LinkedIn open sources Kafka Cruise Control

Although Apache Kafka is widely adopted, there are still operational challenges that teams run into when they try to run Kafka at scale. In order to restore balance to Kafka clusters, LinkedIn open sourced and developed Cruise Control, its general-purpose system that continuously monitors clusters and automatically adjusts the resources needed to meet pre-defined performance … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: Iris and Oncall

When things break at large companies, there’s usually an on-call team or engineer that’s ready to step in and make sure the problem gets fixed. However, the manual process of calling up an on-call engineer or contacting a second team member to fix the issue takes too long and automating this process is more efficient. … continue reading

LinkedIn donates Flashback mocking tool to open source

LinkedIn today has contributed Flashback, its internal Internet mocking tool, to open source. Flashback is a proxy server that enables users to capture, store and replay Internet transactions, so no Internet connection is required to test connections. “We wanted to make tests as automated as possible; we want to make it ‘not the test’s fault’” … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: Quill

You might have seen the news on Quill, the open-source WYSIWYG editor built for the web, earlier this week. Since it’s currently trending on GitHub and it’s a project specifically built for developers, Quill has made its way into the SD Times GitHub project of the week. It was only two years ago when Quill … continue reading

LinkedIn open-sources Android testing suite: Test Butler

In order to help mobile app developers with testing apps for the Android ecosystem at scale, LinkedIn announced that Test Butler, a new suite of tools that run large scale UI testing for Android, is now an open-source project. Today, mobile app developers face a few challenges. As mobile platforms grow, developers need to put … continue reading

LinkedIn open-sources URL-Detector Java library, LokiJS 1.4, and Bulgaria’s new open-source law—SD Times news digest: July 5, 2016

LinkedIn has open-sourced its URL-Detector Java library, which checks URLs for malware and phishing. LinkedIn wants to detect as many malicious links as it can, so it defines a URL to be anything that can resolute into a real site when typed into the address bar of a browser, according to a blog post. In … continue reading

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft has announced its plans to acquire the professional social network platform LinkedIn. The two companies have already entered into a definitive agreement at US$196 per share, a $26.2 billion transaction. “The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together we can accelerate … continue reading

Google’s machine learning chip, Apache Software Foundation’s new executive director, and the SBRA developer portal—SD Times news digest: May 19, 2016

There have been plenty of announcements coming out of Google I/O this week, and yesterday, Google said that one of its projects that was created years ago is helping it accomplish its own custom accelerators for machine learning applications. The result of that project is called a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), which is a custom … continue reading

GitHub introduces reactions, LinkedIn’s programming puzzle, and Microsoft’s experimental .NET Core debugging experience—SD Times news digest: March 11, 2016

GitHub is giving users the ability to express their feelings in pull requests, issues and comments. The company announced new reactions to conversations in order for users to get their feelings across more simply and effectively. “While people have been able to include emoji in responses for a long time, using them as reactions resulted … continue reading

Apple computers can’t handle Oculus Rift, Google development tips, and .NET Compatibility Diagnostics—SD Times news digest: March 4, 2016

Oculus Rift won’t be coming to Apple anytime soon, at least not to any of the Apple computers on the market today. According to Shack News, Apple computers aren’t good enough to handle the company’s virtual reality headset. “That is up to Apple. If they ever release a good computer, we will do it,” Palmer … continue reading

Microsoft acquires Android and iOS calendar app, Google releases new tools to measure cloud performance, and W3C announces the working draft of WebRTC 1.0—SD Times news digest: Feb. 12, 2015

Microsoft has officially announced its acquisition of Sunrise, developer of a next-generation Android and iOS calendar app. “We are making this acquisition because we believe a reinvention in the way people use calendars on mobile devices is long overdue. Our goal is to better help people manage and make the most of their time in … continue reading

SD Times news digest: November 7, 2014—Google’s successful Google Play app guide, auto-correct for programmers, Confluent: an Apache Kafka real-time data startup

Google’s guide for successful Google Play apps Google is releasing a guide to provide developers with best practices and tools to help their apps be successful on Google Play. The guide, “The Secrets to App Success on Google Play,” will be split up into seven sections: publishing on Google Play; quality; discoverability and reach; engagement … continue reading

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