.NET Framework 4.6.2 Delivers WPF and Security Improvements

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 05, 2016

The latest release of the .NET Framework provides several new features centered around WPF and security- including some long-awaited improvements to ClickOnce deployed applications. Microsoft released a preview of .NET Framework 4.6.2 back in late March and now developers can take advantage of the release’s new features in their own projects.

Impact of Java EE 8 Hiatus on Tomcat 9 Highlighted at SpringOne

by Charles Humble on  Aug 04, 2016

Mark Thomas (markt@apache.org) gave an update on the Apache Tomcat roadmap on the first day of the SpringOne Platform conference in Las Vegas this week, in which he brought up the fact that the ongoing delays to Java EE 8, something we've highlighted on InfoQ before, are also causing problems for the Apache Tomcat team.

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