JSON vs. XML: The battle for format supremacy may be wasted energy

Back in the late 90s, when standards were proprietary and communication protocols complicated, two data formats appeared on the horizon. The first was the extensible markup language, born as an extension of an existing markup language standard (XML), and designed (by an open committee) with the purpose of storing and defining documents and data through … continue reading

SmartBear’s “State of Code Review 2017,” Cloudflare introduces Argo, and Chain’s Ivy Playground — SD Times news digest: May 18, 2017

SmartBear is releasing the latest results from its “The State of Code Review 2017: Trends & Insights into Dev Collaboration industry survey, which finds that interest in code review has nearly doubled since last year. Fifty-two percent of respondents reported code review as the number one solution for improving code quality. Other solutions included unit … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Machine learning is the new SOA

It seems almost comical to think that artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming, or rather have become, full-blown buzzwords. First of all, according to the annals of science fiction literature, we should have already invented a smarter-than-human AI by now, and according to “Terminator,” we’re 19 years overdue for a giant, AI-based nuclear annihilation … continue reading

Altova supports JSON, .NET API in latest software release

The Altova MissionKit 2016 R2 developer tools and software introduces some new features for developers who are data-oriented and working with XML data. On the XML side, Altova has incorporated an XQuery debugger. According to product manager David McGahey, it has been difficult to write complex XQuery queries and debug them. It has also been … continue reading

Kotlin 1.0 RC announced, the Visa Developer Platform, and Python 3 comes to Scrapy—SD Times news digest: Feb. 5, 2016

JetBrains has announced the 1.0 release candidate of its statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and browsers: Kotlin. The language is designed to reduce the amount of code developers need to write; avoid entire classes or errors; provide versatility; leverage existing frameworks and libraries with 100% Java Interoperability; and support command-line compilers or … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Vector

This week’s GitHub Project of the Week is Vector, a newly open-sourced tool from Netflix for host-level performance monitoring. Vector is a framework for exposing handpicked high-resolution system and application metrics to every engineer’s browser. It implements the open-source Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) framework with a new UI and configurable cross-metric dashboards, allowing users to visualize … continue reading

Google’s must-have Android apps, MIT’s Ur programming language and more NSA leaks—SD Times news digest: Dec. 29, 2014

Google released a list of its must-have Android apps, rattling off 127 of the most highly recommended and highest rated apps in the Google Play Store. The apps, most of them free, range from popular favorites including Netflix, Shazam and Spotify to mobile applications with fast-growing user bases such as Quip, Pushbullet and Lumosity. Google’s full … continue reading

Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin and acquires HockeyApp, and Mozilla’s Firefox.html experiment—SD Times news digest: Dec. 11, 2014

Microsoft is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment method for buying apps and games for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. Starting today, customers can use the BitPay payment processor to trade in the digital currency at current market value for funds in their Microsoft account. More information is available a in a blog post from … continue reading

Altova announces RaptorXML validation server

XML and XBRL data can be processed in parallel and validated with new server … continue reading

MicroXML Community Group forms at W3C

All comers are welcome for those wanting to help the XML subset become a standard … continue reading

MicroXML: The future of XML?

MicroXML has been proposed as a simpler alternative to XML, but is XML sufficiently complex to warrant a new language? … continue reading

EXI makes for a smaller, faster XML

New W3C recommendation widens field for exchange of XML data across multiple use cases that didn’t work before … continue reading

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