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Gradle founder shows off Android build speedups

BZ Media’s Android Developer Conference kicked off today in Santa Clara, headlined by keynote speaker Hans Dockter creator of the Gradle build system and CEO of Gradle. He showed off some of the improvements his company is working into future releases of the system. Gradle is currently at version 2.9, but Dockter spoke about the …


Adobe moves away from the Flash brand

Adobe Flash is soon to be no more. The technology, which once was ubiquitous on desktops and browsers, will now be called Adobe Animate CC (for Creative Cloud) to reflect the changing times. The change comes as the Web moves more toward open Web and HTML5 standards. With the emergence of HTML5, the need for …


Netflix Engineering Team shows how to do Linux performance analysis

It only takes a minute to notice a performance issue. In 60,000 milliseconds, you can get a Linux performance, and the Netflix Performance Engineering team can show you how. Netflix has a EC2 Linux cloud, which is constantly monitored by performance-analysis tools to make sure everything is running smoothly. These tools include Atlas (for cloud …

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Guest View: The software debt crisis

Similar to the financial debt crisis facing many nations, the software industry is facing its own debt crisis caused by the continual development of software without the correct quality-control processes in place. Even industries that were traditionally mechanical are faced with the challenges of developing software like never before, as they strive to stay ahead …


How AI aims to save Wikipedia, Nokia’s VR camera OZO, and Facebook’s new SDK—SD Times news digest: Dec. 1, 2015

Wikipedia has a past of being notorious for incorrect information, since it’s a site that anyone can edit. Aaron Halfaker, a senior research scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation, has built an artificial intelligence (AI) engine to identify these acts of vandalism, a step toward replacing some of the volunteer editors with AIs. His engine relies …


Atlassian sets IPO price range

Reuters has reported that Atlassian is aiming for US$370 million for its IPO. In particular, the company’s baseline of 20 million shares will be set between $16.50 and $18.50. The company is expected to be listed on the NASDAQ exchange before the end of the year, according to Reuters. More details can be found here. …


PaaS gets a new lease on life

Derek Collison’s first cloud platform might have sterling credentials, but he now calls it a tarnished effort. “I see the writing on the wall. A couple years ago, I started saying PaaS is dead. I’m arguing that Cloud Foundry has not been able to keep up. At KubeCon [Google’s conference for the Kubernetes container orchestration …


AppDynamics updates its Application Intelligence Platform

AppDynamics has announced its Winter ’16 release, including what it called a significant upgrade to its Application Intelligence Platform for managing, monitoring and analyzing business-customer transactions. “Software is critical to business. You need to manage the experience and performance of the application,” said Kalyan Ramanathan, vice president of product marketing for AppDynamics. The platform update …


Programmers use code to develop poetry

Programmers use code to create apps, websites, cool new features and more. But, in a recent contest, they displayed a new way to utilize code: poetry. The Source Code Poetry 2015 contest showcased programmers who turned their computer skills into literary skills. “Real professionals know their stuff,” according to the contest’s website. “Real professionals talk, …


SD Times Blog: Cyber Monday highlights changes in software organizations

Cyber Monday: You’re soaking in it. If you’ve got the time to read this today, you clearly aren’t working in a company that has a major online retail component. Rather, you should be staring at your dashboards, religiously checking to see if anything has broken. Or if it’s broken now. Or now. Or maybe even …


Adware disguised as media player hits Android

Advertising is to be expected when using a mobile device. But a recently detected Android adware takes advertising to a whole new level by setting up other programs with advertisements in an unwanted and malicious way. It even steals confidential information from the victim. Discovered by “Dr. Web,” a group of Russian anti-virus specialists, Android.Spy.510 …


Code Watch: Let’s be clear about code clarity

Code is for communication. Good code is clear code. Clever code is crap. As Abelson and Sussman phrase it in “Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs,” “Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.” But we rarely open a source code out of pure intellectual curiosity; rather, we …


Raspberry Pi Zero, GE Health Cloud, and virtual wounds—SD Times news digest: Nov. 30, 2015

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new programmable computer at a lower cost. The foundation has unveiled the Raspberry Pi Zero, priced at US$5. The new computer features a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor, a micro-SD card slot, 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM, a mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output, and micro-USB sockets for data and …


Microsoft introduces PowerApps

While most of the world has gone mobile, Microsoft thinks there are still roadblocks keeping businesses from following suit. As a result, the company has announced PowerApps, a new enterprise software service designed to create, deliver and share business apps. “The way we work is changing. We are more mobile than ever before,” said Omar …

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