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GitHub acknowledges autocrats with 'code owner' feature

GitHub's taken a leaf out of Google's Chromium book, introducing a feature that puts review requirements under the control of someone designated as a code owner. Either individuals or teams can be code owners, responsible for a given slab of software and notified whenever someone makes a pull request. Those who hold the …
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Atlassian hikes prices for most cloudy JIRA and Confluence users

Fresh from encouraging users to buy bundles of its stuff, Atlassian is changing the way it charges for cloudy versions of its software and says the result will be that “the majority of customers will receive an increase in their bill” of about US$2/month/user for JIRA and Confluence products. Sean Regan, the company's head of …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2017
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In after-hours trade on Monday, NYSE deployed test code to production

It looks like the New York Stock Exchange took the opportunity of an abridged trading session ahead of the fourth of July to test some code relating to its API. The problem is, test seems to have gone to production with the hilarious result that a bunch of stocks are reporting the same value: $123.47 (which, as someone noted …
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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

Comment We’re almost halfway through this year, and how’s progress on those Digital Transformation Initiative slides doing? Maybe you need a quick jump in improvement to buy some time for August vacations, and then ensure you can get enough actual change and a few successful projects in place by the holidays. While they’ll ship …
Michael Cote, 29 Jun 2017
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JFrog leaps, wolfs down CloudMunch

After a $50m investment January 2016, Israel-based software delivery automation vendor JFrog is in acquisition mode – specifically, it's eating some analytics brains. JFrog is acquiring the $3.5m-backed CloudMunch, which offers collaboration and software delivery lifecycle analytics. "The DevOps revolution started with …
Andrew Silver, 26 Jun 2017
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Amazon and others sniffing around Slack

Slack is attracting interest from potential suitors including Amazon that are reportedly eyeing up the white collar messaging and collaboration software slinger. The cost of such a buy could be as high as $9bn, loquacious sources told Bloomberg today, though talks are at the preliminary stage and there are no assurances an …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2017
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Atlassian wants you to put all your eggs in one Bitbucket and beyond

Atlassian's decided the time is right for it to do a “stack” for enterprises keen to get their DevOps efforts in order. The DevOps darling has put everything it offers into the stack – server and client side Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, HipChat, Bamboo, FishEye, Crucible and Crowd, plus support for the lot – and wrapped it up …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2017
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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

Time to put to bed once and for all the image of the hip young hacker pounding out code to cutting-edge techno music. It turns out that today's devs prefer to work to most of the same tunes your mom plays while driving to the store. A study from survey and research company Qualtrics found that while nearly all developers like …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2017
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State of DevOps: Everyone's slinging code out faster

Deployment is up in the world of DevOps. The "lowest" performing IT organizations are deploying software between once a week and once a month — up from every month or six months in 2016, according to the latest State of DevOps report. The data was clustered into three distinct performance categories based on how frequently a …
Andrew Silver, 06 Jun 2017
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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

"How screwed am I?" a new starter asked Reddit after claiming they'd been marched out of their job by their employer's CTO after "destroying" the production DB – and had been told "legal" would soon get stuck in. The luckless junior software developer told the computer science career questions forum: I was basically given a …
Jude Karabus, 05 Jun 2017

How do you do, fellow kids? Grandpa Puppet gets down with Docker

It's strange when you're no longer the new kid on the block. First, you're the hippest of the hip, the one that everyone envies and then, suddenly, you're looking that little bit older, and generally less interesting. That's the rather curious position that configuration management players like Puppet and Chef find themselves …
Maxwell Cooter, 02 Jun 2017
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What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

Events If you couldn’t join us last week for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017, you can still get a flavour of the event with our speakers’ presentations and selected video highlights. Over 300 people joined Situation Publishing, the people behind The Register, and German publisher Heise, at the QE II building in Westminster over …
Team Register, 26 May 2017
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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

Microsoft has adopted Git to manage the vast collection of code that is Windows' source, and has shared performance issues it's had to fix along the way. The state-of-the-nation report for what Microsoft calls the “largest Git repo on the planet” follows on from its launch of the “fat Git repo” handler, the Git Virtual File …
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Twilio packages code boilerplate to woo devs

Cloud communications service Twilio believes software development doesn't have to play out like Groundhog Day, a film in which a man relives the same day over and over. For developers, that sense of déjà vu is a common experience. In an interview with The Register on Tuesday, Pat Malatack, VP and general manager of messaging …
Thomas Claburn, 24 May 2017
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Facebook shares own tools to trap bugs before they break code

Facebook on Wednesday plans to introduce a set of open source developer tools to streamline app development testing and bug hunting. At the Dev Tools @Scale conference in London, Facebook intends to show off: OneWorld, a system for testing software across multiple devices and environments; Jupiter, a tool for matching backend …
Thomas Claburn, 24 May 2017

Bluemix gives users two months to adopt new rolling deployment tool

IBM's announced a swift retirement of its Active Deploy service, a facility offered to those who want frequent updates to cloudy applications. The service will disappear from the Bluemix Catalog on June 23rd and “As of July 23, 2017, the service will be shut down and any existing deployment configurations will be deleted.” …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017

Go ahead, stage a hackathon. But pray it doesn't work too well

OPINION Fidget spinners may be the biggest thing since the yo-yo, but they can’t hold a candle to the latest fad to sweep the business world: hackathons. As is the case with any fad, lots of people jump in overnight and some end up looking a bit ridiculous. Hackathons have their uses because they give people permission to solve …
Mark Pesce, 23 May 2017
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AppDynamics pondering 'business-aware infrastructure'

AppDynamics is considering the wonderful world of policy-driven infrastructure automation, so that your data centre can respond when your applications deliver a less-than-stellar customer experience. Cisco acquired AppDynamics for US$3.7bn in January 2017 because it liked the company's ability to sniff applications while they …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2017
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GitHub throws open doors on 'app' souk

Social code repository GitHub is making it easier for developers to fetch data and spend money. In conjunction with the company's Satellite 2017 conference in London on Monday, GitHub is rolling out GitHub Marketplace, a store for development tools that assist with tasks like continuous integration, code reviews, and project …
Thomas Claburn, 22 May 2017
The Red Queen

Management's agile, digital (insert buzzword here) strategy ossifying? Blame the Red Queen

"In our country," Alice told the Red Queen in Through the Looking-Glass, "you'd generally get to somewhere else – if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing." "A slow sort of country!" the Queen replies. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get …
Chris Tofts, 17 May 2017
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Realm opens up to Windows apps

Realm, maker of an object-based database of the same name, is extending its mobile-oriented software to work with wares from a company not known for its mobile offerings, Microsoft. "We really think the platform Microsoft is building is vibrant and has a lot of potential for growth," said chief marketing officer Paul Kopacki …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2017
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Sencha packages web UI widgets for enterprise React devs

Enterprise web app biz Sencha plans to make its ExtJS JavaScript interface components available to React developers through an offering called ExtReact. React, a Facebook-created open source JavaScript library, has become one of the most popular toolkits for building modern web apps, alongside frameworks like Angular and Vue …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2017
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CyberArk splashes $42m on DevOps security whizz Conjur

Infosec firm CyberArk has bought Conjur, a provider of DevOps security software, for $42m. Israel-based CyberArk specialises in privileged account management and secrets protection. Conjur's tech for securing DevOps will allow CyberArk to dive deeper into the DevOps lifecycle to protect secrets and manage machine identities. …
John Leyden, 12 May 2017
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Servers as pets or cattle was 2012. Now it's McMansions or Hotels

Remember pets and cattle? CERN's 2012 metaphor to describe on-premises servers you name and care for lavishly versus virtualized cloud servers you never name, run in a herd and snuff out without a second's thought? Well the metaphor's evolved: VMware and Pivotal are now talking about McMansions and hotels to explain how they …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2017
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Don't waste your energy on Docker, it says here – wait, that can't be right...

Docker may be the darling of DevOps, but it's something of a minor extravagance when it comes to energy consumption. Computer science boffins affiliated with the University of Alberta in Canada have spent some time comparing the energy used running software applications in Docker containers with power consumption on bare metal …
Thomas Claburn, 05 May 2017
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Easy-to-use container pioneer Docker on Tuesday installed a new chief executive, swapping Ben Golub for Steve Singh, the co-founder and former CEO of travel expense biz Concur, now owned by SAP. In a high-paying version of musical chairs, Singh, who joined Docker's board of directors in November, has become CEO and chairman of …
Thomas Claburn, 02 May 2017
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Red Hat wraps AWS in OpenShift containers for easy consumption

Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat on Tuesday said it will make Amazon Web Services available through the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Thus Amazon's cloud computing offerings, like managed data warehouse Redshift or content delivery network CloudFront, can be utilized by applications running in OpenShift containers, in …
Thomas Claburn, 02 May 2017
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Jenkins admin? Get buzzy patching, says Cloudbees

Cloudbees's Jenkins needs a patch against a Java deserialisation vulnerability. The bug, CVE-2017-1000353, exists in how Jenkins implements HTTP upload/download requests. The bug lets an attacker exploit a serialised object in the preamble of commands sent to the CLI. As described by Securiteam, “since Jenkins does not …
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Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning

While it’s easy to start up a few, flashy new DevOps teams, releasing to production each week and flaunting the ball-and-chain of enterprise governance, scaling that change to your organisation will always be challenging, if not crushingly impossible. When it comes to scaling the skunk-works, I’m reminded of a conversation …
Michael Cote, 26 Apr 2017

Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

Docker seemingly became Moby this week, a rebranding exercise that sparked more confusion than clarity among those following container software. Docker (the company) decided to differentiate Docker (the commercial software products Docker CE and Docker EE) from Docker (the open source project). So at DockerCon in Austin, …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Apr 2017

Docker emits LinuxKit: You can probably guess what it does

Docker will today release LinuxKit, an open-source toolbox for building fine-tuned Linux-based operating systems that run in containers. No, it's not replacing Alpine. Docker uses the minimalist Alpine Linux distribution as the foundation of its official container images, and will continue to do so in future, we're told. …
Chris Williams, 18 Apr 2017
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Oracle gets to Wercker, dines on container biz

Oracle has acquired Dutch developer support house Wercker to beef up its offerings for container management. Wercker, based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, specializes in Docker and Kubernetes management tools for developers to quickly create and manage containers to test code. "Wercker's Docker-based platform has a strong, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2017

Virtualization twisted devs, cloud and SaaS made them monsters

At the VMware user group conference in Melbourne a couple of weeks back, NetApp's Josh Atwell wondered what it will take to repair relations between developers and ops teams. His history of the two tribes has them in a long, distrustful truce until virtualization took off, at which point developers revelled in pool of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2017
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Software dev cuffed for 'nicking proprietary financial trading code'

FBI agents have collared a devops engineer accused of stealing rifling through colleagues' user accounts and stealing proprietary stock trading software. Since 2010, Zhengquan Zhang was employed by New York finance house KCG that makes billions of dollars in trades a day via sophisticated algorithmic trading models and trading …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2017

Microsoft rolls the Deis for container wrangling

Microsoft has acquired Deis to provide better management tools for containers on the Azure cloud. The San Francisco-based container orchestration specialist said Monday that it would be joining Redmond's ranks, but will continue to operate its existing Workflow, Helm and Steward developer and management tools. Within …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2017
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Massive scale, tight security – what's not to love about Kubernetes 1.6? Well...

There aren't too many software frameworks that lend their name to industry events but Kubernetes, the open-source container manager, is one. The clumsily named Cloud Native + KubeCon in Berlin this week, however, is no ordinary conference. There are not too many conferences where visitors cramthe stands from 8am to 7pm, nor …
Maxwell Cooter, 31 Mar 2017

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