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Hack your way through the microservices revolution

How can we go from the design of a microservices architecture to code as fast as possible? With a programming language created for the purpose

Facebook engineering tool mimics dodgy network connectivity

Facebook's ATC (Augmented Traffic Control) can simulate network traffic on 2G, Edge, 3G, or LTE networks


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Instant feedback arrives for JavaScript code testing

Wallaby.js tool leverages parallel test execution and dependency analysis to provide for quick running of tests

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Review: EachScape cloud IDE works mobile magic

EachScape accomplishes the hat trick of generating iOS, Android, and Web apps from an online drag-and-drop designer

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Google's Go language is off to a great start, but still has work ahead

Go offers speed, concurrence, and portability, but it's still young and might be too simple

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Oracle lays out Lego-like future of Java

At EclipseCon, an Oracle exec shares a vision of a modular Java 9 from which developers can draw on to assemble what they need

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Dumped by Pivotal, Groovy moves to Apache

Pivotal makes good on its plan to discontinue Groovy funding past March, but the fate of accompanying Grails framework remains undetermined

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JavaScript goes native for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps

The NativeScript development tool uses JavaScript and Typescript to build native apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

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Bash is more powerful than you think

Perl, Python, and Ruby modules can ease development for large projects, but Bash is simpler and better for many tasks

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Review: AppStudio is like Visual Basic for mobile dev

NSB/AppStudio simplifies development of mobile Web and hybrid apps with a Visual Basic-like, drag-and-drop IDE

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Saving TDD from itself

Before Extreme Programming and Test-Driven Development (TDD) became part of the Agile cannon, unit testing was well understood and infrequently practiced. Some fifteen years on, unit testing is now widely practiced and poorly...

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How just about everyone gets unit testing wrong

Automated unit testing is a great tool to help deliver higher quality software at a lower cost. But most software teams either don't write any unit tests or write too many

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Microsoft to developers: Practice Windows 10 convergence

At Mobile World Congress, Microsoft urges developers toward Windows universal apps that can be written once for use on multiple devices

Atlassian offers high-volume, Git-based code management

The Stash Data Center can support thousands of developers all submitting their code changes at once

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Microsoft stakes claim on smartwatches with Band SDK

Competing with Apple and Google, Microsoft hopes developers can create apps that give the Band platform an edge

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Red Hat Shenandoah boosts Java garbage collection

The technology for reducing garbage collection pause times is aimed at in-memory databases and other apps requiring large heaps

IBM brings BlueMix platform services in-house

IBM is launching a series of tools to help ease the process of setting up a hybrid cloud

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Apple Swift follows familiar path to .Net and Android

Silver lets developers use a common language across multiple platforms, but it is not a cross-platform technology

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Yahoo angles for developers and dollars with new mobile suite

Mobile is now a core business, according to CEO Marissa Meyer, and the new offerings will help developers use Yahoo to monetize their apps

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Entity Framework 7: Providing support for new platforms and new data stores

Entity Framework 7, a major redesign of Entity Framework, provides support for non-relational data stores and in-memory data. Also, Windows Phone and Windows Store applications are supported. You can work with Entity Framework 7 on...

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