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Build DevOps Teams, Start Your Digital Transformation
"Within the team structures, relegating tasks in ways that better make use of team members’ experience is beneficial, PagerDuty’s Stratton said. Traditionally, for example, senior developers and engineers have often been in charge of developing new software features while the junior staff has been tasked with bug fixes. However, it is the senior team members who likely have the experience to better understand the entire system that fixes often require. “Maybe as a senior engineer it is not as interesting to troubleshoot,” Stratton said. “But having experience gives you that understanding of how the system is built.”
events  interviews  podcast  sponsored  top  stories  development  devops  the  new  stack  makers 
yesterday by jonerp
PagerDuty CEO: DevOps Success Relies on Teams, Empathy, and Inclusion
"“There is often chaos before there is order,” she acknowledged. The way people are working is changing. The workforce is distributed and needs to collaborate and work well together because minutes and seconds count. Real-time operations are about technology, she said, but it’s more about helping people get the most out of the time and investment and tools they have to get the best outcome for their customers and their businesses."
events  interviews  podcast  top  stories  the  new  stack  makers 
4 days ago by jonerp
Why Serverless vs. Kubernetes Isn’t a Real Debate
"The idea that serverless architectures will replace containerized applications does not seem to be a rational proposal. Not everything can be reduced to an ephemeral function. Some applications will always require the ability to persist data and state while an application is running, and this is not something that Serverless architectures are particularly designed for. But interest in Serverless is nevertheless growing rapidly."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  kubernetes  serverless 
6 days ago by jonerp
7 Promises, and Potential Pitfalls, in Adopting a Cloud Native Approach to DevOps
"What’s Wrong with That: DevOps is only DevOps, I’m told, when it automates the development and operation of all applications. If we go subdividing our processes into the cloud native ones and the not-so-cloud-native ones, then we run the risk of rebuilding the silos we thought we had already disassembled.

Put another way, it would be wrong to create a DevOps for only one pool of development. Now, maybe it’s feasible to implement such a methodology if and only if the organization will develop only cloud native apps throughout its entire existence. But to restrain the organization to any single platform, I’m told, is antithetical to another of the goals of DevOps: to decouple processes from infrastructure."
analysis  technology  top  stories  cloud-native  continuous  integration  and  deployment  devops 
10 days ago by jonerp
Doing DevOps the Cloud Native Way
"One of the dangers of the microservices approach, if we take this train of thought to its extreme, is that it could frame the entire scenario of an enterprise’s software from the exclusive perspective of the developer. Since cloud native platforms are marketed towards developers’ interests, the result is that, at the minimum, Ops professionals could feel left out. And at the maximum, they could be left out."
ebook  series  article  technology  top  stories  cloud-native  continuous  integration  and  deployment  devops 
11 days ago by jonerp
How KeyBank Used DevOps to Overcome Cost, Complexity, and Legacy Constraints
"Rzeszotarski emphasized the importance of containers as “Rather than have to have 15 teams have to put their hands into the solution to release it, it’s all built within code. It’s reusable. You’re putting that responsibility back to the app team to manage it and we are making it testable and we are using Kubernetes to put the rails up to guard it and make sure it’s highly available and highly reliable.”"
case  study  culture  events  top  stories  devops  kubernetes 
21 days ago by jonerp
Why Community Manager Is a Dead-End Job — and What to Do About It
"Without measurable objectives, roadmap and resources it’s very hard to demonstrate your value to a recruiter or to argue for a raise and a promotion. Having a job as a “community manager” means that there you need to build your own ladder to go up in salary and responsibilities. That’s why I steered my job searches towards a clearer marketing function. Luckily, I managed to leap to DreamHost as Director of Marketing and then to my current role at Scality with a similar title."
contributed  culture  top  stories 
28 days ago by jonerp
Are Programmers Ethically (and Legally) Responsible for Their Code?
"Anne Currie, founder of the Coed Ethics conference, says that it’s not that developers don’t care, it’s that they don’t think they have any power to make a difference — and she argues they do. While the conference had a lot about the psychological and philosophical basis to decision making and some examples of where profits and world domination can win the ethical debate, it also had some actionable takeaways. Today we’re going to share just what developers can do to influence the ethical decision making within their companies and a couple examples when they did just that."
culture  events  top  stories 
4 weeks ago by jonerp
Add It Up: Data Scientists, Not Developers, Lead Machine Learning Efforts
"Developers are not the kingmakers of the fastest growing area of technology — machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). Although TensorFlow, Sckit-Learn and Spark MLLib are popular on GitHub, they are at their core libraries used by data scientists to build models that enable machine learning and types of artificial intelligence functionality."
analysis  research  top  stories  add  it  up  machine  learning 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
The People Pushing for a Decentralized Web
"“There are a set of common problems that the web is not able to address,” Dietrich Ayala, developer advocate at Mozilla, wrote in a recent blog post. After listing a series of issues “critical internet health issues” from net neutrality to government censorship, it decries “centralization of power in the hands of a few large companies who have economic interests in not solving these problems.”
culture  top  stories 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
The Use Cases for Blockchain, Real and Hypothetical
" “Blockchain feels like the thing that is the hardest to parse the value out of the hype. With cloud computing, it was clearly an enormously hyped concept, but there were use cases and benefits. With big data it was coming out of actual real use cases at places like Google and Yahoo! With the Internet of Things, that’s probably the least well established of those at this point, but there are still established use cases for that. With blockchain it feels really preliminary."
analysis  podcast  top  stories  the  new  stack  analysts 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
Cutting Through the Hype: When Serverless Works and When It Doesn’t
"There’s plenty of positive buzz around serverless architectures and how they can help development teams cut costs and offload management tasks. There are also misconceptions about what it can do, and when and how to use it. To dig into the practical uses for serverless architectures, Rob Zuber, CTO for CircleCI, spoke to Nate Taggart, CEO of Stackery, which offers a serverless operations console that helps developer teams build serverless applications. Below are some of the highlights from the conversation — to learn more, watch the video."
analysis  top  stories  serverless 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
3 Definitions of Cloud and Why They Matter
"What we call cloud-native today are essentially the architectural patterns developed at webscale companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google and Facebook in their hyperscale data centers in the late 2000s. These patterns are in stark contrast to earlier monolithic architectures, where everything basically fit in a single VM or server. Dealing with the explosion of serving billions of users in real time, these internet giants sought to improve performance and lower cost."
analysis  contributed  top  stories  sponsored 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
This Week in Programming: The End of the API Economy (As We Know It)?
"As ProgrammableWeb cautions at the end of its article, “should you be considering creating or investing in a company that depends on using or providing an API to do business, you’ll do well to think long and hard about what you’re doing. Given the current state of affairs, an API provider can bring your business to a grinding halt because of an arbitrary whim.”
digest  top  stories  development  this  week  in  programming 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
Tech Ethics: Can Developers Save the Earth, One Container at a Time?
"Currie said when Google invented containers and container orchestration, the original goal of increasing efficiency in its data centers. As a result, it was able to achieve more than 70 percent efficiency in their data centers when compared with the ten percent industry standard. Not only is Google going greener, but — meeting the original intent of the goal — it is saving loads on energy bills."
analysis  culture  top  stories  containers 
11 weeks ago by jonerp
Over 20,000 Container Management Dashboards Are Exposed on the Internet
"A recent study by cloud security firm Lacework found over 22,000 publicly exposed container orchestration and API management systems, about 300 of which could be accessed without any credentials and gave attackers full control or remote code execution capability on containers."
news  technology  top  stories  containers  kubernetes  security 
11 weeks ago by jonerp
AI Starts Taking White-Collar Jobs
"JD insists it will shift warehouse workers to other positions, and that their goal is simply more speed and reliability. Though there are expenses with the transition, JD Chief Technology Officer Chen Zhang told a group of reporters in Beijing that these investments will pay off in the long run. “Everything is about scale. When you invest in technology, you don’t worry about spending money. You worry whether you can get to scale. When scale comes, profit will come.”
analysis  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence 
12 weeks ago by jonerp
Has Agile Programming Lost its Way?
"In his blog post, Jeffries pointed out that “The organization should at least get increased visibility into what’s going on, and that will often lead even the least enlightened management to make better decisions. That’s good, and I’m all for it.” But poor developers end up with less time to code with more pressure and interference — which besides driving experienced developers out the door, also creates more bugs and slower progress. Saying he’s at core a developer, Jeffries writes that “it breaks my heart to see the ideas we wrote about in the Agile Manifesto used to make developers’ lives worse, instead of better."
analysis  top  stories  development 
june 2018 by jonerp
Why Enterprises Are Adopting a Multicloud Strategy
"Lastly, despite the trend towards so-called commoditization, there are differences between clouds that lend themselves to app placement for reasons other than diversification and negotiating leverage. Some clouds are in certain regions whereas others are not. Some have better workflows for certain applications. Just as modern development teams don’t want central IT to tell them to use any database as long as it is Oracle, app teams don’t want to deploy in an environment that is ill-suited to the task at hand."
contributed  top  stories  sponsored 
june 2018 by jonerp
Why Multicloud Orchestration Is Key to Evolving Enterprise IT
"In order to meet both needs, enterprise IT needs to allow for specialization while presenting a common operational framework. In networking, for example, there will absolutely be workloads that reside in both public and private clouds. And within the public cloud, there will be workloads distributed across multiple providers. Enterprises can take advantage of these pools of resources without fracturing their operations by incorporating an orchestration layer that can stretch across the varying environments."
contributed  top  stories  networking 
june 2018 by jonerp
Microservices, APIs and Innovation: The Power of APIs
"Poorly-designed APIs can make it hard for your developers to understand them, possibly introduce errors into the system and may add needless costs in bug fixing and infrastructure modifications. But well-designed APIs can empower employees to work effectively, reduce the time it takes to build a stable solution and even encourage teams to create new, innovative solutions that help customers and fellow employees. API design is so important that Werner Vogels, Amazon Web Services’ chief technology officer, says, “We knew that designing APIs was a very important task as we’d only have one chance to get it right.”
analysis  contributed  top  stories  development  sponsored 
may 2018 by jonerp
Artificial Intelligence: It Takes a Human Touch
"“Evidence suggests that it is much harder to revert negative effects of predictive models that are already deployed in a community than to prevent undesirable effects during the design and development of the technology,” it states, pointing to the need to address these challenges early in the design and deployment of a technology."
technology  top  stories  machine  learning 
may 2018 by jonerp
Why Serverless Requires Rethinking the IT Department
"Beyond that, the biggest differences between how serverless teams work compared with usual DevOps and application engineering teams can be summed up by Johnston’s formula: Slack and Automate and Document (SAD). Serverless engineers need a broad skillset, they are pragmatic hackers. “Because functions are small, but also high-value units, engineers need to be able to ship them fast. They don’t need to make them overly complicated, they don’t need to be perfect,” suggested Johnston, “they just need to work, and if they break, a new one can easily be built.”
culture  technology  top  stories  serverless 
may 2018 by jonerp
Understanding Licensing Compliance for Open Source Software
"“Most users of the free and open source code want to do the right thing. If I am the author of a project, maybe I want to get some credit for it. In some cases, I feel strongly about copyleft and I want to make sure that my code stays free,” said Ombrédanne. “As a user, it’s really important to meet the wishes of the original authors."
podcast  top  stories  the  new  stack  makers 
april 2018 by jonerp
Intel’s Approach to Measuring Diversity and Inclusivity in Open Source Communities
"Huesman noted that Intel has been working with software analytics software provider Bitergia on gender diversity research. But for Intel, she explained, this is just the tip of the iceberg: “We took a look at as a member of the community [and asked] how can we work, what part can we play in building inclusive diversity and inclusion across communities?”"
podcast  top  stories  the  new  stack  makers 
april 2018 by jonerp
6 attention-worthy data visualizations that tell stories using time
"Data visualizations can impart new information in an engaging or succinct way that makes your attention worth it. Not only that, but successful data visualizations tell a story. As Harvard Business Review writes, “Visualization in its educational or confirmational role is really a dynamic form of persuasion.”
data  stories  axios  visualizations  google  the  new  york  times  pudding  washington  post 
april 2018 by jonerp
Has Monolithic Architecture Gotten a Bad Rap?
"We tend to depict the microservice and the monolith as two polar opposite styles of software architecture — the natively decomposed versus the self-contained, the fluid versus the solid, the mercurial versus the integral. And because “New” is the second word in our masthead, we tend to draw a parallel vector leading from the archaic to the modern, when we discuss the virtue of full-scale containerization, encompassing microservices, serverless staging, asynchronous signaling, and statelessness."
top  stories  microservices 
april 2018 by jonerp
How Good Is Machine Learning at Understanding Text?
"As usual, having large datasets to train and test with is helping researchers improve the performance of reading comprehension models — but creating those data sets is slow and expensive, making it harder to use machine reading for topics where there isn’t a good test data set to learn from."
top  stories  artificial  intelligence 
april 2018 by jonerp
Machine Learning and Beyond: Algorithmic Detection in Security
"This article discusses the ways we can use algorithmic detection in all aspects of security. We define algorithmic detection as the ability to perceive threats, analyze them and contextualize them using algorithms that are either automata-theoretic or statistical."
contributed  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  security  sponsored 
march 2018 by jonerp
Internet of Things Platforms: Microsoft Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform vs. Amazon Web Services
"Far in the lead in the cloud computing race is Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s own cloud offering. Among its main features are infrastructure as a service, cloud storage solutions, database system management, application and content migration, developer tools that make development faster, as well as machine learning capabilities. IoT-targeted features are available through the AWS IoT platform."
contributed  op-ed  technology  top  stories  amazon  web  services  azure  google  cloud  platform  internet  of  things  mobilunity  sensors 
february 2018 by jonerp
Security: What Enterprise Architects Need to Know Today
"With enterprise applications, the data is more valuable than the apps that consume the data. This is because the datasets are large, and often go back decades. They’re mostly stored in SQL databases, but in recent times, in NoSQL alternatives as well. The data is multifaceted and can be presented in many different ways within a single application or across multiple applications."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  cloud-native  equifax  security  sponsored  twistlock 
february 2018 by jonerp
GitHub Predicts Hottest 2018 Open Source Trends
"The hottest project and community results in 2017, then, would logically foretell growth areas and trends for the coming year. This is what emerged:

Cross-platform development: Projects focused on cross-platform web development experienced the largest growth in activity. The most-starred projects related to Angular, React and Electron, all of which attracted significantly more visitors and contributors in 2017. In particular, Angular/angular-cli more than doubled its contributor base over the past year.
Deep learning: The number of visitors to TensorFlow also more than doubled in 2017, while the TensowFlow/models repo’s visitorship more than quintupled. Keras and Mozilla’s DeepSpeech also saw significant increases in contributions and visitors."
analysis  research  top  stories  angular  container  ecosystem  deepspeech  development  docker  education  electron  github  keras 
february 2018 by jonerp
Why Multicloud Will Win When the Cloud Wars Go Global
Data privacy is increasingly critical, particularly as breaches become both more frequent and more devastating. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is certainly a reflection of what will become more tightly monitored if not regulated space.

But even with GDPR, there will be industry-specific regulations that mandate protections, especially around data that is of security interest. In some cases, enterprises will find that tight control over data, being mindful of national borders, provides the right balance of risk mitigation and control."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  eu  general  data  protection  regulation  juniper  networks  multi-cloud 
february 2018 by jonerp
3 DevOps Insights from NIO, Maker of Self-Driving Cars and a Kubernetes Power User
"When we think Internet-of-things (IoT), we’ve been trained to think internet-connected toasters, fridges and thermostats. There might be a lot of these devices, but they won’t produce much data. The much bigger part of IoT will be industrial devices, like self-driving cars."
case  study  contributed  top  stories  internet  of  things  kubernetes  portworx  sponsored 
february 2018 by jonerp
How AI and Laser-Shooting Robots Can Boost Productivity in the Construction Industry
"According to the company, these relatively impressive improvements are made possible by their software, which is capable of differentiating between the complex set of interior components on any given construction site, ranging from plumbing, to electrical wiring and ventilation ductwork. All these items can be scanned three-dimensionally and mapped into Doxel’s cloud of data points, which are accurate up to 2 millimeters."
science  technology  top  stories  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  construction  deep  learning  doxel  lidar  robotics  robots 
february 2018 by jonerp
The Impact of Spectre and Meltdown on the Cloud
"Spectre is worse. Not because we actually know how to use it to do something bad. Yet. It is worse because we don’t know how to mitigate it in a generic way, and because it proves that Meltdown wasn’t a flash in the pan. The threat remains, and erodes trust. When and if someone devises a practical exploit, we may indeed see a mitigation for it show up quickly. The exploit may be responsibly disclosed by security researchers at a company like Google. But it is entirely possible that hostile state actors will get there first, and the damages done between now and then may be considerable and difficult to quantify."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  heptio  meltdown  security  side-channel  attack  spectre 
february 2018 by jonerp
5 Essential Pieces of the Deep Learning Puzzle
"The amount of applications and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the enterprise means there’s no shortage of data. But many datasets can’t be used for deep learning because they’re too small, not structured, or untrustworthy. If machine learning models are trained with incomplete, unstructured, or inaccurate data, they can’t arrive at the best outcomes at best, and can even actively hurt the underlying application they are being applied to."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  amazon  sagemaker  artificial  intelligence  cafee2  data  deep  learning  frameworks  google  hypertune  grid  search 
february 2018 by jonerp
Google AI Achieves “Alien” Superhuman Mastery of Chess and Go in Mere Hours
"And it seems that Google’s subsidiary DeepMind has once again gotten one step closer to this goal with AlphaZero, their latest AI development. Their recently published pre-print research outlined how AlphaZero succeeded in handily beating one of the world’s top chess engines — after teaching itself and mastering the game in four hours and reaching a “superhuman” level of play in a mere 24 hours in not only chess but in two other different types of board games."
science  technology  top  stories  alphazero  artificial  general  intelligence  board  games  deep  neural  networks  deepmind  elmo  game  engines  gaming 
january 2018 by jonerp
What Role Should Colleges Play in Workplace Training?
"Data doesn’t support this either, according to a recent article in The Street. “When it comes to middle-skills jobs, Fuller found no difference in performance among people with and without a college degree. Yet employers still look for people with college degrees, who only make up about one-third of the entire workforce.” Fuller explains it with a fishing metaphor. “When you start up-credentialing your jobs you’re doing the equivalent of rowing your boat over to this tightly crowded part of the pond. Maybe there are fish elsewhere.”
culture  top  stories  communication  skills  diversity  education  google  harvard  university  stem  the  city  of  new  york  training 
january 2018 by jonerp
The Edge Is Replacing the Cloud, and Mobile Is Making It Happen
"For mobile developers, the future feels pretty close. After all, if you’ve been building mobile apps, you’ve already been building on the edge. It’s not at all strange for you to have experience building apps that are resilient and capable. You’ve been dealing with intermittent networks and learning how to enable features even when your users go offline, and how to resolve conflicts when they get a connection back again. You’ve figured out how to package high-performance features like machine learning into something that can run on a phone. You’ve lived with battery and processing and storage constraints, and know how to get the most out of them."
contributed  op-ed  top  stories  5g  networks  development  edge  computing  iphone  mobile  realm 
january 2018 by jonerp
Creative Software Destruction and the New Presentation Layer
"The power within IT has clearly moved from infrastructure teams to application teams. Developers and architects prefer to think in services and they expect the infrastructure to be programmable, cheap, elastic, and secure. They no longer want to worry about low-level concerns of infrastructure management and instead, they want frictionless and limitless capabilities and then access to APIs for other services to help them compose applications. We are moving more toward an application- or service-centric model as opposed to an infrastructure-centric approach."
contributed  op-ed  top  stories  architecture  cloud  cloud-native  data  development  react  serverless 
january 2018 by jonerp
Mathwashing: How Algorithms Can Hide Gender and Racial Biases
"It seems that machines can and do indeed assimilate human prejudices, whether they are based on race, gender, age or aesthetics. Experts are now finding more evidence that supports this phenomenon of algorithmic bias. As sets of instructions that help machines to learn, reason, recognize patterns and perform tasks on their own, algorithms increasingly pervade our lives. And in a world where algorithms already underlie many of those big decisions that can change lives forever, researchers are finding that many of these algorithms aren’t as objective as we assume them to be."
culture  research  science  technology  top  stories  algorithmic  auditing  bias  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  bias-correction  data  development 
december 2017 by jonerp
Could an AI Generate the First Line of a Novel?
"And of course, the other half of the fun is sharing the ridiculous results on her blog. For example, given a dataset of 37,265 fish names, the neural network tried its hardest to generate its own. And last week Shane trained it on the first lines from 224 Disney songs. But this month Shane turned her attention to one of the most human endeavors of all: writing a novel. “When you’re faced with a blank page, sometimes it’s just hard to get started,” Shane joked on her web page. “I wanted to see if I could train a computer program to help.”
culture  research  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  char-rnn  national  novel  writing  month  novel-generating  neural  networks  tech  the  arts  and  science  torch 
december 2017 by jonerp
Tech Ageism and the Myth of the ‘Digital Native’
"It turns out that older employees are not discriminated against once they are hired. Exceptions exist, of course, but the data shows that after 40, non-manager tech workers enter the “Tech Sage Age” (a term coined by Visier). Visier found workers in the Tech Sage Age are increasingly likely to receive top performance ratings. This is not true in non-tech industries, said Weisbeck, where older workers find their performance ratings decline."
culture  top  stories  ageism  cisco  digital  native  discrimination  diversity  employment  intuit  mcafee  tech  visier 
november 2017 by jonerp
Why the Cloud Wars Will Be Good for Your Business
"That said, over time, a fractured market benefits no one. Users have to manage the complexity and providers are limited in reach. So we will likely see the pendulum continue to swing as the market ultimately navigates towards an equilibrium point. Of course, when we get to that point, the discussion will shift to supplier management strategies, which will again strengthen the case for a multi-cloud future."
analysis  contributed  op-ed  top  stories  amazon  web  services  architecture  azure  channel  cloud  google  juniper  networks  multicloud 
november 2017 by jonerp
Beyond Bitcoin: Oracle, IBM Prepare Blockchains for Industrial Use
"For OpenWorld, Oracle launched a Blockchain-as-a-Service, to be released in early 2018. The service will bundle the technology, make the system private, and guarantee compliance with all regulations, all of which have issues with getting enterprise companies on board, according to Frank Xiong, Oracle vice president of blockchain product development."
events  technology  top  stories  bitcoin  black  book  research  blockchains  data  distributed  databases  systems  ibm  openworld  2017  oracle 
october 2017 by jonerp
No Grumpy Humans and Other Site Reliability Engineering Lessons from Google
'It’s about building credibility for the long term. That’s the fundamental element that makes the SRE role work, she told New Relic’s Matthew Fleming, in a talk about what others may learn from her SRE experience at Google. “You really won’t get anywhere with a product development software engineering team if you walk in there and say, ‘You’re doing A, B, and C wrong, like you must fix this,’” she said."
analysis  case  study  events  top  stories  futurestack  2017  google  service  level  agreements  objectives  shadow  it  site  reliability  engineering 
october 2017 by jonerp
How Workday Bridges the Gap between Amazon and OpenStack
"“What I will strongly recommend is to build something,” Magana advised. “I keep calling it ‘middleware,’ but something that abstracts the back-end platform, your pipeline system, from the way to deliver your application artifact to production. I strongly recommend that.”

It is nothing like Aporeto’s CEO described it: succumbing to the relentless will of a monopolistic beast with its sights set on world domination. If anything, Workday’s strategy is a do-it-yourself program for making global public cloud deployment viable for an organization that is not, and may not ever be, rooted there to begin with."
case  study  technology  top  stories  amazon  ec2  container  service  web  services  aws  re:invent  2016  chef  continuous  integration  and  deployment  gerrit  jenkins  middleware 
october 2017 by jonerp
How GE Digital Tackled the Stateful / Stateless Problem for Industrial IoT
"As engineers (including those at the IETF) have come to realize, persistent data will always be a necessary resource for both server-side applications and client-side apps. And the need for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications to maintain a reliable, persistent network of connected sensors and apparati, makes a stable and self-contained network state data platform vitally necessary."
events  interviews  technology  top  stories  bosh  cassandra  chef  cloud  foundry  container  storage  interface  ge  digital  predix  general  el 
october 2017 by jonerp
Airbnb’s 10 Takeaways from Moving to Microservices
"Developers aren’t great at trying to keep track of all these tools, said Cebula. But developers do understand code.

So configuration of code became really important. Having your configuration as code makes it very easy reason about, she explained. “What configuration is currently in production, whether a configuration has been rolled back, making changes to configuration, it’s all right there for them.”
news  technology  top  stories  airbnb  continuous  delivery  developers  devops  domain  specific  language  futurestack  2017  microservices  sysops 
october 2017 by jonerp
Microservices: Terribly Named, Ambiguously Defined
"For a profession that stresses the importance of naming things well, we’ve done ourselves a disservice with microservices. The problem is that that there is nothing inherently “micro” about microservices. Some can be small, but size is relative and there’s no standard of unit of measure across organizations. A “small” service at one company might be one million lines of code while far less at another."
analysis  contributed  op-ed  top  stories  architecture  buttercms  martin  fowler  microservices  service  oriented 
october 2017 by jonerp
Should There Be a ‘Robot Tax’ to Offset Human Job Loss from Automation?
"Yet, the fears around machines creating mass joblessness may be overhyped. Some analysts point out that automation may take over certain types of work, but historically such technological shifts have helped to create more jobs than they have eliminated. But what is different about this emerging revolution this time around is that not only are blue-collar jobs potentially threatened by our increasing reliance on machines, but also highly skilled, white-collar jobs as well — think about the recent rise of fintech or the growing use of robotics in healthcare."
culture  top  stories  automation  robotics  robots  tech 
september 2017 by jonerp
Event-Driven Architecture Is the Wave of the Future
"Gartner calls EDA a design paradigm. At its highest level, a software component, or event, executes a response to receiving one or more event notifications. A key feature is that the server component that sends the notification does not know which component is on the receiving end."
analysis  events  technology  top  stories  architecture  cloud  native  computing  foundation  conflict-free  replicated  data  type  emit  2017  event  schemas  event-driven  extract  transform  and  load  gartner 
september 2017 by jonerp
Microservices: The Good, the Bad and the Hype
"Microservices may bring many benefits to the enterprise but they also can bring some headaches, especially if you are not anticipating them, argued engineer Michal Franc, during his talk at the Agile Roundabout meetup held in London last month.

Franc presented microservices as a costly tool to solve problems — but those problems have to generate a lot of profit to make it valuable. "
culture  technology  top  stories  agile  roundabout  domain-driven  architecture  design  google  microservices  netflix  spotify  model  waterfall 
september 2017 by jonerp
How Should Bots Respond to Frustration?
"Sherry Turkle, who focuses on human-technology interactions as the director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Initiative on Technology and Self, worries this may lead to a “coarsening of how people treat each other.” She tells CNN that “We treat machines as though they were people.” So where this may lead is “We are drawn into treating people as though they were machines.”
analysis  culture  technology  top  stories  alexa  american  academy  of  pediatrics  artificial  intelligence  chatbots  cortana  current  development  ibm 
september 2017 by jonerp
Critical Vulnerability in Apache Struts Puts Thousands of Web Applications at Risk
"Semmle worked with Fintan Ryan, an analyst with RedMonk, to determine the potential impact of this flaw and according to him, at least 65 percent of the Fortune 100 companies are actively using web applications built with the Struts framework. This includes organizations like Lockheed Martin, the IRS, Citigroup, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, Office Depot, and Showtime."
news  technology  top  stories  apache  struts  cve-2017-9805  deserialization  jakarta  java  lgtm  redmonk  remote  code  execution  rest 
september 2017 by jonerp
No Testing, No Documentation, No Problem?
"These days, the ideas of “No Testing” and “No Documentation” are seeing a resurgence in the agile-focus development community.

What exactly are these trends? Quite literally, they are software development without testing or documentation. But this is an intentional decision, not in the too-common way that you run out of time and/or budget to do proper testing or to write good documentation."
analysis  culture  top  stories  acceptance  test  drive  development  agile  testing  apis  behavior-driven  code  as  documentation  company  extreme  programming 
august 2017 by jonerp
Coding in Prison: The Dev Shop at San Quentin
"It’s an opportunity to live our values,” says Steven Hawkins, president of the Coalition. “One of the main ways to keep people from returning to prison is through employment opportunities.”
culture  top  stories  education  first  virtual  holdings  hack  reactor  tech  the  last  mile  training  workforce 
august 2017 by jonerp
Why Artificial Intelligence Needs Neuroscience for Inspiration
"Yet, despite this ongoing interdisciplinary sharing, Hassabis and his colleagues assert that the rift of intelligence between human and machine still remains quite large. This gap is due to our incomplete knowledge of biological brains, the underlying mechanisms of cognition and of the nature of consciousness itself. Similarly, this disparity is also due to the fact that the complex computations that drive AI can be an inscrutable “black box” — it works, but we don’t really know why."
science  technology  top  stories  artificial  general  intelligence  deepmind  demis  hassabis  neuroscience 
august 2017 by jonerp
Enterprise Artificial Intelligence Is about the Big Picture and the Little Things
"The first gathering of London’s new AI and Machine Learning in Enterprise Applications Meetup wasn’t too fussed with this war of tech giants. Microsoft’s Global Strategist Nigel Willson came to reveal the signs of oncoming AI, and then KPMG’s Chief Technology Officer Priti Padhy was all about how to apply it to the enterprise space. Today we’re going to cover what they see as currently available to us and how enterprises are going to take advantage of it. It’s a lot more practical and a lot less sci-fi than you think."
analysis  technology  top  stories  ai  and  machine  learning  in  enterprise  applications  meetup  artificial  intelligence  cognitive  computing  kpmg  microsoft  pix  video  indexer 
august 2017 by jonerp
Breaking Through the Big Business Barricade with Open Source
"Software is eating the world, and no company can sit on the sidelines anymore. What attracted me to both of these companies was their vision and their history of evolving with the industry and customer needs. Each of these companies had already started their transformational journey to open source, and I knew that I could be a part of that."
contributed  culture  interviews  top  stories  comcast  linux  foundation  open  source  communities  summit  2017  sandisk  tech 
august 2017 by jonerp
How Non-Disparagement Clauses Hide Toxic Workplace Culture
"Ehmke’s experience is not unique, but no one hears these stories because non-disparage clauses are rampant in the tech industry. They are essentially hush money.

It’s one reason that so many people were unaware of the rampant sexism exposed by ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler earlier this year and popping up since across the industry. A common theme from non-marginalized populations among Twitter threads has been “If this is so prevalent, why haven’t I heard about it?”
analysis  culture  news  op-ed  top  stories  diversity  github  hiring  inclusion  legal  tech 
july 2017 by jonerp
How Allstate Unleashes Developer Creativity Globally
"When Allstate began embracing lean and agile ways of developing new customer experiences with cloud applications, unsurprisingly, the approach it took was unique. Rather than starting in one location and rolling out its new modus operandi location by location, it leveraged its global presence to devise new methods of keeping disparate teams in sync, collaborating, and participating in the company’s transformation together."
contributed  culture  top  stories  agile  transformation  allstate  cloud  foundry  compozed  labs  platform  as  a  service 
july 2017 by jonerp
The Hidden Biases that Can Lurk in Artificial Intelligence Systems
"Artificial intelligence and “automated decision-making” systems are being implemented in many crucial real-world settings, cutting humans out of the decisions that these systems are making. But how sure are we that the decisions they arrive at are fundamentally correct?

Researchers are finding a startling number cases of human bias that have crept into AI models and decision-making algorithms, which in turn can unwittingly lead to discriminatory practices on the part of companies and governments deploying these systems."
analysis  culture  technology  top  stories  ai  now  american  civil  liberties  union  artificial  intelligence  development  diversity  fivethirtyeight  google  microsoft 
july 2017 by jonerp
IBM’s Cloud CTO: We Needed a Developer-First Mindset
"Bryson Koehler is the CTO of IBM Watson, IBM Cloud as well as a general manager and distinguished engineer at the company. His job: unify the many services and offerings that make up IBM’s cloud, including Softlayer, Bluemix and Watson. The goal: make the IBM platform more developer friendly"
interviews  top  stories  cloud  containers  docker  enterprise  data  esb  iaas  ibm  iot  istio  kubernetes 
july 2017 by jonerp
The Risks of DNS Hijacking Are Serious and You Should Take Countermeasures
"Enabling HTTPS for all web apps and services hosted on a domain name should be a top priority. This will protect users from man-in-the-middle attacks in general and has many other benefits, like the ability to turn on HTTP/2 and gain a significant performance boost. However, to mitigate the effects of DNS hijacking, HTTPS needs to be combined with a security mechanism called HSTS."
analysis  technology  top  stories  dns  hijacking  dnssec  domain  name  system  security  extensions  gandi  http  strict  transport  https  registrar 
july 2017 by jonerp
Salesforce’s Einstein Mixes Automated AI with Business-Specific Data Models
"And if you only have ten leads a day, just call them all; “AI is not a ‘one glove fits all’ tool and not every problem needs AI,” Gordon said.

To help customers trust these automated machine learning systems, Salesforce shows why a particular lead has been scored high or low. “We explain why we believe a lead will work; we explain which models are influencing the score and what in the data is signaling that the opportunity will convert,” Gordon said."
analysis  technology  top  stories  apache  predictionio  artificial  intelligence  convolutional  neural  network  data  heroku  enterprise  image  recognition  machine  learning  object  detection 
july 2017 by jonerp
AI Programming: So Much Uncertainty
"Much work, and many tools, are still needed to integrate artificial intelligence into the software engineering workflow, noted Peter Norvig, Google’s director of research, speaking at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence conference in New York last week.

Fundamentally, AI software is inherently different from other forms of widely used software, said Norvig, who is also a co-author of perhaps the most popular book of programming instruction for the field, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach."
events  technology  top  stories  architecture  artificial  intelligence  autonomous  vehicles  data  development  google  image  recognition  machine  learning  translation 
july 2017 by jonerp
MongoDB’s Return to Its Data Management Roots
"When MongoDB Inc. started in New York 10 years ago, the initial plan was to create a full platform for managing data, though over time it narrowed its focus to a NoSQL database. Now it’s going back to that original vision.

“It’s like we took an eight-year break,” Eliot Horowitz, chief technology officer and co-founder, said in an interview."
events  technology  top  stories  analytics  data  databases  json  mongodb  world  2017  nosql  stitch  streaming 
july 2017 by jonerp
The New Urban Crisis: Are Tech Startups Destroying Cities?
"Florida’s latest article could be seen as part of a long and ongoing apology. “I got wrong that the creative class could magically restore our cities, become a new middle class like my father’s, and we were going to live happily forever after,” Florida told an audience in Houston in October. “I could not have anticipated among all this urban growth and revival that there was a dark side to the urban creative revolution, a very deep dark side.”
culture  top  stories  real  estate  startups  university  of  toronto  urban  development 
july 2017 by jonerp
Meet the Neural Network AI You Can Train Easily — Like a Dog
"To counter this assumption, Amsterdam-based designer Bjørn Karmann created The Objectifier, an artificially intelligent interface that can be easily trained by anyone to perform simple tasks, such as turning lights on and off with a gesture. To do this, it’s equipped with a camera that is enhanced with computer vision technology, and a simple neural net."
science  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  computer  vision  convnetclassifier  do  it  yourself  google  i  o  experiments  challenge  internet  of  things  machine  learning  mobile  application  development 
june 2017 by jonerp
AI Robot Investors Are Taking Over Wall Street
"Wall Street money managers are now being replaced by computers.

Last week Bloomberg spoke to 45-year-old Rishi Ganti, founding partner of Orthogon Partners, who bluntly told money managers that “Algorithms are coming for your job … Algorithms are already reading, processing, and trading the news even before the photons have hit your retina.”
culture  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  barclays  blackrock  fintech  massachusetts  institute  of  technology  orthogon  partners  webreduce  work 
june 2017 by jonerp
Wal-Mart Kicks Partners Off Amazon’s Cloud: The Implications for Organizations
"As first reported by CNBC on Wednesday, retail and e-commerce giant Wal-Mart notified some of its technology partners that they need to move their information assets away from Amazon Web Services if they want to continue doing business.

This move certainly comes as no surprise to many, as the two companies are long-standing rivals in their respective quests to dominate the world of retail."
analysis  contributed  op-ed  top  stories  amazon  web  services  architecture  containership  devops  multi-cloud  multicloud  retail  wal-mart 
june 2017 by jonerp
The Ever-Changing Roles of the Developer: How to Adapt and Thrive
"Just as the developer’s role is changing, so too have our ways of measuring not only our progress but also the effectiveness and performance of our code, tools and processes. This increased visibility is a good thing, overall. When it comes to measurement, there is a whole bunch of wrong ways to do it, among them measuring lines of code or the number of deploys. In fact, this very visibility, inherent to all of the data we now constantly measure, has been a great boon to DevOps."
contributed  op-ed  top  stories  application  performance  management  development  devops  distributed  systems  operations  pagerduty  api  sponsored 
june 2017 by jonerp
The Junior Dev Who Deleted the Production Database
"The top response on Hacker News also had no sympathy for the company. “Sorry, but if a junior dev can blow away your prod database by running a script on his _local_ dev environment while following your documentation, you have no one to blame but yourself. Why is your prod database even reachable from his local env? What does the rest of your security look like? Swiss cheese I bet.”
culture  technology  top  stories  amazon  web  services  data  databases  reddit  forums  security  tech 
june 2017 by jonerp
Women Engineers Who Inspire and Never Give Up - podcast via @alexwilliams
"In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with Margaret Mayer, vice president of engineering at Capital One, and Ashley McNamara, principal technologist at Pivotal. Recorded at the OSCON open source conference in Austin in April, the conversation centered on mentoring and tips for women who may be shy or don’t want to speak up."
culture  events  interviews  podcast  top  stories  #ilooklikeanengineer  diversity  inclusion  kubernetes  open  source  communities  oscon  2017  software  engineering 
june 2017 by jonerp
What’s the Role of the CIO in a Modern Agile Organization?
"Schwartz also argues that we need to change the “unit of transaction” between IT and the business: the project. We still constantly transact and govern in projects. By changing this unit, we can release from Waterfall-style control."e
culture  events  top  stories  agile  enterprise  software  development  benefits  of  cios  command  and  control  company  devops  summit 
june 2017 by jonerp
Big Data Comes to Pet Tech
"Azhnyuk says there’s a two-fold appeal in this new breed of technology. First, it can give pet owners new insights into their pets — and of course, “We can be close to them even when we’re not in the same physical space.”
culture  top  stories  data  fitbark  petbot  petcube  pets  petzi  petzitreatcam  playdate  startups  tech 
june 2017 by jonerp
Oracle Joins the Kubernetes Movement
"At CoreOS Fest in San Francisco, a perhaps unexpected guest took to the keynote stage to announce a new partnership and a new commitment to Kubernetes. Bob Quillin, vice president of the Oracle container group, explained that Oracle will now be contributing engineering resources to the Kubernetes open source project, and using K8s to internally manage its container infrastructure."
analysis  events  technology  top  stories  451  research  bare  metal  container  ecosystem  linux  orchestration  containers  coreos  fest  2017 
june 2017 by jonerp
Security Debt is an Engineer’s Problem
"She shared four basic security principles for engineers. First, security debt is expensive. There’s a lot of talk about technical debt and she thinks security debt should be included in those conversations.

“This historical attitude is ‘We’ll think about security later,’” Plattner said. As companies grab the low-hanging fruit of software efficiency and growth, they ignore security, but an initial insecure design can cause problems for years to come."
analysis  events  top  stories  bcrypt  oracle  passwords  security  technical  debt  women  who  code  zxcvbn 
may 2017 by jonerp
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