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GNU community members uncover international government surveillance program

Just when you thought public opinion of the NSA couldn’t get any worse, the United States is implicated in another massive government surveillance program. Community members of the open-source GNU Project have unearthed evidence of HACIENDA, a government surveillance program used to map servers in 27 countries. Discovered by security researchers Julian Kirsch, Christian Grothoff, …


The most popular open-source cloud projects of 2014

When it comes to open-source cloud projects, OpenStack is on top, according to a survey conducted by the Linux Foundation and analysis organization The New Stack. While the open-source software for building private and public clouds is only 4 years old, the results aren’t too surprising. The project has received support from leading industry giants …

The EFF wants developers to help defend online security

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has developed numerous technology projects that aim to defend online freedom, privacy and security, and now it wants the help of developers. The EFF has announced Coding with EFF, an initiative to get developers to assist on their open-source projects. “We at EFF are always excited to unveil new ways for …

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SD Times news digest: August 22, 2014—Microsoft’s DocumentDB and Azure Search-as-a-Service, Kivy library, and EngineYard’s PouchDB

Microsoft announces DocumentDB and Azure Search-as-a-Service Microsoft has announced several services for its Azure cloud platform, including DocumentDB, a fully managed NoSQL document database service. Blog posts from Microsoft Azure product marketing director Vibhor Kapoor and Azure senior program manager Ryan CrawCour detail the new services, which in addition to the NoSQL service feature Azure …


Top 5 projects trending on GitHub

#1: Satellizer Satellizer is an end-to-end, token-based authentication module for AngularJS with built-in support for Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter authentication providers. Developed by Sahat Yalkabov, Satellizer lets developers add any OAuth 1.0 or 2.0 provider by passing provider-specific information during the configuration step, according to its GitHub page. #2: Scraperjs Scraperjs is a versatile …


Kony combines MADP, MBaaS and PaaS into one platform

Kony wants to speed up mobile app development with the latest release of MobileFabric, its app development solution that combines a mobile application development platform (MADP), Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS), API management and Platform-as-a-Service infrastructure. “Today our customers have to make difficult choices on which different technology platform to pick that supports their requirements,” said Burley …


SD Times news digest: August 21, 2014—VMware acquires CloudVolumes, FireEye reports Android SSL bugs, Facebook adds Oculus to bug bounty program

VMware acquires desktop application delivery startup CloudVolumes Cloud and virtualization software provider VMware has acquired CloudVolumes, a startup focused on desktop application delivery. CloudVolumes’ platform will enable VMware to build real-time application delivery tools across its end-user, datacenter and hybrid cloud platforms. CloudVolumes virtualizes application-management process above the OS, eliminating the need for virtual machine …


Code Watch: Find a fish on StackOverflow, you eat for a day…

If there is one thing that analytics reveal about technical writing, it’s that developers want code, not concepts. Programmers have a problem, and they want the solution to that problem now, not below the fold after a multi-thousand-word discourse. (Umm… The answer to this column is C = 5/9 * (F – 32).) When it …


Espresso Logic brings NoSQL and SQL data together into a single API

One of the biggest problems developers face when building data-driven apps is having to access data from multiple data sources, according to R. Paul Singh, CEO of Espresso Logic. “What we are seeing and hearing is a lot of customers’ data isn’t in SQL only; they also have it in NoSQL databases,” he said. “Having …


SD Times news digest: August 20, 2014—HTC One Windows Phone, Qt updates, and VisuAlgo

HTC now offering a Windows Phone software version for the HTC One (M8) HTC is adding a new software option to its HTC One (M8) smartphone. The company recently unveiled the HTC One (M8) for Windows as a Version exclusive. “Consumers love the HTC One (M8), and today’s introduction extends that enthusiasm to new audiences …

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Docker does deployment deconstruction

It’s only really been two years since Docker came onto the scene, but in that time, the technology has leapfrogged other methods of deployment to become the hottest new thing in software development. Companies like CoreOS, IBM, Red Hat and massive telecom CenturyLink have all jumped on board the Docker bandwagon. CoreOS, for example, acquired …


Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

Steve Ballmer has always been an all-in kind of guy. When he does something, he does it big. So when Ballmer officially took over as owner of an NBA franchise on Monday, all of the ex-Microsoft CEO’s boisterous attention shifted squarely from Clippy to the Clippers. Microsoft published a letter from Ballmer to current CEO …

SD Times news digest: August 19, 2014—C++14, .NET 4.0 end-of-life, and Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio

C++14 standard gains approval The next official version of C++ is on its way to publication after the C++14 standard ballot was unanimously approved. According to a blog post from Visual C++ language architect and ISO C++ committee chairman Herb Sutter, the C++14 document will now be sent to the ISO/IEC for official approval. Some …


Analyst Watch: Digital experience delivery requires a strategic transformation

Companies today face a fatal disconnect: Customer experience is a strategic imperative for many, but few have a strategic technology vision that helps them deliver on that promise. In contrast, firms known for delivering differentiated experiences are able to design, launch and deliver them largely because their strategic and technology strategies are aligned. Organizations that …

Java 7's dependency graph, which future versions seek to simplify.

The Java 9 feature set is listed for the first time

The next major release of Java will be a modular one. Project Jigsaw, along with five other proposals (formerly called JSRs, now called Java Enhancement Proposals, or JEPs) have been slated for release in Java SE 9. While no release date has been given, this is the first official feature-set announcement for OpenJDK 9 and …

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Video: Bill Gates raises the bar for the ALS ice bucket challenge

Bill Gates gladly accepted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s nomination to the ALS ice bucket challenge, but Gates resolved to “do it better than it’s been done.” The cofounder and former Microsoft CEO had some nerdy fun with the viral challenge to raise awareness for ALS, drawing up a detailed design and welding together his own …


SD Times news digest: August 18, 2014—Minecraft makes LearnToMod, XRay tracks the use of online personal data

Minecraft mod teaches kids how to code A new mod from Minecraft looks to teach kids how to code along with teaching them how to mod. Kids can use Blockly, JavaScript or a combination of the two to code. “Blockly is a great way to learn deep computer science concepts like if statements, loops, data …

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    ChaIlenging Some of the Myths About Static Code Analysis

    Static code analysis, or SCA, can be described as the analysis of whole-program source code without the execution of that program. A number of interpretations and even misconceptions about this technology and how it impacts or benefits you, the developer, have emerged over time. Thankfully, there is also a lot of information about the many …

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    How to Scale .NET Apps with Distributed Caching

    Live Date: Tuesday September 23, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00PM EST Learn what are the scalability bottlenecks for your .NET applications and how you can remove these bottlenecks with distributed caching. This webinar will cover: 1. Quick overview of scalability bottlenecks in .NET applications 2. What is distributed caching and why is it the answer? …

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    Overcome the challenges of data integration

    Today’s technology trends — cloud services, business process outsourcing, mobile, and the growing Internet of Things — have upended the way businesses operate in almost every industry. There are unprecedented opportunities to turn data into a strategic benefit: Reconciling customer identities Managing master data Integrating unstructured messages such as emails Enterprise data integration (EDI), or high-speed …

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    Next-Generation Testing: The Key to Continuous Delivery

    Dramatically accelerating the time-to-market of your applications through Continuous Delivery and DevOps is becoming a requirement for enterprises in all industries. Maintaining your applications’ quality is the most critical component of a successful Continuous Delivery strategy. This means that testing needs to be the central element of your delivery processes and teams. Download this whitepaper …

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    Five Reasons why Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation 

    The Agile software development methodology is composed of a number of techniques designed to help deliver incremental releases of high-quality software more quickly than ever before. In this paper we present five distinct challenges that if left unaddressed will drastically reduce an organization’s ability to gain the benefits promised by a move to Agile development methods. …

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    Challenges and Characteristics of Enterprise Continuous Integration

    Enterprises should plan accordingly when choosing a continuous integration (CI) system and verify that the CI system characteristics will meet the needs of enterprise software development. This white paper outlines the challenges and characteristics in real-world, enterprise continuous integration, such as: No centralized built-test-deploy infrastructure Difficulty scaling build-test-deploy environment Testing & resource administration increase in …

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    Transforming Testing Through Automation

    “Test your code as you write it.” That’s a common mantra heard in many development teams today. However, for too many, that practice remains a lofty goal as opposed to a business reality. They lack the appropriate metrics and processes to make and measure progress and often underestimate the effort required to manage the cultural …

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    Development testing for C# applications

    Static analysis shouldn’t be about finding loads of coding style or standard issues. It should be focused on finding the most critical defects. Although traditional byte code analysis solutions such as FxCop are useful, they can miss critical, crash causing defects – plus produce a large set of coding style issues, which can slow down …

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    Test early, test often. Continuous testing as part of the DevOps lifecycle

    Today’s modern applications require an unprecedented level of connectivity and dependence between systems, processes and infrastructure. But testing these composite, heterogeneous applications, products and services that are the result of this innovation can be a challenge. As software development teams find innovative ways to increase agility, test teams must make sure that quality software is being developed while matching the …

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    A Rational approach to integration testing

    Applications today are evolving at an ever-faster pace, building on a complex, interconnected set of services that includes disparate technologies, developers, deployment topologies and organizations. Developers must deliver high-quality applications while limiting their testing expenses. In this challenging environment, a combination of automated integration testing and test virtualization can enable test teams to improve quality and keep …

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    The Elements of Success

    It takes a test tube of innovation, a beaker of leadership and a graduated cylinder of “buzz” to create the chemistry required to be the software industry’s best. And that’s who the editors of SD Times have recognized for 2014. Judged by the editors of SD Times each spring, the SD Times 100 recognizes the …

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    The ISV’s Checklist for Cloud-Scale Database Management Systems

    As cloud computing has risen into the mainstream, ISVs have headed to the cloud for more reasons than just leveraging it as a technical enabler or a cost saver. Your customers are demanding the kind of speed and flexibility that only the cloud can provide. They may also be expecting your software to do things …

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    Best Practices in Release and Deployment Management

    The velocity and complexity of application releases continue to increase as businesses try to gain competitive advantage. Manual deployments, poor collaboration between teams, and lack of control of the release process all lead to poor quality releases at a high cost to the business. In order to achieve higher levels of performance, organizations should use …

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    E-Learning Provider Reduces Liferay Development Time with JRebel

    “Redeployment is a big problem for my application…Java Classes are a pain,” said CEO/Founder of MS Learning & Consulting, Muhammed Shakir. Shakir was building a portal application for a production website, and facing 30-35 minutes of turnaround time every hour. That’s 30-35 minutes essentially wasted.In this case study, learn how MSLC was able to view …

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