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Submission + - Guiding Eyes moves to IBM Cloud to continue mission of serving the blind (

mmoorebz writes: Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a nonprofit organization, announced that it is adopting the IBM Cloud to improve access and analysis of canine data. Some people rely on their service dogs to help them with everyday life, and as a way to continue its mission to serving the blind, Guiding Eyes migrated more than half a million health records and more than 65,000 temperament records on thousands of dogs to the IBM Cloud. President and CEO of Guiding Eyes, Thomas Panek, said "People don't typically think about an organization like ours as a Big Data company but we cannot succeed or grow without it."

Submission + - Docker announces Docker for Mac and Windows (

mmoorebz writes: Docker is bringing a OS-native experience to its solution in its latest release of Docker for Mac and Windows. The company announced both platforms are entering into a private beta today. Chief developer advocate at Docker, Patrick Chanezon, said that these tools will help developers become more agile and help them develop microservice-based apps. The new solutions feature deep system-level development, and the benefits of these new solutions include: ease of use and performance, resolved dependency issues, polyglot development, and advanced networking capabilities.

Submission + - Etsy developer an example of company's 'genuine inclusivity' (

mmoorebz writes: While Katherine Daniels, senior operations engineer at Etsy, has faced many challenges in her career, the biggest challenge has been working in what is considered a decisively male populated industry.

In the past, Daniels has dealt with unwelcome advances and sexual harassment at professional events, and was told she was everything from “too aggressive,” “too money-focused,” and that she needed to be “more assertive” to get her ideas heard. She said if it wasn't for Etsy, she probably would have left the industry.

Submission + - Understand the mobile ecosystem before you test (

mmoorebz writes: Since mobile apps have become increasingly complex, a well thought-out mobile testing strategy with risk/reward analysis is a must.

Michael Hackett, cofounder of LogiGear, writes that mobile apps come with risks. For instance, what might be considered a minor issue on a laptop could be critical on a mobile device. Taking time to understand the device ecosystem and the customer the application is intended for will allow for a test strategy that will balance risk and reward.

Submission + - Apache PDFBox 2.0 is released (

mmoorebz writes: After three years of development and over 150 contributors to code, Apache PDFBox 2.0 is released.

With this release comes enhancements and improvements. The Apache PDFBox library is an open-source Java tool for working with PDF documents. The project allows creation and manipulation of PDF documents, and the ability to extract content from them.

Submission + - An inside look at how Netflix builds code (

mmoorebz writes: Netflix is known as a place to binge watch television, but behind the scenes, there’s much going on before everyone’s favorite shows can be streamed.

The first step to deploying an application or service is building. Netflix created Nebula, a set of plug-ins for the Gradle build system, that “help with the heavy-lifting around building applications,” said the engineers.

Netflix is continuing to look at the developer experience and determine how it can improve. Containers could be one solution to many of the company's challenges, like increasing bake time or improving the deploy experience.

Submission + - GitHub project of the week: Meteor (

mmoorebz writes: Meteor has come a long way since it first reached version 1.0 back in October of 2014. Now, some goals for the open-source project include making it a more viable option for larger apps, aligning Meteor with the rest of the JavaScript ecosystem, and making it more open to community contribution.

“Meteor lets developers accomplish in 10 lines of code what would otherwise take 1,000, thanks to an integrated JavaScript stack that extends from the database to the end user’s screen, whether you’re developing for Web, iOS, Android or IoT,” said Geoff Schmidt, CEO and cofounder of Meteor.

Submission + - Report finds OpenStack still being debated in the industry (

mmoorebz writes: Talligent released its 2016 State of OpenStack Report yesterday, and it identified concerns IT professionals have with OpenStack, its use cases, and some barriers professionals are facing. John Meadows, vice president of business development at Talligent, said that businesses should have confidence in the path of OpenStack.

“Companies considering adopting OpenStack should understand that there are still challenges with regards to complexity and deployment,” said Meadows.

Submission + - JetBrains Toolbox introduces new versioning and release changes (

mmoorebz writes: With its shift to subscriptions, one of JetBrains new goals is to move away from one major release per year and focus on continuously delivering value independently of versioning.

One of the problems, according to the company, is that its management of versioning given the amount of product releases it has per year, might need to be increased. And because of these changes, the JetBrains Toolbox products currently available in early access will be released as version 2016.1.

Submission + - International Women's Day 2016 (

mmoorebz writes: Today celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. It celebrates women inventors and leaders of the past, present and future. It’s a time to take action as champions of gender parity.

For us at SD Times, we too would like to take some time to recognize this day. We have female reporters and contributors writing for our magazine, scouring the industry for the latest trends, analyses, and news on software tools and solutions.

Submission + - Swift, HTML and C++ make the list for languages and technologies in high demand (

mmoorebz writes: Developers and companies seeking talent should be keeping up on the latest languages and frameworks in the industry. This is why Toptal—a company that connects enterprises and startups with freelance software engineers and designers—is releasing its findings on what coding languages and frameworks are in highest demand for 2016.

According to the report, Swift, HTML and C++ rank at the top for coding languages. For the list of developer frameworks and technologies, Drupal, Elasticsearch and Unity made the top three spots of the list. This data is based on the requests that Toptal has received from thousands of companies seeking employees. It also shows the percent growth of employers looking for a given language or framework in the last year.

Alvaro Oliveira, vice president of talent operations at Toptal, looked at some of the top languages and frameworks, giving some reasons as to why they made it on the list.

“Like any job, if you are using a tool that is like 20 years old and is very slow and doesn’t move at the pace you would like it to, you are going to be frustrated,” said Oliveira. “You are going to be held back. But if you have a modern tool you are going to be blazing through and getting your job done.”

Submission + - EFF files amicus bill in favor of Apple (

mmoorebz writes: Multiple technology companies have been offering support to Apple during the FBI encrypted iPhone dispute, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is among the many organizations that disagree with the government’s request to break into an iPhone. Yesterday, the EFF filed an amicus brief in support of Apple’s fight against the court order.

The brief is written on behalf of 46 prominent technologists, security researchers, and cryptographers who develop and rely on secure technologies and services that are central to modern life. The brief explains that the court’s order would violate Apple’s First Amendment rights because the right to free speech prohibits the government from ordering those who do not wish to speak to speak. It also prohibits the act of writing and signing computer code, because code is considered a form of protected speech.

Submission + - Hearing-impaired programmer shows a need for accessibility (

mmoorebz writes: Hollie Kay built her first website in 1999, despite discouragement from teachers over her taking up “computers” as a lifelong career path. She didn’t pay attention.

The 34-year-old London-based front-end developer is now working for Springer Nature with a large team of developers who maintain the publishing platform for scientific and academic journals. The platform publishes a large volume of research, which brings along many challenges for them. The company also focuses on disabled people having equal access to its website. Developers like Kay make sure they produce the “best UX that we can” so that no one is shut out from science or technology, she said.

Submission + - Cryptography pioneers receive Turing Award (

mmoorebz writes: The ACM Turing Award, presented by the Association for Computing Machinery, is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing.” Today, Whitfield Diffie, former chief security officer at Sun Microsystems, and Martin E. Hellman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford University, were recipients of the 2015 award for their contributions to modern cryptography.

The ability for two parties to communicate privately over a secure channel is critical for global commerce. Each day, people establish secure online connections with banks, e-commerce sites, e-mail servers and cloud infrastructure. Diffie and Hellman’s invention of public-key cryptography and digital signatures is said to have revolutionized computer security and made Internet commerce a possibility.

Submission + - Will code for food: How databases are changing food delivery (

mmoorebz writes: For the food industry, a rude awakening has been taking place. Chipotle, the burrito-heavy fast food chain, has experienced repeated E Coli outbreaks from tainted products in its supply chain. In an industry often still tied to pen and paper, tracing the sources for tainted products can be a nightmare. That’s where software comes in.

At the annual Fancy Foods Show in San Francisco this past January, food producers from around the world were handing out free samples and striking deals with large distributors. And the use of software in these businesses is as varied as the foods they create.

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, for example, software developers to help with analytics, websites, marketing and general operations. The same is true for the California Milk Advisory Board, which also has a distinct cheese bent.

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