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Alation launches data query system based on natural language processing

Just as Google offers one place to search for all online data, Alation is hoping to offer a single place for enterprises to search their data. Alation, launched officially this morning, is a startup with software that ties into a company’s data stores, and then gives users a natural language search interface for querying that … continue reading

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API management comes of age

The acronym API has come a long way. In 1980, asking about an API meant building something for a massive corporate software package. In the 1990s it meant building with the tools for a 3D card or a sound card. Today, however, the term tends to mean just one thing: RESTful Web APIs. And what … continue reading

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SourceForge removes offending Binkiland software from its installer

SourceForge has removed Binkiland, software believed to be malware by users of the open-source code repository, from its well of installer options for developers. Roberto Galoppini, director of the SourceForge Community, explained that the company tries to review all of the third-party, paid-for-install software before it goes into its installer, but sometimes they have to … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: When good software developers go bad

By now you’ve probably heard of Ross Ulbricht and Silk Road. When he was apprehended last year in San Francisco and charged with running the world’s largest online drug and illegal goods marketplace, he was at a local library using the wireless network to log in to his black market business. Ulbricht is still claiming … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: SourceForge now a source of malware

UPDATE: SourceForge has removed the offending Binkiland software from its installer. Read the full story here.  If you’ve been working with software for longer than five years, then you can remember a time when SourceForge was one of the pillars of open-source software. It used to be the only good place to go to find fresh … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: A giant trough of open-source libraries

This weekend, I stumbled across a relatively new site: Libraries.io. It’s a massive database of programming libraries, sorted by language, platform and license. As this is a large well from which to draw software development goodness, I thought we’d drop in a bucket and see what they had to offer. A cursory glance through the … continue reading

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NVIDIA takes learning deep

It’s been a few years since hardware makers found it fashionable to sell computers directly to the developer. Workstations were mainstay devices for developers in the 1980s and 1990s, but the turn of the millennium brought with it a preference toward generic PCs for development machines. NVIDIA is hoping to change this with the Digits … continue reading

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Checking in with OpenJDK 9

OpenJDK 9 doesn’t yet have a set release date, but the project is continuing apace. With project Jigsaw as the headliner of the effort, the developers working on OpenJDK 9 have been tweezing apart the bits and pieces of Java to make the platform more modular overall. Project Jigsaw is no small effort. At JavaOne … continue reading

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JFrog takes on enterprise artifact complexity with Docker

Enterprise software development generates a lot of bundles of files, from deployable artifacts to binary blobs. Keeping all of those artifacts straight has long been the task at which JFrog’s Artifactory excels. Now, containers are making it into the mix in a big way. Artifactory has supported Docker containers since September. This binary repository-management solution … continue reading

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DataStax gets ready for graphs

DataStax plans to take its key-value store and add graph capabilities with the release later this year of DataStax Enterprise Graph. On Feb. 3, DataStax snatched up the maker of the TitanDB graph database, Aurelius. The move might have been somewhat suspicious at the time, as DataStax had been focusing all of its corporate energy … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: Updating POSIX poses a problem

When Mischa Spiegelmock takes interest in something about the history of software, it’s best to just get out of his way. This was the case, yesterday, when he published a little blog he’d written about POSIX. The results of his experiment basically proves that the old ways of building democratized, community-driven software are completely ridiculous … continue reading

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Wearables TechCon explores future of wearables, including Apple’s

While Apple was announcing the final set of features for its watch on Monday morning, Wearables TechCon was taking place just 50 miles away. Wearables TechCon attendees were abuzz about the new watch, but not just because they wanted to purchase one: They were excited to see one of the world’s largest company validating the … continue reading

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