Google open sources Chromium browser bug tracker

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Google has moved Monorail -- the bug tracker used by the Chromium open source browser -- to a newly open sourced status.


NOTE: Chrome is a proprietary software application development product... and Chromium is open source. Google draws its source code for Chrome from the Chromium project once it is happy with the stability and functionalities of features in production.

Monorail is the issue/bug tracker software used inside Chromium -- its predecessor was called, features from which have subsequently been migrated to Monorail.

Developer website I Programmer reports that, "Issues logged with have been migrated with full fidelity to Monorail, which has been designed as a nearly identical drop-in replacement."

Alex Denham also notes that the Chromium wiki content has been moved from the wiki into the repository.

According to Google's initial Monorail blog posting, "We believe in APIs and we will launch with support for a very limited API that should allow the small number of existing API clients to transition to Monorail. We will be designing and implementing a new comprehensive API in the future."


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Snap happy? Ubuntu 16.04 is easy, not difficult

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Canonical will release Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on 21st April, but is it all good news?


One press headline reads... have you downloaded @ubuntu 16.04 LTS yet? -- and one well-known tech writer replied no!

He then went on to cite how hard it can be (allegedly) to know where all your files are and how much 'tinkering' around there has to be when using Ubuntu.

But how can this be?

This is (and we quote) the latest version of the world's most widely used Linux platform across desktop, IoT and cloud computing -- or so Canonical would have us believe.

Robot love

"The leading cloud-based operations and the most advanced robotics run largely on Ubuntu," claims Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical.

An Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) release is supported and maintained by Canonical for five years -- this is the 6th such LTS release for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS introduces a new application format, the 'snap', which can be installed alongside traditional deb packages. These two packaging formats live comfortably next to one another and enable Ubuntu to maintain its existing processes for development and updates.

"The addition of 'snaps' for faster and simpler updates and the LXD container hypervisor for ultra-fast and ultra-dense cloud computing, demonstrate a commitment to customer needs for scale," said Dustin Kirkland who leads platform strategy at Canonical.

Creating snaps is also supposed to be simplified for developers with the introduction of a new tool called "snapcraft" to build and package applications from source and existing deb packages.

Snap happy

Snaps are supposed to enable developers to deliver much newer versions of apps to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS over the life of the platform, solving a long-standing challenge with free platforms and enabling users to stay on a stable base for longer while enjoying newer applications.

The security mechanisms in snap packages allow for much faster iteration across all versions of Ubuntu and Ubuntu derivatives, as snap applications are isolated from the rest of the system.

Users can install a snap without having to worry whether it will have an impact on their other apps or their system. Similarly, developers have a much better handle (says Canonical) on the update cycle as they can decide to bundle specific versions of a library with their app.

Wider press reports have shown much love for the new Ubuntu... the general media reception is also positive.

Forking impressive, devs go nuts for Hazelcast

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Operational in-memory computing company Hazelcast -- known for its open source In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) -- has shared its community growth numbers from the Github repository.


Forking fanatics

Hazelcast has documented new contributors and an 80% increase year-over-year in the number of forks in the first quarter of 2016.

In all says the firm, more developers than ever are contributing to Hazelcast developments in the Github repository and increasing the rate of new feature launches.

Maven downloads

The increase in Github activity has resulted in a spike in Hazelcast usage, evidenced by Maven downloads which have increased by 72% year-over-year in Q1 2016.

The Hazelcast community has built critical integration to extend the platform to new programming languages with community developed clients, as well as community developed integrations -- paving the way (they promise us) for Hazelcast cloud deployment readiness.

Clojure, Scala, Python, PHP, Node.js and Golang

Specifically, the community has added useful functionality to new clients such as Clojure, Scala, Python, PHP, Node.js and Golang. In addition, Hazecast community members have driven integrations for cloud discovery for Apache jclouds, Azure, consul, etcd, Kubernetes and Zookeeper.

Christoph Engelbert, manager developer relations at Hazelcast has said that for an open source project to succeed you have to positively engage with an active community, which is what the team has strived to do over the last eight years.

"Things have really taken off with the cloud and programming language integrations in the latest 3.6 release. We rely on ideas, contributions and help from the community and always make ourselves available for any requests or queries that come in," said Engelbert.

We the cats shall HEP

The increase in community adoption runs in parallel with the Hazelcast Enhancement Proposal (HEP), a process which was created to enable more community participation. Using HEP, Hazelcast drives community-based development of features and extensions. Members can submit new ideas or join other HEPs to create new features and help define how projects evolve.

Microsoft aims for 'lightweight richness' in Visual Studio Code 1.0

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Microsoft doesn't let a week (sometimes not much more than a day) go by without pushing some new code morsels down the feeding pipe.

This week is no different as the firm comes forward with Visual Studio Code 1.0, its lightweight code editor for Mac OS X, Linux and (of course) Windows.

Redmond says that this tool, which has been around in alpha status since 2013 before this formal 1.0 version, now has over two million users.

What it is, man

Visual Studio Code 1.0 reflects and includes many feature aspects of Microsoft Visual Studio including the IntelliSense context-aware intelligent code completion feature.

The development team behind this product have blogged to say that what started as an experiment to build a production quality editor using modern web technologies has blossomed into a new kind of cross-platform development tool, one that focuses on core developer productivity by centreing the product on rich code editing and debugging experiences.

"Visual Studio Code brings the industry-leading experiences of Visual Studio to a streamlined development workflow, that can be a core part of the tool set of every developer, building any kind of application," writes the team.

IDC's Al Hilwa has said that this release from Microsoft is a response to the rising developer interest in all things lightweight.

"Modern development requires a lot of in-and-out in various languages, environments and platforms and so there has been a long-running shift toward basic, though feature-rich, editors," said Hilwa.

Microsoft asserts that from the beginning, it gas striven to be as open as possible in the roadmap and vision for VS Code -- a pledge that last November saw the firm open source VS Code and add the ability for anyone to attempt to make it better through submitting issues and feedback, making pull requests, or creating extensions.


Hitachi Group's Pentaho: 'metadata injection' kills big data complexity

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Open source data analytics player Pentaho has upped its metadata injection feature set.

Metadata injection?


Yes, metadata injection -- the diversity of data and the sheer number of different data sources out there gives us a problem in terms of knowing what data means what -- so metadata injection is a means of putting more "information about information into the information", if you will.

With metadata injection, Transformation logic (the T in ETL) is machine-generated; rather then developers having to hand code it.

Pentaho suggests that the complexity of this process is what has been holding back banks (and other firms) from being able to integrate and analyse diverse and high numbers of data sources (especially unstructured data).

Data onboarding

The firm's metadata injection feature set is meant to combat so-called "data onboarding" i.e. the process through which we get data into databases for analysis and then, logically, into the big data analytics pipeline.

According to Pentaho, "Modern big data onboarding is more than just data loading or movement. It includes managing a changing array of data sources, capturing metadata, making processes repeatable at scale and ensuring control and governance. These challenges are compounded in big data environments like Hadoop."

In Pentaho 6.1, data-centric developers and others now have a wider array of options for dynamically passing metadata to Pentaho Data Integration at run time to control complex transformation logic.

Data ingestion & preparation

Teams can now drive hundreds of data ingestion and preparation processes through a few transformations and so accelerating time to delivery of governed analytics-ready data sets.

NOTE: Typically, data onboarding is a highly repetitive, manual and risk-prone process that creates a bottleneck in the data pipeline.

In addition to the new features in 6.1, Pentaho has also introduced a new self-service data onboarding blueprint. This architected process is meant to allow business users to onboard a variety of data themselves -- without IT assistance -- streamlining the data ingestion process.

"In this latest release, Pentaho streamlines the hand-offs between the different stages of the analytic data pipeline, including onboarding, engineering, preparing, and analysing data," claims Donna Prlich, senior vice president of product marketing and solutions, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company.

Pentaho says that 6.1 also adds enhancements to its data integration and analytics platform to help data pipelines to accommodate greater volume variety, and complexity of data.

Chatty Puppets on Atlassian HipChat

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Automation-centric open source configuration management tool company Puppet Labs is integrating with Atlassian HipChat.


HipChat is a team communications platform that provides 'persistent' one-on-one chat, group chat, video chat, file sharing and integrations.

Atlassian has tried to coin the term 'ChatOps' and is emphasising it based upon its collaboration model and the HipChat tool.

The spin is as follows:

"ChatOps is a collaboration model that connects people, tools, process and automation into a transparent workflow. This flow connects the work needed, the work happening and the work done in a persistent location staffed by the people, bots and related tools. The transparency tightens the feedback loop, improves information sharing, and enhances team collaboration. Not to mention team culture and cross-training."

"The hallmarks of DevOps and modern software delivery are automation, culture and collaboration," claims Nigel Kersten, CIO of Puppet.

This new integration makes it possible to direct change using the Puppet Orchestrator, see change as it occurs, then discuss changes in real time as a team.

"Through HipChat Connect, customers can benefit from Puppet's new integration, which includes the latest direct-change orchestration capabilities to continuously monitor all deployments directly within HipChat," said Joe Lopez, head of HipChat engineering.

A preview of the Puppet Enterprise integration with HipChat will be available in the coming weeks.

Software 'developer fatigue', it's now a thing

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This is a guest post for the Computer Weekly Open Source Insider blog written by Wayne Citrin in his role as CTO of JNBridge.

JNBridge's core message is as follows: it's not Java OR Microsoft .NET, it's Java AND .NET -- working on this premise, JNBridge has become a supplier of Java/.NET interoperability tools for software developers.

Citrin writes as follows...

Developer fatigue


Software developers have historically embraced diversity in programming languages, databases, operating systems and other technologies.

After all, increased complexity is no reason to ignore the best tool for a job and developers have always had great appetites for new technologies.

But this comes at a price: developer fatigue, a by-product of having to learn and adjust to new languages and technologies, while also trying to remain productive.

Not a new idea

Developer fatigue is nothing new, but it's getting much worse for several reasons. First, full-stack developers -- developers with a specialised knowledge in all stages of software development -- are naturally in great demand.

As you can imagine, achieving and maintaining this distinction is quite a mental feat, given the level of proficiency he or she must attain in any number of areas.

Additionally, developers must contend with new projects created by open source and new hardware platforms (like mobile) that host new software. With all these emerging technologies, it's no wonder developers are struggling.

How to combat the problem

One way to alleviate developer fatigue is to make the most of the languages and technologies that developers already know and then gradually introduce new ones.

Many new languages, platforms and software technologies are rooted in .NET or in Java. If both the familiar and the new technologies are based on the same platform you're familiar with, you're already ahead of the game. Integration is likely straightforward, as it's already designed into the technology. But if not, there's still hope.

Spin and sell the sizzle

Citrin understandably (almost allowably) goes for the jugular and attempts to validate the reason for his firm talking about this subject by saying, "Interoperability tools like JNBridgePro can bridge Java and .NET technologies, providing welcome relief from developer fatigue."

US Federal Source Code Policy: embrace more open source to save taxpayer dollars

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The United States White House and the federal government have already been widely reported to have adopted a degree of open source software, tools and platforms -- but this trend is now officially set to increase.


A newly released paper entitled "Federal Source Code Policy -- Achieving Efficiency, Transparency and Innovation through Reusable and Open Source Software" has called for US governmental agencies to take a more proactive and positive approach to open sourcing and sharing their code form this summer.

Chiding words

The paper chides current policy and actions by saying that even when [government] agencies are in a position to make their code available on a government-wide basis, they do not routinely make their source code discoverable and usable to other agencies in a consistent manner.

"These shortcomings can result in duplicative acquisitions for the same code and inefficient spending of taxpayer dollars. This policy seeks to address these challenges by laying out steps to help ensure that new custom-developed federal source code be made broadly available for reuse across the Federal Government," reads the paper.

The US administration says it will launch Project Open Source, an online repository of tools, best practices and schemas to help implement this guidance.

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The efforts here will manifest themselves on the portal when it becomes live.

The complete paper is viewable at this link.

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MariaDB: you want transactional AND massively parallelised analytic workloads?

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Open source database player MariaDB Corporation has is about to release its big data analytics engine, MariaDB ColumnStore.

CAUTION: Note to comms team, this does NOT mean you can announce the product in a go to market state, one bite per release please.

Transactional and massively parallelised

The product release is marked out by its features aligned to enable transactional and massively parallelised analytic workloads under the same roof.

The firm says it has made this unification possible because of MariaDB's extensible architecture that allows simultaneous use of purpose built storage engines for performance.

A spectrum of use cases

MariaDB ColumnStore is a columnar storage engine for massively parallel distributed query execution and data loading -- it supports a spectrum of use cases including real-time, batch, and algorithmic.

The technology performs complex aggregation, joins and windowing functions at the data storage level to increase performance.

MariaDB ColumnStore is Open Source GPL2, a fork based on InfiniDB and open source community contributions.

Monkeys go wild: Microsoft makes Xamarin free

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Microsoft has made Xamarin free -- Xamarin is a 'offshoot sprout' of the Mono cross-platform software programming tools project, developers can use Xamarin to write native iOS, Android and Microsoft Windows apps with native user interfaces and share code across multiple platforms.


The free offer here applies to all of the Microsoft Visual Studio editions including Visual Studio Enterprise, Visual Studio Professional and the Visual Studio Community Edition.

Xamarin SDK

Microsoft is also open-sourcing the Xamarin SDK - the core of the Xamarin toolchain.

The firm is also making Xamarin's services (for example, Test Cloud and Xamarin University) available along with the existing Microsoft mobile DevOps capabilities.

Microsoft's acquired Xamarin earlier this year in what many people have classified as a solid affirmation that the company is serious about working with other operating systems.

From open source, to proprietary now to open source under Microsoft...

Xamarin's founder Miguel De Icaza appeared on stage at the Microsoft Build 2016 conference and exhibition joking that "this was the longest job application I ever undertook" before finally saying that he was pleased to be a part of Microsoft.

The integration of Xamarin into Microsoft's developer tools takes Microsoft another step further towards enabling its vision of supporting 'any developer, any app, any platform'.

According to the official Visual Studio blog, "With Xamarin you can create fully native apps for Android, iOS, and Windows using the power and productivity of Microsoft's development tools and services. Together, these and Azure backend services create a comprehensive solution that spans every phase of the mobile development cycle."

Microsoft also stated that Xamarin has announced that it has already contributed the Mono Project - core to the Xamarin tools - to the .NET Foundation, and the .NET Foundation in turn announced that they will re-release Mono under the MIT License.

.NET technical steering

Microsoft underlined the news by saying. "We are looking forward to active partnership with and contributions from the community for both of these projects. Finally, to kick that off, Unity, JetBrains and Red Hat announced that they are joining the Technical Steering Group of the .NET Foundation, as a great testimony of the strong momentum of the .NET community."

Red Hat program programme: no-cost RHEL developer subs

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Red Hat has announced the availability of a no-cost Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) subscription, available as part of the Red Hat Developer Program.

You say program, I say programme

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This self-supported non-production developer subscription provides access to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Suite - this is intended to provide developers with a more stable development platform for building enterprise-grade applications.

This catalogue of resources now includes access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Suite as well as the Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio, both available via no-cost developer subscriptions.

With this suite, developers have access to development tools and in addition to the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server.

Red Hat Container Development Kit

For those building cloud-native applications and/or microservices, this new subscription also offers access to the Red Hat Container Development Kit (CDK), Red Hat's curated collection of container development tools and resources.

CDK users will have access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server and a local desktop instance of OpenShift Enterprise for development use - providing a powerful configuration for container-based application development.

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Microsoft Build 2016: what Microsoft didn't say

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This week sees the Microsoft Build 2016 developer convention and symposium staged in San Francisco.


Microsoft is arguably economical and (again, arguably) quite polished when it comes to press releases (well, it's Microsoft, it can afford to be) and doesn't engage in the Oracle 20-a-day habit that is the usual diet at one of Larry's shindigs.

So then... could it be a productive use of Internet space to consider the opinions voiced by partners and other protagonists?

Of all the things that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his team said... what about the things they didn't say?

Kinvey: all about the MBaaS

Sravish Sridhar is CEO and founder of Kinvey, a mobile Backend-as-a-Service provider.

Sridhar says (on the subject of Microsoft's approach to delivering a successful and engaging cross platform mobile app) that, "The 'write once run anywhere' cross-platform app sales pitch is a hard one for enterprises to believe. For example, Java tried to offer a similar value proposition and the enterprise joke became 'write once test everywhere', showing how flaky the underlying code was. Most Java apps ended up running on one operating system -- and similarly, apps built with most cross-platform mobile developers tools will end up running on one mobile OS."

Helwa for Hilwa

IDC technology analyst for software application development research Al Hilwa has said that (Microsoft bringing the Linux Bash shell command line to Windows 10 so that it will run a native Ubuntu binary on a Windows subsystem) means that as a native and hard-core shell-script developer from the late 80's having Bash come natively to Windows is a pleasure cruise down memory lane.

"This fills me with hope that I may have a web developer career after my analyst career is over, without learning new scripting tools!! Ok, I am exaggerating about the 'without learning new tools' part, but you get my drift," he said.

"Hearing the keynote, and having thought about the Xamarin acquisition, I can summarise Microsoft's developer strategy: Microsoft wants its tools for developers to be what Office is for knowledge workers. That is they want to be the number one tool-chain for cross-platform development, mobile, cloud, everything. This is a tall order, but they are in fact executing on it and building a multi-platform ecosystem. Given their history with developers, you have to give them good odds on this," added Hilwa.

Have an Avanade


John Lowe is senior director of digital strategy at Avanade -- Avanade Inc. was founded in 2000 as a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft to serve the market for Microsoft-focused consulting services.

The company provides IT services focused on the Microsoft platform for mid-sized to large enterprise organisations.

Lowe asserts that ooOne of the key highlights from Build is the Microsoft Bot Framework.

"Smart machines of all sizes, shapes and purposes are entering the workforce and eventually will be our cognitive equals. Conversations will occur with greater inclusivity and connectedness, driving seamless task completion across digital services, rather than having to hop between apps. In a similar light, problem solving will become more streamlined, transformed by intelligent bots that rapidly and continuously learn from their experiences," he said.

Lowe continued by saying that these innovations are great for modern businesses.

"Here at Avanade we are advising business leaders to change the conversation from "what if" machines enter the workforce, to 'how to use' these technologies to enhance humans and human judgment and action in the physical world," added Lowe.

EMC not square, opens new code streams to GitHub

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EMC's Enterprise Content Division (ECD) has announced enhancements to its developer programme by making a new body of open source code accessible to users on GitHub.


The initiative is intended to provide free sample code across a variety of ECD products to help third parties develop new solutions based on EMC's content management technology.

The firm claims that 'ECD' (Ed -- it's now a thing and a term) is building on a growing EMC presence on GitHub, which includes numerous open source contributions such as CoprHD, REX-Ray and RackHD being driven through EMC {code}.

EMC Documentum

Sample code for the EMC Documentum platform is currently available on the GitHub site, with additional ECD code samples coming in the future.

Jeroen van Rotterdam is CTO of ECD at EMC and he is the man tasked with putting forward the company line of these most recent developments.

"The availability of ECD sample code, EMC's investment in co-innovation programs and our developer track at Momentum at EMC World, are just a few examples of how we support the developer community. We expect that this initiative will increase interactions and provide additional tools to our users to optimise visibility and inspire new forms of innovation," said van Rotterdam.

Apache open source Java tool for PDF work

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The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) with all its all-volunteer developers, stewards and incubators now looking after more than 350 open source projects and initiatives has announced the availability of Apache PDFBox v2.0.


This is an open source Java tool for working with Portable Document Format (PDF) documents.

As a format, PDF was first released by Adobe Systems in 1993 and became an ISO International Standard - ISO 32000-1 in 2008.

Apache PDFBox allows for the creation of new PDF documents, manipulation, rendering, signing of existing documents and the ability to extract content from documents.

"PDF is a very popular and easy to use format for document exchange. It is used by millions of people every day, however the format itself is quite complicated and a real challenge to write a piece of software to work with it," said Andreas Lehmkühler, vice president of Apache PDFBox.

Lehmkühler insists that this new major release of PDFBox includes a lot of improvements, fixes and new features which should make the life easier for users.

New York senate advocates open source developer tax credit

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Much has been made recently of large scale (previously proprietary) firms adopting new uber open stances and suddenly getting the open source religion.

As we have commented before... there's a big difference between 'making your product available on Linux' and truly being an open source contributor and advocate of the community contribution model.

Small beer?

Although only leading to a potential maximum annual benefit of only US$200 per person, two New York senators have proposed a new tax credit system designed to benefit those who contribute solid code contributions.

Senator Daniel Squadron and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson have put forward proposals that would allow developers to claim for 20 per cent of the out-of-pocket costs of building and sharing open-source code.

Iain Thompson reports on The Register saying that the idea of rewarding developers in this way isn't new - the concept was first put forward in 2006 by the Center for American Progress think tank.

Thompson quotes Squadron as follows, "I've also seen the cost-saving impacts open source can have for everyday users and businesses. Incentivizing open source software can attract more open source developers, create in-state jobs, and add to the state's burgeoning technology sector."

You can read the complete story at the above links.

Black Duck's open source 'rookies of the year' 2015

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noun -- rook·ie \ˈru̇-kē\ -- : a first-year player in a professional sport, or a person who has just started a job or activity and has little experience.


Open source management software company Black Duck has announced the eighth annual 'Open Source Rookies of the Year' to recognise the top new open source projects initiated in 2015.

The firm says that the selected projects show how 'diverse and ambitious' open source software development has become.

Black Duck says that the 2015 Rookies class reflects three industry trends shaping the future of open source software:

• Docker Containers: Docker, a 2013 Rookies of the Year selection, established containers and DevOps as the heirs apparent to server virtualization. In 2014, a number of Docker ecosystem players emerged, and the trend continues this year with several, including projects sponsored by Red Hat and Capital One.

• Open Collaboration: Email isn't dead, but it's not as important as it used to be. The success of Facebook messaging and Skype for personal use fuels demand for similar solutions in the office, with real-time tools like Slack and GoToMeeting becoming standards. However, proprietary solutions face competition from open source alternatives which promise all the same features of the originals, but without the lock-in downside of proprietary solutions.

• Artificial Intelligence: We may be a long way yet from truly "sentient" machines, but development teams are helping computers get smarter at getting smarter. Deep learning techniques aim to teach computers to teach themselves by using a system of multiple processing layers to model the neural network of a human brain. This year we recognize two new projects in the field of deep learning.

The 2015 Black Duck Open Source Rookies of the Year are:

• Rocket.Chat - an open source web chat platform built for communities and companies wanting to privately host their own chat service.
• Mattermost - an open source, on-premise Slack alternative, written in Golang and React.
• - a free and open source video conferencing solution.
• MXNet - a lightweight deep learning library created by DMLC, the people behind CXXNet, Minerva and Purine2.
• Bazel - a subset of Google's internal software development tools, building software quickly and reliably through a shared code repository in which all software is built from source.
• React Native - a Facebook-sponsored framework for building native mobile applications using the React JavaScript library.
• Kontena - an open source container management solution "built to maximize developer happiness."
• Nulecule - a specification for packaging complex multi-container applications while ensuring smooth deployment across all instances.
• InSpec - an open source compliance testing framework for specifying compliance, security and policy requirements.
• Hygieia - Capital One's enterprise DevOps dashboard, released last year as an open source project on GitHub.
• Glucosio - the world's first open source diabetes monitoring application.
• Honorable Mention: Vault - a tool for securely accessing API keys, passwords, certificates, employee credentials and other sensitive resources.
• Honorable Mention: RancherOS - a miniscule Linux distribution specially designed to be the easiest way to manage Docker containers.
• Honorable Mention: OWASP Security Knowledge Framework (SKF) - a free, open source web app security system based on OWASP security standards.

"This year's Rookies are impressive examples of how far open source has come, with start-ups like Mattermost and Glucosio as well as big players like Google, Facebook and Red Hat leveraging the open source community to help drive innovation in everything from DevOps and Docker container solutions to diabetes monitoring and real-time communication," said Patrick Carey, director of product management at Black Duck, who headed the Rookies selection process.

"These are sophisticated initiatives where the open source approach is a core part of the business strategy for speeding development, promoting adoption and providing the most value to their customers," Carey said.

DataStax : developers bemoan lack of NoSQL skills

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DataStax has run a survey with developers worldwide -- of 273 responses, only eight per cent of those surveyed thought that there were enough skilled people available to meet demand from companies for skills around NoSQL.

The firm itself is a provider of database software for cloud applications.

According to the research, Cassandra has gone from being a new database option into being critical to those surveyed within their roles. Nearly 60 per cent of those surveyed stated Cassandra was not viewed as critical only six months ago, yet it is viewed as critical to the business by 73 per cent of respondents today.

The survey suggests (DataStax would say confirms) the presence of a massive skills gap in the database industry and highlights the increasing need for skills in managing and implementing Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise (DSE) within engineering, administrator and architect job function.

"As today's modern applications drive new data management requirements, it's clear through the survey results that the expertise and skills required for today's developers, administrators and architects is also changing," said Christian Hasker, director of DataStax Academy at DataStax.

"DataStax Academy helps address the widespread adoption of Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise, as well as the increasing importance placed on NoSQL expertise, by offering free self-paced courses and removing costly training programs as an obstacle to learning," said Hasker.

According to Gartner, skills shortages remain a challenge and searches for 'qualified data scientists' have become project impediments.

Chef drills dependency policing into DevOps

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There's DevOps and then there's fake DevOps i.e. this 'new term' (it's all spin really, well kind of) attracts a lot of fakers.


Among the purists is Chef, a firm which in fact describes itself as a player in automation for DevOps.

Chef's latest recipe is dependency management, a new feature of its Chef Delivery product.

What is a dependency?

Essentially a dependency is a relationship between two (or more) code streams or datasets (or operations or functions) such that one coexists with another and is essentially defined by the other's being.

Back to Chef, the new dependency management function claims to enable faster developer collaboration by allowing Chef Delivery to know which services and applications in the pipeline depend on one another.

With dependency management (which Chef would love to try and capitalize and trademark), not only must changes pass local tests, but related, downstream components or services must pass those tests as well.

Dependency promotion police

Only service changes that pass are promoted, so deployments to production are safe.

The theory here in practice is, dependency management enables a reliable, repeatable and scalable process for cross-team collaboration in large enterprises.

"It doesn't matter if there are two developers or thousands of staff -- teams can create and safely deploy interconnected services on diverse runtime environments, including containers," said the firm, in a press statemet.

Chef also today announced enhanced capabilities for Chef Compliance to enable automated management of compliance policies that are based on the broadly used Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks.

Policing interdependent services

Software is now the competitive currency of the enterprise. However, software is also becoming increasingly complex and composed of interdependent services that reside in the cloud.

"Enterprises need comprehensive solutions to safely implement DevOps in the push toward ever-greater development velocity. Unlike other frameworks and tools, Chef Delivery doesn't just help you build a change management pipeline, it is the pipeline," said Alex Ethier, vice president of product, Chef.

A technical justification for intricate applications

Businesses must be able to develop and maintain these intricate applications, along with the infrastructure that supports them, while moving at high velocity. It is critical that any changes to applications and infrastructure be versioned and tested before they are deployed to production. Because multiple teams often work on a single application, cross-team collaboration and transparency are critical to the success of a project. The DevOps workflow, which uses both culture and technology to foster these values, is becoming the most effective approach to developing software quickly and safely. Chef has distilled its customers' successful workflow patterns into Chef Delivery, where service dependencies can be predefined and compliance requirements become part of the development pipeline. Chef Delivery eliminates silos and project segregation, enabling developers and operations personnel to begin committing code to the primary development pipeline in their first week on the team, instead of waiting weeks or even months in traditional environments.

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer changes view on Linux cancer

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Bouncing business extrovert Steve Ballmer has softened on his stance with regard to the Linux operating system, which he had famously previously derided as a cancer.


The former Microsoft CEO is now more focused on his role as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a baseball or basketball team.

Ballmer's initial cancerous jibe was made some 15-years ago, but since that time his former employer has made inarguably significant strides to both open source a degree of its software stack and move to supporting Linux on those elements that it still keeps within more proprietary control.

Reuters reports Ballmer's comments made at a dinner this week where he said that the threat from Linux was now "in the rearview mirror".

"The company made a ton of money by fighting that battle very well," he said. "It's been incredibly important to the company's revenue stream" to maintain its position with its own Windows operating system.

Baller's original comment was, "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches."

Lauding current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's work, Ballmer said he "loved" seeing the recent announcement of opening SQL Server to Linux.

Reuters also reports that Ballmer is longer close to Bill Gates.

The former CEO is reported to have recently taken up yoga -- no information on yoga-centric bouncing positions is currently available.

SAP web IDE for HANA is based on Eclipse Che

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SAP is committed to the Eclipse Foundation, well come on now, who isn't these days?


No but seriously, SAP has announced the availability of its SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA.

(Ed - double SAP brand plug in one product name, isn't there a German term for double-SAP like ßAP maybe?)

SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA is based on Eclipse Che, a developer workspace and cloud integrated development environment (IDE) and is one of the first productive implementations of an IDE on Eclipse Che.

The IDE itself is designed to support the development of applications, database models and user interfaces (UIs) on HANA software.

The new edition complements the existing SAP Web IDE, which is powered by SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

"SAP is committed to the Eclipse Foundation and is continuing to invest in it by building products on top of Eclipse Che as well as by ongoing contributions to open source," said Björn Goerke, executive vice president and corporate officer, SAP product & innovation technology, SAP SE.

"With the new SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA, developers can design, build and deploy Web applications based on the UI development toolkit for HTML5 (SAPUI5) and Node.js. It also reaffirms our successful use of open source projects such as Eclipse Che in building a productive IDE for use in creating applications from the UI down to the database."

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