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MIT researchers develop an automatic software bug-repair system

MIT researchers want to fix software bugs by borrowing functionality from other apps. “Over time, what you’d be doing is building this hybrid system that takes the best components from all these [other] implementations,” said Stelios Sidiroglou-Douskos, research scientist at MIT’s CSAIL. (Related: Google expands bug bounty program to Android) The researchers have developed CodePhage, …


Zettaset patents Big Data access management

You want to keep your hot data hot and your cold data cold. That’s the idea behind a data-access-management patent issued to Zettaset on June 23. The new technology, dubbed “DiamondLane” by the company, allows administrators and developers to prioritize the storage of data based on its “temperature.” That temperature setting amounts to varying degrees …


Analyst View: Your next platform will be a digital business cornerstone

Having been the first to move on advanced digital customer experiences, consumer-brand companies like GE, Home Depot, Lowes, Coca-Cola, and Under Armour/MapMyRun learned that the platforms for their modern digital apps are as crucial to their success as investments in capital, supply chain, labor, and product management. Yet, in the age of the customer, these …

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Oracle v. Google case turned down by Supreme Court

After four years of litigation, the legal fistfight between Google and Oracle will not be tried in the top court of the land. The Supreme Court decided today that it would not hear arguments in the ongoing battle over the Java APIs. The fight between Google and Oracle centers on Google’s use of portions of …


Visual Studio 2015’s release date, Google spells the end for Eclipse Android Developer Tools support, and Meteor acquires Percolate Studio—SD Times news digest: June 29, 2015

Microsoft has announced that the final RTMs of Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET 4.6 will be available for download on July 20. More details are available in a blog post from S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Developer Division. Google sets end of support date for Eclipse ADT Google has …


Navigating through an open-source world

Open-source software is becoming the backbone of the software development industry, helping to spur innovation, reduce time to market and lower costs. According to Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, almost every device or piece of software we use today contains some open-source code. “There are hundreds and thousands of products and services …


What the Dynatrace/Keynote merger means for APM

Dynatrace’s chief marketing officer Nicolas Robbe described walking through the company’s Boston office into an open, rounded room with bright screens lining the walls all displaying cloud infrastructure and applications. As DevOps and business stakeholders have grown more aware of and reliant upon the detailed data afforded organizations through application performance-management tools, this “cockpit,” as …


Guest View: U.S. encryption export controls and misconceptions

As global trading explodes, U.S. software companies are expanding their sales and product development internationally. Whether it’s a small company beginning to sell internationally or a sophisticated company looking to outsource product development, one issue often overlooked or misunderstood is how encryption functionally can impact, and in some cases restrict, international activities. These restrictions arise …


Microsoft’s HoloLens is going to space

Microsoft and NASA have announced a collaboration to bring the HoloLens computing platform to space. As part of a project called Sidekick, Microsoft’s virtual reality headset will provide aid to astronauts. “HoloLens and other virtual and mixed-reality devices are cutting-edge technologies that could help drive future exploration and provide new capabilities to the men and …


Google’s newest self-driving vehicles hit the road, Rust 1.1 and Rust 1.2 beta, and Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 mobile build—SD Times news digest: June 26, 2015

Google’s new prototypes of its autonomous vehicles have hit the road in Mountain View, Calif. The latest prototypes are designed to be fully self-driving, working without a steering wheel or pedals. During the testing process, safety drivers will be on board and will have the ability to take control of the car if needed. In …


SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: 4, the emoji programming language

Emojis are taking over. They’re already edging out text as the alpha dog of SMS messaging, and now members of the 4chan image board are aiming to supplant code with the tiny emoticons as well. According to FourMan, the mysterious developer behind 4, the programming language aims to be easy to use and made up …


Google is setting up a GitHub rival

Google has been quietly offering free beta access to a service that seems very similar to GitHub, according to VentureBeat. Google Cloud Source Repositories is the company’s unannounced new service that allows users to host their Git repositories, and to browse, edit, commit and debug them. In an e-mail to VentureBeat, product manager for Google …


Guest View: How knowledge-management systems support software development

Software development is not only knowledge-intensive work, it is knowledge-sharing-intensive work. A huge amount of knowledge sharing is required among software architects, engineers, product managers, project managers, developers, QA testers, and so on. In this environment, companies that implement a knowledge-sharing process thrive, while those who don’t learn how to share knowledge effectively can quickly …


Amazon drops $100 million investment on Alexa voice technology

Amazon has announced it will, along with other investing companies, invest up to US$100 million to fund voice-based technology innovation. The Alexa Fund, named after the digital assistant service in the Amazon Echo device, will invest in people and companies developing hardware products that would benefit from Alexa’s voice interface; new features and functionality for …

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