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The promise of Promise Theory: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes,SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As systems become increasingly distributed and complex, it’s more important than ever to find ways to accurately describe and analyze those systems, and …

The promise of Promise Theory: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes,SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As systems become increasingly distributed and complex, it’s more important than ever to find ways to accurately describe and analyze those systems, and …

Announcing Spark Certification

By Ben Lorica
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: full disclosure — Ben is an advisor to Databricks. I am pleased to announce a joint program between O’Reilly and Databricks to certify Spark developers. O’Reilly has long been interested in certification, and with this inaugural program, we believe …

Announcing Spark Certification

By Ben Lorica
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: full disclosure — Ben is an advisor to Databricks. I am pleased to announce a joint program between O’Reilly and Databricks to certify Spark developers. O’Reilly has long been interested in certification, and with this inaugural program, we believe …

What every Java developer needs to know about Java 9

By Ben Evans
September 18, 2014

Java 8 may only have been released a few months ago, but Oracle has already announced the first set of features that will be targeted for Java 9. On August 11th, Mark Reinhold, a Chief Architect for Java, made available …

What every Java developer needs to know about Java 9

By Ben Evans
September 18, 2014

Java 8 may only have been released a few months ago, but Oracle has already announced the first set of features that will be targeted for Java 9. On August 11th, Mark Reinhold, a Chief Architect for Java, made available …

Four short links: 18 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2014

Guide to Writing Testable Code (PDF) — Google’s testable code suggestions, though C++-centric. Enchanted Objects (YouTube) — David Rose at Google talking about the UX of magical UIs. (via Mary Treseler) hpn-ssh — High Performance SSH/SCP. Lost Lessons from an …

Four short links: 18 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2014

Guide to Writing Testable Code (PDF) — Google’s testable code suggestions, though C++-centric. Enchanted Objects (YouTube) — David Rose at Google talking about the UX of magical UIs. (via Mary Treseler) hpn-ssh — High Performance SSH/SCP. Lost Lessons from an …

New Swift language shows Apple history

By Andy Oram
September 17, 2014

Like many Apple programmers (and new programmers who are curious about iOS), I treated Apple’s Swift language as a breath of fresh air. I welcomed when Vandad Nahavandipoor updated his persistently popular iOS Programming Cookbook to cover Swift exclusively. But …

New Swift language shows Apple history

By Andy Oram
September 17, 2014

Like many Apple programmers (and new programmers who are curious about iOS), I treated Apple’s Swift language as a breath of fresh air. I welcomed when Vandad Nahavandipoor updated his persistently popular iOS Programming Cookbook to cover Swift exclusively. But …

Be a squeaky wheel, but always bring oil

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

There are times when we all wish we could clone ourselves so we could get more done at work. In a Velocity New York 2014 keynote, Camille Fournier, CTO at Rent the Runway, presented an alternative, practical solution, that she …

Be a squeaky wheel, but always bring oil

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

There are times when we all wish we could clone ourselves so we could get more done at work. In a Velocity New York 2014 keynote, Camille Fournier, CTO at Rent the Runway, presented an alternative, practical solution, that she …

It’s time for a “commitment escalation”

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

In a keynote address at Velocity New York 2014, Mikey Dickerson described his journey from working for Google to working in the West Wing of the White House, leading the US Digital Services group. He told the story of how …

It’s time for a “commitment escalation”

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

In a keynote address at Velocity New York 2014, Mikey Dickerson described his journey from working for Google to working in the West Wing of the White House, leading the US Digital Services group. He told the story of how …

The Future of AngularJS

By Shyam Seshadri
September 17, 2014

AngularJS, for me, was a revelation the first time I encountered it. I was coming from using GWT (Google Web Toolkit), and seeing our large application shrink in lines of code by 90% was close to a spiritual experience. I …

The Future of AngularJS

By Shyam Seshadri
September 17, 2014

AngularJS, for me, was a revelation the first time I encountered it. I was coming from using GWT (Google Web Toolkit), and seeing our large application shrink in lines of code by 90% was close to a spiritual experience. I …

Four short links: 17 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2014

Bill Gurley on Startups and Risk (Business Insider) — No one’s fearful, everyone’s greedy, and it will eventually end. Pants — a build system from Twitter and others. pup — commandline tool for parsing and processing HTML. Use Regulation (Slate) …

Four short links: 17 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2014

Bill Gurley on Startups and Risk (Business Insider) — No one’s fearful, everyone’s greedy, and it will eventually end. Pants — a build system from Twitter and others. pup — commandline tool for parsing and processing HTML. Use Regulation (Slate) …

Signals from Velocity New York 2014

By Mac Slocum
September 16, 2014

Practitioners and experts from the web operations and performance worlds are coming together in New York City this week for Velocity New York 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly …

Signals from Velocity New York 2014

By Mac Slocum
September 16, 2014

Practitioners and experts from the web operations and performance worlds are coming together in New York City this week for Velocity New York 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly …

Live: Velocity New York

By Mac Slocum
September 16, 2014

The web operations and performance communities are coming together in New York City this week for Velocity New York 2014. Keynotes from the event will be streamed live at 9am EDT / Noon PDT on Tuesday and Wednesday. See the …

Prepare for change now, and you’ll be ready for it later

By Jenn Webb
September 16, 2014

Companies and developers have plenty of mobile development challenges — OS platforms, the growing number of devices and screen sizes, and the myriad requirements of browsers, to name a few. Soon — or already — the Internet of Things is …

Prepare for change now, and you’ll be ready for it later

By Jenn Webb
September 16, 2014

Companies and developers have plenty of mobile development challenges — OS platforms, the growing number of devices and screen sizes, and the myriad requirements of browsers, to name a few. Soon — or already — the Internet of Things is …

Four short links: 16 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 16, 2014

The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things — a Bruce Sterling Kindle single, a powerfully-written challenge to the presumed-benevolent technology-pervaded universe that we label “the Internet of Things”. The Internet of Things is not about a talking refrigerator, because …

Four short links: 16 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 16, 2014

The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things — a Bruce Sterling Kindle single, a powerfully-written challenge to the presumed-benevolent technology-pervaded universe that we label “the Internet of Things”. The Internet of Things is not about a talking refrigerator, because …

Those who can, do – and teach

By Glen Martin
September 15, 2014

Synthetic biology is poised to change everything from energy development to food production to medicine — but there’s a bottleneck looming. How fast things develop depends on the number of people developing things. Let’s face it: there aren’t that many biocoders. …

Four short links: 15 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 15, 2014

The Care and Feeding of Weird Machines Found in Executable Metadata (YouTube) — talk from 29th Chaos Communication Congress, on using tricking the ELF linker/loader into arbitrary computation from the metadata supplied. Yes, there’s a brainfuck compiler that turns code …

Four short links: 15 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 15, 2014

The Care and Feeding of Weird Machines Found in Executable Metadata (YouTube) — talk from 29th Chaos Communication Congress, on using tricking the ELF linker/loader into arbitrary computation from the metadata supplied. Yes, there’s a brainfuck compiler that turns code …

Four short links: 12 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2014

Google Knowledge Vault and Topic Modeling — recap of talks by Google and Facebook staff about how they use their knowledge graphs. I found this super-interesting. djinni — A tool for generating cross-language type declarations and interface bindings. monit — …

Four short links: 12 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2014

Google Knowledge Vault and Topic Modeling — recap of talks by Google and Facebook staff about how they use their knowledge graphs. I found this super-interesting. djinni — A tool for generating cross-language type declarations and interface bindings. monit — …

DevOps in the enterprise

By J. Paul Reed
September 11, 2014

Would you open an email with a subject line of “DevOps and pants!” I’m not sure I would. Six months ago I sent Rob Cummings an email with exactly that subject and he did. And we can be thankful he …

DevOps in the enterprise

By J. Paul Reed
September 11, 2014

Would you open an email with a subject line of “DevOps and pants!” I’m not sure I would. Six months ago I sent Rob Cummings an email with exactly that subject and he did. And we can be thankful he …

Understanding network neutrality

By Mike Loukides
September 11, 2014

I’d like to make a few very brief points about net neutrality. For most readers of Radar, there’s probably nothing new here, but they address confusions that I’ve seen. Network neutrality isn’t about the bandwidth that Internet service providers deliver …

Understanding network neutrality

By Mike Loukides
September 11, 2014

I’d like to make a few very brief points about net neutrality. For most readers of Radar, there’s probably nothing new here, but they address confusions that I’ve seen. Network neutrality isn’t about the bandwidth that Internet service providers deliver …

Working like a startup at IBM

By Bill Higgins
September 11, 2014

Over the past year, I assisted in creating an application that helped shift a major part of IBM to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. I did this with the help of a small but excellent development team that was inspired by …

Four short links: 11 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 11, 2014

windows_98.css — the compelling new look that’s sweeping the world all over again. BioGlass (MIT) — use Glass’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and camera to extract pulse and respiratory rates. (via MIT Tech Review) Building Blocks for Theoretical Computer Science — free …

Working like a startup at IBM

By Bill Higgins
September 11, 2014

Over the past year, I assisted in creating an application that helped shift a major part of IBM to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. I did this with the help of a small but excellent development team that was inspired by …

Four short links: 11 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 11, 2014

windows_98.css — the compelling new look that’s sweeping the world all over again. BioGlass (MIT) — use Glass’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and camera to extract pulse and respiratory rates. (via MIT Tech Review) Building Blocks for Theoretical Computer Science — free …

One man willingly gave Google his data. See what happened next.

By Jonas Luster
September 10, 2014

Despite some misgivings about the company’s product course and service permanence (I was an early and fanatical user of Google Wave), my relationship with Google is one of mutual symbiosis. Its “better mousetrap” approach to products and services, the width …

Four short links: 10 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 10, 2014

BERG Closing — may open source their Little Printer server and IoT middleware. A shame, as Warren Ellis says, because they pulled bits of the future into the present. They were optimistic, not dystopic. I have a feeling BERG grads …

Four short links: 10 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 10, 2014

BERG Closing — may open source their Little Printer server and IoT middleware. A shame, as Warren Ellis says, because they pulled bits of the future into the present. They were optimistic, not dystopic. I have a feeling BERG grads …

Those who can, do – and teach

By Glen Martin
September 9, 2014

Synthetic biology is poised to change everything from energy development to food production to medicine — but there’s a bottleneck looming. How fast things develop depends on the number of people developing things. Let’s face it: there aren’t that many biocoders. …

One man willingly gave Google his data. See what happened next.

By Jonas Luster
September 9, 2014

Despite some misgivings about the company’s product course and service permanence (I was an early and fanatical user of Google Wave), my relationship with Google is one of mutual symbiosis. Its “better mousetrap” approach to products and services, the width …

Four short links: 9 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 9, 2014

bleve — A modern text indexing library for go. Scientific Consensus Has A Bad Reputation—And Doesn’t Deserve It (Ars Technica) — a lovely explanation of how informal consensus works in science. NB for anyone building social software which attempts to …

Four short links: 9 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 9, 2014

bleve — A modern text indexing library for go. Scientific Consensus Has A Bad Reputation—And Doesn’t Deserve It (Ars Technica) — a lovely explanation of how informal consensus works in science. NB for anyone building social software which attempts to …

Small brains, big data

By Jeremy Freeman
September 8, 2014

When we think about big data, we usually think about the web: the billions of users of social media, the sensors on millions of mobile phones, the thousands of contributions to Wikipedia, and so forth. Due to recent innovations, web-scale …

Four short links: 8 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2014

Cyborg UnPlug — sits on your wifi network and will alert you if it finds Google Glass, Dropcam, spycams, and other unwanted wifi Klingons. Or it can automatically send deauth packets to those devices to try and boot them off …

Four short links: 8 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2014

Cyborg UnPlug — sits on your wifi network and will alert you if it finds Google Glass, Dropcam, spycams, and other unwanted wifi Klingons. Or it can automatically send deauth packets to those devices to try and boot them off …

Four short links: 8 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2014

Cyborg UnPlug — sits on your wifi network and will alert you if it finds Google Glass, Dropcam, spycams, and other unwanted wifi Klingons. Or it can automatically send deauth packets to those devices to try and boot them off …

Four short links: 5 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 5, 2014

Intellectual Ventures Making Things (Bloomberg) — Having earned billions in payouts from powerful technology companies, IV is setting out to build things on its own. Rather than keeping its IP under lock and key, the company is looking to see …


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