How GraphQL is competing with REST

The representational state transfer (REST) API has served its purpose of exposing application-level information for web services over the last 15 years, but in an industry that’s constantly evolving, there are always new approaches that are popping up and transforming the way we work. Enter GraphQL. GraphQL is a data query language for APIs that … continue reading

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter team up to give users control over their data

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have officially launched the Data Transfer Project, an open-source initiative designed to enhance the data portability ecosystem. As part of the project, organizations will utilize open-source code to provide a common framework that enables portability and interoperability of data. “Moving your data between any two services can be complicated because … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Qt Creator 4.7.0, Facebook expands AI research, and Microsoft makes new AI partnerships

Qt Creator 4.7.0 and Qt for Python is now available. Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML IDE. The latest release features C++ support with the Clang code model being turned on by default. “It made huge progress during the last releases, and at some point we need to do this switch. The … continue reading

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SD Times news digest: Apache OpenNLP 1.9.0, Bloomsbury AI joins Facebook, and Android P’s text features

Apache OpenNLP, a machine learning toolkit for processing natural language text, has reached version 1.9.0. The toolkit provides support for common NLP tasks including tokenization, sentence segmentation, part-of speech tagging, named entity extraction, chunking, and parsing. Some of the changes in this version include Brat Document Parser supports name type filters, Brat format support fails … continue reading

SD Times news digest: AngularJS LTS, Tim-Berners Lee’s recent efforts, and Apache CloudStack 4.11.1.0

AngularJS has entered a three year Long Term Support period as of July 1. According to Angular, all AngularJS applications that currently work will continue to work in the future. Additionally, all published versions of AngularJS will still be available. The AngularJS team stated that their data indicates most AngularJS developers do not adopt the … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Puppet’s funding round, LightStep’s new capabilities, and Databricks’ partnership

Puppet announces $42 million funding round Puppet has received new funding to help it grow its automation and DevOps business. The funding was led by Cisco along with EDBI, Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures, and VMware. “Our rapid growth and international expansion is a testament to the rising demand for DevOps transformation, software automation and the … continue reading

Facebook open sources its binary optimization and layout tool for large-scale apps

Facebook is looking to help engineers accelerate their large-scale applications with BOLT. The company announced it is open sourcing the binary optimization and layout tool this week. According to Facebook, BOLT can be used for optimizing placement of instructions in memory, and is designed to reduce CPU execution time by two to 15 percent, though … continue reading

SD Times news digest: React Native rearchitecture, .NET Core 2.1 for Red Hat and Python in Visual Studio

With the release of Facebook’s State of React Native 2018, the company has announced it is working on a large-scale rearchitecture of the framework. The rearchitecture is meant to make the framework more flexible and enable it to integrate better with native infrastructure in hybrid JavaScript/native apps. The company says it will take what it … continue reading

Facebook open sources Sonar

Facebook has announced it will be open sourcing its extensible debugging tool: Sonar. Sonar was originally created to help Facebook engineers manage the complexity of working with multiple different modules. According to the company, Sonar provides a framework where experts and developers can convey important information to users. It also provides engineers with an intuitive … continue reading

SD Times news digest: The Linux Foundation reacts to Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition, Mozilla’s Common Voice project, and Breakthrough Technologies’ Loco platform

The Linux Foundation has released its statement on Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub. It stated that the move is probably a good thing for the open-source community as Microsoft has the means to make GitHub better. It also thinks it is a good sign that they brought in Nat Friedman, who has been well-respected in the … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Katran

While engineers are likely to implement hardware-based solutions for handling network load balance, Facebook’s scale of operation far outweighed the practicality of hardware load balancing, instead requiring the development of a lightweight software solution. The current result of Facebook’s efforts is its latest open-source release, scalable network load balancer Katran. The company’s software load balancing … continue reading

Facebook removes 200 apps in ongoing app investigation and audit

Facebook has revealed an update to its app investigation and audit that CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced on March 21. The investigation is in response to the Cambridge Analytica situation. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly … continue reading

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