Facebook’s Create React Native App, Google’s Android fraud botnet Chamois, and Intel Clear Containers updates to v2.1.1—SD Times news digest: March 14, 2017

Facebook announced the Create React Native App for React Native. Create React is a new tool that makes it easier to get started with a React Native project. It’s inspired by the design of the Create React App, and is the result of a collaboration between Facebook and Expo. With this tool, developers can develop … continue reading

Google introduces invisible reCAPTCHA, beta launch of Cloud Functions for Firebase, and Kaggle joins Google Cloud—SD Times news digest: March 10, 2017

Google is taking reCAPTCHA one step further by making it invisible. Now, human users will be let through without seeing the “I’m not a robot” checkbox, and bot and suspicious users will have to solve challenges that use Google’s risk analysis algorithms. The advantage of reCAPTCHA is its enhanced security, according to Google. It’s a … continue reading

GitHub’s Open Source Guides, IBM Machine Learning, and Stack Overflow’s top nav redesign—SD Times news digest: Feb. 15, 2017

GitHub is making it easier for developers to participate in open-source software. The company announced its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources designed to help developers approach and contribute to open source. According to GitHub, the guides will help developers find users for their projects, help them manage large-open source communities, and improve workflow.   … continue reading

CNCF saves RethinkDB by purchasing code and contributing it to the Linux Foundation

RethinkDB shut down last October. Yet, there is hope for its community and the companies that invested in the database system, as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation today announced it has purchased the source code, relicensed it under the Apache License, and contributed it to the Linux Foundation. CNCF paid US$25,000 to purchase the RethinkDB … continue reading

Apache Beam goes top level

The Apache Foundation this morning announced the promotion of Apache Beam to the top level. That’s good news for the many contributors and users of this unified programming model, which allows them to write batch and streaming jobs at the same time, and to run the resulting artifact on various execution engines. Within the Hadoop … continue reading

Guest View: The first release of Apache Arrow

Work on Apache Arrow has been progressing rapidly since its inception earlier this year, and now Arrow is the open-source standard for columnar in-memory execution, enabling fast vectorized data processing and interoperability across the Big Data ecosystem. Background Apache Parquet is now the de facto standard for columnar storage on disk, and building on that … continue reading

TestPlant survey finds increase in automation, Software AG launches IoT kit, and Samsung discontinues the Galaxy Note 7—SD Times news digest: Oct. 11, 2016

TestPlant has announced the results of its 2016 User Survey, finding that there is a clear increase in the use of automation and application-level load testing. TestPlant gathered almost 200 eggPlant users, and according to those surveyed, test automation is increasing dramatically. The survey found that more than 60% of respondents said they have achieved … continue reading

Proposal has NetBeans moving to Apache Incubator

This story has been updated to clarify the details of Geertjan Wielenga’s proposal. Geertjan Wielenga, working on behalf of Oracle, submitted a proposal to bring NetBeans to the Apache Software Foundation. Wielenga has been the project manager of NetBeans for many years, and his proposal seeks to bring NetBeans to a neutral third party so … continue reading

The Apache Foundation board is reining in DataStax

On Aug. 19, DataStax cofounder and CTO Jonathan Ellis announced he would step down as chairman of the Project Management Committee (PMC) for the Apache Cassandra Project. At the time, in a blog post, he made no mention of pressure from inside the Foundation to oust him. The Apache board of directors, however, has admitted … continue reading

Chatting Cassandra with Jonathan Ellis

Tomorrow morning, Cassandra Summit kicks off in San Jose. The event highlights the growth in popularity of the Apache Cassandra NoSQL project, as well as the expansion of Valley-darling database company DataStax. We caught up with DataStax cofounder and CTO Jonathan Ellis to chat about his recent decision to step down from the chairmanship of … continue reading

Jonathan Ellis steps down from Cassandra Project

DataStax CTO Jonathan Ellis has stepped down from his position as chairman of the Apache Cassandra Project. As a cofounder of DataStax, he has been directing the Cassandra Project since 2010. On Friday Ellis announced his intention to step down. “In my case, I have been serving as the Chair for Apache Cassandra for seven … continue reading

Databricks’ release of Apache Spark 2.0 makes things easier, faster, smarter for developers

Databricks has announced the general availability of Apache Spark 2.0 on its platform, building on what the Databricks community has learned and focusing on three themes: ease of use, more speed, and more intelligence, according to the company. From the preview release of Apache Spark 2.0, Databricks said that 10% of its clusters were already … continue reading

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