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MongoDB unveils native data visualization tool

In an effort to remove the technical barriers to data visualization, MongoDB has announced the beta release of MongoDB Charts, a native data visualization tool. MongoDB Charts will be apart of MongoDB Atlas, the company’s database-as-a-service. According to the company, MongoDB Charts eliminates the need to worry about code, tools, data movement or data duplication […]

SD Times news digest: Kong Enterprise 0.34, GitHub Learning Lab, and Google+

API platform provider Kong has announced the latest release of its enterprise solution, Kong Enterprise 0.34. According to the company, this is the most feature-rich release to date with new features and updates as well as minor fixes. The latest release includes an update to Kong Manager with improved UI, a new navigation system, enhanced […]

GitLab partners with TriggerMesh to deliver GitLab Serverless

GitLab is bringing serverless capabilities to its DevOps solution with the release of GitLab Serverless. This new solution was delivered in partnership with the multi-cloud serverless management platform provider TriggerMesh.   “The TriggerMesh founders have deep expertise in serverless. Sebastien Goasguen has been at the forefront of the technology since the very beginning. We found […]

Trello brings automation to the workspace with Butler

Atlassian’s project management application solution Trello is adding automation to its toolbelt with the latest acquisition of Butler. According to Trello, Butler will bring automation across Trello boards with new rules, commands and custom buttons. “With tools like iOS Shortcuts, Zapier, and personal assistants such as Alexa and Siri, many people have experienced the value […]

Transform your Phone with a Boring Plastic Stand

When the Pixel 3 was announced a few months ago there was a lot of press about the incredible Camera and the enormous Notch. Lost in this noise is a wireless charging accessory that Google calls the Pixel Stand. The Pixel Stand The Pixel Stand is basically a standard wireless charger. It’s just a piece of plastic […]

SD Times news digest: Google’s security warning, Stack Decisions, and Git 2.20

Google is notifying developers about an ongoing investigation, and applications and SDKs that may be at risk for abuse. The company revealed last week two apps were removed from the Google Play Store because of evidence of attribution abuse. The company also found abuse in three ad network SDKs and have began contacting developers using […]

Rust team releases Rust 2018, plans for Rust 2019

The Rust programming language team has announced the first major edition of Rust since 1.0 was released in 2015. Rust is a Mozilla-backed systems programming language focused on safety and concurrency. The 2018 version of the language is a culmination of the past three years, according to the team. It includes improvements to tooling, documentation, […]

Industry Watch: Good ideas are lost in the process

My career began in general circulation newspapers. Today, these organizations are facing digital transformations, and are feeling the pain of adopting new tools, creating new processes and workflows, and changing the culture of journalists. (We know most people dislike change; grizzled, curmudgeonly writers and editors especially hate change.) Friends throughout that industry tell me that […]

Microsoft urges tech companies to create safeguards for facial recognition

As facial recognition technology advances, Microsoft is worried about how it could be taken advantage of. For instance, users could be unknowingly tracked everywhere they go. As a result, the company is asking technology companies to start taking action. “The facial recognition genie, so to speak, is just emerging from the bottle. Unless we act, […]

Analyst View: Making Java a modern language

Programming languages go through cycles of adoption. A nice visual timeline of popularity as measured by TIOBE shows Java dominant since the index began in 2002, with C showing close tracking and resilience throughout, and with C++, Python, and VB.NET falling into the next cluster that formed through 2018 at half the percentage rating. Other […]

Microsoft brings Chromium to Edge to reduce web development fragmentation

Microsoft has announced plans to adopt Chromium into Microsoft Edge on desktop. Chromium is an open-source web browser project created by Google. According to Microsoft, this move will provide better web compatibility for customers and less web fragmentation for web developers. In addition, Microsoft will start to contribute to the Chromium project. “Ultimately, we want […]

SD Times news digest: Qt 5.12, Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.1 and Linux’s new open source, Linux and Git courses

Qt has announced the latest version of its cross-platform software development framework for building apps, user interfaces and embedded devices. Qt 5.12 comes with long-term support, improved performance and quality updates. Features included reduced memory consumption support for asset conditioning, TableView, input handling, support for Python, remote objects and WebGL streaming plugin, and updates to […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Crossplane

With the release of open-source multi-cloud management interface Crossplane, cloud services developer Upbound wants to provide an open and consistent way to handle integrations with whichever cloud platforms you throw at it. “Crossplane presents a declarative management style API that covers a wide range of portable abstractions including databases, message queues, buckets, data pipelines, serverless, […]

The Linux Foundation forms new Automated Compliance Tooling project

The Linux Foundation is working on improving open-source compliance with the formation of a new project. The Automated Compliance Tooling (ACT) project has been set up to consolidate investments, increase interoperability and help organizations manage compliance obligations. According to the foundation, while the use of open-source code is becoming very popular, it is important to […]

Guest View: Knowledge graphs — The path to true AI

Knowledge is the foundation of intelligence— whether artificial intelligence or conventional human intellect. The understanding implicit in intelligence, its application towards business problems or personal ones, requires knowledge of these problems (and potential solutions) to effectively overcome them. The knowledge underpinning AI has traditionally come from two distinct methods: statistical reasoning, or machine learning, and […]

SD Times news digest: WhiteSource Bolt, Visual Studio IntelliCode’s new languages, and Qlik’s AI capabilities

WhiteSource has made its developer tool, WhiteSource Bolt, free for GitHub and Microsoft Azure DevOps users. The tool makes it easier for developers to securely work with open-source components in their environments. “We are excited to strengthen and expand our offering for developers,” said Rami Sass, CEO of WhiteSource. “WhiteSource Bolt was designed to make […]

Instana announces new tracing capabilities

Instana is giving developers a new way to capture and trace user requests across languages and microservices. The APM company announced AutoTrace, designed to analyze traces from any source including open-source technologies, Jaeger, and Zipkin. In software, tracing is a form of logging and recording information about tasks or executions. “As DevOps teams are adopting […]

iPaaS: The middleware for hybrid, multicloud

Adoption of integration platform-as-a-service solutions for combining disparate services into a cohesive application has seen a steady but slowing growth among businesses. Gartner Research found in its “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service” report that more than 50,000 companies globally have implemented some form of iPaaS as of 2017. And, Gartner writes, […]

Applitools Root Cause Analysis pinpoints CSS and DOM bugs in web applications

Application visual management company Applitools released Root Cause Analysis (RCA) today, a module for the company’s visual testing suite that allows for more accurate identification of bugs in web applications through automated tests and visual comparisons. The utility is capable of automating much of the time-consuming effort that goes into pinpointing which elements of a […]

Angular Console introduces simpler UI for Angular CLI

A new developer tool is being introduced into the Angular ecosystem to provide a simpler UI for the Angular CLI, the command line interface for the open-source front-end web application platform. Angular Console has been under development for the last three months by Angular development consultation company Narwhal and the Angular team. It was designed […]

SD Times news digest: .NET Foundation Open Membership, Hyperledger Ursa, and Android codelab courses

Microsoft has announced it is opening the .NET Foundation to the open-source community. “The .NET Foundation was founded in 2014 to foster .NET open source development and collaboration. We’re thrilled to have been a part of some amazing growth and momentum since then! On the platform projects alone, 87% of the people who contribute to […]

Preserving software’s legacy

All throughout our lives we are reminded of events from the past. History teaches us about what happened before us to help us understand how society came to be as it is today. But today we live in a digital age, and while leaders, laws, wars and other parts of our history will always be […]

Google launches Flutter 1.0 for cross-platform mobile development

Google announced the launch of Flutter 1.0 today during its Flutter Live event in London. This is the first stable release of Google’s cross-platform mobile development toolkit. It features improved pixel-perfect application support and new widgets for iOS, smaller application sizes, improved app performance and previews of the Add to App and and platform views […]

Docker releases enterprise desktop solution for Mac and Windows

Docker is giving enterprise uses a new way to create and deliver container-based applications on their desktop. The company announced Docker Desktop Enterprise at its DockerCon conference in Barcelona today. Docker Desktop Enterprise is designed for Mac and Windows. With it, developers can work with the framework and programming language of their choice, and IT […]

Microsoft Connect(); 2018 tackles developer tools, open source and severless

Microsoft wants to give developers the ability to do more with new tools and features announced at its Microsoft Connect(); 2018 conference today. The company went over new developer tools, open-source projects and serverless computing capabilities. “As we share our new innovations for every developer at Connect(); 2018 today, I’m reminded that now, more than […]

Sometimes It’s Crazy At Work

https://medium.com/media/61668ec7d868f50d464aeafdf383cb0e/href Sometimes It’s Crazy At Work In October, Jason Fried and DHH released their new book, It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work. The book featured their writing, as well as cover art and interior illustrations from Basecamp designers Adam Stoddard and Jason Zimdars. The launch initially seemed like a great success — but then things went […]

The Support Side of Downtime

There used to be a panicked feeling that would set in when we’d have any sort of outage or issue in Basecamp past — that stomach-dropping, heart-palpitating, sweaty-palmed feeling. But on November 8th when I awoke to a 6am text spelling out Basecamp’s downtime, I wasn’t worried. Before I finished reading the full text, I remember thinking, […]

Big news: Know Your Company is now Know Your Team

After four years, we’re launching a new product, business model, and company name. Here’s why. We’ve always been a bit weird. We’re a two-person company serving 15,000+ people who use our product in over 25 countries. We’ve generated almost $2MM in revenue to date, have been profitable since Month 1, and every year since. We’ve never raised […]

SD Times news digest: Atlassian and Optimizely, Qoppa’s PDF Reader Annotator, and NVIDIA’s PhysX SDK 4.0

Optimizely and Atlassian have announced a new integration between Optimizely’s Full Stack and Atlassian’s Jira Software to enable developers to move faster, mitigate risks and measure impact. According to the company, the new integration will provide the ability to track the status of every product experiment in real time. “Our goal is to build the […]

Pushing automated testing to its limits

The software industry keeps expressing it is under immense pressure to keep up with market demand and deliver software faster. Automated testing is an approach that came out to not only help speed up software delivery, but to ensure the software that did come out did what it was supposed to do. For some time […]

MobileTogether: A low-code solution for mobile app development

There are two sides to the low-code/no-code story. The more widely discussed angle is the tools’ ability to create citizen developers – tech-savvy business people who use the visual drag-and-drop components to create simple line-of-business applications. The other side of the story is how low-code and no-code tools can make developers more efficient, by reducing […]

Microsoft’s Visual Basic .NET makes TIOBE top 5 programming languages

TIOBE Index has released its list of top programming languages for December 2018 with a surprising finding that Microsoft’s Visual Basic .NET is moving up the ranks. The language now stands at number 5 compared to being at number 7 last year. Visual Basic is a multi-paradigm, object-oriented programming language. According to TIOBE, the reason […]

A guide to APM tools

Instana: As the leading provider of Automatic Application Monitoring solutions for microservices, Instana leverages automation and artificial intelligence to deliver the visibility and actionable information DevOps teams need to manage dynamic applications. Instana enables application delivery teams to accelerate their CI/CD cycle and deliver high performance business services with confidence. LightStep’s mission is to deliver […]

How these companies can help you monitor your applications

Pete Abrams, chief operating officer of Instana As companies continue to adopt a DevOps culture and embrace Agile methodologies, it has become painfully obvious that traditional monitoring can no longer keep pace with the complexity and scale of dynamic application environments run by modern enterprises. Software-defined businesses require solutions to protect them from outages and […]

SD Times news digest: NVIDIA’s new AI research, Android’s SDK initiative, and Thundra Layers for AWS Lambda

NVIDIA has announced new AI research that will allow for 3D environments to be rendered by using a model trained on real videos. This will open up many opportunities in gaming, automotive, architecture, robotics, and virtual reality, the company explained. “NVIDIA has been inventing new ways to generate interactive graphics for 25 years, and this […]

APM needs to change to keep up with continuous development practices

In an industry where every company is competing to be the best, if your application is giving users problems, they might not hesitate to ditch you and go to your competitors who do have a well-performing app. Companies that cannot provide their customers and users with satisfying experiences will lose out on business. This is […]

Computer Science Education Week kicks off

The start of the holiday season also marks the start of the annual Computer Science Education Week, which is taking place this week starting today until Sunday the 9th. CSEdWeek is meant to inspire and promote K-12 students to get involved in computer science. It takes place around computing pioneer’s Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s birthday, […]

Go programming languages team heads to Go 2

The first version of the programming language Go was released more than six years ago on March 28, 2012. While the team has made many updates to the language since then, they have yet to declare a version 2.0. As the team begins to figure out what the future of Go looks like, it has […]

TypeScript 3.2 now available

Microsoft has announced a new update to its open-source, superset of the JavaScript programming language. TypeScript 3.2 adds a number of new features such as improved narrowing for tagged unions, error message improvements and editing enhancements. NuGet users and Visual Studio 2015 users should be aware that with this release and future releases, the team […]

SD Times news digest: Mozilla’s Firefox Reality 1.1, Code Dx Enterprise 3.5, and Linx AWS plugins

Mozilla has released a new update to its mixed reality browser, Firefox Reality. Firefox Reality 1.1 features support for 360 videos, localization to seven new languages, a new dedicated theater viewing mode, and performance improvements. In the future, the Firefox Reality team hopes to add more content sharing and syncing features, multiple windows, and tab […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: SubEthaEdit 5

Version 5 of TheCodingMonkeys’ SubEthaEdit text editor is now available. With this release, the project will become free and open-source. Dominik Wagner, former CEO of TheCodingMonkeys, who helped start the project in 2002, wrote in a blog post that while surpassed by other editors, mainly Apple’s own XCode, there are some holdouts that still hold […]

Amazon goes deeper with serverless

Amazon is bolstering its serverless solution AWS Lambda with new serverless development features. The company announced Lambda Layers and Lambda Runtime API at its re:Invent conference this week. Lambda Layers is a new feature for managing code and data across multiple functions. According to Amazon, it’s very common to have code shared across functions whether […]

Caltech develops a new headset to help blind people navigate their surroundings

Caltech is using mixed reality to improve the lives of blind people. New research combines augmented reality with computer vision algorithms that will allow developers to build software that will enable objects to “talk.” The headset, CARA (Cognitive Augmented Reality Assistant), is designed to translate the visual world into English audio. The researchers believe that […]

WaveMaker 10 tackles developer productivity

WaveMaker is focused on improving the way developers work in the latest release of its low-code powered platform. Version 10 of that platform features new and updated collaboration, security and accessibility tools. Specifically for developer productivity, the company is updating its IDE support so developers can work in their IDE of choice, providing a new […]

SD Times news digest: Qualcomm’s AI fund, Google’s Fast Pair update, and Delphix Dynamic Data Platform

Qualcomm has announced a new AI Fund to invest in startups utilizing artificial intelligence. The company is committing up to $100 million to the fund. According to Qualcomm, the fund will be focused on “startups that share the vision of on-device AI becoming more powerful and widespread, with an emphasis on those developing new technology […]

Amazon announces new machine learning services and analytic solutions at AWS re:Invent

Amazon is tackling everything from analytics to machine learning and time series forecasting at its AWS re:Invent 2018 conference this week. The company made a number of new announcements to help developers to get started with non-virtual environments, artificial intelligence, and gain deeper insights. Amazon Firecracker allows for microVMs to be launched in non-virtual environments […]

AWS re:Invent: Sumo Logic teams up with AWS, Software AG Cloud, TigerGraph Cloud and new PagerDuty integrations

AWS re:Invent 2018 is in full swing this week with industry leaders and attendees coming together to talk about how to improve productivity, security and more in the cloud. Already, Amazon has made big developer announcements such as new IoT capabilities and a new robotics application development platform. In addition to the Amazon Web Services […]

Report: Rust productivity still poses a challenge

While users are quickly being more productive with the Rust programming language, there is still noticeable struggle for others to get up and running. The Rust programming language team released its third annual survey, which found it takes many users a year of less to get the swing of things and maintain productivity in Rust, […]

SD Times news digest: Google’s machine learning Fairness module, Orkus Access Governance Platform, and C3 7.8

Several months after announcing its AI Principles, Google has revealed a new Fairness module in its Machine Learning Crash Course. According to the company, the fairness module will demonstrate how existing tools and techniques can be used to make machine learning systems fairer and more inclusive. “The Fairness module was created to provide you with […]

Why scrap scrappy?

For the last decade or so, I’ve been on a number on boards, consulted with a number of entrepreneurs, and have been both formally and informally involved in helping a number of young companies find their way. Many young companies I’ve seen have one thing in common: They can’t wait to grow up. They desperately want […]

premium Continuous testing for DevOps: Is it all just a bunch of hype?

Almost exactly one year ago, Forrester confidently predicted that 2018 would be “the year of Enterprise DevOps.” The blog, authored by the late Robert Stroud, began: DevOps has reached “Escape Velocity.” The questions and discussions with clients have shifted from “What is DevOps?” to “How do I implement at scale?” Continuous testing is not far […]

The AI apocalypse is already here

Fight this shit if you want to live We don’t need to wait for the singularity before artificial intelligence becomes capable of turning the world into a dystopian nightmare. AI-branded algorithms are already serving up new portions of fresh hell on a regular basis. But instead of worrying about run-away computers, we should be worrying about […]

Amazon debuts four new IoT capabilities for developers

Amazon is giving developers four new services and capabilities for ingesting data from edge devices and building Internet of things applications. The company announced AWS IoT SiteWise, IoT Events, IoT Things Graph and IoT Greengrass Connectors. “Customers tell us they want to spend less time on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of getting different devices and […]

SD Times news digest: Apple’s Entrepreneur Camp, Amazon Machine Learning University, Apache Samza 1.0

Apple is launching a new application development program specifically for app-driven businesses owned or led by women. The Entrepreneur Camp will provide an intensive technology lab, specialized support and ongoing mentoring, the company explained. “Apple is committed to helping more women assume leadership roles across the tech sector and beyond,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. […]

Drone.io gives open-source community free continuous integration service

Continuous delivery platform provider Drone.io is giving back to the open-source community with the release of a continuous integration hosted service solution. Drone Cloud is being released to the open-source community for free with the help of bare metal cloud provider Packet. According to the company, the solution is being powered by infrastructure donated from […]

AWS introduces new developer service for building robotics applications

Amazon Web Services is envisioning a future where robots are a part of our everyday lives, whether through doing tedious household chores, distributing inventory in warehouses or inspecting high-voltage wires in dangerous environments. To support the creation of these robots, the company is introducing the AWS RoboMaker, a new developer software for developing, testing and […]

SD Times news digest: Embarcadero RAD Studio 10.3, Wear OS by Google final API 28 emulator and Software AG extends low-code IoT capabilities

Cross-platform developer productivity tool provider Embarcadero announced the latest release of its RAD Studio 10.3, also known as RAD Rio. This release comes with enhancements to its C++ and Delphi capabilities as well as updates to the IDE for building Windows 10 and multi-device apps for iOS 12 and Android 9. Key features include: an […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Acumos AI

Last week, the LF Deep Learning Foundation announced the first release of its Acumos AI Project. Acumos AI is an open-source framework for building, sharing, and deploying AI applications. It provides a standardized stack and components so that data scientists can “focus on the core competencies and accelerate innovation.” Dubbed Athena, this release offers one-click […]

You’re probably won’t make it to the top

If you really set your mind to it, you can do it. Get to the very top. Beat out all the others. That’s how I did it. I just wanted it more, worked hard, and eventually all my dreams came true. I won’t say it’s easy, but it’s up to you! So goes the familiar song […]

Delivery automation leaders unveil Software Defined Delivery Manifesto

A group of industry leaders led by Rod Johnson, CEO of delivery automation company Atomist, say that the standard for delivering software should be software-defined. During his keynote address at the GOTO Copenhagen conference today, Johnson presented the Software Defined Delivery Manifesto, which outlines the value of the technology and the authors’ dedication to advancing […]

SD Times news digest: Atomist SDM 1.0, OpenCV 4.0.0, and FoundationDB 6.0.15

Automation company Atomist has announced the launch of Software Delivery Machine (SDM) 1.0. SDM is a framework for delivering software. SDM reaching 1.0 signals the maturity of the project, after having been open-sourced three months ago, the company explained. New features include enhanced approvals, an extension pack model, and log streaming. “We are extremely excited […]

Why is transparency so important for agility?

Scrum, the most popular agile framework, is based on three very simple ideas: empiricism, self-organization / empowered teams, and a focus on improvement. These ideas enable a team, team of teams, or an organization to respond to their environment and deliver great products. Those three ideas are ultimately dependent on transparency. Transparency is easy to […]

Redis Labs hopes to enable zero-latency systems with the release of RedisGraph and Streams

Many organizations say their applications provide “real time” responses, but often that means a delay of a second or two. There are any number of use cases, however, where any delay in response time would be catastrophic. Take, for example, autonomous vehicles: The systems behind self-driving cars need to take in an enormous amount of […]

SD Times Blog: Code Freeze!

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Chanukah, and Christmas right around the corner, online shopping becomes top of mind. And for retailers, these sale days can make or break their entire year. So, when it comes to making changes to your website at such as critical time, do you continue to look to maximize your release […]

SD Times news digest: Amazon S3 leaks, Flexera AdminStudio 2018 R3, and Databricks Apache Spark 2.4 support

AWS has added four new controls to S3 to help prevent leaks. Amazon S3 buckets and objects are private by default, but settings can be changed that make them public. “We want to make sure that you use public buckets and objects as needed, while giving you tools to make sure that you don’t make […]

Datadog introduces enhanced monitoring for serverless apps in AWS

Datadog is introducing new end-to-end monitoring capabilities for AWS Lambda with the release of a new integration with AWS X-Ray, a distributed tracing solution that helps developers analyze and debug apps in production. According to the company, while serverless functions have many benefits, they introduce complexity in application performance monitoring. Because AWS Lambda runs on […]

The Worst Performance Review

Source Annual, semi-annual, quarterly, 360…no matter what form they take, performance reviews can be anxiety-inducing workplace rituals. In today’s episode of the Rework podcast, we talk to the head of HR at an HR software company (meta!) and a Basecamp designer about why helpful feedback is so difficult to give and receive — and what can be […]

SD Times Blog: How to get your website through Black Friday

If you’ve ever attempted to cook a Thanksgiving turkey, you know it can be a daunting task. It takes hours to defrost it, prepare it, and then carefully cook it to perfection. Even after you cook it, there is pressure to present it and carve it the right way. It’s not so different than preparing […]

SD Times news digest: Alexa-hosted skills, Uber becomes Gold member of the Linux Foundation, and Oasis Devnet

Amazon has announced a developer preview for Alexa-hosted skills. Alexa-hosted skills allows developers to build, edit, and publish skills within the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Developer Console. Previously, developers needed to provision and manage back-end resources. By staying within the console, developers can quickly build skills and spend their time more on creating new features […]

SD Times Blog: How to effectively build a security awareness program for your organization

At the Infosecurity North America conference in New York City this week, a group of security executives from various organizations came together to talk about the key features of successful security awareness programs. All panelists stressed the importance of developing a strategy that is tailored to their individual organization. Matt Nappi, CISO at Stony Brook […]

Microsoft releases Azure Blockchain Development Kit

Microsoft is giving developers new tools for developing blockchain solutions with the introduction of the Azure Blockchain Development Kit. The first initial release comes with a focus on connecting, integrating and deploying smart contracts and blockchain networks. ‘The Azure Blockchain Development Kit is the next step in our journey to make developing end to end […]

premium OWASP Top 10 comes to serverless

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is releasing a Top 10 interpretation for web application security risks in serverless. Serverless has been gaining a lot of attention as of late because of its ability to eliminate operations and improve speed, costs, and scalability for businesses. However, serverless is a new paradigm and with it […]

New Relic introduces APM support for AWS Lambda

New Relic has announced a number of new features to help organizations adopt modern architectures, including new APM support for AWS Lambda. Application monitoring for AWS Lambda will provide improved visibility into function invocations, event sources, and connected services. This will enable DevOps teams to more quickly build and deploy applications using AWS functions-as-a-service, New […]

SD Times news digest: SignalFX Microservices APM, Dart 2.1, and Bugcrowd’s pen testing solution

Cloud monitoring company SignalFx has revealed SignalFX Microservices APM, which is a new application performance monitoring solution designed for DevOps teams. The solution is built on top of the company’s streaming analytics platform, giving it access to power data analytics. “The world happens in real-time and if something goes wrong, finding problems minutes later just […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Mycroft

Companies are looking to provide better experiences with their customers, which has given rise to the popularity of chatbots. Yet assistants that use voice tend to be only associated with tech giants like Apple, Amazon, and Google. Mycroft is an open-source voice assistant that is aiming to make voice assistants more attainable for everyone. “We […]

Applitools announces plans for Test Automation University

Cloud-based application testing and visual management company Applitools revealed the upcoming launch of its Test Automation University, a program that aims to teach test automation skills through training and tutorials produced by a community of specialists. The program is expected to launch early next year. Applitools explained the group is composed of testers, engineers and […]

Gartner predicts RPA spending will reach $2.4 billion by 2022

Interest in robotic process automation (RPA) is gaining. The research firm Gartner estimates it will reach $680 million by the end of the year and is on pace to reach $2.4 billion in 2022. According to Gartner, RPA is a business process automation solution for reducing costs, eliminating errors and speeding up processes. “End-user organizations […]

MapR Data Platform v6.0 and v6.1 now certified on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s next generation data platform for AI and Analytics, today announced a validated reference architecture for the MapR Data Platform on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and the certification of MapR Data Platform versions 6.0.0, 6.0.1 and 6.1 on the OCI. With the MapR certification, the Oracle Cloud Marketplace brings […]

SD Times news digest: Docker and MuleSoft’s partnership, ActiveState’s open-source language automation category, and Instana’s automatic Python instrumentation

Docker and MuleSoft have announced a new partnership to modernize applications and accelerate digital transformation. As part of the partnership, the companies will work together to deliver new capabilities for legacy apps with APIs, legacy apps without APIs and new apps created in Docker. In addition, MuleSoft’s Anypoint platform will be combined with Docker Enterprise. […]

Kofax adds new robotic process automation capabilities to its toolbelt

Kofax is updating its business process automation solution used for cutting costs, reducing errors and speeding up processes. The intelligent automation software provider announced next-generation robotic process automation (RPA) capabilities that will leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning advances. “Early adopters of RPA have experienced the many benefits in shifting human labor from ‘data gatherer’ […]

Elastic Stack 6.5 features new visualization and collaboration tools

Open-source search and analytics company Elastic released version 6.5 of its Elastic Stack suite of open-source utilities today, introducing infrastructure monitoring, distributed tracing support and Java and Go agents in the Elastic APM tool. While this release may be labeled as a ‘minor release’ the company explained there are foundational stack-level features being applied for […]

Amazon releases a no-cost distribution of OpenJDK

Amazon wants to make sure Java is available for free to its users in the long term with the introduction of Amazon Corretto. The solution is a no-cost, multi-platform, production-ready distribution of the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK). “Java is one of the most popular languages in use by AWS customers, and we are committed […]

Sauce Labs introduces headless browser testing

Sauce Labs is looking to speed up software development with the release of a new testing solution. The company announced Sauce Headless, a cloud-based headless testing solution. According to Sauce Labs, headless browsers are becoming more popular as an option for testing web-based apps. “A headless browser is a type of software that can access […]

SD Times news digest: Microsoft to acquire XOXCO, Acumos AI Athena and SnapLogic’s intelligent integration platform

Microsoft has agreed to acquire the software product design and development studio XOXCO. According to the company, XOXCO is known for its conversational AI and bot development solutions. “The company has been paving the way in conversational AI since 2013 and was responsible for the creation of Howdy, the first commercially available bot for Slack […]

Dear Jeff

You could blow up the extractive motive if you wanted to I‘ve been thinking about your regret minimization framework for making decisions lately. I don’t recall whether I read about it in an interview, or if you shared it with Jason and I in person in those early days after your involvement in Basecamp. But regardless, […]

Trip report: Fall ISO C++ standards meeting (San Diego)

On Saturday November 10, the ISO C++ committee completed its fall meeting in San Diego, California, USA, hosted with thanks by Qualcomm. This was the biggest ISO C++ meeting in our 29-year history, with some 180 people at the meeting, representing 12 nations. For more details about our size increase, including how we adapted organizationally to […]

Google launches new website for web developers

Google is giving web developers a place to learn, create and solve problems on the web with the launch of web.dev. The company announced the website at the Chrome Dev Summit in San Francisco earlier this week. Web.dev provides actionable guidance and analysis for developers to test their sites and apps or start learning how […]

Microsoft previews changes coming in Visual Studio 2019

Microsoft is giving developers insight into the changes they can expect in the upcoming release of its suite of development tools Visual Studio 2019. As part of the release, Microsoft will be updating the theme, icon and splash screens as well as providing new ways for developers to get to their code faster. Microsoft first […]

OzCode makes debugging available as a service

OzCode is on a mission to reduce the time it takes to debug a service from days to hours to minutes with its latest debugging as a service solution. OzCode provides debugging extensions for Visual Studio. Its latest OzCode Azure DevOps offering is available through Microsoft Azure cloud. “Studies show that roughly 50 percent of […]

SmartBear makes continuous testing easy with user-specified scheduling

SmartBear, the leader in software quality tools for teams, added a new scheduling feature in CrossBrowserTesting, the only all-in-one UI functional web testing platform, enabling users to create and choose a reoccurring schedule for automated and visual testing. This new scheduling feature for bothRecord & Replay scripts and full-page screenshot tests empowers users to be first to […]

SD Times news digest: PageSpeed Insights, Codefresh’s Azure integration, and Visual Studio Code October 2018

Google has revealed that PageSpeed Insights now uses Lighthouse as its analysis engine. This switch will enable developers to receive the same performance audits and recommendations anywhere, whether that’s the web, command line, or in Chrome DevTools, the company explained. PageSpeed Insights API version 5 also now gives CrUX data and Lighthouse audits. Previous versions […]

TIBCO announces new AI-driven insights for Spotfire X

TIBCO has announced that the latest version of its data analytics solution is now available. Spotfire X comes with a focus on Agile, augmentation, automation and acceleration. According to the company, this is the most sophisticated version of Spotfire to date. Spotfire X was first revealed at TIBCO NOW in September. It is designed to […]

SD Times Blog: Service management dragging down DevOps

Much of the movement in DevOps has happened from the perspective of software development. And, while systems managers have adapted to the new order, the one area that has been a drag on achieving greater DevOps success is in change and release management. And at least one service management provider believes automation is the key […]

Postmortem on the read-only outage of Basecamp on November 9th, 2018

Last Thursday, November 9th, Basecamp 3 was in read-only mode for almost five hours starting 7:21am CST and ending 12:11pm CST. That meant users could access existing messages, todo lists, and files, but no new information could be entered, and no existing information could be altered. Everything was frozen in place. The root cause was that […]

Framework & Language — Top 5 Things for Software Developers to Consider in SaaS

SaaS (software-as-a-service) development has evolved significantly over the past decade. Traditional desktop applications move to the cloud, and iterate faster due to the limited nature of supported devices and open-source software teams have to maintain. Desktop applications can now be overcome easily with the adoption of the open-source Electron framework, wrapping around a hosted SaaS […]

SD Times news digest: Android Foldable support, Telerik’s Fiddler Everywhere, and Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1

Last week, Samsung announced its first foldable phone and Google announced support for foldable screens. Google has outlined a set of recommendations for developers to follow to ensure that their apps run well on foldable screens. Developers should ensure that their apps support runtime configuration changes, multi-window mode, and multiple displays. More details are available […]

Industry Watch: The developer transformation

Companies today are told that if they hope to remain competitive, they’ll have to embark on a digital transformation. So as tools emerge to help organizations make that journey, one point is irrefutable: Organizations need to focus on changing how they leverage their developer talent to truly remain competitive. In a study called The Developer […]

Sencha launches free Ext JS Community Edition for individuals and small organizations

Sencha is trying to increase JavaScript access for hobbyist developers, startups, and students by releasing its Ext JS Community Edition. Ext JS Community Edition is a free edition of Sencha’s JavaScript tooling, components, and framework targeted at those groups. According to the company, Ext JS Community Edition includes a powerful UI component library that will […]

Fixvember aims to boost DevOps skills

For many developers, November is the time of the year where they look to sharpen their skills and dedicate more of their time to outside projects. Much like the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) initiative where writers commit to writing 50,000 words in the month of November, developers commit to writing code. A few years […]

premium Analyst Watch: Overcome the people problem in DevOps

Through 2023, 90 percent of DevOps initiatives will fail to fully meet expectations due to the limitations of leadership approaches, not technical reasons. The value in adopting DevOps practices is substantial, but if initiatives are to be successful, organizations must appropriately implement. The most common cause of DevOps failures is people — not process. Many […]

Basecamp 3 for Android: The Latest and Greatest

We added a few great features in the latest version of Basecamp 3 for Android. Download version 3.12 from the Google Play Store today. 3 new things to try: 1. Swipe Up for Quick Add and Recently Visited You could always Add a To-do, Upload a File, Post a Message, or Add an Event right from the Home […]

SD Times news digest: CircleCI’s Technology Partner Program, GitHub reaches 100 million repositories, and API Fortress’ updates

CircleCI is opening up its platform to partners and community contributors with a new Technology Partner Program. Along with the partner program, the company announced a new package manager called CircleCI Orbs. Orbs will allow for an ecosystem of shareable components that will be available on the CircleCI platform. Organizations can use orbs to share […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Apollo GraphQL Platform

Apollo made its GraphQL Platform open-core this week, making the platform’s core GraphQL development capabilities free and open source, with additional commercial plugins for purchase. Matt DeBergalis, co-founder and vice president of product at Apollo, explained the release takes into consideration many of the proposed GraphQL standards that Apollo and users of their platform have […]

MongoDB updates its mobile database, serverless platform

MongoDB today made its mobile database generally available as part of an overall effort to give developers the ability “to work with data anywhere in the world,” the company announced. The company also said it has added features to its MongoDB Stitch serverless platform that will make it easier to use. Stitch Mobile Sync, which […]

Android Dev Summit: Foldables, Kotlin 1.3 support, Android JetPack updates, and more

Google is looking to support the latest technologies in a series of new Android developer updates and features announced at its Android Dev Summit in Mountain View this week. Some highlights included: Support for devices with foldable screens Android device makers are beginning to experiment with Foldables, which are screens that can bend and fold. […]

premium Guest View: Serverless: A bad rerun

In today’s fast-moving world, DevOps teams are struggling to solve the same problem: What is the best way to build, deploy, and maintain applications in a cloud-native world. From this problem has spawned a heated debate between the serverless and container communities. While I usually am a firm believer that the answer is somewhere in […]

Kony brings support for PWAs to low-code development

At first, the biggest thing standing in the way of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) becoming mainstream was that there was not a lot of support from industry giants. Apple and Microsoft changed that this year by adding support for the web application type in their browsers. Now, one of the only thing standing in its […]

How to keep Agile from going stagnant

Agile has been around for nearly two decades now, and just like most things in life that we come to accept, it is starting to be taken for granted. It seems that somewhere along the way, the Agile approach has lost its mojo. “A lot of teams have been going through the motions and keeping […]

Docker aims to ease the migration path for legacy Windows Server 2008 apps

Docker is launching a new service in Docker Enterprise 2.1 to make it easier to migrate legacy Windows Server 2008 applications. The end-of-support deadline for Windows Server 2008 is January 14, 2020, after which point security updates will no longer be released regularly. According to Docker, companies that do not migrate their legacy applications and […]

Update on Basecamp 3 being stuck in read-only as of Nov 8, 9:22am CST

Basecamp 3 is currently in read-only mode because of a database problem. This means that you can’t post new messages, rearrange todos, upload files, or do anything else that changes the data in Basecamp 3. The data that’s there is safe, but no new data can be written to the database at the moment. Here’s what […]

SD Times news digest: Samsung Bixby and SmartThings updates, Neurala’s Brain Builder, and Apptio Agile Insights

At the Samsung Developer Conference 2018, Samsung revealed new tools for its Bixby and SmartThings platforms. The new Bixby Developer Studio offers developers the ability to build intelligence into more services and devices. Developers will be able to make capsules, which are services created for Bixby, and then make them accessible in the Bixby Marketplace. […]

premium Report: New approaches to software development will disrupt the status quo

The year 2019 will bring new approaches to increase software development productivity and better align development teams and organizations, according to a recent report by research firm Forrester. Among the new approaches are cloud native, value stream management and artificial intelligence-based tools. “New platforms for cloud-native app architectures, value stream management tools, and infusing artificial […]

Altova releases major update to its RAD mobile development solution

A completely redesigned web client and new UI design options headline the new features included in today’s release of Altova’s MobileTogether 5.0 rapid mobile application development solution. The MobileTogether web client controls have been given a modern look, and new UI options include configuring borders in tables, support for padding, and buttons with images and […]

Our book launch was botched and it’s been crazy at work trying to fix it

I’m trying to remember when it was last this crazy at work. Before we spent a month fighting poor planning and terrible execution on the publication of our new book It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work. Was it when we got DDoS’ed over two days and were fighting to keep Basecamp on the […]

The Linux Foundation announces plans to form GraphQL foundation

In an effort to grow and sustain the GraphQL ecosystem, The Linux Foundation has announced plans to launch a new open-source foundation for it. GraphQL is an API technology that was initially developed by Facebook. The GraphQL Foundation will be a collaborative effort between industry leaders and users. Its mission will be to “enable widespread […]

SD Times news digest: Eggplant’s DAI Suite, Scylla Open Source 3.0, and Data Engine by Periscope Data

Eggplant has announced new enhancements to its Digital Automation Intelligence Suite. The new capabilities aim to help with modeling and automating complex systems, identifying problems in tests, and automating usability testing. Eggplant AI can now provide intelligent reporting, enabling DevOps teams to better understand why there are problems with a release, according to the company. […]

Going to school on open-source security

Open-source software forms the backbone of most modern applications. According to the 2018 Black Duck by Synopsys Open Source Security and Risk Analysis Report, 96 percent of the 1,100 commercial applications that the company audited for the survey contained open-source components, with each application containing an average of 257 open-source components. In addition, on average, […]

Google explores the challenges of responsible artificial intelligence

AI is changing the world, whether we’re ready for it or not. We are already seeing examples of AI algorithms being applied to reduce doctors’ workloads by intelligently triaging patients, connect journalists with global audiences because of accurate language translations, and reduce customer service wait time, according to Google. But even as we begin to […]

Parasoft announces new support for the open source community

Parasoft is announcing a new initiative to help support open source communities and projects. As part of the initiative, the company will be offering free access to its tool suite, enabling developers to leverage test automation software, deep code analysis, and security capabilities for their open-source projects. “For over 30 years Parasoft has brought continuous […]

Microsoft updates the .NET Standard

Microsoft has updated the .NET Standard after almost one year. Since .NET Standard 2.0 was released, the company introduced new updates to .NET Core 2.1 and is working its way towards .NET Core 2.2. This week, .NET Standard 2.1 is being announced to include new updates and concepts implemented over the last year as well […]

Listener questions, answered

https://medium.com/media/309b3e58d94dc6a9fd391042d601ae0b/href It’s time for another mailbag episode where Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer your questions! In this one, they discuss how to apply calm company principles to client work and classrooms, and talk about healthy ways for business partners to disagree. https://medium.com/media/43f38cd8bee58a72cc4a2f39e47155b2/href Listener questions, answered was originally published in Signal v. Noise on […]

NativeScript 5.0 released with NativeScript-Schematics and improved Vue.js support

The open-source framework for building native apps has reached version 5.0. NativeScript 5.0 marks a major milestone in the framework’s history as it has also hit 3.5 million downloads since it launched in 2015. The latest release features a number of new developer experience improvements as well as new native features. A major highlight of […]

SD Times news digest: Contract for the Web, Android’s R8 code shrinker, and Applitools expands left

At the Web Summit in Lisbon, Tim Berners-Lee and his organization the Web Foundation announced a campaign to connect “everyone to a web that works for people.” As part of the campaign, he announced a new “Contract for the Web,” which will defines the parts that governments, companies, and citizens will each play in building […]

Getting to the root of your data’s history

With the rise of big data platforms such as Apache Hadoop and Spark, more and more enterprises are pouring enterprise information into data lakes and launching related initiatives around data quality, data governance, regulatory compliance, and more reliable business intelligence (BI). To prevent the new lakes from turning into swamps, however, businesses are organizing their […]

SD Times news digest: Broadcom completes CA Technologies acquisition, Crystal 0.27.0, and Symantec acquisitions

Broadcom has announced that it has completed its acquisition of CA Technologies. The company will now act as a wholly owned subsidiary of Broadcom. “We believe this transaction will enable us to offer customers a leading portfolio of best-in-class solutions across a diverse set of technologies,” said Hock Tan, president and CEO of Broadcom.  “We […]

How Axon prioritizes ethical design

While Google is amassing data on everyone, nudging them to do this or that or buy this or that, Axon is trying to make the world a safer place.  Perhaps somewhat ironically, the company builds technology solutions and weapons for law enforcement, self-defense and the military. Axon — formerly known as TASER International — has […]

Pre-trip report: Fall ISO C++ standards meeting (San Diego)

In one hour, our fall meeting will begin. I’ll still write a trip report at the end with the results of the meeting, but because this is an unusually (and historically) large meeting we’ve had to make a few adjustments. This post is combined from a couple of administrative emails I sent to the committee […]

How to achieve ethical design

Ethical design is at the very early stages when it comes to high-tech innovations.  Other industries including healthcare, financial services, energy and others have had to ponder various ethical issues and over time they became highly regulated because the safety and security of their customers or the public at large are at stake. In the […]

Ethical design: What it is and why developers should care

Safety by design, security by design, privacy by design. As software capabilities continue to evolve, developers need to adapt the way they think and work. Ethical design is the next thing that will be integrated into the pipeline, given the popularity of artificial intelligence (AI). Like safety and security by design, ethical design helps avoid […]

Google updates G Suite Developer Hub with new management features

Google is delivering new App Script dashboard functionality under the G Suite Developer Hub name in order to give developers new ways of creating, tracking, and managing their projects. The Apps Script dashboard features the ability to search and find projects, monitor health and usage of projects, and debug projects through executions, logs and errors, […]

Facebook launches Horizon to bring reinforcement learning to production environments

Facebook is trying to bridge the gap between reinforcement learning’s impact in research and its narrow range of use cases in production. The company’s new open-source project Horizon uses reinforcement learning to optimize products and services. Reinforcement learning creates a system that can make decisions, take actions, and adapt based on feedback. This approach can […]

A guide to embedded analytics tools

Logi Analytics: Logi Analytics is a developer grade analytics platform that helps application teams embed dashboards and reports in their software products. Dresner Advisory Services rated Logi the #1 embedded analytics platform on the market. Logi understands that delivering compelling applications with analytics at their core has never been more crucial—or more complex. That’s why […]

How Logi Analytics can help you gain insights into how your apps are being used

Brian Brinkmann, vice president of product marketing at Logi Analytics: At Logi Analytics, we know delivering compelling applications with analytics at their core has never been more crucial—or more complex. Logi’s analytics development platform is built for product managers and developers who need to quickly build and embed dashboards, reports, and data visualizations into their […]

SD Times news digest: GitHub updates Atom, Pusher’s Chatkit, and GrapeCity SpreadJS 12

GitHub has developed a new parsing system called Tree-sitter to lay the foundation for new code analysis features in its text editor Atom. Tree-sitter will enable Atom to parse code as it is typed, and it maintains a syntax tree that describes the structure of that code. New features that Tree-sitter will enable in Atom […]

Embedded analytics: Easier to create, more accurate than ever

This past year has seen the technology of embedded analytics — the inclusion of data ingestion, analysis and visualization capabilities within business applications — begin to leverage other growing technologies to improve the accuracy and scope of reporting, as well as make it easier for developers, and even non-developers to start including such capabilities in […]

SD Times open-source project of the week: Infosys DevOps Platform

Infosys has released what it calls a enterprise-class integrated DevOps platform into open source. According to the company’s Chief Operating Officer Pravin Rao, “enterprises pursuing digital transformation require Agile and DevOps at scale to rapidly adopt new technologies, transform legacy systems and respond swiftly to new requirements.” The Infosys DevOps Platform is meant to address […]

Test IO fixes bugs before they are released with Bug Fix Confirmation

The pressure to move fast and release more often is resulting in more bugs being released out into production. The problem is there are not enough hands on deck to ensure all the boxes have been checked, even with the rise of test automation. Crowdtesting solution provider is releasing Bug Fix Confirmation today to ensure […]

MIT creates an AI machine that will learn language the way kids do

Children learn language by observing the things around them and connecting the dots between what they are seeing and hearing. By learning language like this, they are able to establish a language’s word order, such as where subjects and verbs belong in a sentence. In machine learning, languages are learned by training systems on sentences […]

SD Times Blog: The open-source ripple effects of IBM + Red Hat

When it was announced earlier this week that IBM would be acquiring the open-source giant Red Hat, it seemed like a win-win. IBM would get the developer support they have been lacking, and Red Hat would get a new line of resources and support to grow their vision. However, the acquisition affects more than Red […]

Companies to Watch in 2019

It is that time of the year again where we announce the companies we are keeping an eye on next year. Some of these companies may go above and beyond expectations while others may crash and burn. Nevertheless, here are the companies we think you should pay attention to in 2019: Applitools WHAT THEY DO: […]

Delphix announces new certifications for Microsoft Azure Government

Delphix, the company accelerating innovation through DataOps, today announced the expansion of the Delphix Dynamic Data Platform (DDDP) to support Microsoft Azure Government, giving public sector organizations new options to securely accelerate cloud adoption to support important digital transformation initiatives. According to Gartner, half of the public sector actively uses cloud services and this number is expected to see […]

Microsoft releases plans for Azure DevOps

Microsoft released Azure DevOps in September, and already the company has a number of upcoming features and updates planned for the quarter. Azure DevOps is Microsoft’s set of tools for better planning, collaboration and faster shipping. For the 2018 Q4, users can expect an update to Azure Artifacts and Azure Pipelines. Azure Artifacts enables users […]

SD Times news digest: Neo4j raises $80 million, Amazon Future Engineer and Google’s new security controls

Graph database solution provider Neo4j has closed an Series E round of funding at $80 million. This brings the company’s total growth funding to $160 million since 2007. The funding will be used to help the company power business applications with graph databases as well as increase the product to support popular use cases such […]

Six pillars of monitoring automation

Changes in software development that have led to accelerated delivery cadences are stressing other parts of the application life cycle. This is especially true in organizations adopting microservices architecture, where teams are working autonomously to deliver their software, which by definition relies on communication with other services to form a more complete application. And one […]

Using machine learning and AI to develop API-based security solutions

Application security threats continue to increase in sophistication and number as the technologies that enable them do as well. There have been reports of a 12 percent increase in banking trojans. 23 percent increase in spyware. 22 percent increase in botnets and other crypto mining malicious apps. While there are tools and technologies available to […]

Dremio 3.0 introduces new ways to empower data scientists

Data-as-a-service platform provider Dremio has announced a major release of its open-source platform. According to the company, the new features in Dremio 3.0 will support data initiatives by providing shorter lead times, lower operational costs, greater security and governance, and more self-service to a wider variety of roles. “Everything-as-a-Service has been embraced by IT for […]

Managed CockroachDB launches as a geo-distributed database-as-a-service

In an effort to make data easy, Cockroach Labs has released a fully hosted and fully managed version of CockroachDB. Cloud agnostic and available on both AWS and GCP, Managed CockroachDB will enable development teams to focus on building scalable applications without having to worry about infrastructure operations. While the team believes that getting started […]

SD Times Blog: Getting a serverless reality check

While the official Serverless NYC conference’s T-shirt said “I have seen the future! Serverless is fast, free and everywhere,” speakers at the event say that couldn’t be further from the truth. Continuous data platform provider Iguazio hosted yesterday’s conference to give attendees a reality check on what is going on in the serverless world, and […]

SD Times news digest: TimescaleDB 1.0, Apache Subversion v1.11.0, and Storj Labs v3 alpha

TimescaleDB 1.0 is now officially production ready. Originally introduced as an initial release candidate a few weeks ago, the database is the result of over two years of effort. According to the team, TimescaleDB has been production ready for months, but with this release it is now enterprise ready and can support full SQL and […]

Firebase Summit 2018: New updates, features and integrations announced

Google’s Firebase announced a series of updates and new features for its mobile and web application development platform in a lead-up to the company’s Firebase Summit in Prague this week, including improvements to the utility’s user interface and machine learning, analytics and reporting capabilities. The first release is new support for Firebase in Google Cloud […]

OutSystems launches new AI initiative to improve the software development process

Low-code provider OutSystems is launching a new program to advance the company’s mission of bringing the power of AI to software development. Outsystems.ai will build on the company’s previous Project Turing initiative, named for the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Alan Turing. Project Turing established an AI Center of Excellence in Lisbon, committed […]

SD Times news digest: Iguazio’s Nuclio release, Kotlin 1.3, and reCAPTCHA v3

Continuous data platform Iguazio has announced a new version of Nuclio, an integrated multi-cloud, on-premise, and edge serverless platform. The latest release features improvements to security, persistent functions, stream processing, developer velocity and CI/CD, data science and AI, enterprise ops, edge, and IoT. It also now natively integrates with Iguazio’s data platform services, enabling real-time […]

Report: Developers are not clear on how to get involved in the open-source community

After 20 years, the open-source community is stronger than ever. However, a recent report found developers while they had more time and know-how to contribute to open-source projects. According the report, respondents don’t quite know where to begin and start to question their skills and time. Additionally, developers say they are either too intimidated to […]

Report: Developers face some struggles in incorporating open source

Developers say that replicating environments and maintaining proper information about the quality of open-source software packages are the two biggest difficulties they face in incorporating new languages and open-source into their development pipeline, according to ActiveState’s Developer Survey 2018 – Open Source Runtime Pains report, released today. The survey of 1,407 respondents from 92 countries, […]

Digital transformation: A catalyst for changing the embedded development paradigm

The Internet of Things is dead. Or so declared one of my colleagues recently. While I could dismiss the comment as flippant, it does point to an underlying cynicism of technology that has been nicely captured by Gartner’s eponymous Hype Cycle. As technologists we often focus on cool technologies themselves, and then get frustrated, or […]

ActivePDF launches online Learning Center for .NET PDF software and digital transformation

ActivePDF, the leading provider of PDF automation solutions and technologies, is proud to announce the launch of a new online Learning Center to educate developers, product managers, CIOs, and CTOs so that they can better understand PDF software and digital transformation solutions. The ActivePDF Learning Center provides a reader-friendly platform packed with information such as code examples, […]

IBM advances its hybrid cloud strategy with Red Hat acquisition

In the largest software acquisition ever, IBM has announced plans to acquire open-source software provider Red Hat for approximately $34 billion. Together, the companies will work to promote and provide an open approach for the hybrid cloud. “The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market,” said Ginni Rometty, […]

SD Times news digest: GitHub officially part of Microsoft, SmartBear’s LoadNinja, and DataRobot funding.

After announcing plans to acquire GitHub in June, Microsoft has officially acquired the company. The new CEO of GitHub, Nat Friedman, has laid out three objectives as the future of GitHub is built. He wants to ensure that GitHub is the best place for running productive communities and teams, make GitHub accessible to more developers […]

Qt Design Studio 1.0 brings developers and designers together

With customer engagement and retention driving much of today’s software, organizations are starting to bring designers closer to the development process. Angular announced plans to bridge the gap between developers and designers in May with the introduction of Angular for Designers. Infragistics announced Indio.Design in July to provide better collaboration throughout the software design process. […]

SD Times news digest: Sparx Systems acquires Prolaborate rights, Rust 1.3 and Android Nearby Notifications

Sparx Systems has announced it is acquiring the rights to the sharing and collaboration software solution Prolaborate. Prolaborate will now be offered as part of Sparx’s Pro Cloud Server. According to the company, the collaboration software leverages Enterprise Architect and enables users to analyze, interact and make key decisions. “Prolaborate is a perfect compliment to […]

Report: Developers slow to adopt low-code and no-code solutions

Tools for rapid application development have been around for decades, yet despite the hype and benefits surrounding low-code and no-code development, developers are slow to use them, according to a new report. The Evans Data Global Development Survey is conducted every six months and is based on the responses of more than 1,400 developers worldwide. […]

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Evergreen

Segment, the developers of this week’s highlighted open-source project Evergreen, had a core set of beliefs in mind when they set out to design their robust framework of flexible and enterprise-ready React components. According to the project’s GitHub: “Evergreen is built on the belief that you can never predict all future requirements, only prepare for […]

Data Theorem launches API security solution for serverless and microservices

The rise of microservices and serverless applications has enabled developers to build apps at scale and with less complexity at lower costs. But these new modern apps also come with a new set of issues and problems developers have to be concerned about. Data Theorem today announced new automated API solutions aimed at addressing threats […]

Apache ServiceComb is now an ASF Top-Level Project

The Apache Software Foundation has announced that Apache ServiceComb is graduating from the Apache Incubator and is headed for Top-Level status. Apache ServiceComb is an open-source microservices software framework for building and managing microservices. “We are very proud that ServiceComb has arrived at this important milestone,” said Willem Jiang, vice president of Apache ServiceComb. “ServiceComb […]

SD Times news digest: Android’s free e-learning platform, PipelineDB 1.0, and Mozilla’s healthier IoT program

Google is offering Android developers free tools for succeeding on Google Play. The brand new e-learning platform, Google Play’s Academy for App Success, will feature learning paths, interactive lessons, assessments and achievements. “Whether you’re looking to grow your audience, understand performance metrics, or increase revenue, Play Academy is here to help you understand the best […]

Node.js 10.x entering LTS as Node.js 11 enters current version status

The Node.js Foundation has announced Node.js 11 is moving up to the current release line as of this week. As part of this announcement, Node.j 10.x will more to Long Term Support status by the end of the month.  “When Node.js 10.x becomes the latest LTS version, it is ready to be used in production […]

People, Not Robots: Bringing the Humanity Back to Customer Support

(Adapted from a keynote I gave at Lean Digital Summit in Lisbon this month.) Good help is hard to find. I dread calling the credit card company, the phone company, any service provider, including and maybe especially SaaS companies. I anticipate talking to someone who is poorly trained, under-paid, powerless, and miserable. I anticipate their frustration […]

Richard Stallman releases GNU Kind Communication Guidelines

In an effort to steer conversations in a kinder direction, Richard Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation and founder of the GNU project, has announced the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines. The guidelines were created after a conversation that GNU development pushes people like women away. “The GNU Project encourages contributions from anyone who wishes […]

CollabNet VersionOne, Compuware bring DevOps to mainframe development

CollabNet VersionOne and Compuware announced the integration of Compuware’s ISPW mainframe source-code management tool and CollabNet VersionOne’s Continuum release delivery platform. This continues their effort to bring mainframe software development into the digital value chain, the companies said. The integration will allow mainframe developers to track and control projects through the development pipeline from Continuum, […]

SD Times news digest: AWS Serverless Application Model for Jenkins, Bitnami’s Stacksmith Public, and AgilePoint partners with UiPath

The Jenkins project has added a new Jenkins plugin to help developers easily read and deploy AWS serverless functions from existing Jenkins pipeline automation processes. The AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM) plugin will increase Jenkins’ support for “as code” configuration, extend users’ ability to adopt modern technology and automate legacy software, and tighten the […]

Oracle OpenWorld prepares for a next-generation cloud

Oracle sees a new cloud on the horizon. The company announced its vision for a second-generation cloud at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this week. According to the company, this new era of cloud will take advantage of modern technologies to offer autonomous capabilities, advanced security, improved performance and cost advantages. “Our goal has always […]

OpenAI develops new approach to measure success of complex AI tasks

OpenAI has developed a new approach to improving artificial intelligence (AI) safety. The new technique is called iterated amplification, and it allows developers to measure the ability of a machine learning system to perform complex tasks. Currently, when machine learning systems are trained to perform a task researchers need a training signal that will evaluate […]

SD Times news digest: GitLab 11.4 released, Healthcare.gov breached, and Tableau’s roadmap

GitLab has announced the release of GitLab 11.4. According to the company, this update includes new features that will enable teams to more efficiently work together. The latest release will offer more efficient code reviews with new features such as Merge Request Reviews and a file tree for diffs. GitLab is also introducing Feature Flags, […]

The Myth of the Overnight Sensation

https://medium.com/media/06cff448f275dc01ba155f019baeb145/href Before the viral unicorn poop video, before the appearances on Shark Tank and Dr. Oz and Howard Stern — Bobby Edwards was showing his invention at conventions and sending it to alternative health bloggers in hopes of getting coverage. The invention? Squatty Potty, a plastic stool that puts you in a squatting position to poop better. […]

SD Times news digest: Altova Version 2019, European Commission approves Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition, and Linux 4.19

Altova has announced MissionKit Version 2019. The new release adds a newly redesigned UI that provides support for high-PPI monitors, support for data mapping of Protocol Buffers in MapForce, new standards support, and a new add-in for Excel called Altova Solvency II XBRL. “To support developers working on high-res displays, we have given XMLSpy and […]

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 […]

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 to improve 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. “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 years, […]

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