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+ - Milestone ECMAScript 6 on track for June release

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "ECMAScript 6, the landmark official update to JavaScript, has entered the next phase of the standardization process along the road to a June 2015 wide release. ECMAScript project editor Allen Wirfs-Brock has submitted ECMAScript 6 Release Candidate 1 for review, with the specification coming in at 653 pages. Wirfs-Brock confirmed to SD Times the June ES6 release timetable and said “ECMAScript 6 is such a significant advance over previous versions of JavaScript that it’s really what all JavaScript programmers will come to expect over the next couple of years.""

+ - Node.js Announces Move To Open Governance Model, Establishes Node.js Foundation

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Node.js is moving to an open governance model under the auspices of the newly announced Node.js Foundation Cloud infrastructure company Joyent, the corporate steward behind the open-source runtime technology, announced the establishment of an independent Node.js Foundation with Fidelity, IBM, Microsoft and PayPal as founding members. “In the overall model for where the project should reside, we set about creating this foundation allowing us to drive a healthy ecosystem and a vibrant community without snuffing out innovation, and without parts of the community feeling excluded or disenfranchised,” said Joyent CEO Scott Hammond in an interview with SD Times, where he also talked about keeping up with the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine, how the community feels about the io.js fork, and the release of Node.js 0.12 along the roadmap to version 1.0."

+ - W3C To Standardize Web Application Data Access in Connected Cars

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "The World Wide Web Consortium is taking over how the Web is integrated into connected car applications and OSes, committing to “ develop APIs to expose vehicle data and information from an automotive network to a Web application.” As companies like Apple and Google begin expanding the reach of their mobile operating systems into automotive software, the W3C has announced a new Automotive Working Group The international Web standards organization will partner with major car manufacturers, but chip makers, browser makers and mobile carriers to shape the way connected car applications and automotive infotainment systems integrate user data, from sending drivers weather and traffic notifications to giving apps access to vehicle speed, tire pressure and even driver seat position data."

+ - The Container Wars Are Heating Up 1

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "The application container wars are heating up, as two of the largest companies in the space reveal dueling announcements. Docker announced three leadership roles for the Docker open-source project, while rival CoreOS rolled out version 0.2 of its Rocket container runtime and version 2.0 of the etcd key-value store. 2015 is the year Linux containers go mainstream."

+ - Snapchat And Enterprise Software: The Business Potential Of Ephemeral Apps

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Ephemeral messaging software and apps like Snapchat are consumer-specific platforms with the potential to transform into enterprise products In the same way Facebook helped the enterprise connect their employees, ephemeral software also points to trends that can boost software in the enterprise space. Features including off-the-record conversations, secure handling of short-term information, scope-setting and BYOD implications could drive business adoption of Snapchat-esque apps."

+ - HashiCorp Atlas: A Commercial DevOps SaaS With Open-Source At Its Core

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "After releasing five popular open-source technologies including Vagrant, HashiCorp is tying them all together with Atlas—a commercial DevOps and application-delivery product for developing, deploying, and maintaining applications on any infrastructure “Atlas is really the universal answer to application delivery and DevOps in general,” HashiCorp CEO Mitchell Hashimoto told SD Times The release of Atlas is a milestone for HashiCorp. Along with Atlas, the company today announced US$10 million in Series A funding, which according to Hashimoto will be used to commercialize Atlas while continuing to support its open-source projects."

+ - Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "According to Autism Speaks, about 85% of people who have autism in the United States are currently unemployed or underemployed, but a social enterprise organization called Meticulon is training autistic individuals for highly skilled jobs in software testing According to Meticulon, autistic people often possess sharp memory and pattern matching skills as well as attention to detail, making them ideal candidates for software testing jobs. Each year's crop of autistic students or Meticulon Consultants is tested and evaluated to develop their MindMap, a unique profile of skills and ideal work environment ultimately used to find these trained software testers an ideal job."

+ - Welcome To CodeFightClub

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "The 18-year old software engineer behind CodeFightClub says it's okay to talk about CodeFightClub The new online programming arena where coders can go head-to-head in 84 different programming languages and templating syntaxes started as an open-source passion project and is quickly growing into a battleground where developers face off, trading code blows line-by-line while commenters and voters determine who's winning the fight as a competitive way to improve coding skills."

+ - Microsoft Announces Visual Studio 2015 Preview, Tool Upgrades To Azure, .NET

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Microsoft revealed Visual Studio, Visual Studio Online, Azure and .NET Framework updates at a New York City developer event today. Public previews of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015 are being made available today—along with new cross-platform Apache Cordova and Visual C++ tools in Visual Studio 2015—while .NET is going open source and cross-platform. The company also announced a free Community edition of Visual Studio, according to Microsoft corporate VP of the developer division Soma Somasegar."

+ - It's Official: HTML5 Is A Standard

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "The Worldwide Web Consortium today has elevated the HTML5 specification to ‘recommendation’ status, giving it the group’s highest level of endorsement, which is akin to becoming a standard. The W3C also introduced Application Foundations with the announcement of the HTML5 to aid developers in writing Web applications, and said the organization is working with patents holders of the H.264 codec to agree on a baseline royalty-free interoperability level commitment."

+ - Microsoft Partners With Docker

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Docker is teaming up with Microsoft to bring its open container technology to the next release of Windows Server. Docker Engine will work with the next release of Windows Server and images will be available in Docker Hub, which will also integrate directly into Microsoft Azure The partnership moves Docker beyond Linux for the first time with new multi-container application capabilities for cloud and enterprise developers."

+ - The Bubble, She Gonna Burst

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Today, there’s an awful lot of innovation out there. There are working business plans, as well as companies like Uber, AirBnB and Lyft that seem to be perfectly primed to march across the globe in a universal rollout of capital-backed market expansion. But this time around, there’s something very different about the climate of investment. Silicon Valley was considered a gold mine in 1999, but the pool of people actually investing in it was relatively small. Today, that pool is gigantic, and the open-the-floodgates investment trend is unsustainable If the secret to software success is the right people, not necessarily the most people, why is everyone in the Valley staffing up, renting out $70-per-square-foot offices in downtown San Francisco, and holding giant events for customers and employees? Because they’ve got to spend that silly investment money somehow! Half of these firms don't require anywhere near the $50 or $100 million they're getting, and that money isn't coming back. We're at the peak, and soon the bubble will burst."

+ - After 13 Years, JCache Specification Is Finally Complete

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "On March 6, 2001, a specification proposal was born within the Java Community Process called JSR 107: Java Temporary Caching API. JCache, the longstanding specification proposal for the language, was finally completed this year due to the more than decade-long efforts of Greg Luck and Oracle's Brian Oliver and Cameron Purdy. Luck, the current CEO of Hazelcast and former CEO of Terracota, spoke to SD Times about the JSR 107 proposal and what JCache can do for Java."

+ - Patent Hints At New Google Glass Design

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Google was granted a patent for what deceptively looks like a normal pair of glasses, but is referred to in the patent office document as a “wearable display device.” The US Patent and Trademark Office issued the patent, which concerns ornamental design of the wearable display device, to Mitchell Henrich, who has previous ties to Project Glass and the Google Smart Contact Lens."

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