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Guest View: Microservices or death: Diffusing the monolith time bomb

When a company embarks on “digital transformation,” it often has to modify its existing software systems. This can become excruciatingly difficult in large organizations with software monoliths—large, custom-built software systems with multiple development teams working on the same codebase. A common response from companies with their backs up against the “monolithic wall” is to hire executives from well-known … continue reading

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Industry Watch: Microservices and scaling out Big Data

This month’s column is a transcript of a fascinating conversation I had with MapR executives Jim Scott, the director of enterprise strategy and architecture at Hadoop solution provider MapR, and Jack Norris, senior VP of data and applications, on the subject of microservices and scaling Big Data. SD Times: So, we know that scaling data … continue reading

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ElectricFlow centers on microservices and containers

Electric Cloud is updating its DevOps release automation tool to allow enterprises to safely deploy containers and microservices at scale. The company announced ElectricFlow 7.1 at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco. The latest release allows DevOps teams to process and gain visibility from their traditional and microservices/container-based application pipelines. Microservices and containers promises … continue reading

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Apache CouchDB 2.0, CA to acquire BlazeMeter, and Datadog’s APM extension—SD Times news digest: Sept. 21, 2016

The open-source database Apache CouchDB has hit version 2.0. CouchDB is designed to scale from Big Data apps to mobile devices. “CouchDB 2.0 finally fulfills the project’s original vision to bring reliable data sync to Big Data and Mobile in one seamless solution,” said Jan Lehnardt, vice president of Apache CouchDB. “The team has been … continue reading

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Swift 3.0, Service Fabric on Linux, and the Project Zero Prize—SD Times news digest: Sept. 14, 2016

Apple’s programming language Swift is getting its first major update since it went open source. Swift 3.0 is available now with significant improvements and refinements. Key features include improved translation of Objective-C APIs in Swift; API guidelines that have been applied to the standard library; package manager C language target support; modernized Playground literals; an … continue reading

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Microsoft’s iOS Web debugger for VS Code, Citrix’s NetScaler CPX Express, and gRPC version 1.0—SD Times news digest: Aug. 24, 2016

Microsoft is making debugging for iOS devices easily available with its recently announced iOS Web Debugger for Visual Studio Code. The new solution works on Mac and Windows, and is similar to the Chrome debugger the company announced in February. The debugger allows developers to debug JavaScript code from VS code without additional tools. “As … continue reading

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Kontena’s new container platform, Google’s plans for OAuth requests, and Blueprint releases Storyteller—SD Times news digest: Aug. 23, 2016

Kontena introduced a developer-friendly container and microservices platform today to tackle some of the challenges in software development distribution. Specifically, the Kontena platform will help those in this space install, use and maintain their containers. The platform runs in the cloud, on-premises, or hybrid. The platform is scalable, so it will work for small container … continue reading

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AppDynamics announces new Microservices iQ, Adaptiva Windows 10 survey, and hidden gems in Visual Studio—SD Times news digest: Aug. 1, 2016

AppDynamics announced Microservices iQ, a performance engine that will help enterprises deliver application performances for its customers. The AppDynamics Summer ‘16 release will deliver Microservices iQ with monitoring, management and optimization of microservices architectures. Since more enterprises are adopting microservices instead of monolithic applications, they rely on microservices that can accelerate deployments and help them … continue reading

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WSO2 updates Microservices Framework for Java

WSO2 updated its Microservices Framework for Java to version 2.0 today. The new version adds support for technologies both inside and outside of the enterprise, such as Spring and Swagger, said Afkham Azeez, director of architecture at WSO2. Microservices Framework for Java 2.0 (MSF4J) utilizes the standard configuration annotations used in Spring, easing the path … continue reading

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Solving product integration testing challenges as fast as Netflix

With top-rated shows like “Orange is the New Black” or “House of Cards,” Netflix needs to have a well-versed integration test team to make sure each of its 80 million users are getting a great experience. With such a fast-paced environment, challenges are sure to come to the surface. Netflix’s product engineering integration test team … continue reading

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Guest View: How to set your microservices up for failure

If you’ve been developing software for more than five years, you’ve probably seen this cycle before: New architecture emerges. Developers abandon previous best practices. Developers eventually realize that some of those “old-school” practices apply to the new architectural approach. Microservices are no exception. Some developers see microservices as a way to throw out established service-oriented … continue reading

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Trace platform in beta, White House announces AI workshops, and diversity solutions for tech startups—SD Times news digest: May 4, 2016

Today, RisingStack, an enterprise Node.js consulting and development company, announced the public beta program of its SaaS APM solution, Trace. Trace allows developers to automatically localize ongoing issues and debug distributed systems. The tool aims to address some challenges that teams face when working with microservices. These challenges include transaction tracking, monitoring, alerting and visualizing infrastructures. … continue reading

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