Kony launches conversational AI development kit

Kony wants to help developers create personalized user experiences with the release of its Conversational AI DevKit. The new solution provides drag-and-drop conversational capabilities developers can integrate into their applications. RELATED CONTENT: Tips for building AI into mobile apps  According to the company, AI-based conversational interfaces are the next wave of user interactions. Conversational AI …

Ruby on Rails version 6.0 released

The latest version of Ruby on Rails, the web application framework for creating database back-end web solutions, is now available. Version 6.0 has been 2 1/2 years in the making with 7,275 commits.  “Dealing with incoming email, composing rich-text content, connecting to multiple databases, parallelizing test runs, integrating JavaScript with love, and rewriting the code …

SD Times news digest: Microsoft acquires jClarity, Julia 1.2 released, and Eggplant’s automated testing capability

Microsoft announced that it is acquiring jClarity to support their continued contributions to open source while driving increased performance for Java workloads on Azure. jClarity is a leading contributor for AdoptOpenJDK, an open-source OpenJDK binaries project.  “The jClarity team are JVM experts who have helped their customers optimize their Java applications while also providing leadership …

CROKAGE helps developers find Stack Overflow answers

Many developers turn to Stack Overflow to ask questions, share programming knowledge and learn from others, but the amount of information available on the online community can be overwhelming. To tackle this, a group of researchers have developed the Crowd Knowledge Answer Generator (CROKAGE), a new solution designed to help developers easily find relevant information …

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SD Times news digest: Julia programming language survey, Google Live Transcribe, and GitHub’s token scanning solution

The developers of the Julia programming language conducted its first user and developer survey to find out what users like and dislike about the language. According to the survey, speed and performance were ranked as the most popular technical features in Julia.  The survey also showed that most users and developers use Julia for research …

The rise of low-code tooling for mobile app development

Low-code development is gaining acceptance in organizations looking to empower non-developers to create applications, hoping to eliminate backlogs and overcome the shortage of programmers they face.  But another huge benefit of these frameworks and platforms is in the area of mobile development. These modern solutions have evolved from the RAD tools of days gone by …

SuperGLUE benchmark challenges natural language processing tasks

Artificial intelligence researchers want to advance natural language processing with the release of SuperGLUE. SuperGLUE builds off of the previous General Language Understanding Evaluation (GLUE) benchmark, but aims to provide more difficult language understanding tasks and a new public leaderboard.  SuperGLUE was developed by AI researchers from Facebook AI, Google DeepMind, New York University and …

PyTorch 1.2 released with new and improved TorchScript environment

The open-source machine learning framework PyTorch is tackling production usage in its latest release. PyTorch 1.2 features an update to the TorchScript environment. TorchScript enables users to create serializable models from PyTorch code and can be saved from a Python process.  The new improvements are designed to make it easier to ship production models, expand …

Learn to harness chaos to build resilient systems

Systems in production fail. Nodes go down, networks become inaccessible. Chaos engineering is the practice of intentionally failing production infrastructure to see how resilient the system is. At this year’s ChaosConf, attendees will learn the how-to and benefits of failing parts of their infrastructure to see how their systems hold up, and to see where …

SD Times news digest: React DevTools, Square goes beyond payments, and Stackery now on AWS Marketplace

React announced a new release of React Developer Tools that are now available in Chrome, Firefox and Chromium Edge. Features include performance gains and improved navigation as well as support for React Hooks.  In addition, the new DevTools can filter components from the tree to make it easier to navigate deeply nested hierarchies. Host nodes …

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Twilio CLI

In an effort to help its developers be more productive, Twilio has announced the beta version of Twilio CLI. It is an open-source command line interface that enables developers to access Twilio through their command prompt. “It’s hard to beat the flexibility and power that a CLI provides at development time. Until now, there was …

Report: Majority of websites are inaccessible to blind users

Despite efforts to make the web more accessible for people with disabilities, cognitive impairments and vision/hearing difficulties, there is still a digital divide. A new report from accessibility software company Deque Systems and conducted by Nucleus Research found that Internet websites in certain industries are largely inaccessible to people who have trouble with vision.  RELATED …

The feature launch in 5 key phases: A DevOps cheat sheet

The process of launching a new feature has changed a lot over the last decade. Ten years ago, a feature launch was commonly tied to code release. This meant that when the release branch was merged into master and pushed to production, new features riding on that branch would be launched to customers.  RELATED CONTENT:  …

SD Times news digest: Instana’s pipeline feedback integration, Pivotal in discussions with VMware on business combination, and WebKit tracking prevention policy

Instana, provider of automated Application Performance Management (APM), announced the release of Instana Pipeline Feedback designed to enable users to track and analyze applications.  “Instana Pipeline Feedback tracks and isolates application release performance, notifying developers and DevOps of issues within seconds,” said Pete Abrams, co-founder and COO of Instana.  The APM solution discovers application service …

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