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Cloudops tools: More is not better

Cloud operations, or cloudops, is becoming the problem to solve as enterprises operationalize their cloud and multicloud deployments. The ideal pattern of management involves a pragmatic approach to operations by leveraging tools to automate predetermined procedures and runbooks. Right now, many overwhelmed managers toss cloudops tools at the problems and hope for the best. The issue is one of ...

Linus Torvalds longs for Apple’s ARM-based Mac

Apple’s plan to build Macs featuring its own chips with an ARM-based instruction set is getting a thumbs-up from Linux and Git creator Linus Torvalds. Speaking during last week’s onine Linux Foundation Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference, Torvalds said he believes Apple’s moving to ARM will help the ARM ecosystem from a software development standpoint. He said he has been disappoin...

15 hot tech skills getting hotter -- no certification required

Employers are apt to invest more often in cash premiums for noncertified tech skills compared to certifications. Here are a few they’re coveting the most now and going forward.

Social engineering hacks weaken cybersecurity during the pandemic

Cybersecurity inevitably suffers when scares infect the populace. The COVID-19 outbreak appears to be the most acute global crisis since the Second World War. Every aspect of the COVID-19 crisis has been exploited by opportunistic hackers, terrorists, and other criminals. In addition to capitalizing on rampant fear, uncertainty, and doubt, attackers are targeting a fresh new honeypot of federal...

TypeScript 4.0 moves to beta

TypeScript 4.0, a planned major upgrade to Microsoft’s popular typed superset of JavaScript , is now available as a beta release, with improvements for builds and editing scenarios as well as support for variadic tuple types. The beta was published on June 26. The production version is slated for release in August, according to the roadmap for the platform . As proposed, TypeScript 4.0 boosts s...

What is JPMS? Introducing the Java Platform Module System

Until Java 9, Java’s top-level code organization element had been the package. Starting with Java 9 that changed: above the package now is the module. The module collects related packages together. The Java Platform Module System (JPMS) is a code-level structure, so it doesn’t change the fact that we package Java into JAR files. Ultimately, everything is still bundled together in JAR files. The...

4 deployment strategies for resilient microservices

Building apps with microservices provides developers with greater speed and agility than traditional architectures. However, each code change still incurs risks, setting the stage for potential failures if code quality issues aren’t discovered and addressed. To mitigate those risks, applications teams should implement modern, cloud-native routing strategies that make it easier to test for dange...

R language rises with COVID-19 research

COVID-19 , previously cited as a possible factor in boosting the popularity of the C programming language , could also be increasing the use of the R language for statistical computing. R rose to eighth place this month in the Tiobe index of language popularity, its highest position ever, compared to ninth place last month and 20th a year ago. In trying to explain the jump for R, Tiobe cited th...

Understanding .NET MAUI and the future of Xamarin

In 2000, Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference was all about setting the scene for .NET, introducing many of the technologies we’ve used for the past two decades. Twenty years on, it’s fair to say that Microsoft has pressed a reset button on the sprawl of .NET and its many developer frameworks. At Build 2020, the company set out its roadmap for the next twenty years, building on its Pr...

3 multicloud architecture patterns cloud pros should understand

Multicloud is one of those deployment models that most enterprises already use but do so without having purposefully intended to move to multicloud. In other words, multicloud architecture by accident. I’m noticing some emerging patterns around the purposeful use of multicloud and its benefits. These architectures are derived from the business value of leveraging multicloud, not the result of r...

What does an open source maintainer do after burnout?

Redis founder Salvatore Sanfilippo hadn’t run up against term limits. No one was demanding he stop leading the project, and he wasn’t struggling to keep Redis innovating. But on June 30, 2020, Sanfilippo announced the “end of the Redis adventure” for him. Effective immediately, he relinquished his lead maintainer role, saying “I don’t really know what there is for me in my future,” except to “j...

How to use ValueTask in C#

Asynchronous programming has been in use for quite some time now. In recent years, it has been made more powerful with the introduction of the async and await keywords. You can take advantage of asynchronous programming to increase your application’s responsiveness and throughput. The recommended return type of an asynchronous method in C# is Task. You should return Task if you would like to wr...

Learn PyTorch: The best free online courses and tutorials

Deep learning continues to be one of the hottest fields in computing, and while Google’s TensorFlow remains the most popular framework in absolute numbers, Facebook’s PyTorch has quickly earned a reputation for being easier to grasp and use. PyTorch has taken the world of deep learning research by storm, outstripping TensorFlow as the implementation framework of choice in submitted papers for A...

Yes, it's safe to move sensitive data to the cloud

According to a study by the Cloud Security Alliance , 69 percent of enterprises have moved or are moving mission-critical information to the cloud. The research also shows 65 percent of businesses are worried about migrating sensitive data, and 59 percent of them have security concerns. I get it. If your data is in the cloud, then it’s not in your data center. You can’t touch the server, theref...

The unwavering optimism of Tim O'Reilly

For better or worse, Tim O’Reilly has become known as something of an oracle for the technology industry in his forty-year career as a technical publisher, author and venture capitalist, credited with coining terms like Open Source and Web 2.0. Today, O'Reilly finds himself in the interesting position of being both a techno-optimist – for instance, about how artificial intelligence could augmen...
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