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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

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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

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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

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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 … continue reading

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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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Security is front and center for developers

When it was announced on June 8 that OpenSSL was vulnerable to a dangerous new attack that could reveal security certificates to an attacker, the Internet spent a few days in panic mode. Thousands, if not millions, of sites used (and still use) OpenSSL, and the fix for the problem took a few days to … continue reading

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Docker buys company behind Fig

Docker announced today that it has acquired Orchard Laboratories, the company behind the Fig. The acquisition will bring Orchard’s CEO Ben Firshman and cofounder Aanand Prasad in-house to work on other projects. Fig will be brought into Docker as well, where it will now grow and evolve as a Docker project. The Orchard hosting service … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: Making art out of numbers

We all know that, at its core, programming is about math. And there are plenty of examples out there of beautiful math; most are familiar with fractals and computer-generated images such as 3D landscapes. But there is another way to use all that math to make art: demos. If you grew up on computers in … continue reading

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Cisco opens DevNet portal

Cisco has unveiled DevNet, its online portal for developers looking to work with Cisco products. In a blog entry discussing a software-intense future, Susie Wee, Cisco’s vice president and CTO of networked experience, wrote that Cisco would be making resources available to developers worldwide through the DevNet site. Already, DevNet hosts forums and information on … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: The new Microsoft

For your edification, the term “pink slip,” which has largely fallen out of favor due to our paperless offices, originates with the Ford Motor Corporation. While there is only word-of-mouth evidence out there, the term is said to have come from slips that were placed in worker cubbyholes at the end of each day. White … continue reading

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Chef expands abilities around Containers

Chef Software today announced a number of improvements to the configuration management software of the same name. Top on the list of updates is the inclusion of support for Docker. Over the course of the past year, the platform has expanded its capabilities around Linux Containers, and today, Chef now supports the building and deploying … continue reading

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