IBM releases new services to harness the power of hybrid cloud

IBM launched a series of hybrid cloud services this week that range from streamlined integration and security to providing live consultation for companies that want to develop their cloud strategy. The company explained that a lot of the process of maintaining a hybrid-cloud infrastructure is manual, resulting in “major security implications and a lack of … continue reading

Angular lays out plan for 8.0 release featuring Ivy preview

Google’s Angular Team is setting a soft May 2019 release date for the generally-available version 8.0 release of its web app framework. Angular 8.0 is expected to include the first opt-in technical preview of the new rendering engine, Ivy, originally announced in February last year. The opt-in preview will give developers the option to switch … continue reading

Swift 5 launches with exclusivity enforcement to improve memory safety

Apple has introduced full exclusivity enforcement enabled at run-time in version 5 of its Swift programming language. The feature improves memory safety by preventing a variable from being accessed by a different name during a modification of its value, explained Andrew Trick, software engineer at Apple, in a developer blog. The feature was previously available … continue reading

Transform-XL from Google makes long-term context in neural networks more practical

Google has proposed a new approach to natural language understanding architectures beyond a fixed-length context. Transformer-XL aims to make long-range dependence more practical in neural networks by using attention models. According to the company, long-range dependence is the contextual ability humans have to parse information that depends on something they’d read much earlier in a … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Hacktoberfest

While not exactly an open-source project, Hacktoberfest is a monthlong celebration of open-source software, and provides many contributions to the open-source community. The sixth annual Hacktoberfest won’t be taking place until October, but organizer DigitalOcean wants to help developers looking to get in on the festivities this year by providing developers with a few things … continue reading

Report: Developers want clear role requirements

Employers that want to keep their developers happy should make sure they’re clear about the details and requirements of a position. HackerRank released its 2019 Developer Skills Report, which found 68 percent of developers say nothing irks them more than being unsure of what is expected of them. “Hiring and retaining skilled developers is critical … continue reading

Unbounded analytics introduced in latest Instana EUM release

Application performance management company Instana launched a new version of its End User Monitoring (EUM) utility this week, introducing advanced filtering of trace and request data with its new unbounded analytics feature. According to the company, Instana EUM is part of the Instana APM service and is designed for site reliability engineers and developers to … continue reading

Android Studio 3.3 forgoes big changes for better experience

Google released Android Studio 3.3 this week with a strong focus on refinement and quality. The key updates featured a tidied-up UI, and support for IntelliJ 2018.2.2, Kotlin 1.3.11 and Clang-Tidy C++. According to the company, the updates are a part of a broader plan for solidifying the feature set of the IDE that the … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: LibreRouter

Born out of the 2014 FCC crackdown on modifying off-the-shelf network infrastructure devices, this week’s highlighted project got its start as a way to help facilitate community networks, which relied on such modifications for most of their operations. LibreRouter uses open-source hardware and software to provide the sort of flexible network infrastructure required by locally … continue reading

Ethics at the fore of AI conversations

As the end of 2018 approached, many artificial intelligence technologies like visual testing, chatbots and language recognition had matured to the point of ubiquity. Two years since SD Times’ “Year of AI,” the conversations around AI and machine learning have shifted further and further away from potential applications and surprising new uses of the tech. … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Trill

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the open-source release of its streaming data analysis and query tool Trill, a single-node engine library that can be incorporated into .NET applications to process complex queries in real-time or offline data sets. In a blog post about the release, principal software engineer James Terwilliger explained that Trill has been … continue reading

Python programming language gets new governance model

The Python Software Foundation has settled on a new governance model for the programming language Python. The decision to come up with a new model was made after Python creator and chief Guido van Rossum stepped down as the BDFL. The new governance model will rely on a five-person steering council to establish standard practices … continue reading

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