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Mesosphere half-year pledge: Fresh DC/OS open source baking

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:02:10 GMT

'Exciting changes' for Microsoft's favourite cloud container fabric

Mesosphere will open-source new features in its container and cluster management fabric as a leg-up to startups - "Y-Combinator" types.…

Red Hat eye from the Ubuntu guy: Fedora – how you doin'?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:09:04 GMT

More than a mere RHEL release testbed

Comment Red Hat is the biggest – and one of the oldest – companies in the Linux world, but despite the difficulty of accurately measuring Linux usage figures, Ubuntu and its relatives seem to be the most popular Linux distributions. Red Hat isn’t sitting idle, though. Despite its focus on enterprise software, including virtualisation, storage and Java tools, it’s still aggressively developing its family of distros: RHEL, CentOS and Fedora.…

Facebook is writing a Mercurial server in Rust. This is not a drill

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:59:11 GMT

Git, Go, Swift, pish – that's so last year, darling

Between Git and Mercurial, the two most popular distributed version control systems in use today for managing software development, Git gets most of the attention.…

Putting Continuous Delivery to work in the enterprise

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:46:12 GMT

Learn how in Automic Webinar

Promo Definition: Continuous delivery (CD) is a software engineering approach in which teams produce software in short cycles, ensuring that the software can be reliably released at any time.[1] It aims at building, testing, and releasing software faster and more frequently. The approach helps reduce the cost, time, and risk of delivering changes by allowing for more incremental updates to applications in production. A straightforward and repeatable deployment process is important for continuous delivery.

Ubuntu 16.10: Yakkety Yak... Unity 8's not wack

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:16:08 GMT

Best part of update is taste of much-promised GNOME beauty

Canonical's Ubuntu 16.10, codenamed "Yakkety Yak", is nowhere near as chunky an update as 16.04 LTS was earlier this year. But that doesn't mean there's nothing new. In fact, the firm's second release of the year has quite a few fresh features to hold users over until the bright and shiny future of Unity 8 and Mir arrive some time next year.…

Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:10 GMT

Oooo, oooo, that smell…

Of all the agile practices out there, “pair programming” is the one that elicits the most heckles, confusion, and head-scratching. The idea is that rather than having one person sitting at a screen, coding, you have two who program together. Those who practice it speak of it like most people do of their first time at Burning Man, while those who have never had the “experience” just can’t see what the big deal is.…

Linux Foundation whacks open JavaScript projects umbrella

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:26:43 GMT

JS Foundation: It's raining devs...

A project fostering JavaScript’s panoply of projects has been established by the Linux Foundation.…

Instagram open sources iOS UI crash fix

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:56:04 GMT

App devs: if UICollectionView bugs you, this might help

Instagram's latest open source drop is its answer to a difficult iOS bug – a UI component crashing when users scroll through updates.…

Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:58:58 GMT

Looking for lessons for FOSS from OX

OX Summit Back in the dot com heyday, around 1999 and 2000, Linux and open source conferences were huge events: they were packed and brimming with excitement. There was optimism, new initiatives in every conceivable direction, and anything seemed possible. Move over, Grandad: everything traditional was going to be up-ended by open source.…

Google offers baseball bat and some chains with which to hit open source software

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:04:13 GMT

Fuzzing tool used to test Chrome lands on GitHub

For a while now, Google's Chrome team has had a fuzzing tool to help them find bugs in the browser before bounty hunters do. Now, Mountain View has decided the same techniques can be applied to open source software in general.…

Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:04:04 GMT

Pick a partner, eat the Nougat, feel the love

Analysis There was a distinct whiff of the retro about Google’s launch of its Pixel smartphone. Exclusives with selected large mobile operators; yet another attempt to create a unified Android experience; even the clear focus on Apple as the primary competition – all these should be issues of the past.…

Facebook Yarn's for your JavaScript package

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:03:50 GMT

One string to bring them all and in the installation bind them

Facebook, working with Exponent, Google, and Tilde, has released software to improve the JavaScript development experience, which can use all the help it can get.…

French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:30:04 GMT

Your unfair contract cripples browsers, Nexedi complains

Nexedi, an open source software company based in France, has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Paris alleging that Apple's App Store contract is unfair.…

BlackBerry: You can't just roll up and make one

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:44:11 GMT

New light on licensing plans

Interview BlackBerry says it won’t license its brand and security hardened Android “to any Tom Dick and Harry” as it tries to maintain the value of its brand.…

‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:25:06 GMT

One OS to rule them all ... all them smartphones and laptops

If you were to design a client operating system with the goal of being used by two billion people, what would it look like?…

@WalmartLabs applies Electrode to get current with web dev

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:29:48 GMT

The React/Node platform makes Walmart's website sing

@WalmartLabs – which practices deviant punctuation and develops software for the retail giant that bears its name – on Monday released Electrode, an open-source platform for building universal React/Node applications.…

Buggy code to the left of me, perfect source to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with EU

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:01:06 GMT

European project to clean up software hits halfway point

Midway through SUPERSEDE, the EU three-year project backed by €3.25m in funding to make software better, software still sucks.…

My moment face-to-face with Google's AI: It feels your pain, sometimes

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:38:06 GMT

Sentiment analysis might just be useful

Comment At Google's Horizon cloud event in San Francisco on Tuesday, the ad giant demonstrated its Cloud Vision API through what it called the GCP Emotobooth. Less of a booth than a corner of a room covered by a connected camera, the experience combined all the forced fun of making faces on demand with the dubious pleasure of having one's mind read by a machine.…

Realm – a database you may not have heard of but app devs have – touts cloudy platform

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:25:16 GMT

Tool tries to simplify shifting data to and from mobes

At last, you can stop thinking about networking.…

IBM hopes its tailored Swift will lure you onto BlueMix cloud

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:22:13 GMT

Now available to all – and a 'breath of fresh air' says top Big Blue engineer

Swift, the second-most-loved programming language by Stack Overflow's estimation, has showed up on IBM's BlueMix cloud platform, dressed for general availability.…

'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:39:07 GMT

And you find it easy, it's through hard work – not a 'gift'

Assume for the sake of argument that computer science grades are bimodal: there's a distinct group of students who excel at the subject, and then there's everyone else in another group.…

Mozilla tells Firefox OS devs to fork off if they want to chase open web apps vision

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:24:35 GMT

Lizard also set to char Windows XP and Vista by ending support

The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox development team has decided enough is enough and will stop supporting Windows XP and Vista in March 2017 and also bin Firefox OS.…

Oh, ALL RIGHT, says Facebook, we'll let Windows admins run osquery

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:02:46 GMT

SELECT * from users where too_stupid_to_live=”YES”

Two years after it first arrives for Linux and OS X, Facebook's "osquery" developer kit is now available for Windows.…

Baidu Research grills AI models on deep learning

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:32:57 GMT

Tool aims to reduce machine-training time

Baidu Research has launched DeepBench, a new tool for AI researchers interested in assessing deep learning operations across hardware platforms.…

Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:56:47 GMT

Machine-learning boffins debate making software human

Machine communication is an area generating much excitement in AI. The ability to give machines a voice and personality has been the subject of many sci-fi films, and the push in natural language processing has brought that idea closer to reality.…

It's Friday – and that means one thing: Yup, Microsoft's TypeScript 2.0 is out

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:19:04 GMT

JavaScript superset adds new features including non-nullable types and read-only properties

Microsoft has released TypeScript 2.0, a major update to its typed version of JavaScript.…

Robot overlords? Pshaw! I ain't afraid of no AI – researchers

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:23:10 GMT

Get a hold of yourself, Elon Musk

Artificial intelligence is all the rage in technology and as it progresses at a dizzying pace, the industry is at danger of being overhyped, say researchers.…

Self-service-as-a-service startup Trifacta releases newest product version

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:28:08 GMT

No more programming tears, claims firm

Trifacta, the self-service-as-a-service data-wrangling business, has released the fourth version of its data preparation product suite.…

Mozilla emits JavaScript debugger for Firefox and Chrome

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:27:13 GMT

When it's easier to rewrite than refactor

Mozilla developers have released a new JavaScript debugger for Firefox.…

Stripped and ready to go: Enterprise Java MicroProfile lands

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:54:10 GMT

Red Hat and IBM make their microservices play

The project for a lightweight and modular enterprise Java suited to microservices has hit general release.…

Audi works with Chinese technology companies to develop intelligent cars

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:13:10 GMT

Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu join connected transport project

German carmaker Audi has signed agreements with Chinese technology companies Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent to work on data analysis, internet connected vehicles and intelligent public transport.…

Wanna prove you’re a Tech Trailblazer? Entries close in a week

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:42:13 GMT

Choose a tech category, or go for the big one

You’ve got less than week to pull together your entry for the 2016 Tech Trailblazer awards…

The Internet of Things isn't just for Bluetooth toothbrushes, y'know

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:44:04 GMT

Getting hot and sweaty at a London IoT shindig

Thingmonk “In education technology one thing I’d love to see is … making sure every coding club in this country offers hardware as a topic,” said Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, giving the opening talk at yesterday’s Thingmonk Internet of Things conference in London’s Old Street district.…

Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:31:11 GMT

New programming language does clever things with caches

MIT boffins have created a new programming language called “Milk” that they say runs code four times faster than rivals.…

Microsoft Desktop Bridge opens, Win32 apps can now cross into Windows Store

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:58:48 GMT

Redmond's Universal Windows Platform vision gets a little closer to reality

Microsoft has revealed that its Desktop Bridge is open, meaning Win32 apps can now be packaged for consumption on the Windows Store and on anything that runs Windows 10.…

GitHub gets all grown-up with better code review, project management, etc

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:22:55 GMT

And look who has the most open source contributors – it rhymes with Nitro Waft

The GitHub Universe event has kicked off in San Francisco, with a number of new GitHub features announced by CEO Chris Wanstrath.…

JDK 9 release delayed another four months

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:44:07 GMT

Devs ask for more time to do the job right, meaning July 2017 instead of next week as first planned

Oracle's asking for more time to complete JDK 9.…

Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:56 GMT

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Java devs suddenly cried out in terror

The Apache Software Foundation is considering a proposal to take custody of Java development environment NetBeans.…

Bug of the month: Cache flow problem crashes Samsung phone apps

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:29:09 GMT

Exploding batteries to the left, exploding code to the right

It's not been a good summer for Samsung. It packed its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with detonating batteries, sparking a global recall.…

Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:36:24 GMT

Azure diversionary tactic to get 'em hooked

For all its highs and lows over the recent years, one thing Microsoft has always had in its favour is developers – millions coding, first for Windows, then .NET.…

IBM's AI guru leaps over to Brit biz

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:01:05 GMT

Drug discovery is benevolent business, a British artificial intelligence (AI) healthcare company, has hired IBM’s AI expert Jérôme Pesenti, ex-VP of Watson Core Technology, to head up its technology division.…

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 01:26:37 GMT

At least he didn't use Excel as a database for credit cards

We shouldn't encourage readers to waste their time like this, but it's the kind blend of wonderful insanity that springs from a sysadmin with time on his hands: an enterprise instant messaging platform that runs in Excel.…

A little bit of Cloudant love

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:29:46 GMT

Coding platform support

Promo We thought this might be just the time to remind developers amongst you of the call to sign up now for a free IBM Cloudant cloud services trial.…

Life imitates satire: Facebook touts zlib killer just like Silicon Valley's Pied Piper

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:05:33 GMT

New compression library and MySQL fork open-sourced

Facebook engineers today emitted a bunch of open-source compression and database tools during its @Scale conference.…

Microsoft's beta language service gets C# dev kit

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 05:05:10 GMT

Yet another chatbot to train

Microsoft has pushed out a C# software development kit (SDK) for its in-beta language parsing API, LUIS.…

Vale, LOGO creator Seymour Papert, who taught us that code can be creative play

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:58:10 GMT

Arduino-fiddling kids, and the rest of us, owe Papert a debt of gratitude

Back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and I was a kid, I received the gift of a "100-in-1 Electronics Kit" that taught me the basics of electrical circuit design as I strung pre-cut wires between springy posts. At the very centre of this kit - its beating heart - a single transistor could be wired to work in an amplifier, or AM radio, or tone generator.…

MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:03:08 GMT

Fork off, cash is king

Interview MySQL daddy Monty Widenius has dismissed claims the MariaDB fork is veering away from open source.…

Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:28:04 GMT

Big Red nods to plugin-hostile browser-makers, outlines proper Applet pension plan

Oracle has revealed its interim plan to help Java devs deal with browser-makers' imminent banishment of plug-ins.…

Google to block web views from using its OAuth

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:29:07 GMT

Deprecation starts in October

Google's decided that web-views should no longer be able to use OAuth requests, and is deprecating them in Android, iOS, Windows and OS X as of October.…

Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:30:45 GMT

PowerShell applause sours as curl dev doesn't care much for Redmond's alias either

Well, that didn't take long: within a week of applause for Microsoft's decision to open-source PowerShell, a comment-war has broken out over curl and wget.…