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Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

My iPhone 6 recently upgraded itself to iOS 11. And guess what – it's become noticeably slower. This is no surprise, of course, as it's the same on every platform known to man. The new version is slower than the old. It's tempting to scream "code bloat" but that's not necessarily fair because new stuff usually has extra …
Dave Cartwright, 02 Nov 2017
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Sir, you're doing 60 in a 30mph container zone. What are you, some kind of devops cop?

Profile An Israeli startup has devised a containerised traffic cop which it claims stops rogue containers from misbehaving at run-time. Aqua Security uses a combination of intelligent defaults, machine learning, and threat research to provide life cycle security for container-based applications. it supports both Linux and Windows …

Hipsterverse horror as Slack takes Halloween hiatus

Slack has suffered an outage that plunged parts of the world into conversation or less-pretty messaging platforms for a couple of hours. The horror manifested just as the United States West Coast darkened in preparation for Halloween, sending tens of thousands, including Reg operatives in San Francisco and Sydney, scrambling …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2017

Kubernetes bug ate my banking app! How code flaw crashed Brit upstart

Monzo, a UK online banking startup, suffered an outage on Friday for over an hour due to a four-month-old Kubernetes bug. The Fatal Flaw, as the event might be titled by author Lemony Snicket, took down a complete production cluster, according to Oliver Beattie, head of engineering for Monzo, "through a very unfortunate series …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017
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Don't put your Node out of joint: Version 8 of JS toolkit now in LTS mode

Node.js 8 on Tuesday goes into long-term support, which sounds like an assisted living plan for elders but in fact marks the maturation of the surprisingly popular JavaScript runtime. The LTS designation, codified a mere two years ago, means businesses can adopt Node 8 with the expectation the code will be supported for 18 …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

Poll Developers really dislike Perl, and projects associated with Microsoft, at least among those who volunteer their views through Stack Overflow. The community coding site offers programmers a way to document their technical affinities on their developer story profile pages. Included therein is an input box for tech they'd prefer …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017

Containers? Ha! Ain't no party like a Tupperware party, boasts Facebook

OS Summit Facebook has its own container system it uses in place of Docker or Kubernetes. The Social Network started working on "Tupperware" before other systems were "readily available" and it's glued to Facebook's internal services, production engineer Zoltan Puskas said during a presentation at the Open Source Summit in Prague. The …
Andrew Silver, 23 Oct 2017

You may not know it, but you've already arrived at DevOps Land

After roughly a decade of DevOps hype, surely we’ve arrived at that blessed time when developer lions lie down with operations lambs in peace…? Err, not so much. Despite larger enterprises striving mightily to become more Agile (with a capital “A”), most organisations still don’t deliver on the DevOps dream, and won’t for some …
Matt Asay, 23 Oct 2017
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Continuous Lifecycle 2018: Agile pioneer Dr Linda Rising to keynote

Events We're chuffed, delighted and excited to announce that our first keynote for Continuous Lifecycle will be Agile development pioneer Dr Linda Rising. And if having Linda set the tone for the conference wasn't enough, she will also be running an exclusive workshop at the event. Linda's career has spanned the worlds of academia, …
Team Register, 20 Oct 2017
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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

In a recent IDG survey, the number of execs worried about a skills gap in IT grew from 49 per cent in 2016 to 60 per cent this year. Other surveys shore up this finding as well: a Cloud Foundry Foundation survey from late 2016 had 64 per cent of respondents worried about getting the skilled staff needed. “Is there a skills …
Michael Cote, 19 Oct 2017

Kubernetes has won. Docker Enterprise Edition will support rival container-wrangling tech

Container darling Docker plans to make peace with its orchestration rival, Kubernetes, at its European conference this week. For the past two years or so, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesos have been vying to provide the most compelling orchestration layer for containers. Mesos has been around longer, but the arrival of …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2017
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With microservices Java can at last join us in our cloudy, DevOpsy world

Microservices aren't a new concept to Java – their forerunner was Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), which could be constructed, among other means, with the assistance of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs). The fundamental concept behind microservices is applications should be broken down into small services that can be …
Trevor Pott, 16 Oct 2017
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Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo

A quirk in the way Git handles data deduplication can be exploited to crash most computers with a single Git command. Developer Kate Murphy said this "Git bombing" can be pulled off by creating and organizing a repository of just 12 4KB objects so that cloning it fills up all available RAM and swap space until the machine …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2017
The meat ingredients for our WHO neckfiller

Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again

"The talks get a little repetitive, don't they?" she said as we were walking out of the elevator and through the lobby, escaping the latest two-day DevOpsDays nerd fest. Unable to resist the urge to mansplain, I meekly volunteered that most of the attendees are first-timers, so, you know, maybe it's new to them. Upstairs …
Michael Cote, 13 Oct 2017
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Google Grafeas can handle the truth: Web giant and pals emit tool to wrangle containers

Managing software applications in large organizations can be quite complicated, particularly for codebases with lots of dependencies. Add in virtualized machines, containers, clusters, multiple service providers, multiple development teams, deployment pipelines, external partners, policy requirements, and other contextual …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2017
Chris Wanstrath at GitHub Universe

'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

At Pier 70 in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, where ships once were built, code-hosting biz GitHub held forth on building and shipping code, and on the people who do so. Following a manic Looney Tunes-inspired cartoon intro, Chris Wanstrath, cofounder and departing chief exec, opened the keynote presentation by …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017

Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

The revolution will not be televised because IT automation is boring. But it will be scripted and play out unseen, because boring is the desired state for computing infrastructure. Businesses just want their systems to work, without drama or excitement. Puppet, a maker of devops software, is trying to broaden the boredom. …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017
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10 years on, Amazon CTO reflects on DynamoDB launch

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels this week marked the 10th anniversary of his Project Dynamo whitepaper, the blueprint for what would become the DynamoDB platform. The paper [PDF], presented in October 2007 at the ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, describes an Amazon-designed backend system to overcome the weaknesses of …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Oct 2017

npm adds two-factor auth, security tokens in wake of JS typo attack

Code registry npm, home to some 550,000 Node.js packages and millions of users, on Wednesday added support for two-factor authentication (2FA) and read-only authentication tokens in an effort to shore up its defenses. Software registries, which store modules required by modern apps, have attracted the attention of malware …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Oct 2017

Splunk hits Oracle's Larry where it hurts: His failure to win America's Cup boat race

Analytics flinger Splunk has slammed Oracle for what it describes as a “fundamental lack of knowledge and understanding” of the cybersecurity market. On Tuesday, as is the norm for his keynotes, Big Red founder and CTO Larry Ellison singled out a competitor’s products, and focused on its downfalls. But this time, rather than …
Rebecca Hill, 05 Oct 2017
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Keybase Git gets keys, basically: Secure chat app encrypts your repos

Keybase.io, which began as a cloud key database and has since evolved into a secure messaging and collaboration service, on Wednesday added support for encrypted Git repositories. Git, a version control system widely used for managing source code, doesn't encrypt files stored in Git repositories. It can, however, be used in …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Oct 2017
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Microsoft's Azure servers want to sip your mug of serverless Java

JavaOne Microsoft has announced Java support for Azure Functions, the serverless cloud platform which competes with AWS Lambda. The announcement was made at the JavaOne event under way in San Francisco this week. The service is now in public preview. Java is the latest language to be added following Microsoft’s redesign of the Azure …
Tim Anderson, 04 Oct 2017

Google backs up Firebase with a second realtime NoSQL silo

Google's twin fetish manifested itself in its Firebase platform-as-a-service offering on Tuesday through the introduction of a second realtime NoSQL database. Firebase has been growing in popularity among mobile and web developers thanks in part to the Firebase Realtime Database, which provides a way to synchronize data across …
Thomas Claburn, 04 Oct 2017
Georges Saab at JavaOne '17

Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'

Analysis In the wake of a safe harbor disclaimer insisting Oracle could not be held to anything said during its JavaOne conference keynote on Monday, Georges Saab, veep of software development for the Java platform, talked his way through a Java victory lap. "Over the past 22 years, Java has grown and matured to the point that the …
Thomas Claburn, 03 Oct 2017
Chairman Mao exhorting chinese workers to do their utmost for the nation

JS code at the network edge. Oh, you're still here and not running, screaming? Read on

Bit caching biz Cloudflare on Friday teased website publishers with the prospect of being able to run JavaScript at the edge of its content delivery network, a capability that promises performance, security, and reliability improvements. The outfit puts copies of customers' websites and content at various locations around the …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Sep 2017
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Cluster coordinator Kubernetes claims crisp care clip

Kubernetes, the popular open-source software for managing containerized applications, is scheduled for a feature infusion on Thursday, in accordance with its bump to version 1.8. Backed by the likes of Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Red Hat, Kubernetes provides more than half of the Fortune 100 companies with a way to …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2017
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Yahoo! search! results!, recommendations!, ad! flinging! code! is! now! open! source!

Oath, the Verizon-owned parent of Yahoo!, has forsworn control of Yahoo!'s search code, known as Vespa, and turned it into an open-source project. Having nothing at all to do with scooters, the software provides a way to query structured and unstructured data, to organize and rank results, and to write data at scale. It's a …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Sep 2017

Facebook performs successful license surgery on React, GraphQL

Facebook on Tuesday freed its React JavaScript library and its GraphQL query language from its unloved license scheme. As promised last week, React 16 underwent licensing replacement surgery to remove Facebook's controversial BSD + Patents license and replace it with the more welcome MIT license. The operation was deemed …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Sep 2017
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Facebook U-turn: React, other libraries freed from unloved patent license

Faced with growing dissatisfaction about licensing requirements for some of its open-source projects, Facebook today said it will move React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js under the MIT license next week. "We're relicensing these projects because React is the foundation of a broad ecosystem of open source software for the web, …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Sep 2017
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Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 arrive, 364 days later than first planned

Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 have arrived. Version 9 of the Java development kit was supposed to ship on September 22, 2016, but delays and a dispute over the "Jigsaw" Java Platform Module System saw the release date pushed out to Thursday, September 21. Which is precisely when Oracle announced that the two new versions of Java …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017

Puppet plays puppet master, gobbles up automation firm Distelli

Puppet has rolled out the corporate playbook and turned puppet master for another automation company. Oregon-based automation vendor Puppet acquired the continuous delivery software firm Distelli on Wednesday for an undisclosed amount. Puppet swapped out its founder and CEO with COO Sanjay Mirchandani back in September 2016. …
Andrew Silver, 21 Sep 2017
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GitLab freezes GraphQL project amid looming Facebook patent fears

Using GraphQL, an increasingly popular query language for grabbing data, may someday infringe upon pending Facebook patents, making the technology inherently problematic for corporate usage. In an analysis posted to Medium and in a related discussion in the GraphQL repo on GitHub, attorney and developer Dennis Walsh observed …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Sep 2017

Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

Developers may be no more curious about salaries than any other set of workers, but their high degree of variation in terms of education, skillset and experience – not to mention the often ill-defined nature of their work – gives them ample reason to be curious about pay among their peers. Stack Overflow, a community site …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Sep 2017

The developers vs enterprise architects showdown: You shall know us by our trail of diagrams

One of the more wizened roles in IT is the enterprise architect, or, “EA” for those in a hurry. Meanwhile, those cowpokes over in the wide open office plans of DevOps country have little regard for these EA types. It’s a bit of a “what have you done for me lately?” situation: last time the devs checked, these EAs were saying …
Michael Cote, 18 Sep 2017
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WordPress has adverse reaction to Facebook's React.js licence

Automattic, the company behind hosting service WordPress.com, has decided to stop using Facebook's React.js library, citing legal concerns. WordPress' founding developer Matt Mullenweg – who also founded WordPress.com – explains the decision by noting that Automattic has used React since 2015, when it put the code to work in …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2017

Pretend Python packages prey on poor typing

The Slovakian National Security Authority on Thursday warned that PyPI, the repository for Python software packages, has been hosting malicious software libraries. The group's cybersecurity division, SK-CSIRT, identified 10 fake libraries designed to dupe developers through typosquatting. The names of the malicious libraries …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Sep 2017

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