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Daily Tech Briefing: April 17, 2014

eWeek - Application Development - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:30
Microsoft launches Azure Cloud service for Internet of Things; Heartbleed impacts taxes, Android; AMD Demos x86 APU server running Fedora Linux; and more.
Categories: Media

ActiveState Named “Silver Sponsor” of DevOps Summit

Java Developer's Journal - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:00
SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, providers of Stackato, the platform for the agile enterprise, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 2nd DevOps Summit, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that prevent them from doing so. The Company is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges through our experience with enterprises, people and technology. ActiveState is proven for the enterprise: More than two million developers and 97% of Fortune-1000 companies use ActiveState's end-to-end solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications written in Java, Perl, Python, Node.js, PHP, Tcl and other dynamic languages. Global customers like Cisco, CA, HP, Bank of America, Siemens and Lockheed Martin trust ActiveState to save time, save money, minimize risk, ensure compliance and reduce time to market.

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Categories: Java, Media

Making Big Data Cost Effective in a Bare Metal Cloud

Java Developer's Journal - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:45
The cloud provides an easy onramp to building and deploying Big Data solutions, particularly the latest technologies that favor scale-out architectures. In his session at 5th Big Data Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer Technologies, will discuss how transitioning from initial deployment to a large-scale, highly performant operation without breaking the bank may not be easy.

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Categories: Java, Media

Survey: Developers Are Powerful and They Know It

Devx: Latest Published Articles - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:51
More than 90 percent see themselves as a "revolutionary influence."
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Gartner: Optimizing Application Development and Maintenance Cuts Costs by 50%

Devx: Latest Published Articles - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:49
The research firm says enterprises need to do a better job sourcing development projects.
Categories: Media

Top Seven Website Performance Indicators to Monitor

Java Developer's Journal - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:45
Poorly performing websites, like Twitter’s recent fiasco with Ellen’s selfie, are a constant source of irritation for users. At first you think it’s your computer, or maybe someone on your block is downloading the entire “Game of Thrones” series. But, when nothing changes after refreshing the page once or twice, you give up, mutter under your breath, and move on. Whatever the reason for a website crashing or slowing down, it’s bad for business and for your online reputation. According to a survey conducted by Consumer Affairs, a dissatisfied customer will tell between 9-15 people about their experience. And, if your website can’t load fast enough (in 400 milliseconds), then most of your customers will search for another website.

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Categories: Java, Media

Top Six Ruby on Rails Deployment Methods in AWS: Pros & Cons

Java Developer's Journal - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:00
Setting up a deployment process on the cloud means a variety of choices. Most likely you’re prepared to make some tradeoffs. But getting a view across these potential tradeoffs can be difficult. Here are six popular deployments and advice for making the best choice for your organization’s needs. Let’s assume you want a deployment for a small startup with fewer than 20 developers, each needing to host a web app that’s gaining traction and for which rapid growth is expected. Its requirements are as follows: Autoscaling support to handle expected surges in demand Maximizing developer efficiency by automating tedious tasks and improving dev flow Encouraging mature processes for building a stable foundation as the codebase grows Maintaining flexibility and agility to handle hotfixes of a relatively immature codebase Counting on a few sources to fail, because any of them can cause deployment failure – imagine GitHub failing or a required plugin becoming unavailable

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Categories: Java, Media

Real-Time Big Data: An Agile Approach

Java Developer's Journal - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:00
You use an agile process; your goal is to make your organization more agile. What about your data infrastructure? The truth is, today’s databases are anything but agile – they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. Performance suffers as a result, and it takes far longer than it should to deliver on new features and capabilities needed to make your organization competitive. As your application and business needs change, data repositories and structures get outmoded rapidly, resulting in increased work for application developers and slow performance for end users. Further, as data sizes grow into the Big Data realm, this problem is exacerbated and becomes even more difficult to address. A seemingly simple schema change can take hours (or more) to perform, and as requirements evolve the disconnect between existing data structures and actual needs diverge.

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Categories: Java, Media

Apache OpenOffice hits the 100 Million Downloads Mark!

SourceForge.net: Front page news - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:39

Apache OpenOffice 100 Million Mark logoThe Apache Software Foundation just announced 100 Million Downloads of Apache™ OpenOffice™.

We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful community, and glad to quote the statement of continued support by our General Manager, Gaurav Kuchhal.

By continuously improving Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites we show how committed we are about providing projects with what they need most,” said Gaurav Kuchhal, General Manager for Slashdot and SourceForge. “We are happy to help open source projects to grow, no matter where they are hosted or developed. We have been serving over 122 Million downloads for the Apache OpenOffice project, with daily peaks of about 250,000 and we are committed to providing products and services that demonstrate our dedication to technical excellence.

Read the full press-release at the Apache blog.

Categories: Open Source

Appvance Adds JMeter Testing To PerformanceCloud

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:30
Appvance has announced the addition of JMeter compatibility in Appvance PerformanceCloud, its next generation cloud testing platform that combines functional, performance, stress, load tests and APM. JMeter is widely used by individual software p ...
Categories: Vendor

Targetprocess 3 Launches to Bring Visualization and Flexibility to Project Management

DevAgile.com - Agile Portal - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:08
Targetprocess announced the availability of Targetprocess 3, which now includes more ways to visualize project data, track work across multiple teams and align business initiatives with development. This latest release reinforces Targetprocess’ dedication to offering a project management s ...
Categories: Agile

Targetprocess 3 Launches to Bring Visualization and Flexibility to Project Management

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:08
Targetprocess announced the availability of Targetprocess 3, which now includes more ways to visualize project data, track work across multiple teams and align business initiatives with development. This latest release reinforces Targetprocess&rs ...
Categories: Vendor

Targetprocess Version 3 Launched

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:00
Targetprocess announced the availability of Targetprocess 3, which now includes more ways to visualize project data, track work across multiple teams and align business initiatives with development. This latest release reinforces Targetprocess’ dedication to offering a project management solution that improves visualization and flexibility, ultimately allowing organizations to make smarter, more efficient decisions. As today’s businesses continue to evolve, the tools that cater to them must do so as well. Targetprocess was created with the goal of bringing visibility into management and this concept has catapulted them as one of the ...
Categories: Agile

Build Node.js Apps Using Visual Studio 2013

Devx: Latest Published Articles - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:40
There is some good news for Visual Studio enthusiasts looking to develop web applications using Node.js. The Visual Studio team (with help from the community contributors) recently released the support for Node.js in Visual Studio 2013.
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Upcoming European Training Courses

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:00
We are very pleased to remind you about our upcoming European Ranorex training courses, scheduled for June.

During the 2-day training workshops participants learn about the fundamentals of test automation and get to practice how to use Ranorex tools hands-on. 

Jun 2-3

09:00AM - 04:30PM GMT

Ranorex Studio Introduction Training Course

London, UK

Jun 3-4

09:30AM - 05:00PM CET

Basisschulung – Test-Automatisierung mit Ranorex

Frankfurt, Germany


Please have a look at the upcoming training events schedule for the complete schedule.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Categories: Vendor

Big Data Quality Metrics

Database Journal News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:01

Big data applications and their associated proprietary, high-performance data stores arrived on the scene a few years ago. With promises of incredibly fast queries, many IT shops implemented one or more of these combination hardware and software suites. However, few IT enterprises have implemented metrics that clearly measure the benefits of these systems. The expected monetary gains from big data applications have not yet materialized for many companies, due to inflated expectations. The solution: Measure resource usage, and use these measurements to develop quality metrics.

Categories: Database

AT&T's Connected Car Strategy Focuses on Building Great Partnerships

eWeek - Application Development - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:40
AT&T attributes its leading position in the connected car market to the partnerships it's building. The latest of these is with Volvo.
Categories: Media

HP's NFV Strategy an Open Book, Mayer Says

eWeek - Application Development - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:20
The head of HP's NFV unit says the company's broad and open approach is key advantage over rivals like Cisco.
Categories: Media

Google's Ara Phone Promises to Provide Exactly the Phone You Need

eWeek - Application Development - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:19
NEWS ANALYSIS: The modular design of Google's Ara smartphone probably won’t be as cheap as the hype would indicate, but it may save money by eschewing features you don’t want to pay for.
Categories: Media