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Facebook launches Horizon to bring reinforcement learning to production environments

Facebook is trying to bridge the gap between reinforcement learning’s impact in research and its narrow range of use cases in production. The company’s new open-source project Horizon uses reinforcement learning to optimize products and services. Reinforcement learning creates a system that can make decisions, take actions, and adapt based on feedback. This approach can … continue reading

Report: Developers are not clear on how to get involved in the open-source community

After 20 years, the open-source community is stronger than ever. However, a recent report found developers while they had more time and know-how to contribute to open-source projects. According the report, respondents don’t quite know where to begin and start to question their skills and time. Additionally, developers say they are either too intimidated to … continue reading

SD Times news digest: GitLab 11.4 released, Healthcare.gov breached, and Tableau’s roadmap

GitLab has announced the release of GitLab 11.4. According to the company, this update includes new features that will enable teams to more efficiently work together. The latest release will offer more efficient code reviews with new features such as Merge Request Reviews and a file tree for diffs. GitLab is also introducing Feature Flags, … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Skip

Built by a team of veteran open-source contributors within Facebook, Skip is described by the developer team as “a programming language to skip the things you have already computed.” After three years, the project has left active development and has been open sourced. The team wrote that the statically-typed language is experimental, with a goal … continue reading

PyTorch community inches closer to 1.0 release

Facebook’s open-source AI framework PyTorch is one step closer to being production ready. The company announced what’s new in PyTorch 1.0, which is now available as a developer preview. PyTorch is a deep learning platform for everything from research prototyping to production deployment. It features a hybrid front-end, distributed training, deep integration with Python and … continue reading

premium 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

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

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