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Rancher Labs builds Linux system for Docker

As Docker continues to gain popularity, more and more minimalist operating systems are emerging to run the platform in production and at scale. Rancher Labs recently announced a new open-source operating system designed explicitly for Docker. While Docker is able run on almost any Linux distribution, RancherOS was conceptualized out of the company’s own needs, …

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Silver extends Swift development to Android and .NET

Eight months after Apple debuted Swift, a new third-party implementation is extending the programming language beyond iOS onto Android and .NET. As new programming languages experience rapid spikes in popularity and adoption, the development communities around them often emerge to fill gaps in the tool chain the creators hadn’t yet addressed. It’s a natural cycle …

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SD Times Blog: The Amazonian apocalypse, part 2

It was only a few short months ago that a vulnerability in the Xen Hypervisor resulted in problems for Amazon’s EC2. We called it the Amazonian apocalypse then, and the time has come for its sequel. Last time, as you may recall, servers were chunked into sections and given windows during which they needed to …

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Industry Watch: Developing apps horizontally

The most important change in how custom software is created these days has nothing to do with programming languages, development environments, agile methodologies or code repositories. Instead, it’s about taking a horizontal approach to application development, which allows for shared resources, composite pieces and staying up to date. That’s the view of Matt Calkins, CEO …

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Developer proposes io.js reconciliation with Node.js, mobile app security issues, gRPC, and Android Pay API—SD Times news digest: Feb. 27, 2015

Mikeal Rogers, a developer on the io.js team and an active member of the Node community, has posted a proposal on GitHub for reconciliation of the io.js fork with Node.js. Rogers posted an open GitHub proposal entitled “Reconciliation Proposal #978,” laying out preliminary plans for the merger, the technical governance structure, proposed working groups, and …

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: RancherOS

This week, we are featuring a new open-source project dedicated to Docker: RancherOS. RancherOS, created by Rancher Labs, is an operating system designed to fully embrace Docker. “At Rancher Labs we focus on building tools that help customers run Docker in production, and we think RancherOS will be an excellent choice for anyone who wants …

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Mitchell Hashimoto is automating the world

As a teenager with too much free time, Mitchell Hashimoto’s natural coding ability and love of video games got him in a bit of trouble. Under threat of legal action from Neopets and others, the enterprising 14 year-old high school freshman forcibly shut down his US$25-per-month membership site selling automated video game cheats he coded …

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Analyst Watch: Microsoft HoloLens: Anticipating the next age of mobile computing

Microsoft’s HoloLens was one of the surprise highlights of the Windows 10 preview event held in January on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond. It was positioned as a holographic augmented reality device that would allow a user to change dynamically the appearance of the world around us. But this is far more than what was presented. …

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Docker unveils betas of new tools

When Docker was first released in March of 2013, it stood on its own as a way to encapsulate and run applications inside isolated Linux Containers. Today, Docker released beta versions of tools that should ease the deployment and management of multiple Docker Containers. Today, Docker announced the first beta releases for Docker Machine and …

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Android for Work, Microsoft’s cross-platform Garage apps, and an Oculus VR app developer contest—SD Times news digest: Feb. 26, 2015

Google has launched Android for Work, a set of mobile enterprise tools for employees to use personal and business applications on the same Android device. The suite of enterprise app-management and security services includes encrypted work profiles, built-in productivity tools integrated with Google Drive, and a standalone app and app store—the Android for Work app …

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Code Watch: The five essential rules of software project management

Although the point of this column is to discuss “where the rubber meets the road” of software development rather than theory, if you read SD Times, you are most likely managing a software development team or teams. As endlessly challenging as code is, dealing with people is, by far, the harder part of developing software …

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Milestone ECMAScript 6 on track for June release

ECMAScript 6, the landmark official update to JavaScript, has entered the next phase of the standardization process along the road to a June 2015 wide release. ECMAScript 6 will be the first update to standardized JavaScript since 2009, and the first truly foundational restructuring of the language since 1999. The overarching goal of ECMAScript 6 …

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IBM’s new mobile, cloud services, Mozilla’s JavaScript Internationalization API, and Python 3.4.3—SD Times news digest: Feb. 25, 2015

At the IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM announced modular mobile solutions, a new hybrid cloud initiative, enterprise and developer cloud services, and IBM Enterprise Containers. IBM laid out plans to develop half a dozen native, HTML5 or hybrid-optimized apps on the IBM MobileFirst platform to build and deploy mobile apps, or …

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Apache HBase hits 1.0

After eight years of development, Apache HBase officially reached version 1.0 yesterday. This stable release includes more than 1,500 bug fixes and changes, and has fully revised documentation. HBase is the database that runs inside of Hadoop, and can be used to store relational data from traditional data stores on the Hadoop File System. Michael …

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