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So your client's under-spent on IT for decades and lives in fear of an audit

Infrastructure as code is a buzzword frequently thrown out alongside DevOps and continuous integration as being the modern way of doing things. Proponents cite benefits ranging from an amorphous "agility" to reducing the time to deploy new workloads. I have an argument for infrastructure as code that boils down to "cover your …
Trevor Pott, 12 May 2017

Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

Microsoft describes Visual Studio Code as a source code editor that's "optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications." In fact, VSC turns out to be rather inefficient when it comes to CPU resources. Developer Jo Liss has found that the software, when in focus and idle, uses 13 per cent of CPU capacity …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Mar 2017

Devs bashing out crappy code is making banks insecure – report

The rush to improve system functionality is leading developers to knock out subpar code, posing a threat the security of major systems around the world, according to an extensive report. The software quality of financial applications is worse than that of those in telecoms and retail, according to the report. The study ( …

For $deity's sake, smile! It's Friday! Sad coders write bad code – official

Miserable software developers produce miserable software, to the further detriment of organizational productivity and personal health. Researchers from the University of Stuttgart, University of Helsinki, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have completed a study [PDF] of …

Google's Grumpy code makes Python Go

Google on Wednesday introduced an open-source project called Grumpy to translate Python code into Go programs. The company's front-end server for YouTube and its YouTube API are mainly written in Python, and run on CPython 2.7, as opposed to other implementations (Jython, PyPy, or IronPython). The issue for Google is …
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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

A leading education advisor to government ministers in the UK has criticised the aggressive proliferation of software in schools as a "gimmick", and called for ministers to "drain the swamp". British schoolchildren will play Minecraft for an hour as Microsoft's contribution to the global "Hour of Code", a stunt intended to …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2016
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Testing times: Between some IoT code and a hard place

Radbot Every company has its ups and downs. Those downs could be exploding phones or a sudden unmovable overstock of Clinton merchandise (or conversely an uptick in Trump-the-statesman t-shirt demand). Bigger organisations can better absorb the illness of a member of staff or a surge in demand beyond all expectations, although no one …

GitHub Enterprise catches up with GitHub proper

GitHub Enterprise is scheduled to get a version bump on Wednesday that will bring code reviews, project organization, and workflow visualization capabilities. Introduced in 2011, GitHub Enterprise provides Git version control on GitHub, on premises, or via private cloud, with a variety of bells and whistles that matter to …
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Are you an Olympian of software, a titan of tech? Prove it in our coding competition

Compo If you’ve been itching for a chance to go head to head with your fellow Reg readers to demonstrate your coding chops, and grab yourself a spanking set of gaming hardware into the bargain, we may have just the thing… We’ve gotten together with the folks at IBM to set a coding challenge that will see the lucky winner walking …
David Gordon, 28 Jun 2016
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Go DevOps before your bosses force you to. It'll be easier that way

Some people are making very bold claims about what DevOps can deliver. Here’s one: “High-performing IT organizations deploy 30x more frequently with 200x shorter lead times; they have 60x fewer failures and recover 168x faster,” according to the first bullet point of the 2015 annual Puppet Labs State of DevOps report. With …
Michael Cote, 9 Mar 2016
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Hey British coders: DevOps – you're doing it wrong

If you want a brief summary of DevOps, it goes like this: a lot of those who claim to be implementing DevOps aren't getting it right. And British companies are doing worse than their peers abroad. That’s the potted findings of a CA Technologies earlier this year that claimed there exists a gap in perception, pointing out that …
Maxwell Cooter, 19 Feb 2016

Getting a grip on Puppet: A guide for beginners

QA's Kat McIvor will be taking to the stage at Continuous Lifecycle London to talk about automating security. But her skills don't end there. If config management's your thing, here's Kat's take on getting started with Puppet. Puppet is another configuration management tool available as part of the DevOps toolbox. It uses a …
Kat McIvor, 9 Feb 2016
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Software devs' new mantra: Zen dogs dream of small-sized bones

One of the primary principles of DevOps is moving from large software releases to a series of small batches. What do we mean by “large”? Six-to-12-month (or longer) projects that follow the infamous “water-scrum-fall” model. While development teams may create builds weekly, the code isn’t deployed to production and used by …
Michael Cote, 4 Feb 2016
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OK Google? Firefox to nibble Chrome extensions from 2016

Code from a project billed as “the future of developing add-ons” in Firefox will debut in early 2016. The code will let extensions written for Google’s growing Chrome run, supposedly unchanged, in Firefox. The WebExtensions API, announced in August and currently in alpha, is expected to see daylight in March 2016, with …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Dec 2015
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CIA crypto-king offers new 'clock' clue to crack Kryptos code

The man who built a cryptographic sculpture for the CIA has provided a second clue to help crack its infamously difficult code. Standing in a courtyard inside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the last part of the Kryptos sculpture has remained unsolved for almost 25 years. Now Jim Sanborn, its creator, has given a …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2014
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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

Exclusive Amazon is one of the most technically influential companies operating today – but you wouldn't know it, thanks to a dearth of published research papers and negligible code contributions to the open-source projects it relies on. This, according to multiple insiders, is becoming a problem. The corporation is described as a " …
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014

GitHub code repository rocked by 'very large DDoS' attack

San Francisco–based GitHub, the online repository popular among software developers, suffered a major service outage on Thursday morning due to what it characterizes as a "very large DDoS attack." GitHub status page reporting major DDoS attack This major attack follows a similar one on August 4th The outage was first …
Jack Clark, 15 Aug 2013

John Lennon's lesson for public-domain innovation

Open ... and Shut While I've never thought John Lennon's Imagine offered a particularly useful prescription for peace, I am starting to wonder if it might not suggest something better than free and open-source software. When Lennon sings that if we can just "imagine no possessions" we'll end up with "all the people sharing all the world," he's …
Matt Asay, 18 Feb 2013

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