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Place yourself in Jeopardy! mode for a moment. Here’s the answer… Automatically driving an application via the UI or API to make manual work faster, less burdensome, and more accurate.  Time to give Alex Trebec your answer. If you say “What is test automation?”,  you’re correct. But if you say “What is Robotic Process Automation?” …

SD Times news digest: Make with Ada programming competition, ARCore updates, and Element AI raises $151 million for operationalizing AI

AdaCore announced the start of its 4th annual “Make with Ada programming competition” with the goal to design and implement an embedded software project in which Ada or SPARK are the primary languages used.  “Many programmers tend to discount Ada and SPARK because of the many myths surrounding Ada, including Ada is too complex to …

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Ballerina

The open-source programming language Ballerina hit 1.0 generally availability this week. Ballerina is designed for the cloud-era world, enabling developers to easily build for cloud native.  According to the team, Ballerina turns cloud native middleware into a programming language, opening up new opportunities for traditional centralized enterprise service buses.  RELATED CONTENT: Six steps for making …

How I learned to love the rebuild: 5 things to consider when your turn comes

There’s a saying about perfectly architected systems: we’ve never heard of them, because those companies never get off the ground. When you first get going, the only thing you should focus on is finding product-market fit. Picking the stack that works right now, fast, is the right choice. Yet, once you reach critical mass, waiting …

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SD Times news digest: ScyllaDB’s open-source Amazon DynamoDB-compatible API, Snyk raises $70 million, and Skytap collaborates with Microsoft

ScyllaDB announced the Alternator project, an open-source software that enables application and API-level compatibility between Scylla and Amazon DynamoDB.  This will allow users to migrate to an open source database that runs on any cloud platform, on-premise, bare-metal, virtual machines or Kubernetes.  “Alternator gives developers the ability to control the number of replicas and the …

Google Developer Days: Dart 2.5 comes packed with new developer features

Google Developer Days kicked off in China this week with new features and updates for the developer community. The stable release of Dark 2.5 SDK was announced with technical previews of major developer features.  The technical previews included ML Compete, a machine learning-powered code completion capability, and a foreign function interface for calling C code …

Clubhouse launches real-time collaborative editor

Project management platform company Clubhouse announced the private beta launch of Clubhouse Write, a real-time collaborative knowledge base tool that focuses on information discovery. The full version is planned to be available later this year.  RELATED CONTENT: For development teams, it’s time to throw out the open-office plan Making project management easier… for developers “We …

From COBOL to Go: Why we must support legacy security training and beyond

It seems almost comical that in 2019, we should be talking about working with a computer language that was invented in 1959. There aren’t too many seminars or conventions these days devoted to the art of rethreading classic Singer sewing machines, or swapping out the oil pan on a Chevrolet Parkwood or a Triumph Herald. …

Apple announces iOS 13 app requirements

Apple announced that all apps will need to be updated or built to work with iOS 13 by April 2020. In addition, apps will be required to fit the all-screen designs of Apple’s largest mobile devices and iPads.  “Customers around the world will soon experience the incredible new features of iOS 13. Make sure your …

SD Times news digest: Amazon’s quantum ledger database, InfluxData’s serverless time series PaaS and ArcBlock joins Erlang Ecosystem Foundation

Amazon announced its new quantum ledger database, a fully managed service that provides a cryptographically verifiable ledger for applications that need a centralized, trusted authority to provide a verifiable record of transactions. Amazon QLDB uses an immutable transactional log, known as a journal, which tracks each and every application data change and maintains a complete …

Reactive Foundation tackles next phase of software architecture

To accelerate reactive programming and technologies for the next generation of networked applications, the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Reactive Foundation.  “With the rise of cloud-native computing and modern application development practices, reactive programming addresses challenges with message streams and will be critical to adoption,” said Michael Dolan, VP of strategic programs at …

Kong open sources universal service mesh Kuma

API and service life cycle management platform Kong announced its new open-source project Kuma, a universal service mesh designed to increase the adoption of microservices.  The problem that early adopters had with the service mesh was that the first generation meshes lacked a mature control plane and required extensive manual work and was often built …

Industry Watch: The winding road to software failures

What began as a conversation about high-profile application failures and outages this summer took a winding road toward the root of what ails software development teams. I was speaking with Mehdi Daoudi, who runs the experience monitoring solution provider Catchpoint, to try to better understand why website and web application failures continue on. He spoke …

SD Times news digest: Cohesity Agile Dev and Test, Split’s automated error detection for feature flags, and Neural Structured Learning in TensorFlow

Cohesity launched its Cohesity Agile Dev and Test solution to provide teams with a self-service provisioning model that gives them rapid access to backup data and control mechanisms to ensure data remains secure and in compliance. “Cohesity Agile Dev and Test is a logical extension and significant enhancement to our data management platform, not only …

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