0922.sdt-blog

The Bubble, she gonna burst

I’m calling it now. Keeping in mind while I do this that I have been fabulously wrong in my predictions before, I am now, as we speak, calling this the peak. The bubble might get a little bigger, but it’s coming time for it to pop. Again, I’ve been very wrong before. I called tablets … continue reading

0919.sdt-blog-oracle

Larry Ellison’s no longer CEO, but he’s still very much there

Larry Ellison yesterday announced that he would be stepping down from his position as CEO of Oracle. Instead of CEO, Ellison will now be Oracle’s CTO, and Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be sharing the CEO duties. Is this a big deal? Not really. In terms of the day-to-day running of Oracle, I cannot … continue reading

Image courtesy of Walgreens and Heartland Mobile Council

The big business of APIs

When was the last time you dropped off a roll of film to be developed at the local drug store or supermarket? Walgreens software developers were sure there was a way to get people to come back in to pick up pictures again. But the competition was removing its photo development in the face of … continue reading

0909.sdt-shippable

Shippable ships new version of Continuous Deployment software

Cloud-based Continuous Integration is a scary proposition, what with all the security breaches in the news lately. For enterprises that aren’t prepared to completely commit to cloud-based CI and Continuous Delivery, Shippable has released version 2.0 of its self-titled CI platform today, which for the first time includes the ability to deploy in hybrid or … continue reading

Chef-Analytics

Chef 12 blends open-source, commercial versions

The software cooks at Chef today have put out the first release candidate for version 12 of the configuration-management platform. This is the first version of Chef to include rules-based controls and multi-tenancy support in both commercial and open-source versions, thus removing the distinctions between the two. Instead, Chef will now charge users with more … continue reading

0903.sdt-jcache

After 13 years, JCache specification is finally complete

On March 6, 2001, a specification proposal was born within the JCP. It was called JSR 107: Java Temporary Caching API (JCache for short) and it seemed doomed to languish within the JCP longer than any other specification proposal for the language. But almost exactly 13 years later, in March of this year, the specification … continue reading

0829.sdt-syphon

Syphon moves us one step closer to the Holodeck

If you’re reading this, there’s a better than 90% chance you’ve seen “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” If so, you’re familiar with the Holodeck: a room where 3D interactive worlds can be generated for users. We’re nowhere near those 3D projected light objects, but we are getting remarkably close to the ability to make a … continue reading

EVORAIL

VMware cozies up to Docker, hardware

VMware yesterday announced a new effort to sell its software pre-installed on a new server form factor, and to bring new partners like Docker onto its platform. VMware’s EVO:RAIL system is a new take on server hardware based on the VMware stack. Working with hardware vendors like EMC, these servers will come pre-installed with VMware … continue reading

Intel Parallel Studio 2015 updates compilers, tool chain

OpenMP 4.0 has made its way into the Intel compiler set. The company today announced the release of the Intel Parallel Studio XE 2015 family, which includes three different bundles of tools for developers working in C, C++ and FORTRAN. With the introduction of support for OpenMP 4.0 comes the ability to apply explicit vector … continue reading

Andi Gutmans, CTO of Zend Technologies

PHP gets new cloud support from Amazon and Zend

PHP has been a staple of Web development for longer than Wikipedia’s existence. But the language has rarely received much love from the software development community due to its less bureaucratic governing body and reputation for being copy/paste friendly. But the PHP community is still growing, as is evidenced by new offerings from Amazon and … continue reading

CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi

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 … continue reading

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 … continue reading

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