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Beware the red-yellow-green report: The shift from project management to Value Stream Management

Project manager Adam sends his boss a status update for the weekly project status report. Adam’s project is delayed due to conflicting priorities with other projects, so he marks the schedule portion of the report red — an accurate reflection due to a missed milestone. Because of the delay, there will likely be a budget […]

What does Stack Overflow want to be when it grows up?

I sometimes get asked by regular people in the actual real world what it is that I do for a living, and here’s my 15 second answer: We built a sort of Wikipedia website for programmers to post questions and answers. It’s called Stack Overflow. As of last month, it’s been 10 years since Joel […]

Visual Studio lays out roadmap for early 2019 releases

Microsoft is planning for the future of Visual Studio. In a newly released roadmap, the company detailed some of the things that will be coming to the IDE in Q1 of 2019. As requested by the community, Visual Studio will be multi-monitor dots per inch (DPI) aware, which will lead to improved clarity on monitors […]

Angular 7.0.0 released

The latest major release of the mobile and desktop framework Angular is now available. Angular 7.0.0 makes updates to the entire platform, core framework, Angular Material and CLI as well as provides new features to the toolchain and several partner launches. “Early adopters of v7 have reported that this update is faster than ever, and […]

SD Times news digest: Datalore 1.0, MIT’s smarter homes, and Ubuntu 18.10

JetBrains has announced the release of Datalore 1.0, which is an intelligent web application that can be used for data visualization and analysis in Python. Datalore provides data scientists with an intelligent Python code editor, intentions, incremental recalculations, collaborative features, and a version control system. The 1.0 release introduces three major updates: the choice between […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Infer.NET

Microsoft has announced its machine learning framework Infer.NET is now open source. Infer.NET focuses specifically on running Bayesian inference in graphical models. According to the company, it can also be used for probabilistic programming. “Open sourcing Infer.NET represents the culmination of a long and ambitious journey. Our team at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK embarked […]

What the Cloudera and Hortonworks merger means

Earlier this month, data companies Cloudera and Hortonworks announced that they would be entering into a merger. Both companies were leaders in the big data space. The companies stated that they hoped the merger will enable them to become a next-generation data platform together. Cloudera was originally co-founded in 2008 with talent from Google, Facebook, […]

PostgreSQL 11 now available

The PostgreSQL team has announced a major update to its open-source relational database. PostgreSQL 11 has been released with performance improvements, and specific enhancements for large databases and high computational workloads. According to the team, this is the first major release since last year when PostgreSQL 10 was released. Additionally, the release includes updates to […]

SD Times news digest: Twilio Autopilot, Hazelcast Jet 0.7, and GitHub’s Octoprenticeship

Communications platform Twilio has announced Twilio Autopilot, which is a programmable conversational AI platform that can be used to build custom bots, IVRs, and home assistant apps. Autopilot was designed to allow developers to write their applications once and deploy them to any support channel without having to write any additional code, according to the […]

MongoDB introduces the Server Side Public License for open source

Open-source developers are tired of being taken advantage of by technology giants. Larger companies with practically unlimited resources are swooping into open-source projects, leveraging the work for their own monetary gain, and leaving smaller companies to fend for themselves. Recently, a group of disgruntled developers and companies took to the Commons Clause as a way […]

Electric Cloud’s ElectricFlow 8.5 features “DevOps your way”

There are many tools and ways of doing DevOps. Electric Cloud wants to make sure businesses have the flexibility to use the tools and processes that work best for them in its latest release of its enterprise SaaS and on-premises Application Release Orchestration solution ElectricFlow. ElectricFlow 8.5 features a new Kanban-style pipeline view, CI dashboarding […]

Atlassian rebuilds Jira for modern software development

Atlassian today is releasing a completely overhauled and rebuilt version of its Jira project management software from the points of view of permissions, navigation and user experience. “The Jira you needed in 2002 and the workflow you built in 2010 and the permissions model we put together back then isn’t the one we need today,” […]

Report: Java 8 remains the most dominant version of Java

A majority of Java developers are using Java 8 or lower. This is based on a newly released report that revealed 79 percent of developers are using Java 8, 9 percent are using Java 7 and 3 percent are using Java 6 or below. The JVM Ecosystem Survey Report was designed to look at the […]

EdgeX Foundry launches new developer kits for IoT

EdgeX Foundry launched new EdgeX-enabled developer kits geared towards IoT edge computing at the IoT Solution World Congress in Barcelona this week. EdgeX Foundry is an open-source, vendor-neutral project designed to unify the IoT edge computing landscape. It is hosted by the Linux Foundation and designed to run on any hardware or operating system. “Developer […]

Progress introduces over 20 new .NET components in Telerik

Progress has released new Telerik tooling for .NET developers. The company is providing over 20 new Telerik components, expanding the most popular components, and adding new themes. The new web components include features for several languages, such as ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Core, JSP, PHP, jQuery, Vue, Angular, and React. New mobile components include built in […]

SD Times news digest: Applitools’s new SDKs, Android background execution, and WhiteSource new funding

Applitools is expanding its visual testing platform to Cypress and Storybook, two popular software development tools. The new SDKs are designed to run visual tests instantly when developers write code. This will enable developers to discover visual bugs as soon as they are introduced, allowing them to deliver higher-quality apps faster. “Finding and fixing bugs […]

GitHub Universe 2018 zeros in on the future of software development

GitHub is giving developers new tools to advance development workflows and break down silos. The company announced GitHub Actions and GitHub Connect at its annual developer conference GitHub Universe 2018 in San Francisco this week. “Together, you are not only defining the future of software but the future of the businesses, industries, and communities that […]

DBmaestro DevOps Platform 7.5 focuses on flexibility, better tracking and project hierarchy

DevOps database solution provider DBmaestro has announced the latest release of its CI/CD and release automation solution. DBmaestro DevOps Platform 7.5 rolls out with a focus on flexibility and compliance. In addition, the release provides PostgreSQL support. According to the company, PostgreSQL is quickly becoming the leading database for DevOps teams. DB-Engines ranks it fourth […]

Syncfusion’s Essential Studio 2018 Volume 3 improves data visualization

Syncfusion has announced the third major release of Essential Studio 2018 this year. Newly added features include TreeView to organize information more efficiently, TextInputLayout controls for Xamarin, a PivotGrid data visualization control for JS2, and a new JS2 progress button. According to the company, the addition of the PivotGrid data visualization demonstrates the company’s drive […]

Report: Large organizations are finding success in machine learning

Enterprises of all sizes are looking to leverage machine learning, but not everyone is finding immediate success. A newly released report revealed larger organizations are finding more success compared to smaller ones. The report, the State of Enterprise Machine Learning, by Algorithmia surveyed more than 500 data science and machine learning professionals to gauge how […]

Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2019

Gartner has revealed its annual technology trends for the upcoming year at this week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando. The research firm produces its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends list every year to give organizations insight into what they can expect. According to Gartner, a strategic technology trend refers to a trend that has substantial disruptive […]

The Bezos way: sleep, puttering, and three high-quality decisions a day

One of the most successful business people in the world…putters? Jeff Bezos has always been one of those people whose ideas and thinking make a lot of sense to me. When he talks, I listen. So when I recently came across a fantastic interview with Jeff Bezos, I jumped right in. The entire interview is great […]

DHH on a calm writing process, #blessings, and late-stage capitalism

DHH is back on the Rework podcast this week for the second half of our interview about his and Jason Fried’s new book, It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work. (Here’s the first part in case you missed it.) In this episode, David talks about taking a calm approach to writing and marketing the […]

SD Times news digest: Talend Fall 2018 release, Atos AI lab, and Panaya’s new app integrations

Talend has announced a major update to its unified data platform, Talend Data Fabric. The Fall 2018 release adds new features such as Data Catalog and Cloud API Services. Data Catalog can be used to create a single source of trusted data, while Cloud API Services makes standardized data more accessible, allowing organizations to build […]

New in Basecamp: Sort the Message Board

Basecamp 3's Message Board is a central place for your team to post updates and gather feedback on the record. It’s great for announcements, internal pitches, and just bouncing ideas back and forth. Since Basecamp 3 first launched, the Message Board has been sorted so new posts appear at the top with older ones below. That’s […]

MIT announces $1 billion commitment to advance computing and AI

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced new plans today to reshape the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and computing. The university is investing $1 billion to tackle global opportunities and challenges from computing and AI. According to the university, this is the largest investment made by an American academic institution, and this will help make […]

Report: Stricter password policies help prevent fraud

In the midst of National Cybersecurity Month, researchers from Indiana University (IU) have revealed the results of a study that shows that requiring longer minimum passwords helps prevent fraud. When users sign up for services, oftentimes they will reuse the same password. If that site or service is breached, that means that password is potentially […]

Microsoft partners with DIF and W3C on Decentralized Identity

As our lives become increasingly digital at home and at work, Microsoft wants to make sure users have the proper privacy, security and control of their data. The company is actively collaborating with the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Credentials Community Group to provide an Decentralized Identity (DID) solution, […]

SD Times news digest: Google releases Oboe, Qt Creator 4.8 Beta released, and kaazing.io launches

The Android team has announced a production-ready version of Oboe, which is a C++ library that can be used to create real-time audio apps with low latency. According to the team, developers can use Oboe to create an audio stream in only three lines of code. Benefits of Oboe include a convenient C++ API, fast […]

DARPA wants to teach machine learning systems common sense

Machine learning systems are more advanced than they ever have been, but a critical component is still missing: machine common sense. Machine common sense is “the basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things that are shared by nearly all people and can be reasonably expected of nearly all people without need for debate.” DARPA […]

Transitioning from DevOps to Rugged DevOps: Avoiding the pitfalls

Many as four out of five companies leveraging a DevOps approach to software engineering do so without integrating the necessary information security controls, underscoring the urgency with which companies should be evaluating “Rugged” DevOps (also known as “shift left”) to build security into their development life cycle as early as possible. Rugged DevOps represents an […]

SD Times news digest: Mozilla’s Responsible Computer Science Challenge, Qordoba’s $11.5 million round of funding, and New Relic acquires CoScale

Mozilla is calling on professors to integrate ethics into computer sciences courses and has announced a competition called the Responsible Computer Science Challenge. As part of the challenges, professors will work to conceptualize, develop, and pilot curricula that integrates ethics with computer science, and hopefully scale that to universities across the country. The challenge is […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Skip

Built by a team of veteran open-source contributors within Facebook, Skip is described by the developer team as “a programming language to skip the things you have already computed.” After three years, the project has left active development and has been open sourced. The team wrote that the statically-typed language is experimental, with a goal […]

Apigee API monitoring, extensions and hosted targets now available

API management provider Apigee is releasing a number of new capabilities to give users more control and visibility into APIs. Apigee was acquired by Google in 2016, and these new capabilities are designed to enable organizations to easily access Google Cloud services. The company announced the general availability of Apigee API monitoring, Apigee extensions and […]

Microsoft joins Open Invention Network, issuing 60,000 patents to the organization

In an effort to help shield the Linux community from patent trolls targeting open-source technologies, Microsoft has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), an organization that amasses patents and provides legal and licensing support for Linux and other open-source projects. With its joining of the OIN, Microsoft has provided 60,000 of its software patents to […]

SD Times news digest: Snowflake raises $450 million, Google’s ActiveQA TensorFlow, and Looker 6

Snowflake has raised $450 million in equity financing from its existing investors as well as Meritech Capital. “Demand for the data warehouse built for the cloud has exceeded our most optimistic expectations. Our customers love Snowflake and we continue to see unprecedented interest and growth from both new and current customers. To meet that demand, […]

Riverbed brings application and network performance management together in one solution

Application performance management (APM) is evolving beyond monitoring just the health and performance of an application and expanding to include the network. Network performance management (NPM) is meant to manage and monitor the performance of a computer network. In the latest release of Riverbed’s SteelCentral, it is targeting both APM and NPM with new capabilities. […]

Big bang theory? Not for cloud-native development

Know your apps, know your workloads, know your team. In the third installment of this occasional series on cloud migration, Don Boulia, GM of IBM Cloud Developer Services, and guest Chris Condo, principal analyst at Forrester Research, discuss how cloud-native development teams can find more success through innovation, automation, and culture shifts. How can cloud-native […]

MongoDB acquires cloud database platform provider mLab

MongoDB has announced a new acquisition to help strengthen its position among developer communities. mLab is a San Francisco-based cloud database service. According to MongoDB, mLab has had experience with developer-centric startup communities, and this new acquisition will help deepen MongoDB’s relationship and involvement with developers. mLab was first launched in 2011 as a Database-as-a-Service […]

VANTIQ focuses on real-time business operations in latest release

VANTIQ has released the latest version of its application development platform Modelo 3.0. This release is designed to bridge the gap between the business and IT with event-driven, real-time business capabilities that span from cloud to edge solutions. “Digital transformation requires new sources of innovation and creativity as we are at a technological inflection point […]

SD Times news digest: Visual Studio’s “Suggest a Feature,” WhiteHat Security’s single-page application scanning, and Quick Base’s new security controls

Microsoft is introducing the “Suggest a Feature” capability in Visual Studio. The new feature will enable developers to submit ideas or feature requests to the Visual Studio Developer Community. Developers will be able to browse suggestions made by others and vote for their favorites, which will help Microsoft understand the impact to the community. “Suggest […]

CollabNet VersionOne, Parasoft partnership brings automated testing to value stream management

With the goal of bringing automated testing into value stream management, CollabNet VersionOne and Parasoft today announced a partnership that will offer integration of their tools. “It’s a great fit,” said CollabNet VersionOne CEO Flint Brenton. “Less than 50 percent, around 35 percent, of our customers are doing automated testing.” That type of testing can […]

No humans allowed: Artificial intelligence for faster, smarter testing tomorrow

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping our day-to-day lives, changing the way we see the world, pushing us out of our comfort zone, and bringing reality to the unimaginable. With the promise of personalization and eliminating mundane tasks, we have allowed AI to become intimately involved in our lives from listening devices in our homes to […]

No humans allowed: Artificial intelligence for faster, smarter testing tomorrow

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping our day-to-day lives, changing the way we see the world, pushing us out of our comfort zone, and bringing reality to the unimaginable. With the promise of personalization and eliminating mundane tasks, we have allowed AI to become intimately involved in our lives from listening devices in our homes to […]

Puppet prepares for new era of DevOps at Puppetize Live

Delivery and operation automation company Puppet announced a series of DevOps, continuous delivery and continuous integration product launches and updates during its Puppetize Live conference in San Francisco today. CEO Sanjay Mirchandani said in the announcement that the announced tools are designed to “make DevOps transformations data-driven and automatic.” Puppet Insights The company highlighted the […]

Working in quality time instead of clock time

One of the things I love about our flexible work environment at Basecamp is the freedom to step away from something whenever I need to. Right now I’m exploring designs for a new product idea. R&D work like this depends on having good mental and emotional energy. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t. When you’re energetic […]

Google announces new developer policies to keep data safe

Data is king in today’s software world. The insights a business gains from its data can set it up for success. However, there is a dark side to the data world, and if a business misuses, abuses or doesn’t protect the data inside its company, it can result in a loss of reputation or trust. […]

Improving UX outcomes is a team sport

Most companies building software tout the great user experiences (UX) they provide, but enterprise users seldom agree. After all, everyday apps are intuitive but enterprise applications still tend to require conformance. With Infragistics Indigo.Design, enterprise designers and developers can cooperatively deliver the kinds of UX outcomes their customers expect. Part of the problem is the […]

DHH on a new book, resetting ambition levels, and responsible software design

You might have heard that Jason Fried and DHH have a new book out called It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work that pushes back against the toxic culture of overwork and unhealthy ambitions that’s driving much of the modern workplace. In the latest episode of the Rework podcast, I sit down with David […]

DevOps Enterprise Summit: What you need to know

The DevOps Enterprise Summit comes to Las Vegas Oct. 22-24, with topics ranging from digital transformation, to using metrics to assess your DevOps efforts, to the future of DevOps and what that means. Produced by IT Revolution and founding partner Electric Cloud, the summit brings together the top thought leaders in the DevOps space for […]

SD Times news digest: WSO2 Fall 2018 release, IEEE 802.11 study and topic interest groups, and Mozilla’s JavaScript and WebAssembly improvements

WSO2 has announced the Fall 2018 release of its WSO2 Integration Agile Platform. The new release will introduce unified monitoring and analysis of integration flows, adaptive authentication, and WSO2 Integration Agile Consulting services and resources. “In today’s digitally driven economy, no organization is an island. Instead, a rapidly expanding stream of processes and information is […]

Leading investors team with Oasis Labs to accelerate the blockchain ecosystem

Today in the opening keynote at the SF Blockchain Week Epicenter, Oasis Labs announced a partnership with a16zcrypto, Accel, Binance Labs, Pantera Capital and Polychain Capital to launch a first-of-its kind program to accelerate privacy-first computing on blockchain. The Oasis Startup Hub will provide innovative developers with guidance from leading investors, hands-on technical support and […]

Perforce to acquire mobile and web testing provider Perfecto

Perforce is bolstering its testing portfolio with the acquisition of Perfecto Mobile. Perforce is a Clearlake Capital Group backed enterprise DevOps solution provider. The addition of Perfecto will enable the company to provide cloud-based continuous automated testing for enterprise mobile and web apps. “With this strategic acquisition, Perforce is well positioned to capitalize on the […]

SD Times news digest: Microsoft open sources Minecraft code, Accusoft’s PrizmDoc Editor, and Anaconda Distribution 5.3.0

Microsoft has announced that it will be open sourcing some of the code for the video game Minecraft. The code will be available as libraries, so users will be able to utilize them for things such as improving game modes, creating their own projects, or improving parts of the Minecraft Java engine. Brigadier, the command […]

Flagging new software features

Decisions, decisions. That’s what attendees said their organizations were struggling with, at the inaugural DECISIONS conference, put on by software experimentation platform provider Split.io in San Francisco last week. Many organizations today find themselves with a mix of senior employees, who have years of institutional knowledge and understanding of their market, and younger workers who […]

New Parasoft SOAtest release introduces machine learning to API test creation

Parasoft, the global leader in automated software testing, announced the latest release of Parasoft SOAtest, featuring machine learning techniques that augment SOAtest’s Smart API Test Generator, to help testers efficiently create meaningful API test scenarios using AI and ML. The newest SOAtest release supercharges the test creation process by enabling users to leverage their organizations’ […]

Our new book “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work” is out!

Now available in the US, Canada, the UK, Austrailia, and New Zealand. Other countries and languages will follow. A couple years in the making, our brand new book, “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”, is now available in bookstores near you. There’s a hardcover, paperback (UK markets), audiobook, and ebook. The Economist says… “Their book […]

Industry Watch: A manifesto for modern development

When my girls were little, they were big fans of  “The Little Mermaid,” so at bedtime I would read to them from a book called “Ariel’s Painting Party.” The story goes like this: Ariel saw a sunrise that was so beautiful that she decided to paint it. When she was finished, she showed it to […]

Analyst Watch: Understanding the meaning of cloud-native applications and development

The term ‘cloud native’ is responsible for significant confusion in conversations about contemporary application development because of a lack of clarity about its meaning. For example, contemporary usage of the term often equates it with applications that are optimized for cloud computing infrastructures.  Another use of the term equate it with cloud-based applications that are […]

Node.js and JS Foundation to merge JavaScript communities

The Node.js Foundation and JS Foundation announced an internet to being their Node.js and JavaScript communities together to serve a broader range of users. More information will be announced during a Q&A session next week at Node+JS Interactive in Vancouver. “After having two separate Foundations for two years, we believe there needs to be a […]

SD Times news digest: GitHub and Jira integration, .NET Core 3.0 and .NET Framework 4.8 updates, and Google’s Kotlin portal

GitHub has announced a new integration with Jira that will enable software teams to connect code on GitHub to projects in Jira Software Cloud. The linked applications show branches, commit messages, and pull requests in the context of Jira tickets that the teams are working on. It also enables users to view references to Jira […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Sourcegraph

Code search and navigation engine Sourcegraph went open-source this week alongside the introduction of new features aimed at welcoming community contribution. In the announcement, Sourcegraph CEO Quinn Slack said the move brings Sourcegraph more in line with the company’s “master plan.” This plan includes a dedication to:  “Make basic code intelligence ubiquitous (for every language, […]

Avoiding Frankenstein’s mistake when moving to microservices

The beginning of October marks the start of Halloween season, but one thing you don’t want to frighten or scare your users with is your application. There are many benefits to moving  your monolithic applications to microservices, but it can be easier said than done. Inability to manage services, set good service boundaries and provide […]

Cloudera and Hortonworks merge to create a next-generation data platform

Cloudera and Hortonworks have announced that they have entered into an agreement in which the two companies will join in an all-stock merger of equals. The decision has been unanimously approved by both companies’ Board of Directors. The companies believe that this merger will set them up to become a next-generation data platform that spans […]

JFrog raises $165 million for enterprise DevOps

JFrog has announced a $165 million round of funding to expand its markets and accelerate universal DevOps within the enterprise. The Series D funding round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from new investors Spark Capital and Geodesic Capital, along with existing investors Battery Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Dell Technologies Capital, […]

GrapeCity adds .NET Standard 2.0 to document solutions

Enterprise software development tool provider GrapeCity announced a major update to its product lines: Documents for Word, .NET Edition and Documents for Excel, Java Edition. The solutions now offer .NET Standard 2.0 support and have been updated with a number of new enhancements. The Word document solution enable users to generate, modify, load and save […]

Under Pressure

There’s a sentiment in hiring I’ve run into recently. The idea goes that you want to see how someone works “under pressure” before you hire them. What does that look like? You build in a step with a task, add a tight deadline, and wait to see how the applicants cope. In the worst cases, […]

SD Times news digest: CircleCI authorized by FedRamp, KotlinConf announcements, and Google extends PyTorch support

CircleCI has been authorized by FedRAMP, the federal government’s program for assessing technology vendors. According to the company, it is the first CI/CD tool that has met the program’s standards. This authorization will provide government developers with the same competitive advantage available to the private sector, while still ensuring the security and privacy controls needed […]

Defining software quality metrics for Agile and DevOps

In a a Tricentis-commissioned report from Forrester released in July, “The Definitive Software Quality Metrics For Agile+DevOps,” surveyors found that it’s a common trait of companies that have seen the most success from Agile and DevOps adoption that they have made another operational transition. These companies have moved on from considering “counting” metrics — for […]

The next big jump in Basecamp accessibility!

How we made the Basecamp 3 Jump Menu accessible The Basecamp 3 Jump Menu Earlier this year I wrote about How we stopped making excuses and started improving Basecamp’s accessibility. Accessibility improvements in Basecamp 3 have come in two ways: All new features we’ve shipped over the past year and a half have been designed and […]

PyTorch community inches closer to 1.0 release

Facebook’s open-source AI framework PyTorch is one step closer to being production ready. The company announced what’s new in PyTorch 1.0, which is now available as a developer preview. PyTorch is a deep learning platform for everything from research prototyping to production deployment. It features a hybrid front-end, distributed training, deep integration with Python and […]

SD Times Editor Blog: The software development club: No non-programmers allowed

Technology is moving faster than the amount of people with the skills necessary to build it. We hear this all the time. There is a great demand for people with a computer science background. Code.org has predicted that there will be about one million more computing jobs than people who can fill them by 2020. […]

K2 partners with UiPath on robotic process automation

Digital process automation solution provider K2 is joining the robotic process automation (RPA) movement with a new partnership. K2 will join RPA company UiPath to extend their software capabilities. This partnership will allow the two companies to integrate their platforms and enable automation across all parts of the business life cycle. According to Forrester, although […]

Kendo UI updated with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

Progress’ web development UI toolkit is being updated to include the latest version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). WCAG is a World Wide Web Consortium initiative to provide a shared standard for individuals organizations and governments internationally.  It enables people with disabilities such as visual, audio, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning and neurological […]

SD Times news digest: MLflow v0.7.0, CA Technologies’ SAP integration, and Targetprocess’ PI support

Databricks released a new version of MLflow, which is an open-source machine learning framework for multi-cloud environments. In collaboration with RStudio, it has developed an R API for MLflow v0.7.0. “In many organizations machine learning workflows are far too ad-hoc, with no systematic tracking of experiments, inadequate protocols around reproducibility, and no consistent way to […]

In-memory technology: Serving up application data to users on the go

Data can be viewed to be as valuable in the digital business world as oil is to the economy. Oil fuels homes, cars, railroads, and even electricity. Data powers the business and revenue. Businesses that want to continue to evolve, transform and improve need are being fueled by their data to tell them where and […]

A guide to API development tools

Accusoft offers a robust portfolio of document and imaging tools for developers. Our APIs and software development toolkits (SDKs) allow developers to add high-performance document capture and forms processing, viewing, search, compression, conversion, barcode recognition, OCR, ICR, and MICR to their applications. Visit www.accusoft.com for more information. Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of […]

A guide to API development tools

Accusoft offers a robust portfolio of document and imaging tools for developers. Our APIs and software development toolkits (SDKs) allow developers to add high-performance document capture and forms processing, viewing, search, compression, conversion, barcode recognition, OCR, ICR, and MICR to their applications. Visit www.accusoft.com for more information. Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of […]

How these companies benefit API development and management

Megan Brooks, Director of Marketing at Accusoft For over 25 years Accusoft has provided software components – built by developers, for developers. Our APIs shorten development cycles by providing complex image and document processing functionality. Our developer-centric approach makes integration of our solutions easy and seamless.  We offer a robust and comprehensive set of documentation […]

SD Times news digest: Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, Hugo and Atlassian partnership, and etcdadm

Oracle has announced the launch of Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, designed for workloads that need fast and predictable responses to simple operations. The solution will enable teams to deploy massive-scale application functionality, such as UI personalization, shopping carts, online fraud detection, gaming, and advertising. According to Oracle, the solution handles NoSQL applications that need low […]

APIs help developers do more with less

Development teams are under increasing pressure to develop more software, and to deploy it faster. There are plenty of things that are contributing to helping them achieve this goal and to become more agile, and one of those things is the use of APIs. An API is a set of defined methods for how components […]

Overcoming the challenges of adopting Behavior-Driven Development in the enterprise

Behavior-driven development (BDD) is a software development process that attempts to solve the problem of implementing poorly defined requirements. It seeks to leverage the domain expertise of business and QA professionals to ensure that developers build the correct software. Let’s begin by describing the evolutionary process that has prompted many organizations to explore BDD. At […]

The 2018 SD Times DevOps Showcase

DevOps is one of those overarching terms that encompasses a number of technologies and techniques. Some consider continuous integration and delivery as the cornerstone of DevOps. Others say you can’t keep pace with Agile development and deployment with automated processes that kick off tests, builds and performance alerts. On the development side, some organizations are […]

Tim-Berners Lee announces new project for users to take back control of the web

World Wide Web creator and director of W3C Tim Berners-Lee believes the web has reached a critical tipping point. “I’ve always believed the web is for everyone. That’s why I and others fight fiercely to protect it. The changes we’ve managed to bring have created a better and more connected world. But for all the […]

APM for today’s new architectures

The role of APM has traditionally been to flag issues in code that affect performance. To resolve those issues, it has been necessary to understand all the spaghetti code of a monolithic application – written by multiple developers who often do not have an overarching view of the entire application – and then deconstruct that […]

SD Times news digest: ROS for Windows, Facebook’s security breach, and TimeXtender Azure support

Microsoft is bringing Windows 10 to the Robot Operating System (ROS). The company will be adding advanced features to robotics, such as hardware-accelerated Windows Machine Learning, computer vision, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure IoT cloud services, and other Microsoft technologies. “Today advanced robots are complementing our lives, both at work and at home. Warehouse robots have […]

Ensure security and quality at speed

Today’s companies must become software companies to keep pace with competitive pressures and customer demands. As organizations become increasingly software-enabled, their footprints are extending out to cloud environments and the Internet of Things (IoT), increasing application complexity and the associated risks. With Synopsys, software teams can avoid the usual trade-offs between faster time-to-market imperatives, security […]

Compuware brings agile and DevOps to the mainframe

A majority of enterprises are running their mission-critical apps on the mainframe, but a lack of mainframe expertise is getting in the way of successful development and deployment. A recent study from Forrester revealed 64 percent of enterprises plan to run more than half their critical app solutions on the mainframe, but only 37 percent […]

My CppCon 2018 talk is now online

My Thursday talk is now online. Thanks to Mark Bashian and his wonderful team at Bash Films for posting the plenary sessions so quickly… it was great to see each keynote posted the following morning, and the rest of the CppCon 2018 videos will be posted in the next few weeks as usual. Thanks again to everyone who […]

The long-term effects of good (and bad) customer service policies

At home we’ve been buying some new stuff for the bedroom. This is admittedly a very boring part of life, but it can be an expensive proposition, so it pays to pay attention to the details. A while back we bought a duvet cover from Brooklinen based on, of course, a glowing Wirecutter review. We’ve been […]

Software AG acquires iPaaS company Built.io

Software AG is headed towards a hybrid and cloud integration with its latest integration of Built.io. Software AG is known for its Digital Business Platform, helping businesses along their digital transformation journeys. Built.io is a Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) company integration that provides the solutions Built.io Flow and Built.io Flow Embed. “The unified […]

Google adds new APIs for AR development

Google is trying to improve augmented reality (AR) development by releasing an update to ARCore, which is the company’s AR development platform, and an update to Sceneform, the company’s 3D rendering library for building AR applications on Android. “These updates include algorithm improvements that will let your apps consume less memory and CPU usage during […]

TypeScript 3.1 is now available

The latest version of Microsoft’s programming language TypeScript is now available. TypeScript is a language that adds static type-checking to JavaScript. TypeScript 3.1 adds mappable tuples, which is one of the most common patterns in programming, according to Microsoft. This functionality will now be better equipped to express functions such as Promise.all, the team noted. […]

SD Times news digest: Nim 0.19.0, Databricks’ partner program, and Oculus Quest

The Nim team has released Nim 0.19.0. Nim is a systems programming language with a focus on performance, portability, and expressiveness, the team explained. This release adds changes to strings and sequences that provide more flexibility in how they are implemented. According to the team, alternative implementations are currently in development. Other features include async […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snips NLU

Natural language understanding is a form of natural language processing that enables machine reading comprehension. Common applications of this include AI assistants, chatbots, and voice assistants. “Behind every chatbot and voice assistant lies a common piece of technology: Natural Language Understanding (NLU). Anytime a user interacts with an AI using natural language, their words need […]

You know what’s cool? Turning down twenty billion dollars

Brian Acton does not sound like the happy, fulfilled guy the stereotype of billionairedom would have you believe. He sounds like someone racked with regret, guilt, and torment over his decision to sell the most promising rebel base to the empire and then realizing that the empire would do what the empire does. It’s so easy […]

Protego releases starter plan for serverless security

Serverless security provider Protego is offering a new version of its platform to help enterprises adopt serverless. The free starter plan will feature full functionality, protection for up to one million invocations and 30 days of data retention. “More and more companies are looking to capitalize on the benefits of serverless computing without putting much […]

IBM integrates business intelligence and data science with new major update to Cognos Analytics

More enterprises are on a quest to use artificial intelligence as a competitive advantage. IBM is on a mission to make this easier and more accessible for any organization via the cloud. The company has announced a new version of its Cognos Analytics solution, which integrates business intelligence and data science technologies into a suite […]

SD Times news digest: Oculus reveals hybrid apps, Sauce Labs’ iOS and Android native test automation frameworks, and data.world’s $12 million round of funding

Oculus revealed it is trying to merge traditional PC apps and VR together with a new experimental technology. The company made the announcement at its Oculus Connect 5 (OC5) event in San Jose this week. According to the company, Hybrid Apps will help developers migrate traditional desktop apps to virtual reality and leverage Dash’s virtual […]

OutSystems 11 launched with a focus on legacy systems

OutSystems released version 11 of its low-code platform, an update which the company says has a major focus on bypassing “legacy system gridlock” and bringing monoliths in-line with modern microservices architecture and Agile. The solution was announced at the NextStep conference today in Boston. “Traditional options for dealing with legacy debt and gridlock include open-heart […]

Java 11 is now available

Oracle has released Java 11, its second major Java release of 2018. This release is also a Long Term Support (LTS) release, which means that Oracle will provide security and bug-fixing updates for it until at least 2026. The release removes several features that were available in previous releases, but also adds several new ones. […]

The MissingLink between deep learning and data scientists

Machine learning is rapidly advancing and being deployed across a number of different industries and solutions to intelligently manage data, gain insights and provide value. However, to effectively train and deliver machine learning models is still very time-consuming for many, and involves a lot of grunt work, according to a newly launched company. MissingLink.ai has […]

SD Times news digest: Unity and DeepMind’s partnership, Facebook’s CodeFWD, and SmartBear’s Hiptest Living Documentation

3D game engine provider Unity Technologies is collaborating with DeepMind to enable the development of virtual environments in support of the company’s AI research program. While Unity is already used in 60 percent of all AR and VR content and 50 percent of all mobile games, the company is beginning to take steps towards becoming […]

Illustrating “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”

Take a look behind the scenes at the illustration process for Jason Fried and DHH’s new book, “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”. Back story Every essay in Jason and David’s previous titles, REWORK and REMOTE is accompanied by an illustration that captures the key message of the essay. Contract llustrator Mike Rohde’s iconic […]

JFrog acquires DevOps consulting company Trainologic

JFrog wants to bring DevOps further into the enterprise with its acquisition of development and DevOps technology consulting company Trainologic. The company provides consulting services for Java, Scala, front end, DevOps, Big Data, software architecture and DevOps technologies. According to JFrog, Trainologic’s years of consulting and training experience make it a perfect fit and will […]

Farewell, Noah

https://medium.com/media/29f711ac60073185be55fae3b6646105/href Farewell, Noah A lot of businesses start as side ventures or hobbies that grow into full-time pursuits. The trick is often in knowing when to quit a comfortable day job to start a new business. We sit down with one of our own at this crossroads. Noah Lorang headed Basecamp’s data team for the […]

Android Studio 3.2 now available

Google has released an update to its Android operating system IDE, Android Studio 3.2. The IDE update was first announced at Google I/O ‘18 in May. Since then, the Android team has refined and polished more than 20 new features and focused on improving the quality of the release. The company is recommending that all […]

Apache Pulsar becomes Top-Level project

The open-source distributed pub-sub messaging system Apache Pulsar is graduating from the Apache Incubator and becoming a Top-Level project. Top-level status at the Apache Software Foundation signifies a milestone in the project’s development, progress and future. “The fact that Apache Pulsar has gone from incubator project to top-level in two short years is a testament […]

SD Times news digest: Firefox Monitor, new Watson services, and Salesforce and AWS partnership expands

Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox Monitor, which will notify people when they have been part of a data breach. Users can get started by looking up their email and finding out if it has been part of a past data breach. They can then sign up to be notified if a breach ever […]

Adobe Analytics to uncover unknown insights

Adobe has announced a new virtual analyst in Adobe Analytics that will be able to automatically uncover insights without the user prompting it to. It leverages Adobe Sensei, the company’s AI and machine learning framework, to surface signals that might otherwise go unnoticed, resulting in insights such as what caused unexpected spikes or drops in […]

Sparx Systems supports standards development for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

Sparx Systems has entered into a collaboration with the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) communities in International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and European Committee for Standardization (CEN), to support the important work of standards development. Members of ISO/TC 204 and CEN/TC 278 will be able to use Enterprise Architect and Pro Cloud Server to create and […]

Adobe, Microsoft and SAP announced the Open Data Initiative at Microsoft Ignite

A new initiative is launching to transform data into digital customer experiences that drive business value. Adobe, Microsoft and SAP announced the Open Data Initiative at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando today. The Open Data Initiative was created out of the need to gather data in real-time and make business decisions based on it. According to […]

Utilizing customer experience to measure the impact of new features

For many software engineers, the end-user experience is considered a key element of the features they develop. A number of studies conclude that businesses understand the importance of prioritizing customer experience to remain competitive, so this approach to development aligns well with these business goals. A recent Gartner study shows that 89 percent of brands […]

SD Times news digest: Daydream’s new experimental features, Spring Framework 5.1 and Kindred’s reinforcement learning toolkit

Google has announced new experimental features for developers to use on the Lenovo Mirage Solo, which is a Daydream virtual reality headset. It added new APIs to support positional controller tracking with six degrees of freedom (6DoF), which enables users to move their hands more naturally in VR. It also added see-through mode, which enables […]

Microsoft Ignite themes: Security, AI and data, IoT and edge computing

Microsoft kicked off its Ignite conference this morning with a boatload of announcements primarily around three themes: IT security, AI and data, and IoT and edge computing. With cyberattacks continuing to harm organizations around the world, Microsoft announced Secure Score, a report card for assessing their current state of security as well as making recommendations […]

Eggplant launches Robotic Process Automation solution

The rise of artificial intelligence is providing business with new ways to work. One trend is moving towards robotic process automation (RPA), a business process automation solution used to cut costs, reduce errors, and speed up processes, according to Gartner. To take these capabilities even further, testing and performance solution provider Eggplant has announced Eggplant […]

Basecamp is hiring a data analyst

Come work with us! Basecamp is hiring a data analyst to help us make better decisions in all areas of the business. This includes everything from running A/B tests with statistical rigor to forecasting revenue for the year to tracing performance problems to analyzing usage patterns. We’re looking for an experienced candidate who’s done similar work […]

SD Times open source project of the week: TonY

Unsatisfied with the available solutions for connecting the analytics-generating power of their TensorFlow machine learning implementations with the scalable data computation and storage capabilities of their Apache Hadoop clusters, developers at LinkedIn decided that they’d take matters into their own hands with the development of this week’s highlighted project, TonY. “TonY stands for TensorFlow on […]

GitLab raises $100 million for DevOps vision

GitLab is now valued at more than $1 billion thanks to a recent $100 million series D round of funding. The company plans to use this new investment to strengthen its position with DevOps and tackle everything from planning to monitoring. The round of funding was led by ICONIQ Capital and included participation from Khosla […]

SD Times news digest: Flutter Release Preview 2, Android Security Program, and Cloud Academy’s cloud assessments

Google has released preview version 2 of its mobile app toolkit Flutter. According to the company, this preview is its last major milestone before officially releasing Flutter 1.0. This preview version includes an extensive library of widgets and classes for building for iOS, support for Dart, and a 30 percent reduction in the size of […]

There is no longer any such thing as Computer Security

Remember "cybersecurity"? Mysterious hooded computer guys doing mysterious hooded computer guy .. things! Who knows what kind of naughty digital mischief they might be up to? Unfortunately, we now live in a world where this kind of digital mischief is literally rewriting the world’s history. For proof of that, you need look no further than […]

Lifetime profile v1.0 posted

I love C++. I also love safe code and not having to worry about dangling pointers and iterators and views. So I’ve been doing some work to make my life less conflicted: As long promised, the Lifetime profile 1.0 paper is now posted in the C++ Core Guidelines repo. It aims to detect common local […]

JNBridge bridges the gap between Azure Logic Apps and JMS-based messaging infrastructure

A new solution wants to end the process of building custom connectors for Microsoft Azure Logic Apps and existing legacy infrastructure. Java and .NET interoperability provider JNBridge announced the R&D Showcase Kit, a new solution designed to solve interoperability issues between Azure Logic Apps and existing JMS-based messaging infrastructure. Azure Logic Apps enable business process […]

Google Cloud Next’18: Google announces new developer tools and database capabilities

Google announced several new updates to its database portfolio as well as developer tool space at Google Cloud Next’18 in Tokyo this week. The updates aim to expand the capabilities of the Google Cloud Platform. As part of its announcement, the company revealed the Cloud Memorystore for Redis, a full managed in-memory data storage service. […]

SD Times news digest: SmartBear TestComplete 12.6, Portworx’s PX-Enterprise 1.6, GitHub’s Student Developer Pack

Testing company SmartBear has announced the release of TestComplete 12.6. The new release adds a new Hybrid Object Recognition Engine that will allow teams to test applications components that were previously deemed untestable. The company also added a new Intelligent Recommendation System that offers automatic recommendations, enabling test teams to optimize their test designs and […]

TigerGraph updates its graph analytics platform

TigerGraph has announced the latest release of its graph analytics platform. This release offers integrations with popular databases and storage systems, Docker and Kubernetes support, availability on the AWS Marketplace and Microsoft Azure, and a new graph algorithm library. New integrations with other databases include RDBMS, Kafka, Amazon S3, and HDFS. It will also add […]

The AMP Project proposes a new open governance model

After two years of significant growth, the open-source AMP Project is proposing an open governance model. AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a library that enables developers to create mobile-friendly content and have it load quickly for end-users. The team explained that when they initially chose a governance model for the project, they focused on agility. […]

MIT researchers combine voice and object recognition in new model

Researchers at MIT have developed a new system that combines voice and object recognition capable of identifying an object within an image given only a spoken description of that image. When provided with an image and audio caption, the system is able to highlight the relevant regions of the image being described, in real-time. Current […]

MIT researchers combines voice and object recognition in new model

Researchers at MIT have developed a new system that combines voice and object recognition capable of identifying an object within an image given only a spoken description of that image. When provided with an image and audio caption, the system is able to highlight the relevant regions of the image being described, in real-time. Current […]

JavaFX 11 now generally available

To coincide with this month’s release of Java 11, Oracle has released JavaFX 11. JavaFX is a platform that developers can use to create and deploy desktop applications. In addition, Java launched a new OpenJFX community site. OpenJFX is open source and is a result of collaboration among many individuals and companies whose goal is […]

SD Times news digest: Alexa Gadgets Toolkit, Electron 3.0.0, and GitHub Experiments

Amazon has released Alexa Gadgets Toolkit, a new tool that enables developers to build accessories that pair to Echo devices via Bluetooth to extend Alexa’s capabilities. The number of available interfaces will expand, but currently developers can leverage wake word detection, speech, notifications, timers, alarms, and reminders. According to Amazon, the first products that utilize […]

IBM brings trust and transparency into AI

Recent advancements in artificial intelligence are helping organizations move faster and make more intelligent decisions. However, while organizations know AI can be good for business, they don’t always know exactly how it works. Eighty-two percent of enterprises are interested in using AI, but 60 percent worry about liability issues while 63 percent don’t believe they […]

Kong 1.0 launches to help meet scalability demands

Open source API platform Kong has launched as version 1.0. According to the company, this launch serves as the foundation of Kong’s vision of creating a service control platform that takes advantage of AI, machine learning, API security and other emerging technologies in order to broker and secure the flow of information between services. Kong […]

Mozilla launches its Firefox Reality web browser

Earlier this year, Mozilla announced that it was building a mixed reality web browser, and today, that browser is here. Firefox Reality was designed from the ground up to work on various stand-alone virtual and augmented reality headsets. It is ready today in the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores. According to Mozilla, Firefox Reality […]

CloudBees brings governance and control to software delivery

While DevOps has enabled teams to achieve high velocity, speed is not going to help if teams don’t have a handle on their operations and process. CloudBees today announced the CloudBees Suite for end-to-end insights into software delivery at DevOps World | Jenkins World in San Francisco. According to CloudBees’ CEO Sacha Labourey, the suite […]

SD Times news digest: Rainforest QA, MapR and Deloitte partnership, and Electric Cloud University

Rainforest QA has announced that virtual machines are now available for all mobile iOS 12 customers. The company explained that by integrating its existing offerings into iOS 12, development teams can access clean mobile testing environments without having to manually set up their own. “Enterprises today are working at unmatched speeds to keep up with […]

How You’re Being Manipulated By Software

The Book of Life (1898) (And what you can do about it) There’s a term we use in software design called the happy path. It describes a best-case scenario, in which customers use a product exactly as intended, without bumping into any edge cases or uncommon problems. This includes the interface you see when you sign up, […]

Cloudflare launches the first product in its Distributed Web Gateway project

Cloudflare has released the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) Gateway as the first product in its Distributed Web Gateway project. The project encompasses the company’s efforts to support new distributed web technologies. According to Cloudflare, the downside to the current centralized web system is that it makes it impossible to keep content online if the content’s […]

SD Times news digest: Rust 1.29, Firebase Android SDKs, and Linus Torvald’s apology

The systems programming language Rust has reached version 1.29. While the 1.29 release is small, it provides a foundation for bigger changes planned for versions 1.30 and 1.31. The two most significant things in this release are new abilities for Cargo. The first is a method for automatically fixing code that has warnings in it […]

National Coding Week kicks off today

There are hundreds if not thousands of efforts going on every year to get more people into the world of computer science. For instance, every year Computer Science Education Week kicks off with its Hour of Code to get students to dedicate one hour to coding. This week the National Coding Week kicks off, and […]

My CppCon 2018 talk title and abstract

In just 10 days, we’ll be at CppCon! I can hardly wait for Bjarne’s new opening keynote and the 100+ other sessions… we have a really great lineup of speakers again this year. I’ll be giving a talk as well, and here’s the title and abstract for what I’ll be covering this year. I hope […]

The Commons Clause causes open-source disruption

A group of software companies and developers are going after cloud infrastructure providers for what they claim is an abuse of the open-source software ecosystem. The group says cloud providers are using open-source software for their own commercial benefit without returning anything back to the open-source community, helping sustain those projects, or giving open-source any […]

Facebook’s SapFix uses AI to reduce the time spent debugging

Facebook is introducing a new AI hybrid tool aimed at finding and fixing bugs automatically. SapFix is designed to find bugs, generate fixes and propose action plans to engineers before rolling out into production. The company announced the tool at its annual @Scale conference in San Jose this week. According to the company, SapFix significantly […]

SD Times news digest: DeployHub SaaS, Salesforce Lightning Platform’s low-code tools, and Microsoft’s acquisition of Lobe

DevOps company DeployHub has announced the release of DeployHub SaaS, which is a hosted solution for application release automation. According to the company, DeployHub SaaS focuses on helping software teams achieve full continuous deployments in legacy and serverless data centers. “Our goal is to allow all software development teams to deploy software like Facebook, Amazon […]

SD Times Open Source Project of the Week: freedesktop.org

Freshly migrated from its self-managed services to GitLab, this week’s highlighted open-source project is freedesktop.org (f.do), the umbrella project encompassing many open-source software packages for running Linux on desktop. In development since 2000, fd.o is designed to provide developers of desktop Linux distributions easy-to-access packages for getting their desktop environment up and running quickly and […]

New UI version control provides complete history of visual changes to an application

In order to see what a previous version of an application looks like, developers often have to actually rebuild that earlier version. This process could take days, which prevents teams from releasing new functionality, negatively impacting customer relationships and therefore revenue. “It’s crazy that, in 2018, we have accounting systems to track our company finances, […]

Platform 6, enterprise blockchain application platform, is now available

Today at BlockWorld Conference, Amalto, a leading provider of B2B document exchange and transaction management solutions, announced the launch of the Early Adopter Program of Platform 6, their enterprise application platform. Platform 6 enables developers, integrators, startups and IT organizations to quickly and easily create blockchain-based transactional applications. Platform 6 is blockchain-agnostic and provides all […]

IBM expands data science’s reach

As companies accumulate data, they need new ways to store it, manage it, innovate off it, and scale services based on it. Earlier this year, IBM announced the IBM Cloud Private (ICP) for Data solution, and today the company is expanding it to provide new ways to uncover hidden insights from data. The company has […]

SD Times news digest: CrossBrowserTesting for open source, Informatica’s Big Data management solution, and CA’s AI research

SmartBear is making its UI functional web testing tool available for free for open-source projects. CrossBrowserTesting enables teams to automate Selenium scripts, manually debug web apps and compare solutions on more than 1,500 desktop and mobile browsers in the cloud. According to the company, the full access to its device lab will maximize test coverage […]

The Rework Podcast is back!

Erika Hildner in her mobile coffee shop 👉🏼🎙 Is this thing on? We’re back from sabbatical! In our first post-hiatus episode, Shaun heads to Denver to visit his sister, who left a catering job at a big restaurant chain to run a coffee shop out of a Volkswagen Bus that she bought on impulse off Craigslist. […]

StreamSets announces continuous data improvements for DataOps

StreamSets is expanding on its DataOps platform to bring modern data integrations to data centers and leading cloud platforms like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. The latest release features data drift capabilities, continuous integration and delivery automation, and policy-driven data protection. According to the company, DataOps is the idea of bringing DevOps practices to […]

SD Times news digest: HackerRank’s Tech Talent Matrix, eBay’s HeadGaze project and Android 9’s battery life improvements

HackerRank today announced a new machine learning solution designed to help companies in their software development hiring process. The HackerRank Tech Talent Matrix uses ML to provide companies the proper data on software developer candidates. It analyzes more than 150 million assessments and candidate data points in order to provide insights into technical recruiting efforts […]

SD Times news digest: Information Builders’ New WebFOCUS, Google Photos Library API, and New Relic’s developer program

Information Builders has announced the launch of its New WebFOCUS business intelligence and analytics platform. According to the company, the platform combines ease of use with scalability. New WebFOCUS includes a responsive user interface with intuitive workflows that can be used to automate and simplify complex business processes. It integrates with a number of data […]

How security is playing catch-up to the Internet of Things

Smart homes. Smart cities. Smart factories. Intelligent cloud. Intelligent edge. While many still believe the Internet of Things has a way to go before we see widespread adoption, there is no questioning that it is here today. Some things are prototypes upon which larger deployments can be built, and some are already in wide use, […]

Living on the edge: IoT is the future, and security is playing catch-up

Smart homes. Smart cities. Smart factories. Intelligent cloud. Intelligent edge. While many still believe the Internet of Things has a way to go before we see widespread adoption, there is no questioning that it is here today. Some things are prototypes upon which larger deployments can be built, and some are already in wide use, […]

MapR unveils six new data science offerings for AI initiatives

MapR is introducing six new data science offerings aimed at customers that are at varying points in their data science journey at the Strata Data Conference happening in NYC today. The six offers are the AI/ML Hack-a-thon, MapR Data Science Refinery, Cybersecurity Advanced Protection, ML Deployment, AI Enablement and ML Rendezvous Orchestration. According to the […]

W3C: XML is everywhere

As the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) winds down its work standardizing the Extensible Markup Language (XML), it is looking back at the history that brought XML to its success today. “W3C XML, the Extensible Markup Language, is one of the world’s most widely-used formats for representing and exchanging information. The final XML stack is […]

Microsoft releases Azure DevOps

Microsoft announced Azure DevOps today with the introduction of new tools to help software development teams collaborate to deliver high-quality solutions faster. Azure DevOps was first revealed last year during Microsoft’s Connect():2017 conference. The solution includes Azure pipelines, Azure Boards, Azure Artifacts, Azure Repos and Azure Test Plans. “Working with our customers and developers around […]

Why writing clean code matters

Clean code — a term first coined by Robert C. Martin in his book ‘Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile craftmanship’ — is very relevant in today’s fast-paced, highly complex software development and lifecycle management environments. It makes it easier to evolve or maintain a finished product. Compare it, if you will, to the work […]

MIT CSAIL researchers develop computer vision system for robots

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have announced a breakthrough in their robotics research. The team is presenting the Dense Object Nets (DON) method, a new system that they say will one day make robots useful in home and office situations. The system uses computer vision to enable robots to understand […]

SD Times news digest: DARPA’s AI investment, Samsung’s NYC AI center, and Bitbar’s AI Testbot

DARPA has announced a $2 billion campaign to develop new AI technologies as part of a program called AI Next. DARPA is currently in the process of pursuing over 20 programs to advance AI beyond second-wave machine learning techniques, in addition to the more than 60 active programs related to applying AI in different capacities. […]

In-store good vs. At-home good

Do you know what you’re getting? A number of years ago we bought a new bath tub for our master bathroom. The tub looked something like this: This is not my beautiful house, this is not my beautiful life. Man it looked great in the store. SO GREAT. It was luscious. Just look at it. So we […]

Java 11 delivers high-quality features at speed

Java 11, which will be released this month, is the second and final major release of Java this year, following Oracle’s new schedule of putting out a major release every six months. According to the company, one of the goals of this new release schedule was to be able to deliver new features faster. Oracle […]

Basecamp 3: New feature round-up

Summer is winding down, kids are back in school and the Basecamp team has a fresh batch of updates to share. Here’s a quick look at some recent improvements that are available right now in all of your projects. Getting over the hill Hill Charts are a completely new way to track progress and a Basecamp […]

Are Progressive Web Apps a silver bullet?

By now, you have not only heard a lot about Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), but also seen them live on the web. You may simply not know about it, and that’s fair, since most of the features that make a web app progressive aren’t visible to the eyes of a viewer. According to Google Lighthouse […]

Targetprocess and Net Objectives announce strategic partnership

Targetprocess, provider of a visual management platform for Agile teams and organizations, and business/software development consulting/training organization Net Objectives, today announced a strategic partnership enabling both companies to provide integrated solutions uniquely tailored to mid-sized enterprises. Scaling Agile software delivery practices from a few teams up to dozens of teams requires more flexibility in software frameworks […]

Industry Watch: Software development still starts with requirements

How can companies know that their development process is on track, and that the product they’re developing is actually what they need to provide to customers? Scott Roth, CEO of Jama Software, believes predictive product development is essential for that. The key is visibility into your development processes, and comparing it to benchmarks – either […]

SD Times news digest: Zephyr 6.2 announced, WhiteHat Sentinel Dynamic updated, and MapR’s Apache Spark courses

Zephyr version 6.2 has been announced, on the heels of last week’s announcement that it would be acquired by SmartBear.  The new release adds new features that will offer DevOps teams scalability, performance, and security, according to the company. Key features of the release include test case count, execution analysis, plan vs actual test execution […]

Analyst View: The advantages of Moto Z

I’ve been carrying the Moto Z from Motorola for several weeks now and I’m really falling in love with the modular aspects of this phone. I firmly believe that we have been focused too much on making these things thin, which has made them harder to hold, done ugly things to battery life and thermals, […]

The future of the Android community is YOU

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on in our community — conferences, meetups, blog posts, podcasts, open source (the list goes on and on) — you’ve probably noticed a really wonderful energy and spirit behind them all. Yes, our community is healthy and thriving! And while things are really good today, I do think that we […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Finetune

Enterprise AI solution provider Indico has announced a new open-source project for machine learning and natural language processing. Finetune is a “scikit-learn style model finetuning for NLP,” according to its GitHub page. Finetuning refers to a transfer learning approach that is meant to take a model that is trained on one task and adapt it […]

Google makes it easier to discover datasets with Dataset Search

Google is trying to make it easier to discover datasets with Dataset Search. The hope is that this project will enable data scientists, data journalists, “data geeks” and others to find the data that they need. “In today’s world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are […]

Python Extension for Visual Studio Code now available

Microsoft has announced the August 2018 release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available. This release features version 4.1.1 of Microsoft’s Python debugger, ptvsd. According to the company, this release is a significant improvement over version 3.0 of the debugger. The debugging engine is now built on top of open-source project […]

SD Times news digest: Hasura GraphQL Engine, Pusher’s Beams API, and The Linux Foundation’s blockchain course

Hasura has announced that event triggers are now available in Hasura GraphQL Engine. This open-source capability is designed to enable developers to rigger serverless functions or webhooks whenever there is a change in the database. According to the company, some use cases that this will provide include creating push notifications that trigger when a new […]

A look at the Nexus Framework

Nexus, created by Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber and his Scrum.org team, extends Scrum to guide multiple Scrum teams on how they need to work together to deliver working software in every Sprint. It shows the journey these teams take as they come together, how they share work between teams, and how they manage and minimize […]

Scaling Scrum is just Scrum

One of the hottest questions these days, whether online or in the boardroom, is “How does the organization become more ‘agile’?” As the discussion evolves, it leads to, “How do we scale agility from one team to multiple, or should we?” Scrum being the most common agile way that teams work leads to the question […]

TIBCO reveals data and AI enhancements at TIBCO NOW 2018

Data company TIBCO has made several new announcements at TIBCO NOW, its edge conference that is currently underway in Las Vegas. The company has revealed enhancements and changes to current products, as well as announcing new projects. TIBCO adds enhancements to TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud The company announced new capabilities for the TIBCO Connected Intelligence […]

Code analysis is about more than software

Static code analysis is usually thought of in terms of preventing vulnerabilities from existing in code. And, it’s thought of in terms of things like memory leaks and tainted data. But as businesses become more reliant than ever on software to drive their revenues, it is important to think about the damage these vulnerabilities can […]

SD Times news digest: Atom pull requests, MIT CSAIL’s depression recognition model, and dtSearch’s Intraspexion update

GitHub wants to make it easier to view and interact with pull requests in Atom thanks to a new GitHub package. Recent pull requests will now display information such as the author’s avatar, title of the pull request, pull request number, CI status, and “Last Updated” details. Clicking on a pull request will launch a […]

5 ways static code analysis can save you

If you’re not doing static code analysis (aka static analysis), now is the time to start. Delivering code faster has dubious value if the quality degrades as development cycles shrink. On the other hand, if you’re not doing static code analysis, you’re not alone. Despite the mature age of the tool category, not a lot […]

JRebel speeds all Java app development

Which version of Java should you use? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. Since the cadence of Java version releases shifted from three or four years to six months as of the Java 9 release, lots of developers have been confused. Many of them have avoided Java 9 and Java 10 because they were […]

data Artisans brings ACID transactions to streaming data

data Artisans has revealed a new solution that will provide fast ACID transactions directly on streaming data. The data Artisans Streaming Ledger will enable developers to focus on application logic, rather than having to worry about consistency models, the company explained “data Artisans Streaming Ledger goes beyond today’s exactly-once stateful stream processing model and brings […]

erwin acquisition of AnalytiX DS rounds out its data governance platform

Data governance software company Erwin has acquired metadata management company AnalytiX DS to position itself as one of the only software providers to own and fully integrate each area of data governance and management. The acquisition, according to erwin CEO Adam Famularo, “provides us with all the metadata management tools as well as all the […]

Higher education benefits are win/win for software engineers

American scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson said, “There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.” That couldn’t be more true than in the fields of software engineering and computer science today. While an undergraduate degree often opens the door to an entry-level job in a chosen field, a higher degree like a Masters or […]

Atlassian’s new take on code review in Bitbucket Cloud

Atlassian is taking a code-first approach in its version control repository hosting service. The company announced a redesign of Bitbucket’s pull requests and a focus on modernizing code review at its annual Atlassian Summit in Barcelona today. According to the company, as software development keeps changing, so do the tools and approaches developers use. Pull […]

Digital transformation starts with culture

Digital transformation is one of those terms being bandied about from all corners of the IT universe, which makes it difficult to define, and even harder to understand what it means to successfully do it. One camp of thought is that it means becoming more agile in your development and business processes. Mirko Novakovic, CEO […]

SD Times news digest: Sprint and Ericsson IoT partnership, Diffbot Knowledge Graph, and Fieldbit and InfinityAR on AR

Sprint and Ericsson have launched a global partnership in order to create a distributed network for IoT and an IoT operating system. According to Sprint, the network will provide low latency and high availability. Since it is virtualized, it reduces the distance between the device generating the data and the application processing it. The operating […]

The 2018 SD Times Software Testing Showcase

These are many technologies available to organizations looking to bring their testing up to the speed of software development. Ensuring quality can no longer be the drag on software deployment, if businesses want to stay competitive and be able to take advantage of changes in their markets. Some are choosing continuous testing, while others are […]

Web application security: The piece you’re probably missing

While most organizations recognize the need to protect their web apps, their efforts tend to focus on the server side, leaving a critical attack vector exposed: the client side. The fact of the matter is the entire web application ecosystem must be protected, end to end, and that includes mobile, JavaScript, desktop, server and API. […]

Google introduces multi-language, cross-platform cryptographic library

Google wants to ensure developers have the tools necessary to protect user data with the open-source release of Tink. This new project is a multi-language, cross-platform cryptographic library designed to ship secure cryptographic code. “At Google, many product teams use cryptographic techniques to protect user data. In cryptography, subtle mistakes can have serious consequences, and […]

SD Times news digest: Atomist SDM 1.0.0-M.1, Visual Studio Editor productivity updates and Atlassian and InVision’s partnership

Software delivery automation company Atomist announced version 1.0.0-M.1 of its open-source Software Delivery Machine project. This new release provides fully local mode, which will make software available to developers everywhere, the company explained. According to the company, with local mode developers can leverage the software delivery machine on their laptop, automate locally, create projects for […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Nyoka

Software AG is aiming to bring the burgeoning world of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning and deep learning in line with the statistical and data mining industry standard of the Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML). Nyoka is a Python library, compatible with Python 3.5+, which features full support for the PMML XML-based predictive model […]

Storj Labs to create revenue opportunities for open source

Storj Labs announced a new Open Source Partner Program this week designed to generate revenue for open-source projects and companies. The way the programs works by generating revenue as users of open-source partner software store data in the cloud, Storj Labs explained. This new program can be looked at as an open source and cloud […]

ActivePDF announces major release of DocConverter 10.1.0

ActivePDF, the leading provider of PDF automation solutions and technologies, is proud to announce the major release and availability of DocConverter 10.1.0. The updated version of DocConverter enhances the user experience for developers, IT managers, and other professionals. Updated enhancements include new P3Rest settings, newly-supported file types, improved conversion functionalities, and more. DocConverter 10.1.0 expands on […]

Microsoft contributes to the Go programming community with new projects

Microsoft is giving back to the Go programming community with the announcement of Project Athens and GopherSource. According to the company, this is an important milestone in Microsoft’s efforts to support Go in Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Team Services and Azure cloud platform. Project Athens is an open-source project designed to create proxy servers […]

SD Times news digest: Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe framework, Apple acquires AR company, and Google redesigns Wear OS notifications

The Open Mainframe Project wants to bridge the divide between modern apps and the mainframe with a new open-source software framework. Zowe is based on z/OS, an operating system for IBM mainframes. The framework is being worked on by Rocket Software, IBM and CA Technologies. “The Zowe mission is to enable delivery of such an […]

Eclipse Foundation adds new Jakarta EE and IoT community members

The Eclipse Foundation is welcoming 16 new members today. According to the foundation, this comes at a time where the Jakarta EE and Eclipse IoT developer communities are surging. The foundation is built around a platform for open collaboration and innovation. It aims to provide a vendor-neutral governance framework, mature development processes and IP services. […]

GitHub introduces Project Paper Cuts to address issues in existing workflows

GitHub is addressing small to medium-sized workflow problems that get under developers’ skin. The company announced Project Paper Cuts to fix problems, iterate on UI/UX and make improvements. “We know that all development teams work a little differently. Since we can’t possibly consider all development practices, we turn to our community for feedback and data […]

Report: DevOps initiatives are paying off

The idea of having developers and operations work together towards one goal to achieve velocity and high-quality software sounds like a good idea in theory, but how has it been working in practice? A newly released report revealed that DevOps practices are actually paying off for organizations in terms of performance and quality outcomes. The […]

SD Times news digest: Babel 7, Oculus VR education pilot programs, and Adobe XD

JavaScript compiler Babel version 7 is now available. According to the team, this release was two years, 4k commits, and more than 50 pre-releases in the making. “Babel 7 is a huge release: we’ve made it faster, created an upgrade tool, JS configs, config ‘overrides,’ more options for size/minification, JSX Fragments, TypeScript, new proposals, and […]

VMware announces improved cloud security and integrations at VMworld 2018

VMware is partnering with Amazon Web Services on the Amazon Relational Database Service on VMware. The companies made the announcement this week at the VMworld 2018 conference taking place in Las Vegas. The database is a new solution VMware says will bring easier management and migration of VMware, AWS or hybrid database running on VMware […]

Orasi joins Go2Group on DevOps integration venture

Orasi is embarking on a new joint venture with Go2Group to help streamline the DevOps delivery pipeline and expand its place in the DevOps market. The companies announced ConnectAll LLC as a new Orasi division. ConnectAll LLC will offer the ConnectALL integration platform, an application lifecycle management and DevOps integration solution. “The launch of this […]

Google Cloud Text-to-Speech now generally available

Google’s machine learning, speech synthesis technology is now officially available. Google Cloud Text-to-Speech was originally published by DeepMind about two years ago and updated about a year ago with WaveNet research, and announced by Google in March. The technology allows developers to “synthesize natural-sounding speech with 30 voices, available in multiple languages and variants,” the […]

SD Times news digest: Google’s new Tensorflow-based framework, Toyota’s investment in Uber, and Mozilla’s Firefox user data

Google is releasing a new research framework for prototyping reinforcement learning algorithms. Dopamine is a Tensorflow-based framework designed with ease-of-use, reproducibility, and benchmarking in mind. Along with the framework, the company will provide a set of colabs for using the framework. For ease-of-use, Google will provide code that is compact and well-documented. For reproducibility, the […]

SmartBear acquires test management solution provider Zephyr

SmartBear is bolstering its test management portfolio with a newly announced acquisition. The company has revealed it is acquiring software testing company Zephyr. Zephyr is known for its software test management solutions as well as its work with DevOps and continuous testing. Together, SmartBear plans to build “the most comprehensive set of test management solutions […]

Google provides deeper developer insights in Google Play

Google is updating its Google Play Console to give developers a deeper understanding into their applications. The console will now provide “organic acquisition insights” on how users discover applications. “One of the things every developer wants to know is how people discover their app or game,” Tom Grinsted, product manager for Google Play, wrote in […]

Some advice from Jeff Bezos

A number of years ago, Jeff Bezos stopped by our office and spent about 90 minutes with us talking product strategy. Before he left, he spent about 45 minutes taking general Q&A from everyone at the office. During one of his answers, he shared an enlightened observation about people who are “right a lot”. He said people […]

Avoid security pitfalls with automation

The rise of robotics is raising a number of concerns. Many are overblown or entirely unwarranted, and others need to be addressed and mitigated. While job loss, the main concern associated with robotics, is getting much of the attention, in my field – robotic process automation (RPA) – robots are taking the mundane, repetitive, spreadsheet-centric […]

SD Times news digest: New two-factor authentication approach, The LF Deep Learning Foundation and Linux 4.19-rc1

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have announced a new two-factor authentication method that uses wearables and speech signals. The method “Listening-Watch” uses wearable devices such as smartwatches, activity trackers, and browser-generated speech sounds to perform two-factor authentication. “Listening-Watch offers two key security features,” said Nitesh Saxena, professor in the UAB College of […]

Real Work vs. Imaginary Work

Since we launched Hill Charts in Basecamp we’ve been fielding many interesting questions. One common question is: how do we catch more problems in the uphill phase so they don’t surprise us later? People think a piece of work is on the downhill, and all of a sudden a problem comes out of nowhere. Especially when […]

Apache HAWQ becomes top-level project

The Apache HAWQ project is graduating from incubation to become a top-level project within the Apache Software Foundation this week. Apache HAWQ is a enterprise SQL-on-Hadoop query engine and analytics database that first entered the foundation’s incubation phase in September of 2015. “We are very excited to see Apache HAWQ graduate as a Top-Level Project […]

The 6 core pillars of the Microservice Manifesto

Enterprises of all sizes are adopting the microservice approach, but not everyone is adopting it correctly. According to Chase Aucoin, developer evangelist for AppDynamics, too often, businesses think if they move their monolith applications to microservices, their problems will just magically go away. However, once they start to move to microservices and realize their problems […]

SD Times news digest: Google’s VR labs, Armory’s Series A funding, and Microsoft’s DoWhy library

Google is making lab time more accessible for STEM students with the introduction of more than 30 virtual labs on the Daydream platform. Google partnered with science education provider Labster to provide these labs, which will enable students to do lab work without needing to be on a campus. According to Google, the VR courses […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: TransmogrifAI

Salesforce is open sourcing a tool that aims to make it easier to build scaled machine learning systems for enterprises, TransmogrifAI. TransmogrifAI is a automated machine learning library for structured data that enables data teams to transform customer data into meaningful predictions, according to the company. Salesforce explained it has been using TransmogrifAI to power […]

Drone.io introduces ARM support for IoT development

Drone.io is wants to expand the development of the IoT and embedded device ecosystem with the announcement of its Arm architecture support. Drone.io is an open-source, cloud-native continuous integration and continuous delivery platform provider. Today’s announcement brings support to ARMv7-A and ARMv8-A architectures. According to the company, this new support will bring its testing and […]

Angular lets developers share code between web and mobile apps

Angular’s dream of being able to share code for web and mobile apps is becoming a reality today with a newly announced solution. The team announced developers can now build web and mobile apps once with Angular and NativeScript, instead of having to build both a web and native mobile app. According to the team, […]

GitLab 11.2 released with insight into real-time changes

GitLab announced the latest version of its platform designed to help developers get started and iterate faster. The 11.2 release features new improvements to its Web IDE, support for Android project import, and custom project templates. The Web IDE has been updated to enable developers to see changes happening within their JavaScript web apps in […]

SD Times news digest: Android 9 security, Javalin 2.0, and the Amazon Alexa Fellowship

Google has announced updates on the state of security updates in Android 9. It is recommending monthly security updates as a best practice. According to the company, it delivers monthly Android source code patches to manufacturers in order to incorporate those patches into firmware updates. It also introduced the Android Enterprise Recommended program earlier this […]

Report finds Java and JavaScript remain the top languages for enterprise development

In today’s polyglot programming world, enterprises are no longer restricted to one specific programming language. However, a new report does find that businesses seem to be sticking with Java and JavaScript for their enterprise application development needs. The report comes from the open-source project for cloud computing, the Cloud Foundry Foundation. “As companies transition from […]

ReSharper Ultimate 2018.2 now available

JetBrains has announced an update to its Visual Studio Extension, ReSharper Ultimate, adding several new enhancements and features. According to the company, ReSharper Ultimate 2018.2 adds 30 different performance fixes, ranging from EditorConfig support to decreasing load times. It adds support for C# 7.3, which is the latest release of C#. Static analysis tools JSLint, […]

SD Times news digest: Quick Base Kanban reports, Node.js downloads, and Google Play Instant updates

No-code app development solution provider Quick Base announced it was bringing Kanban reports to its platform. Kanban is an Agile approach to organizing, visualizing, updating and acting on work in progress. The newly added reports provide information of work ideas such as status, phase, people and other important attributes. It is a drag-and-drop tool featuring […]

Microsoft to stop accepting Windows 8 apps

If you are still creating Windows 8 applications, you might want to turn your focus to Windows 10. In an effort to get more developers to start building for Windows 10, Microsoft has announced plans to stop accepting apps developed for Windows 8. “As a part of our Windows device life cycle, Microsoft Store will […]

How GraphQL is competing with REST

The representational state transfer (REST) API has served its purpose of exposing application-level information for web services over the last 15 years, but in an industry that’s constantly evolving, there are always new approaches that are popping up and transforming the way we work. Enter GraphQL. GraphQL is a data query language for APIs that […]

Semmle emerges with new approach to software engineering analytics

Semmle is making its global debut today with a new solution that could help speed up the development of secure software code. The company’s software analytics platform includes a “Looks Good to Me” solution as well as a query engine for preventing software mistakes. In addition, the company is launching with a $21 million series […]

SD Times news digest: Robin Systems’ hyper-converged Kubernetes platform, Elm 0.19, and Skuid’s no-code Spark release

Robin Systems unveiled its hyper-converged Kubernetes platform for Big Data, databases and AI applications along with its announcement of a $17 million series B round of funding. The round of funding will help the company expand its platform to simplify app development and lifecycle management in DevOps and IT areas. The new platform, ROBIN, is […]

Gartner reveals five trends to blur the lines between humans and machines

Gartner has revealed five emerging technology trends that will “blur the lines between humans and machines.” “Business and technology leaders will continue to face rapidly accelerating technology innovation that will profoundly impact the way they engage with their workforce, collaborate with their partners, and create products and services for their customers,” said Mike J. Walker, […]

Leaders, stop being so nice all the time.

“Being nice” can be a crutch to avoid hard choices and uncomfortable conversations. Don’t fall into this trap. Leaders, stop being so nice all the time. I don’t mean to sound like an asshole. But when it comes to leadership, it’s true: Prioritizing “being nice” keeps us from being good leaders. Now I’m not advocating for us to […]

Teaching iteration

I’ve written about the class I’d like to teach, but what I’ve been thinking about lately is the class I’d like to attend. Not necessarily now, but when I was growing up. In the 6th grade, let’s say. I don’t know why people ask me this, but I’m often polled for my opinion on the American […]

How Visual Studio tool providers are following Microsoft into the cloud

More and more businesses are moving their solutions to the cloud because of its ability to reduce costs, scale, control choices and keep data more secure. One of the biggest leaders in the cloud movement space has been Microsoft, which announced almost five years ago it would be moving more towards a “cloud first, mobile […]

SD Times news digest: MIT researchers create encryption method for cloud-based machine learning, Qt and Toradex partnership, and Microsoft’s FASTER project

MIT researchers have developed a new method for securing data in neural networks without slowing their runtimes, which they presented at the USENIX Security Conference. According to the researchers, this approach, called GAZELLE, will be useful for using cloud-based neural networks for medical-image analysis or other areas that work with sensitive data. The approach was […]

GrammaTech releases CodeSonar 5

Software security tool provider GrammaTech has announced the latest release of its static analysis tool CodeSonar. According to the company, CodeSonar 5 is “the next step in usability and extensibility for users of static analysis.” This release adds support for C# and the Visual Studio IDE. It also adds support for importing results with the […]

SD Times news digest: Intel acquires Vertex.AI, Google’s hearing aid specification for Android, and Neurala’s AI for Good competition

Intel has acquired deep learning company Vertex.AI into its Artificial Intelligence Product Group. Intel will continue to develop the deep learning framework PlaidML as an open-source project and it will soon transition it to the Apache 2.0 license. According to Intel, a priority of PlaidML will continue to be supporting a variety of hardware. Google […]

Microsoft open sources new framework for Windows driver development

Windows driver developers are getting a new tool to share code between drivers and develop Windows Driver Framework drives with the release of the Driver Module Framework (DMF). It is an open-source framework designed to improve and speed up the development of Windows Driver Frameworks. “Over the years Surface organization developed many products such as […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Dev.to

This week’s highlighted project comes courtesy of a community of developers who hope that their codebase will be used to foster communities like theirs, focused on education and collaboration among peers of any skill level. Dev.to’s codebase is open-source as of last week week and the community-building platform’s developers think that further community involvement in […]

SEI CERT releases open-source Source Code Analysis Laboratory for pinpointing vulnerabilities

The Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) CERT Division at Carnegie Mellon University released an open-source static analysis aggregator/correlator this week. Source Code Analysis application (SCALe) is designed to find vulnerabilities in application source code via multiple, independent static analysis tools. Compatible with any source code language, this public release of SCALe provides alerts based on two […]

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 released

Microsoft is focusing on improving productivity and performance in the latest release of Visual Studio 2017. Version 15.8 includes a number of new enhancements, but some of the most notable features include multi-caret editing improvements, faster git branch switching, faster unit test execution, and TypeScript 3.0 support. Editing multiple locations within a file will now […]

Oracle launches GraphPipe for deploying machine learning models

Oracle wants to address machine learning problems with its newly announced open-source project GraphPipe. The project is a “dead simple machine learning model serving” solution. “There has been rapid progress in machine learning over the past few years. Today, you can grab one of a handful of frameworks, follow some online tutorials, and have a […]

Google updates Firebase for app experiences

Google’s mobile development platform Firebase is getting a number of updates today focused on building better apps, improving app quality and growing businesses. Firebase “At Firebase, our mission is to help mobile app teams succeed, which means having the capabilities to support companies and teams of all sizes and complexity. In the last couple of […]

SD Times news digest: Wear OS policy changes, Apache Groovy 2.5.2, and Windows Community Toolkit 4.0

Google has launched a new initiative to improve the quality of Wear OS apps. The currently optional app review process for apps will now become mandatory. This will go into effect on October 1 2018 for new Wear apps and March 4 2019 for existing apps. Common issues that the review looks for is that […]

LinkedIn releases new data for finding and recruiting machine learning talent

As artificial intelligence becomes more popular, skills like machine learning and deep learning are becoming more in demand. New data released from LinkedIn shows job recruiters are fighting to find machine learning talent. “Machine learning is one of the most in-demand skills. It can feel like everyone’s competing for the same small talent pool, especially […]

Angular launches new solutions for AngularJS migration

Angular has unveiled two new solutions to help with the process of migrating AngularJS applications to modern-day- web development standards. The two solutions are ngMigration Assistant and ngMigration Forum. ngMigration Assistant is a command-line tool that will analyze a AngularJS application and then recommend a migration path for it. The tool provides statistics on the […]

New in Basecamp: Recurring Events

Now you can add [daily, weekly, monthly, yearly] repeating events to the Basecamp schedule. Here’s how it works: When you add an event in Basecamp 3… …you’ll see a new option to repeat the event… …the options include every day, every week day, once a week, once a month, and once a year… …you can choose to repeat the […]

CMU, Meltwater and Oxford look to advance data science research

Media intelligence company Meltwater is opening up its artificial intelligence platform to give developers and data scientists real-time insights into business data. Fairhair.ai features a knowledge graph for connecting and organizing internal and external data, access to pre-trained and configurable AI models, and the ability to make data-driven decisions. “We quickly realized our AI platform […]

SD Times news digest: SnapLogic’s new capabilities, NodeSource updates, and Infragistics Community Sponsorship Program

SnapLogic has announced new DevOps and automation capabilities, such as integration with GitHub and support for Mesosphere for automating elements of CI/CD. Updates are being made to its Enterprise Integration Cloud solution as well as its Iris AI technologies. According to the company, the new capabilities will enable customers to streamline and accelerate the software […]

TLS 1.3 approved and released with improved encryption and speed

The Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, an integral technology in end-to-end data protection, has been updated to version 1.3 this month with improvements to security, performance, and stripping some insecure optional features from the previous version 1.2. According to the Internet Engineers Task Force (IETF), TLS 1.3 introduces improved encryption during the negotiation handshake stage […]

DATPROF and Parasoft unite software test automation, service virtualization, and test data management to reduce environment wait times by over 200%

Parasoft, the leader in automated software testing, announced today a new partnership with DATPROF, who specialize in test data subsetting and masking. Today’s agile organizations face challenges with access to their complex environments and management of meaningful test data. Combining Parasoft and DATPROF gives users full control of their test environments, test data, and test automation […]

Progress launches Spark Toolkit for modernizing legacy apps

Progress has released Progress Spark Toolkit, a set of open source ABL code and best practices designed to enable organizations to evolve their existing applications and capabilities to meet market demands. The toolkit was created in collaboration with the Progress Common Component Specification project, which is a group of Progress OpenEdge customers and partners that […]

Sonatype introduces DepShield for identifying vulnerable open-source components in GitHub

Sonatype wants to make it easier for developers to have open-source governance with the release of Sonatype DepShield. The solution is a GitHub application that integrates directly within repositories, enabling developers to identify vulnerable open-source components. According to the company, DepShield constantly monitors projects and automatically creates issues when security vulnerabilities are detected. It offers […]

SD Times news digest: LogiGear TestArchitect for Oracle apps, Accusoft FormSuite for Structured Forms 5.1, and NVIDIA’s Material Definition Language SDK

LogiGear has announced its test automation solution TestArchitect is now available for Oracle E-Business Suite apps and Oracle JD Edwards. “Our TestArchitect offers simple turnkey test automation solutions, robust technology, attention to detail and unparalleled support for business analysts, technical testers and automation engineers alike,” said Hung Nguyen, CEO of LogiGear. “With this release of […]

Report: Python closes in on C++

For the first time in TIOBE Index history, Python is steadily approaching the top three programming languages. The top three TIOBE Index programming languages are Java, C, and C++. “Programming language Python is getting very close to the top 3 of the TIOBE index. If Python surpasses C++ and becomes number 3, this will be […]

The Khronos Group launches new standard for deploying trained neural networks

The Khronos Group, a consortium of software and hardware companies leading standards, has announced the ratification and public release of the Neural Network Exchange Format (NNEF) 1.0 specification. NNEF is an open standard for deploying optimized neural network inferencing onto diverse edge devices. As part of this release, an ecosystem of tools has been added […]

SD Times news digest: Spring Cloud GCP 1.0, OpenMetrics, and the Academy Software Foundation

Spring Cloud GCP version 1.0 is now generally available. The project enables developers to build Spring Boot applications that consume GCP services “easily and idiomatically,” according to the company It is designed to facilitate the development of applications with simpler configuration and less boilerplate code. Applications created using Spring Cloud GCP are portable in hybrid […]

SD Times Editor’s Blog: Agile 2018… Outcomes vs. output

The Agile 2018 conference is wrapping up in San Diego today, and for once the conversation wasn’t focused around enterprise Agile and scaling Agile. Of course, those are still important topics to many businesses, but by now the industry has had 20 years to figure out the process and they are ready to take the […]

Amazon Aurora Serverless now generally available

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a new serverless solution for starting, scaling and shutting down database capacity. Amazon Aurora Serverless was first announced as a preview last year at re:Invent. The solution is now generally available, and designed as an on-demand, auto-scaling service without having to provision, scale and manage servers. “More and more […]

Google Cloud adds Python 3.7 in its Second Generation App Engine standard runtimes

Google Cloud has announced the release of its Second Generation App Engine standard runtimes, which it says is a significant update to the platform. Google’s App Engine is a web framework and cloud computing platform for building apps on a serverless platform. This release adds Python 3.7 as one of the available Second Generation runtimes. […]

DeepLocker demonstrates how AI can create a new breed of malware

While artificial intelligence is changing our world for the better, if put in the wrong hands, cybercriminals can figure out how to use the technology in a negative way. To stay ahead of the curve, IBM Research has announced it has been studying the evolution of this technology in order to predict new potential threats […]

SD Times news digest: WhiteSource’s free vulnerability checker, Julia 1.0, and the Blockchain Learning Center

WhiteSource is making its Vulnerability Checker available for free for developers to detect if their solutions contain any of the 50 most critical open-source bugs out there today. The checker will enable users to import and scan any library as well as check if their projects are susceptible to the most recent and common bugs. […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Fizz

In order to implement the new generation of Transport Layer Security, TLS 1.3, at Facebook, the company built a TLS library in C++ 14 called Fizz. Earlier this week, Facebook announced it was open sourcing that library. TLS 1.3 added several new features to make Internet traffic more secure, such as encrypting handshake methods, redesigning […]

Prometheus becomes second project to graduate from CNCF incubation

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has announced the systems and service monitoring framework Prometheus from the foundation’s incubation program has now graduated. This makes it the second project to meet the CNCF’s criteria for graduation after Kubernetes in March of this year. The news was announced today during the organization’s Prometheus-focused PromCon event in […]

Agile 2018: The Business Agility Report, the Professional Scrum Master II training course, Scrum@Scale, and Zoho Sprints

Despite Agile’s wide adoption, businesses are still struggling to adopt the mindset, structure and practice of the software development approach. Agile Transformation and the Business Agility Institute announced the first Business Agility Report at the Agile 2018 conference in San Diego this week, which found a majority of organizations still rate their business agility maturity […]

SD Times news digest: GitHub’s open-source load balancer, Sauce Labs’ Continuous Testing Services, and Eggplant Release Insights

GitHub has announced that its load balancer, GLB Director, is now open source. According to the company, GLB Director is a Layer 4 load balancer that can scale an IP address across a large number of physical machines while minimizing connection disruption during changes in servers. GitHub hopes that by open-sourcing the solution, others will […]

SD Times news digest: GitLab’s open-source load balancer, Sauce Labs’ Continuous Testing Services, and Eggplant Release Insights

GitLab has announced that its load balancer, GLB Director, is now open source. According to the company, GLB Director is a Layer 4 load balancer that can scale an IP address across a large number of physical machines while minimizing connection disruption during changes in servers. GitHub hopes that by open-sourcing the solution, others will […]

Agile 2018: Data is a people problem

Businesses are looking for new ways to collect, manage and analyze data to make better and more informed decisions, but they are missing the mark. Data is not just about the tools. The number one problem to using data to your advantage is people, according to Troy Magennis, an Agile consultant and founder of Focused […]

The Dart programming language reaches version 2

Google is trying to revive the Dart programming language as a mainstream language for mobile and web development with its latest announcement. Dart 2 features a complete rewrite of the web platform with a strong focus on productivity, performance and scalability.   “Dart 2 marks the rebirth of Dart as a mainstream programming language focused […]

Analyst View: Scope, silos stifle software innovation

Software innovation can be constrained by scope limitations, and the barriers created by artificial silos in existing systems and organizations. But help is at hand. This article looks at two very different approaches — the application of systems engineering, and customer-centric thinking. Legacy sets limits In the early days of a software development project, there […]

SD Times news digest: Android Pie SDK, Contrast Security’s free DevSecOps solution, and Status partners with Nim

Following this week’s announcement of Android 9 Pie, Google is releasing a new Android SDK that offers more Kotlin features. According to the company, Android developers often run into problems with the Java programming language when accessing a null reference. Kotlin addresses this problem by providing nullable and non-nullable types in the type system, the […]

Postman opens up features from its paid plan

API development environment provider Postman has announced major updates to its app. Starting with Postman 6.2, all free Postman users will be able to create Postman teams, use team workspaces, and use collaboration features, all of which were previously available only to customers of Postman’s paid plans. These features will now be scaled for individuals […]

Guest View: In praise of open source

When you think of little social movements that bring about big societal shifts, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t open source. But maybe it should be. The technological revolution that is steadily digitizing every nook and cranny of human activity obviously relies on code, and open-source code underpins much of the recent […]

Industry Watch: Flowing value into your transformation

Every hundred years or so, it seems, we enter some new industrial age, and the way business works must change along with it. The Industrial Revolution led to the Age of Oil, followed by the Atomic Age and now we’re in the middle of a Digital Revolution. Change is always exciting, but painful, as companies […]

Judy Brewer recognized for her contributions to improving the accessibility of the web

Judy Brewer was recently named as the recipient of the 2018 SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility. Brewer is the director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the W3C and principal research scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. According to the W3C, the award “recognizes individuals who have […]

SD Times news digest: Parasoft C/C++test, Scale’s Series B funding, and Flexera’s FlexNet Code

Parasoft has announced the latest release of Parasoft C/C++test, a testing solution for C and C++ applications. This release focuses on helping developers secure their code, with full static analysis coverage of the CERT C Security Coding Standard rules and compliance reporting. This release also features support for the AUTOSAR C++14 coding standard, a new […]

The latest Helix ALM release integrates with Slack

Perforce Software, a provider of solutions to enterprise teams requiring productivity, visibility, and scale along the development lifecycle, announced the release of Helix ALM 2018.2 (formerly TestTrack). Helix ALM is an end-to-end ALM tool used by developers to manage product lifecycles more efficiently. The latest release adds new collaboration capabilities with a Slack integration. “Our customers […]

Android 9 now available

After over a year of being in development, Android 9 Pie is finally here. Yesterday, Google pushed the source code to Android Open Source Project and began rolling it out to Pixel devices. The new version adds performance improvements via the Android runtime (ART) by expanding its use of execution profiles for optimizing apps and […]

Managers who brag about their stress and exhaustion don’t need our applauds

Stock photography of fake tired people is also kinda exhausting! Managers used to be the object of envy for their leisurely workday. Maybe it included showing up half an hour later than the norm. Maybe it was that mid-day session of golf. Maybe it was skipping out early on a Friday. In an age of back-breaking […]

Rethinking the way you build software with serverless

The way software is built is constantly changing to meet the ongoing pressure of getting to the market faster and keeping up with the competition. The software development industry has gone from waterfall to Agile, from agile to DevOps, from DevOps to DevSecOps, and from monolithic applications to microservices and containers. Today, a new approach […]

CollabNet VersionOne introduces new solution for Value Stream Management

CollabNet VersionOne announced the latest release of its VS solution at the 2018 Agile conference happening in San Diego this week. VS aims to provide insight, visibility and traceability into the code to revenue value stream. The latest release is designed to enable the practice of Value Stream Management at the enterprise level. “This release […]

SD Times news digest: Magic xpa 4.0, EDB Postgres Migration Portal, and Square Reader SDK

Magic Software, a provider of end-to-end integration and development platforms, has announced the release of Magic xpa 4.0. The latest release includes a new Angular-based application framework, which developers can use to provide full-stack solutions generated from business application logic. According to the company, Magic’s framework separates business logic from the presentation of apps, which […]

The many faces of Agile

Agile is an umbrella term, not a monolithic entity. The Agile Alliance describes Agile as “the ability to create and respond to change in order to succeed in an uncertain and turbulent environment,” while giving a longer and much more specific definition for Agile software development. Beyond that, Agile is being implemented from a variety […]

The reality of augmented reality

While the first thing that might come to mind when picturing the near-future applications of augmented reality are snazzier Snapchat filters, for major players in AR development, it has serious potential in business environments, with a definite roadmap, and the use cases have already been illustrated Hardware manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker, for instance, has […]

Disclose.io launched to encourage ‘good-faith security research’

In an effort to standardize best practices on safe harbour for security research, the collaborative effort disclose.io has been launched. The project builds on work previously done by Bugcrowd and CipherLaw’s Open-Source Vulnerability Framework, Amit Elazari’s #legalbugbounty, and Dropbox’s efforts to protect security researchers. “Security is core to our values, and we value the input […]

SD Times news digest: Google’s The Lever, Apple’s latest earnings, and Cisco’s acquisition plans

Google has added a new resource called The Lever that can be used to share applied-Machine Learning content. The Lever is part of Google’s global program for accelerating startups called Google Developers Launchpad. It will publish the Launchpad community’s experiences of integrating machine learning into projects, and include case studies, insights from mentors, and best […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Faust

The financial services company Robinhood has announced it is open-sourcing the distributed stream processing library Faust. According to the company, it’s scalable and reliable distributed systems led to the creation of Faust. Faust is designed to process large amounts of data in real-time and simplify the design and deployment of complex streaming architectures. Developers Ask […]

GitLab to create tool for data teams

GitLab has revealed it is working on a new tool for the data science lifecycle. Meltano is an open-source solution designed to fill the gaps between data and understanding business operations. “Meltano was created to help fill the gaps by expanding the common data store to support Customer Success, Customer Support, Product teams, and Sales […]

Uber launches open-source web framework Fusion.js

Ride-sharing company Uber is launching Fusion.js, an open-source web framework designed to make it easier to build lightweight and high-performing apps. According to the company, it creates a lot of web applications for both internal and public uses, but recognized that keeping up with the changing web technologies was a challenge. The company set out […]

SD Times news digest: Xamarin support for Android 9.0, Google’s tips for developing Actions, and Siemens’ low code acquisition

Xamarin has announced support for Android 9.0 in the latest preview release of Xamarin.Android for Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac. The download is available today in the Visual Studio Preview channel and Visual Studio for Mac Beta channel. New features introduced in Android P include display cutout, notification enhancements, indoor positioning, and […]

DARPA to explore the “third wave” of artificial intelligence

Despite the advancements made in artificial intelligence so far, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) believes there is still more work to be done. DARPA is launching the Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) program as part of its broader AI investment strategy. “DARPA has established a streamlined process to push the state of the art […]

The 2018 SD Times 100

A celebration… of the best of the best in the software industry.The companies listed here are challenging the accepted methods of creating software with visionary ideas, creative solutions and best-of-breed tools that come raining down to us, like candy from a cracked piñata. This year’s cornucopia of treats includes many of the classics, from testing […]

Nintendo Switch Does Multiple Accounts Right

Multiple Accounts in a product is a difficult to design for. It’s not a typical thing, though. Most have just one Google, Apple, Instagram account. However, some might want to share an iPad or HomePod with family. Since those don’t support multiple accounts, the owner’s profile ends up overrun by someone else’s preferences. It’s an […]

Mozilla aims to give users control over the Internet with the introduction of dweb

Mozilla is introducing dweb, or decentralized web, in order to solve some of the issues the traditional, centralized web is facing. “The web is the most successful programming platform in history, resulting in the largest open and accessible collection of human knowledge ever created. So yeah, it’s pretty great. But there are a set of […]

A guide to test-driven development tools

Eggplant: Eggplant’s intelligent testing and performance suite empowers teams to continuously create amazing, user-centric digital experiences that drive positive business outcomes. Using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics, Eggplant intelligent automation solutions hunt defects, and auto-generate test scripts to increase testing productivity, performance, efficiency, speed, and coverage. Eggplant solutions test the true UX, not the […]

Tableau 2018.2 is now available with new extensions API

Analytics provider Tableau Software has announced the general availability of Tableau 2018.2. This release adds a new Extensions API, which enables customers to drag and drop third party functionality into dashboards. Users will also be able to create their own extensions. For example, IT could create a custom writeback extension that would allow analysts to […]

GitHub announces new account security and recovery practices

GitHub wants to improve security with new capabilities and best practices for account security and recoverability. The company announced it will be enforcing more secure passwords by creating its own version of the project HaveIBeenPwned.com, which users could use to check for passwords that were found in available sets of breach data. The dataset is […]

Eggplant approaches testing from the user perspective to deliver better business outcomes

What sets Eggplant apart from other testing companies is that it approaches software testing from the user’s perspective. “Our goal has always been around trying to help people make software that delights their users,” said Antony Edwards, CTO of Eggplant. Eggplant helps a wide variety of companies test all sorts of solutions, from point-of-sale terminals […]

SD Times news digest: Yale looks at modern cybersecurity challenges, LG AI research lab and GitHub Desktop 1.3

Yale University is releasing a new report on the challenges and problem areas of cyber risk in today’s modern world. The report is based off of discussions from the second annual Yale Cyber Leadership Forum in April. The forum looked at the divide between the law, technology, and business communities as well as focused on […]

Variations on test-driven development

Despite the invention of so many different types of software testing methodologies, many in the industry are still sticking to the tried-and-true method of test-driven development, or at least some form of it. “Like any other methodology, I think there seems to be some pretty significant variations between TDD as it’s described in books and […]

WebStorm 2018.2 gets new integrations with Angular CLI

JetBrains has announced the latest version of its JavaScript IDE will start to take advantage of some of the most recent features added to the Angular CLI. WebStorm 2018.2 features Extract React common refactoring, integrations with Angular CLI, improved testing workflow and a better Node.js debugging experience. In May, the Angular team announced a major […]

SD Times news digest: OpenAI’s Dactyl approach, Git LFS 2.5, and Apache Log4j 2.11.1

OpenAI has trained a human-like robot hand to manipulate physical objects using a system called Dactyl. The system was trained completely in a simulation and adapts to real-world physics. According to OpenAI, Dactyl leared from scratch using the same reinforcement learning algorithm as OpenAI Five. The results of this project demonstrate that it is possible […]

New in Basecamp 3: Image Galleries

At Basecamp, we write a lot—from announcements to pitches, and everything in between. Quite often, we’re presenting something that has a Before and After, like a mockup or interface design that’s been revised. Until now, this was always kind of frustrating. Basecamp only supported full-width images, so it could be difficult to quickly compare two images […]

Microsoft introduces project references in TypeScript 3.0

Microsoft released version 3.0 of its JavaScript plugin TypeScript today, which brings static types, type declarations and type annotations to JavaScript users. Though the company says the update is light on “breaking” changes, TypeScript program manager, Daniel Rosenwasser highlighted the new features such as project references. According to Rosenwasser, project references were one of the […]

How the new developer culture dictates development security

The 24×7 digital economy is requiring many organizations to release apps and application updates on a near-continuous basis in order to keep up with increasing customer demand—or face being left in the dust by competitors. Developer teams have their hands full trying to deliver functional, feature-rich updates on time. In this hyper-competitive environment, security is […]

Apache NetBeans (incubating) 9.0 is now available

The Apache NetBeans team has announced the latest release of the Java IDE Apache NetBeans (incubating) 9.0. The release adds several new features, such as support for local variable type inference and the Jigsaw module system, a new Java Modular Application project type, and Java Shell support. It adds new hints for converting explicit variable […]

SD Times news digest: Serverless Platform Beta, MapR’s AI and ML course, and Samsung SmartThings Hub vulnerabilities

Serverless framework provider, Serverless, has launched the Serverless Platform Beta, which is a toolkit that provides teams with what they need in order to operationalize serverless development. The company also announced a $10 million Series A funding round, which they will use to expand active development on the Serverless Platform. According to the company, the […]

Google moves AndroidX to the Android Open Source Project

Google is attempting to provide more transparency to developers by moving AndroidX, which was previously called the Android Support Library, to the public Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This move means that primary feature development and bug fixes will be completed in the open and changes will be visible. AndroidX originally started off as a […]

Slack acquires Atlassian’s Stride and Hipchat products

Atlassian is saying goodbye to its communication platform Stride. It has put a lot of effort in building up Stride over the past year, but is now entering into a strategic partnership with Slack. As part of the partnership, both companies will focus on building better integrations and more completely define the modern workplace experience. […]

SD Times news digest: GitHub + Google Cloud Build, Dynatrace’s support for GCP, and F# 4.5

In order to simplify continuous integration, Google Cloud Build is being added to GitHub. Cloud Build enables developers to make fast, consistent, and reliable builds across all languages. The integration makes it easy to set up CI through Google Cloud Build, and then automate builds and tests as part of a GitHub workflow. GitHub is […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Akka

This week’s open-source project of the week wants to help developers build reactive, concurrent and distributed apps. Akka is a toolkit for message-driven Java and Scala apps. According to the team, with the container market expected to reach $2.7 billion by 2020, developers need a programming model for distributed computing. Distributed computing is the technology […]

Indigo.Design is facilitating collaboration throughout the software design process

Infragistics has announced the release of Indigo.Design, which is a cloud-based platform for visual design, UX prototyping, code generation, and app development. According to the company, the solution facilitates collaboration between developers, UX architects, product managers, and application developers throughout the software design and development process, while allowing each individual to use the tools they […]

Google doubles down on machine learning at Google Cloud Next 2018

Google announced new solutions for machine learning at its Google Cloud Next 2018 conference happening in San Francisco this week. The company revealed BigQuery ML, AIY Edge TPU Dev Board, and AIY Edge TPU Accelerator. BigQuery ML is a new capability inside the Google BigQuery solution, which provides interactive analysis of large datasets in order […]

Managers: You’re not prepared for your one-on-one meetings. Here’s what to do.

Four steps to take when you’ve got a one-on-one meeting coming up. You’re not prepared. Or at least that’s what employees think when it comes to one-on-one meetings. In a recent survey we conducted of 125 managers and 45 employees, we found 35% of employees believe their manager is only “somewhat prepared” — and 15% of employees think […]

IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 released with Java 11 support and Spring Boot improvements

JetBrains has released a major update to IntelliJ IDEA with a number of new features. IntelliJ IDEA is the company’s IDE for Java. IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 adds support for Java 11, which has not been released yet. “The next version of Java is due out in September, and IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 is ready for it. […]

Angular 6.1 now available

The Angular team has announced a minor release to its web development framework for desktop and mobile apps. Angular 6.1 is a drop-in replacement for 6.0 and comes with new features and bug fixes. According to the Angular team, this is the last minor 6.x release planned and developers can start to expect 7.0 betas […]

SD Times news digest: Android P Beta 4, free Codacy plan, and Elixir 1.7

Google has released the final preview update of Android P. This is the last preview milestone before the official launch of the Android P operating system. Beta 4 includes a release candidate build that has the final system behaviors and the official Android P APIs. It also includes everything developers need to finish testing before […]

Industry Spotlight: Why developers use Kintone’s low-code platform to save time building apps

Apps are a permanent feature in the life of an enterprise employee. In an age where work no longer ends at the office door, apps are the tool that keep people wired into their business no matter where—or what device—they dial in from. What this means for the developer is two-fold: first, that there’s a […]

Report finds five best practices for successful DevOps initiatives

A newly released report found that there are five practices that elevate the most successful DevOps initiatives above others. Forrester released the findings of its Tricentis-commissioned “The Definitive Software Quality Metrics For Agile+DevOps: Measuring The Risk Of A Release Candidate” report earlier this week These practices are: An emphasis on testing, with proper spending and […]

Go programming language gets new library and tools for open cloud development

Google announced a new open-source project based on the Go programming language to help developers build portable cloud apps. The company introduced Go Cloud at its Google Cloud Next conference happening in San Francisco this week. “Over the years, we’ve found that developers love Go for cloud development because of its efficiency, productivity, built-in concurrency, […]

Google’s serverless platform Cloud Functions is now available

Google is giving development teams the ability to build apps without worrying about managing servers with new serverless features announced at its Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco this week. The company announced the general availability of Cloud Functions, new App Engine runtimes and the integration of Cloud Firestore with GCP services. “Every business […]

SD Times news digest: Dialogflow’s new beta features, BlackBerry’s Spark Hackathon contest, and Twitter’s new developer requirements

Google announced new beta features to its natural language processing solution Dialogflow. The features are meant to bring new capabilities to customer support and contact centers. Features include Knowledge Connectors, Automatic Spelling Correction, and Phone Gateway integration. Knowledge Connectors are meant for building conversational actions for things like FAQ and knowledge-based answers, the company explained. […]

Google Cloud gets new integrations and partners at Google Cloud Next 2018

IBM announced it teamed up with Google Cloud to help build the newly announced Knative solution. The companies announced the partnership at the Google Cloud Next 2018 conference happening in San Francisco this week. Knative is an open-source project designed to enable serverless platforms to run on top of Kubernetes. “Ultimately, we anticipate Knative becoming […]

4 reasons no-code is the new Agile

What Agile has done for software development is no short of a shift in the mindset of how apps should be built: to make the process more streamlined and efficient by emphasizing that sometimes the best way to navigate something as chaotic as software development is to lean into the chaos. No-code platforms are also […]

Google enters the next step in AI and cloud democratization at Google Cloud Next

Google revealed new ways it is tackling AI democratization and the cloud at its Google Cloud Next 2018 conference in San Francisco this week. “What we are trying to do with Cloud AI is to make it possible for everyone in the world to use AI and to build great models for their purposes,” Rajen […]

Take a Break

https://medium.com/media/bd37f860da512cb0baa513770395c425/href Smell ya later! We here at the Rework podcast are taking off the month of August. Before we left, we interviewed three business owners about sabbaticals. In this episode: Adeline Koh of Sabbatical Beauty shares the story of how she ended up starting a business while on leave from a different job; Jason Fried […]

SD Times news digest: Rainforest QA new testing features, Syncfusion Essential Studio 2018 Volume 2, and the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

Rainforest QA announced new features designed to enhance testing visibility and give development teams the ability to monitor the overall health of their test suite. “Development teams today are moving quickly in the era of continuous delivery, and a common pain point we find among them is the lack of a quick and convenient method […]

Microsoft releases open-source Quantum Katas tutorials for quantum computing

In order to give coders a head-start on quantum computing and learning its Q# programming language for quantum computing, Microsoft has launched the open-source Quantum Katas tutorial project. “Coding katas are great tools for learning a programming language,” the Microsoft Quantum Team wrote in the announcement. “They rely on several simple learning principles: active learning, […]

Library Rules: How to make an open office plan work

They’re mostly terrible, but there’s room for smart choices. Last week, DHH murdered the open office floor plan. He was right. But wait, we have an open office floor plan. And we’ve done a respectable job figuring out how to make it work. Maybe I should share something about that. First off, an open office is appealing […]

Sumo Logic announces new integrations for real-time machine data analytics

Sumo Logic is unveiling the release of 11 Google Cloud Platform applications and new integrations with the open-source machine learning library TensorFlow ahead of the Google Cloud Next 2018 conference in San Francisco tomorrow. The integrations are designed to provide business, operational and security insights with today’s modern apps and infrastructure. “As today’s modern businesses […]

SD Times news digest: Drone’s CI/CD for Google Cloud, GitLab 11.1, and Google Play’s requirements

Drone, a continuous delivery solution provider, has announced that it is launching cloud native CI/CD for Google Cloud as well as Drone Autoscale for Google Cloud. Drone Autoscale will enable Google Cloud users to maximize their server capacity while minimizing costs. According to the company, customers have reported a 5x increase in build volume capacity […]

Industry Spotlight: Qordoba brings contextual content to the fore

Different (key)strokes for different folks. That’s sort of the idea behind Qordoba, which has been created on the belief that application experiences should be more customized to the user, and that words — along with artificial intelligence — can and should be the driver of those experiences. Managing strings of text manually can be tedious, […]

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter team up to give users control over their data

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have officially launched the Data Transfer Project, an open-source initiative designed to enhance the data portability ecosystem. As part of the project, organizations will utilize open-source code to provide a common framework that enables portability and interoperability of data. “Moving your data between any two services can be complicated because […]

Why microservices will drive enterprise-grade IoT for business

Self-driving tractors, smart supply chains, warehouses operated by robots and self-diagnosing, self-healing machinery are all extraordinary examples of how the industrial sector is leveraging the endless possibilities of Internet-of-Things. According to some estimates, by 2021 global IoT spending across different industries is expected reach almost $1.4 trillion (IDC). Industrial IoT (IIoT) will help to improve […]

Microsoft introduces the Python Language Server in Visual Studio Code

Microsoft is continuing its commitment to Python with the release of the Python Language Server. It is currently available as part of the July release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code, and will be released as a standalone component in the near future. Previously, Visual Studio had IntelliSense for Python, but that is […]

SD Times news digest: Oracle GraalVM, Google’s Move Mirror, and Splice Machine’s Apache Ranger plugin

Oracle announced it is adding support for Nashorn migration in this polyglot virtual machine, GraalVM. Nashorn is a JavaScript engine developed by Oracle. GraalVM already supports JavaScript and the JBM as well as full support for the Node.js server framework and supports execution of additional languages, such as Ruby, R, and Python. According to Oracle, […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: AV1

Open source supporters and companies are teaming up to offer the next general of video delivery. The Alliance for Open Media (AOMEDIA) is made up of companies like Mozilla, Google, Cisco, Amazon and Netflix, and on a mission to create an open video format and new codec called AV1. In a blog post about the […]

OpenMake spins out DeployHub into new company

OpenMake Software, the continuous build company, announced today it is spinning off its DeployHub business into a new company supporting the open-source community creating the project. DeployHub, according to its website, provides agentless and safe continuous software deployments. Tracy Ragan, CEO of OpenMake, said the goal of the spinoff is to provide freely available continuous […]

PureSec serverless security platform leaves beta, enters general availability

PureSec is broadening the scope of its cloud security offerings with today’s announcement that PureSec Serverless Security Platform is now generally available after the end of its beta period, which started in April. “The adoption of serverless architectures on cloud providers like AWS Lambda and Microsoft Azure is growing exponentially, at an estimated rate of […]

IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 now available with Spring improvements

The latest version of IntelliJ IDEA is out with further support for developers using the Spring framework. IntelliJ IDEA is the professional Java IDE developed by JetBrains. Version 2018.2 now includes support for Spring Integration 5.x. According to the company, users will be able to visualize components in the system using the Spring Integration Diagram, […]

SD Times news digest: Rookout’s debugging solution for Electron, Embarcadero’s free community editions and the VirtualLink specification

Debugging company Rookout has announced it is bringing its remote live debugging solution to Electron. Electron is an open-source framework for building web solutions with JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Rookout’s debugging solution will enable developers to gain insights into the data and code from a live Electron app, rather than having to gain the insights […]

Google introduces commercial Kubernetes applications in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace

Google is introducing the availability of commercial Kubernetes applications today in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace. “Building, deploying and managing applications with Kubernetes comes with its own set of unique challenges. Today, we are excited to be the first major cloud provider to offer production-ready commercial Kubernetes apps right from our marketplace, bringing you simplified […]

Visual Studio IntelliCode Extension now allows for coding convention inference in C#

Microsoft has updated Visual Studio IntelliCode Extension to allow for coding convention inference for C#. This update will allow teams to achieve more readable and consistent code, the company explained. “Consistency is important for code maintainability and readability; in fact, a recent Microsoft Research study in this area showed that 18 percent of pull request […]

Compuware acquires XaTester and adds new enhancements to Topaz for Total Test

Compuware, a mainframe software tools provider, today announced that it is acquiring XaTester, partnering with Parasoft, and that it is adding new enhancements to Topaz for Total Test. According to the company, the acquisition of XaTester will allow developers to create unit tests for batch and CICS-based programs in COBOL, PL/I, and Assembler. XaTester is […]

SD Times news digest: Qt Creator 4.7.0, Facebook expands AI research, and Microsoft makes new AI partnerships

Qt Creator 4.7.0 and Qt for Python is now available. Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML IDE. The latest release features C++ support with the Clang code model being turned on by default. “It made huge progress during the last releases, and at some point we need to do this switch. The […]

Organizing a UX team to complement your development team

In order to provide customers with a good experience when using your product, UX needs to be a consideration during development. UX serves two important purposes: helping you understand your customer and translating that understanding into business success, said Josh Ulm, group vice president of UX Design, PaaS, and IaaS at Oracle. “It’s simple really, […]

IBM and Columbia University to launch new blockchain center

IBM and Columbia University are teaming up to launch a new center dedicated to researching, educating and innovating blockchain technology and data transparency. This is just one of the recent steps IBM has made to accelerate the adoption of blockchain. The company has previously launched the IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan, Blockchain Starter Services, Blockchain […]

Microsoft Inspire: Updates to the Microsoft Partner Program, Nintex’s digital transformation research, TimeXtender’s Discovery Hub and CloudJumper’s Workspace as a Service

Microsoft announced new partner opportunities for reaching, connecting and driving digital transformation at its Microsoft Inspire event in Las Vegas this week. The company announced an updated partner website and improvements to its Microsoft Partner Network program. The improvements include new approach to showcasing specialized expertise with advanced specializations, Microsoft Azure Expert MSP program, flexible […]

Rollout.io gives developers real-time access into feature deployment

The organic feature delivery company Rollout.io has announced the preview release of Rollout Visibility, a new solution designed to give organizations access to the status of feature deployment in real-time. According to the company, this will allow them to make smarter business and technical decisions. Rollout Visibility is able to provide customers with complete visibility, […]

SD Times news digest: Oracle Blockchain Cloud, McAfee MVISION and Anaconda Enterprise 5.2

After a successful early-adopter phase, Oracle has announced its Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service is now generally available. The service is a platform for developing digital blockchain networks with hooks into Oracle’s PaaS and SaaS cloud and on-premises applications. “Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service provides customers with a development platform to build their own networks, and to […]

GPL Cooperation Commitment gets more support for open source licensing

Red Hat has announced its open source license enforcement initiative is making new strides. As part of the GPL Cooperation Commitment, 14 new companies have joined the effort to promote greater predictability for GPLv2 and LGPLv2.x licenses. “Through this initiative, we hope ultimately to increase participation in the use and development of open source software […]

Microsoft calls for public regulation of facial recognition technology

Facial recognition has many beneficial uses for society, but it also has the potential to be misused and abused. Microsoft recognizes this and is laying out the steps it is taking to ensure facial recognition technology is used for good, as well as its recommendations to the government and the technology industry. “Advanced technology no […]

SD Times news digest: Dynamsoft’s Dynamic Web TWAIN SDK, Undo’s funding round, and Intel’s latest acquisition

Dynamsoft’s Dynamic Web TWAIN document scanning SDK has been updated to version 14.0. The new version adds improvements to workflow efficiency when working with images and uploading files. It also includes an optimized HTML5 image viewer which support loading local images using drag-and-drop. The image viewer also enables users to adjust image sequences using drag-and-drop […]

WSO2 introduces an integration agile approach to microservices

WSO2 announced the Summer 2018 release of its agile integration platform with a new approach to implementing microservices at WSO2Con US 2018 in San Francisco today. According to the company, while microservices are the software architecture of choice, agile development is being hindered by legacy technology. The Summer 2018 release aims to address this with […]

GitHub Enterprise 2.14 is now available

GitHub has announced the 2.14 release of its enterprise solution. GitHub Enterprise 2.14 adds several new developer tools and improvements to administration, and is designed to connect teams to “the power of the open source community.” According to the company, the release adds unified search, which allows developers to search for public content and collaborate […]

Google gives Apigee more API control and visibility capabilities

Google has announced new Apigee capabilities to provide organizations with more control and visibility into their APIs. According to Google, the new capabilities will enable organizations to deliver connected experiences, create operational efficiencies, and unlock data. The company announced a new partnership with Informatica, a integration-platform-as-a-service provider, to bring new capabilities such as the ability […]

SD Times news digest: TypeScript 3.0 RC, Microsoft Teams, GitHub’s security alerts for Python and Bootstrap 4.1.2

Microsoft is one step closer to TypeScript 3.0 with the latest release candidate of the JavaScript superset programming language. TypeScript 3.0 RC features project references, extracting and spreading parameter lists with tuples, richer tuple types and support for React’s defaultProps. According to the company, the biggest feature it worked on for this release is the […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: GraphQL Engine from Hasura

With its open source release this week, GraphQL-as-a-Service company Hasura’s GraphQL Engine is looking to lift the burden on front-end and enterprise application developers who want to begin incorporating GraphQL’s data querying and manipulation capabilities in their preexisting Postgres-based applications without having to dig through the back-end of GraphQL’s code to implement it. ”GraphQL and […]

Industry Spotlight: Building better app experiences with focus on web technologies

AngularJS, the popular JavaScript library, was spawned from the idea of creating a framework with an application mentality for building experiences on the Web. Version 6 was released in May with a focus on the toolchain more so than the framework itself. According to Stephen Fluin, developer advocate at Google, the idea for Angular JS […]

CloudBees DevOptics adds new monitoring capabilities for DevOps teams

CloudBees is giving DevOps teams real-time value stream visibility and insights for monitoring, measuring, and managing DevOps performance with new capabilities in its DevOptics solution. According to the company, these new capabilities will solve a big problem that organizations face when trying to adopt DevOps practices, which is that they invest in new ways to […]

SD Times news digest: BrowserStack debugging tools, Snowflake on Microsoft Azure and System.IO.Pipelines

BrowserStack is announcing new debugging tools and native mobile functionalities to its web and mobile app testing platform. In addition, the company announced it is adding new devices to its Real Device Cloud coverage with support for Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ and the 2018 Apple iPad. Support for iPhone 6, 6s, 6s Plus and 2018 […]

Broadcom announces plans to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9 billion

The infrastructure technology management software solution provider CA Technologies has announced it is entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by the semiconductor company Broadcom. Broadcom is acquiring the company for $18.9 billion. CA shareholders will receive $44.50 per share in cash. “We are excited to have reached this definitive agreement with Broadcom,” said […]

Investing in QA is like buying insurance: Know your risk

Chief information officers have a number of critical mandates these days, from managing diverse IT infrastructure to helping business units develop revenue-driving services and ensuring great uptime and experiences for users. The thread stitching together all of these goals is software quality. Yet CIOs aren’t always on the same page as the quality assurance team. […]

The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea

Not because there aren’t people who actually enjoy working in an open office, there are. Quite a few, actually. But they’re in the distinct minority. The vast majority of people either dislike the open office or downright hate it. So how is that going to work, exactly? By force, of course! Open offices are more appealing […]

Your cloud should adapt to you, not the other way around

Know your apps, know your workloads, know your team. In the second installment of this occasional series on cloud migration, Dan Boulia, GM of IBM Cloud Developer Services, and guest Lauren Nelson, principal analyst at Forrester Research, discuss the importance of designing a cloud to fit your needs, instead of redesigning your business for cloud. […]

The hidden costs of data breaches

The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million globally. That is a 6.4 percent increase from 2017, a newly released report revealed. The Cost of a Data Breach 2018 conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM Security found the cost of data breaches on a business’ bottom line has been steadily increasing […]

HarperDB Brings Geographical Data Analysis and Storage Optimization to Edge Computing

DENVER, July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — HarperDB, an enterprise class database company, today announced new features to HarperDB that allow real-time geo-analysis, storage optimization for edge devices and the ability to run massive data analysis. As a result, companies tackling complex IoT projects can achieve a truly intelligent edge without incurring further storage or hardware costs. “In IoT […]

Google releases Jib for containerizing Java applications

Google is introducing a new open-source project for Java developers. Jib is an Java containerizer designed to help Java developers build containers using the tools they already know. The company explained while containers can make developing Java workflows easier, Java developers are often not container experts, which can make the process of containerizing their apps […]

SD Times news digest: Splice Machine data platform now available on Azure, Mozilla’s mobile test pilot and Xen Project Hypervisor 4.11

Splice Machine has announced its data platform for intelligent apps is now available on Microsoft Azure. According to the company, this will give users an option to use the platform to deploy on premise, on AWS and now on Azure. The data platform is designed to help developers easily build and deploy predictive apps without […]

CodeFights rebrands to CodeSignal with new coding score for developers

CodeFights is restructuring its focus under the new branding CodeSignal. The company said CodeSignal better reflects its efforts to hone in on technical skills and provide unbiased skills data to developers and recruiters. “Our goal is to ensure that we can provide a completely objective way of signaling your level of skill to those that […]

LEAD Technologies introduces LEADTOOLS Cloud Services with recognition and conversion capabilities

Imaging company LEAD Technologies has announced LEADTOOLS Cloud Services. The new solution aims to provide developers with a high-powered, scalable, and lightweight Web API hosted on Microsoft Azure for adding advanced LEADTOOLS recognition and document conversion capabilities into their applications. “Extensive collaboration with the Microsoft Azure team, originating at Microsoft Build 2017, has paved the […]

Canonical launches Minimal Ubuntu for automated use at scale

Canonical wants to optimize Ubuntu for scaled automated usage with the release of Minimal Ubuntu. According to the company, Minimal Ubuntu is the smallest base image of Ubuntu, with images less than half the size of the standard Ubuntu server image and a boot time that is 40 percent faster. Even with a small footprint, […]

Kotlin gains ground in Android, but no current threat to Java, experts say

  Kotlin continues to gain momentum among Android developers. In case you’re not familiar with Kotlin, it’s a statically typed, JVM-based language that’s interoperable with Java.  It was developed by IntelliJ IDE provider Jetbrains, which introduced the language in 2011. Version 1.0, the first officially stable release was introduced in February 2016. However, Kotlin’s status […]

SD Times news digest: CI/CD for Arm developers, Cloudability’s Jira Rightsizing integration, and Microsoft’s ML.NET 0.3

Shippable has announced it is collaborating with Arm and Packet to bring a continuous integration and delivery solution to Arm developers. Through the new partnership, Shippable will host the CI/CD solution and will leverage on-demand Arm-based machines from Packet’s cloud. According to Shippable, as adoption and interest in Armv8-A architecture continues to grow, developers need […]

Temperature Check

One of our colleagues on the Basecamp customer support team, Jayne Ogilvie, wanted to find out how other tech companies with remote staffs handle issues like communication, career development, and hiring. Jayne sent out a survey and got back a wealth of information and ideas about how other teams work together. In this episode of […]

How to prepare for the California Consumer Privacy Act

Shortly after the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in March, another regulation regarding data privacy has popped up here in the United States: The California Consumer Privacy Act is slated to go into effect starting January 1, 2020. According to the regulation’s website, these are the rights it will provide to […]

Researchers launch Oasis Labs for a cloud computing platform on blockchain

Researchers from UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, University of Washington, Cornell, and Google have come together to launch Oasis Labs and build a high-performance cloud computing platform on blockchain. Oasis Labs will be led by Dawn Song, a MacArthur fellow and professor of computer science at UC Berkeley. Together, the researchers will work to bring smart […]

Quantum computing fund set up for open-source projects

A new program to support the development of open source projects in quantum computing has been launched. The Unitary Fund will offer six grants of $2,000 to fund open source quantum computing projects. The fund was created by William Zeng, head of quantum cloud services for the quantum computing company Rigetti. According to Zeng, in […]

SD Times news digest: Qoppa PDF Studio Viewer 2018, Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK 6.2 and Aspose.EPS for .NET

Qoppa has announced PDF Studio Viewer 2018 with new annotation and form filling capabilities. PDF Studio Viewer is the company’s PDF reader for Windows, macOS and Linux. In addition, the company adding new features for reviewing and marking up PDF documents such as sticky notes, typewriter, text box, callout, shape and text markup annotations. Other […]

Visual Studio Code June 2018 release is now available

The June 2018 release of Visual Studio Code has been announced, with a number of new features. The Workbench now features a grid editor layout that allows developers to arrange editors vertically and horizontally and display more than three editors side by side. The Outline view mode has moved out of preview and is now […]

4 must-haves for successful digital transformation

Prior to the digital age, businesses tended to define themselves according to their products or services. However, digital technology has fundamentally altered buyer expectations and habits in both the B2B and B2C sectors. Survival in the modern marketplace necessitates viewing customers, rather than the product or service, as the center of the enterprise, and embracing […]

SD Times news digest: plotly.py 3.0.0, Keyoti’s Conveyor tool, and Kotlin growth

The Python graph library, plotly.py has reached version 3.0.0, which the team describes as its largest release so far. Plotly.py 3.0.0 adds a new Jupyter widget class that is made specifically for Jupyter Notebook and JupyterLab environments. This release also adds a set of imperative methods that can be used to manipulate and explore figures […]

Analyst View: The next evolution in application life cycle management

Software lifecycle management (SLM) is the discipline for managing software development across its life cycle. I’ve been covering this space since 2003 when I started as an IT industry analyst and have witnessed its evolution as the vendor tool category of application life cycle management (ALM). It’s useful to ask what the difference is between […]

SD Times Open Source Project of the Week: Indico Enso

Enterprise AI company Indico wants to give back to the open-source community that it says has helped their technology develop with the release of this week’s highlighted open-source project. Indico’s Enso Python library is an open-source codebase designed to standardize a way to test transfer learning techniques for training natural language processing models. While transfer […]

Google responds to Gmail privacy concerns

Outside developers may be able to access the contents of your Gmail accounts, but Google says it is nothing to worry about. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Google allows hundreds of developers to “scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users” with no supervision. According to the report, Gmail users who […]

SD Times news digest: Apache OpenNLP 1.9.0, Bloomsbury AI joins Facebook, and Android P’s text features

Apache OpenNLP, a machine learning toolkit for processing natural language text, has reached version 1.9.0. The toolkit provides support for common NLP tasks including tokenization, sentence segmentation, part-of speech tagging, named entity extraction, chunking, and parsing. Some of the changes in this version include Brat Document Parser supports name type filters, Brat format support fails […]

AI in automated testing: Try it, but tread carefully

AI, machine learning, and related technologies are more popular than ever, but when it comes to automated testing, the hype outpaces the reality.  While there are a few automated testing solutions that take advantage of AI and perhaps machine learning or deep learning, the level of chatter might lead one to believe that such tools […]

Don’t take a new development job without asking these questions

As the head of engineering at Atlassian, I’m part of a lot of interview panels (Like, a lot). I know I’ve got an above-average candidate sitting across from me when they start asking questions about the team they’d be joining. Some ask about the team’s culture. Others want to hear specifics on software development practices or the tech stack. […]

Industry Watch: Open source has won the day

In February 2000, I had been covering the technology space for all of 2½ months. As the newly minted executive editor of the nearly minted SD Times, I was sent by then editor-in-chief Alan Zeichick to cover the Linux World Conference and Expo. He said I might be interested in seeing a different side of […]

The 4 questions you should stop asking during your one-on-one meetings

You’re probably already asking at least one of them – but it’s never too late to stop. Looking at the clock. Staring into the distance. Short, nondescript answers. A CEO recently told me how he’d frequently see this body language from an employee during their one-on-one meetings. Flat. Disinterested. Preoccupied. It felt lousy to witness, but […]

Android P Beta 3 is now available

The Android Development Team has begun rolling out the third Android P beta. According to the company, this beta release is very close to what the final version of the upcoming operating system will look like. Android P Beta 3 features the latest bug fixes and optimizations for stability and polish. The preview released yesterday […]

SD Times news digest: AngularJS LTS, Tim-Berners Lee’s recent efforts, and Apache CloudStack 4.11.1.0

AngularJS has entered a three year Long Term Support period as of July 1. According to Angular, all AngularJS applications that currently work will continue to work in the future. Additionally, all published versions of AngularJS will still be available. The AngularJS team stated that their data indicates most AngularJS developers do not adopt the […]

Be a Lazy Designer…

Make something… that can be used… again and again… because being a lazy designer… is pretty smart. Be a Lazy Designer… was originally published in Signal v. Noise on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. Source link

A guide to DevSecOps tools

Aqua Security enables enterprises to secure their container and cloud-native applications from development to production, accelerating application deployment and bridging the gap between DevOps and IT security. The Aqua Container Security Platform protects applications running on-premises or in the cloud, across a broad range of platform technologies, orchestrators and cloud providers. Aqua secures the entire […]

How these companies can help make your applications more secure

Dror Davidoff, co-founder and CEO of Aqua Security Aqua Security enables enterprises to secure their container-based and cloud-native applications from development to production, accelerating container adoption and bridging the gap between DevOps and IT security. Images serve as a container’s foundation, and developers can easily pull them from a centralized registry to run containers in […]

Application security needs to shift left

As teams are pressured to release software more rapidly, more and more aspects of software development are being forced to “shift left,” moving up earlier in the development lifecycle. Because of the speed in which code is updated and delivered, security can no longer be thought of as an afterthought, said Rani Osnat, VP of […]

Report: Containers are growing while serverless computing is misunderstood

Serverless computing is a misunderstood technology. A recent report from cloud computing company DigitalOcean found half of developers don’t have a clear understanding of what serverless is. The June 2018 “Currents” report on trends among cloud developers also found rapid acceleration in container adoption; growth opportunities and salary rank as most important among developers in […]

Trip report: Summer ISO C++ standards meeting (Rapperswil)

On Saturday June 9, the ISO C++ committee completed its summer meeting in beautiful Rapperswil, Switzerland, hosted with thanks by HSR Rapperswil, Zühlke, Netcetera, Bbv, SNV, Crealogix, Meeting C++, and BMW Car IT GmbH. We had some 140 people at the meeting, representing 11 national bodies. As usual, we met for six days Monday through […]

Red Hat’s “open-source way”

Since its founding in 1993, open source has been in Red Hat’s DNA. From offering one of the earliest Linux operating system distributions to creating the Fedora project for the development of free and open source software, to managing the opensource.com website, Red Hat has been synonymous with an open and collaborative culture. According to […]

IBM continues to bet on Java with WebSphere Liberty

IBM has announced the latest release of WebSphere Liberty, its Java application server solution. The company says WebSphere Liberty 18.0.0.2 is the most significant functional release in years, and comes with the first compliant Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 8 runtime. “Over the past 22 years, Java has remained a top programming language, and it continues […]

How the Apache License allows open source to thrive

Open source is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and so is the Apache License. The Apache License is a permissive free software license that is currently in its third iteration. The license allows customers to use intellectual property for any purpose, such as modifying or distributing it. According to Roman Shaposhnik, member of the Apache Software […]

SD Times news digest: Neurala Brain Builder beta program, Dispatch Labs developer test network, and Google Play app discovery improvements

Neurala announced plans to launch the Neurala Brain Builder beta program this month. The program is designed to streamline the creation, deployment, analysis and management of deep learning applications, according to the company. “Whereas AI applications are growing at an exponential rate, the existing workflow for creating, validating, deploying, analyzing, and improving their performance has […]

Open source at 20: The ubiquity of shared code

“Why is open source important? That’s like asking why is gravity important,” stated Brian Behlendorf, a leading figure in the open-source software movement, and executive director for the blockchain consortium Hyperledger. While this year marks the 20th anniversary of open source, it is hard to imagine a time before open-source software. Today, it’s difficult to […]

For ISVs, customer data is driving decisions on features and user experience

Feature prioritization and user experience are the top two ways Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) find customer data most useful, according to the results of a recent survey on ISVs data trends. Almost 85 percent of respondents reported customer data is useful in determining which features should be prioritized in their product roadmap, as reported in […]

Get happy developers to do what you want

How do we influence the operation of a complex dynamical system like a team? How do we get a development team to function closer to our preferences, and still let people operate as self-determinate humans? In Dynamics in Action, author Alicia Juarrero describes complex systems such as people in terms of the constraints they operate […]

SD Times news digest: The Linux Foundation’s blockchain courses, Alexa Skills Kit SDK for Python, and Instana’s sample microservice application

The Linux Foundation has announced enrollment is now open for a new blockchain training course and a Blockchain for Business professional certificate program that are being offered through edX. The course and certificate program will teach students about the impact of blockchain technology and a way of demonstrating that knowledge. “In the span of only […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems is enabling the acceleration of being able to test thermal sensors on autonomous vehicles with the release of its open-source thermal dataset, which features more than 10,000 annotated thermal images of day and nighttime scenarios. The company has over a decade of experience within the automotive industry. More than 500,000 FLIR thermal sensors […]

Niantic to open up its AR platform to third-party developers

Niantic made headlines two years ago when it launched Pokémon GO and changed everything. It became one of the most popular mobile apps in history, and set the landscape for augmented reality developers. Today, the company is providing a preview of its Niantic Real World Platform for the first time publicly, and giving developers the […]

Instana Releases Sample Microservice Application With “Stan’s Robot Shop”

Instana, the leader in APM solutions for monitoring dynamic containerized microservice applications, today announced the release of Stan’s Robot Shop, a sample microservice application that can be used as a sandbox to test and learn about microservice architecture, containerized application orchestration and automatic monitoring techniques. “Instana wanted to help organizations get some hands-on experience with a microservice application […]

Google commits to the open-source community

Google is deepening its commitment to open source with the announcement that it is joining the Linux Foundation as a platinum member. The company’s head of open-source strategy for Google Cloud, Sarah Novotny, will join the foundation’s board of directors. “Google is one of the biggest contributors to and supporters of open source in the […]

SD Times news digest: Perfecto’s Continuous Quality Lab, Commvault and Lucidworks partnership, and CloudBees’ funding

Perfecto has announced that its Continuous Quality Lab now supports three web testing frameworks: Codecept, Gauge, and NightwatchJS. This added support expands the company’s existing set of supported test frameworks, which include Protractor, webdriverIO, selenium, and Quantum. “Development teams are focused on choosing the best tools that integrate within their toolchains,” said Yoram Mizrachi, CTO […]

MongoDB 4.0 addresses modern IT architectures

To meet the needs of modern IT architectures, MongoDB today announced the release of MongoDB 4.0 with an eye toward cloud and serverless computing as well as container management. The release also marks the general availability of multi-document ACID transactions, an effort that first started three years ago with the company’s acquisition of the WiredTiger […]

M12, Microsoft’s Venture Fund, Leads $8M Codefresh Funding Round; Invests in Kubernetes Ecosystem

Codefresh, the first Kubernetes-native Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) platform, completed an $8M series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, with participation by Viola Ventures, Hillsven and CEIF. Early investors include UpWest Labs and Streamlined Ventures, bringing the total investment in Codefresh to $15.1M. Kubernetes adoption is skyrocketing, with nearly every enterprise working on […]

Eclipse Photon IDE now available

The Eclipse Foundation has announced the latest version of the Eclipse IDE. The Photon release is designed to expand on polyglot capabilities based on the Language Server Protocol plugins. “The Language Server Protocol (LSP) ecosystem delivers editing support for popular and emerging programming languages. Combined with the move to a quarterly rolling release cadence, the […]

IBM announces starter platform for blockchain developers

IBM is continuing its effort to democratize blockchain technology for developers. The company announced the availability of the IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan designed to give developers, startups and enterprises the tools for building blockchain proofs-of-concept and an end-to-end developer experience. “What do you get when you offer easy access to an enterprise blockchain test […]

SD Times news digest: Puppet’s funding round, LightStep’s new capabilities, and Databricks’ partnership

Puppet announces $42 million funding round Puppet has received new funding to help it grow its automation and DevOps business. The funding was led by Cisco along with EDBI, Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures, and VMware. “Our rapid growth and international expansion is a testament to the rising demand for DevOps transformation, software automation and the […]

CA updates automation platform to be more ‘developer-centric’

CA Technologies today released version 12.2 of its CA Automic One Automation platform with a focus on making the tools within the suite more developer-centric. Updates were made to the CA Automic Workload Automation, Continuous Delivery Automation and Automic Service Orchestration components of the platform. With the updates, “We allow developers to define a workflow […]

Sencha announces Ext JS 6.6

Sencha has announced the latest version of Ext JS, version 6.6, which adds major updates to the framework and its components, such as localization support, advanced routing capabilities, dynamic styling, and the addition of new modern components. With Ext JS 6.6, components and themes are now available as npm packages, allowing for simple workflows that […]

MapR announces features coming in MapR Data Platform 6.1

MapR Technologies announced a broad range of improvements coming in MapR Data Platform 6.1 today, including performance boosts for AI and analytics data processing, a simplified and more accessible platform for developing AI and analytics applications, and streamlined security options. Further cross-compatibility between on-premises and remote data stores is a major focus of the update, […]

GitLab announces plans to move from Microsoft Azure to Google Cloud Platform

As part of its plan to improve the performance and reliability of GitLab, the company has announced it is migrating the site from Microsoft Azure to Google Cloud Platform. According to the company, it wanted to move to GCP so that it could run GitLab on Kubernetes. Earlier this year, GitLab shipped native integration with […]

Go Behind the Scenes

https://medium.com/media/cc4ff9dd0d69b7a9115c6d4ddf81e75f/href Go Behind the Scenes A famous guy once said, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” But he was a grifter. In fact, going behind the scenes — whether it’s a factory tour or cooking show — can be a valuable experience for both visitors and guides. In this episode, we crash a middle school field trip […]

SD Times news digest: Qt Design Studio, Contrast Security’s IDE integrations, and Salesforce Research Deep Learning Grant

Qt announced the Qt Design Studio, which will help foster collaboration between graphic designers and software developers when they are creating user interfaces. It allows designers to drag-and-drop UI elements into the environment that developers use to create application logic. The platform will then automatically translate those image files into Qt’s declarative design language. By […]

Atlassian integrates feature flagging into Jira

Atlassian is bringing new feature flagging integration into Jira Software. The company announced integration for LaunchDarkly and Rollout. “We believe bringing additional context about flags into Jira will help improve team coordination and collaboration around product releases and generally make the practice of feature flagging more effective for both developers and the rest of the team,” […]

DOES18 London: ElectricFlow DevOps Foresight, XebiaLabs’ Enterprise DevOps, and the Periodic Table of DevOps Tools

Electric Cloud announced a new deep learning solution for the DevOps pipeline at the DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) in London this week. The ElectricFlow DevOps Foresight is a predictive analytics solution designed to detect patterns in release pipelines, predict the likelihood of a software release success, and provide recommendations. According to Electric Cloud, DevOps Foresight […]

SD Times news digest: Google Cloud IoT Core, Tencent joins Linux Foundation, and Fortanix Runtime Encryption

Google releases Android Things library for Google Cloud IoT Core Google has released the Android Things client library designed to make it easier for Android Things users to utilize Google Cloud IoT core, the fully-managed service of Google Cloud Platform for connecting, managing and ingesting globally dispersed IoT data. “The Cloud IoT Core client library […]

Microsoft announces new data collaboration repository

Microsoft wants to improve global collaboration among the data research community with the release of Microsoft Research Open Data, a data repository stored in the cloud. The repository will provide a single platform for Microsoft researchers and collaborators to share datasets, technologies, and tools. It will also have an option to copy datasets directly to […]

SD Times Blog: Digital Experience East 2018 was all about quality of life improvements

The Internet of Things is growing, with more and more companies building connected gadgets to make our lives easier. Forty-five companies headed to New York City yesterday to showcase their latest gadgets and solutions at Pepcom’s Digital Experience East. Here’s a sampling of some of the products that stood out. BACtrack: BACtrack revealed its latest […]

Salesforce Research aims to capture the nuances of natural language processing

The Salesforce Research team is attempting to capture the nuances of natural language processing with a new generalized model. The team described its approach in a recently published a paper on the Natural Language Decathlon (decaNLP). According to Richard Socher, chief scientist at Salesforce who is leading the research team, while natural language processing is […]

GitLab 11.0 released with Auto DevOps

GitLab’s complete DevOps vision is becoming a reality in its latest 11.0 release. The company announced the general availability of Auto DevOps. GitLab first announced Auto DevOps last year, with the hope that the concept would help developers deliver their ideas to production faster. Today’s release of Auto DevOps focuses on accelerating enterprise DevOps adoption. […]

Postman announces Newman for API testing

Postman has announced a new command line collection runner dubbed Newman. The open-source tool is designed to run and test Postman Collections directly from the command line. Postman Collections enables developers to group individual requests together and organize them into folders. According to the company, creating collections helps teams stay organized, up-to-date, provides the ability […]

SD Times news digest: Linux Foundation releases open-source jobs report, Android Studio 3.2 beta and Rust 1.27

The Linux Foundation in collaboration with Dice.com has revealed the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report. The report is designed to examine trends in open-source careers as well as find out which skills are the most in demand. Key findings included 83 percent of hiring managers believes hiring open source talet is a priority and Linux […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snapcraft

Canonical, the company behind operating system and Linux distribution Ubuntu, is looking to help developers package, distribute and update apps for Linux and IoT with its open-source project Snapcraft. According to Evan Dandrea, engineering manager at Canonical, Snapcraft “is a platform for publishing applications to an audience of millions of Linux users.” The project was […]

Loot’n’leave

I think I’ve cracked the obsession amongst much of the Silicon Valley set with compressing work life, sacrificing everything until the big exit, and running fast while breaking all the things: If you don’t plan to stick around, who cares how you leave the things behind? This loot’n’leave strategy can justify much of what’s wrong with […]

Google introduces new biometric authentication API for Android P

Google is looking to improve biometrics in its upcoming operating system Android P. The company announced developers can start using the BiometricPrompt API to integrate biometric authentication into their apps. According to Google, biometrics are an important part to keeping users safe. Apps and devices typically utilize knowledge factors, possession factors and biometrics factors for […]

Flutter release preview 1 now available

Google’s mobile SDK for creating native applications is one step closer to its 1.0 release. They announced Flutter Release Preview 1 this week. According to Google, this release signals a new phase of development for the SDK. “The shift from beta to release preview signals our confidence in the stability and quality of what we […]

SD Times news digest: V8 6.8, Google Play developer features, and Oracle’s donation to Apache NetBeans

V8 version 6.8 is now available. V8 is an open-source JavaScript engine developed by Google and used in Google’s open-source browser Chrome. The latest release focuses on memory, performance, WebAssembly and APIs. To avoid memory leaks, the latest version lets the context point to a ScopeInfo in order to break down dependencies. According to the […]

Industry Spotlight: Web development tools, frameworks evolve quickly

Changes in technology have led to changes in how web applications are created. And that has caused some consternation among web developers. A decade ago, the development choice was to use .NET or Java, which meant WPF or ASP.NET for Microsoft developers. Java has been a bread-and-butter language for a long time, so that’s a […]

Report: Can Kotlin compete with Java?

Java continues to dominate the programming language space for developers, but a new report reveals that Kotlin may soon knock it out of the top spot for mobile development. Packt released the results of its 2018 Skills Up report designed to look at the trends and tools software developers are using today. The 2018 Skills […]