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OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

By Andy Oram
July 24, 2014

When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, …

OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

By Andy Oram
July 24, 2014

When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, …

OpenStack creates a structure for managing change without a benevolent dictator

By Andy Oram
July 24, 2014

When does a software project grow to the point where one must explicitly think about governance? The term “governance” is stiff and gawky, but doing it well can carry a project through many a storm. Over the past couple years, …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Tell us your full-stack story

By O'Reilly Radar
July 7, 2014

We’re putting together a series of short videos that explores the trend of full-stack development from the point of view of people who consider themselves to be full-stack developers—as well as those who’d like to be. We’ll use select submissions …

Tell us your full-stack story

By O'Reilly Radar
July 3, 2014

We’re putting together a series of short videos that explores the trend of full-stack development from the point of view of people who consider themselves to be full-stack developers—as well as those who’d like to be. We’ll use select submissions …

Tell us your full-stack story

By O'Reilly Radar
July 3, 2014

We’re putting together a series of short videos that explores the trend of full-stack development from the point of view of people who consider themselves to be full-stack developers—as well as those who’d like to be. We’ll use select submissions …

Open teaching stacks help us teach at scale

By Elliott Hauser
June 19, 2014

Elliott Hauser is CEO of Trinket, a startup focused on creating open sourced teaching materials. He is also a Python instructor at UNC Chapel Hill. Well-developed tools for teaching are crucial to the spread of open source software and programming …

Open teaching stacks help us teach at scale

By Elliott Hauser
June 19, 2014

Elliott Hauser is CEO of Trinket, a startup focused on creating open sourced teaching materials. He is also a Python instructor at UNC Chapel Hill. Well-developed tools for teaching are crucial to the spread of open source software and programming …

Open teaching stacks help us teach at scale

By Elliott Hauser
June 19, 2014

Elliott Hauser is CEO of Trinket, a startup focused on creating open sourced teaching materials. He is also a Python instructor at UNC Chapel Hill. Well-developed tools for teaching are crucial to the spread of open source software and programming …

Open teaching stacks help us teach at scale

By Elliott Hauser
June 13, 2014

Elliott Hauser is CEO of Trinket, a startup focused on creating open sourced teaching materials. He is also a Python instructor at UNC Chapel Hill. Well-developed tools for teaching are crucial to the spread of open source software and programming …

Driving demand for full stack developers

By Matt Makai
May 23, 2014

Buzzwords in the software industry arise and then die off with startling frequency. Ambiguous terms such as “growth hacker”, “sales engineer” and “rockstar developer” trip a developer’s spidey sense that the person saying them is just handwaving. However, occasionally a …

Four short links: 8 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 7, 2014

OpenStack: A Plea — critical take on OpenStack, also in this presentation. Notes the proliferation of inefficiency, devops bolted onto the side, and the long feedback cycle. You code differently when you have a pager. (via Sam Ramji) What Could …

The book sprint

By Anne Gentle
May 1, 2014

Do you really want a technical book for your project? Does your community need to provide more helpful docs to support even more users? Does your community have a lot of knowledge they need to get out of heads and …

Biology as I/O

By Jon Bruner
April 24, 2014

Tim O’Reilly subjected himself to an engaging Ask Me Anything session on Reddit earlier this week. The focus of the exchange was the Internet of Things, in anticipation of our Solid conference taking place next month. We’re always listening for faint signals from …

Facebook’s Hack, HHVM, and the Future of PHP

By Josh Lockhart
April 3, 2014

Facebook recently released Hack, a new programming language that looks and acts like PHP. Underneath the hood, however, are a ton of features like static typing, generics, native collections, and many more features for which PHP developers have long been …

Four short links: 21 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 21, 2014

Hack — PHP with types, generics, collections, lambdas. From Facebook. Solve Hard Things Early — Build great habits around communication and decision-making when everyone still knows each other well. Marginally Useful (Paul Ford) — The last two decades have suggested …

Prototype and adapt with the MEAN stack

By Valeri Karpov
February 25, 2014

Web development may seem like a bustling space where everything changes every 5 minutes, but, in reality, the fundamental high-level concepts of building a web application haven’t changed much since the introduction of Ajax. The libraries and concepts, like the …

Prototype and adapt with the MEAN stack

By Valeri Karpov
February 25, 2014

Web development may seem like a bustling space where everything changes every 5 minutes, but, in reality, the fundamental high-level concepts of building a web application haven’t changed much since the introduction of Ajax. The libraries and concepts, like the …

How To (Semi-)Automate JavaScript Refactoring

By Simon St. Laurent
February 20, 2014

Computers aren’t ready to write much of our code for us, but they can still help us clean and improve our code. At Fluent 2013, O’Reilly’s Web Platform, JavaScript and HTML5 conference, Giles Bowkett demonstrated a wide variety of ways …

Searching for the software stack for the physical world

By Matthew Gast
February 12, 2014

When I flip through a book on networking, one of the first things I look for is the protocol stack diagram. An elegant representation of the protocol stack can help you make sense of where to put things, separate out …

Four short links: 22 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2013

Google Educator MOOCs — online courses for teachers who use Google in their classrooms. Algorithms and Accountability — Thus, the appearance of an autocompletion suggestion during the search process might make people decide to search for this suggestion although they …

Self-Adaptive Is Not The Same As Feedback

By Philipp Janert
November 12, 2013

In a series of posts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6), we have introduced the idea of feedback control as a way to keep complex systems on track, even when subject to uncertainty …

Feedback Controllers

By Philipp Janert
October 29, 2013

In the previous parts of this series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4), we introduced feedback as a design principle or paradigm, that can help to keep systems “on track”, even in the presence of uncertainty and …

Programming with feedback

By Mike Loukides
October 25, 2013

Everyone knows what feedback is. It’s when sound systems suddenly make loud, painful screeching sounds. And that answer is correct, at least partly. Control theory, the study and application of feedback, is a discipline with a long history. If you’ve …

OpenStack release offers more flexibility and aids to performance

By Andy Oram
October 17, 2013

I talked this week to Jonathan Bryce and Mark Collier of OpenStack to look at the motivations behind the enhancements in the Havana release announced today. We focused on the main event–official support for the Ceilometer metering/monitoring project and the …

Why Feedback?

By Philipp Janert
October 16, 2013

In two previous posts (Part 1 and Part 2) we introduced the idea of feedback control. The basic idea is that we can keep a system (any system!) on track, by constantly monitoring its actual behavior, so that we can …

The Feedback Principle

By Philipp Janert
October 8, 2013

In a previous post, we introduced the basic feedback concept. Now it is time to take a closer look at this idea. Feedback is a method to keep systems on track. In other words, feedback is a way to make …

Predicting the future: Strata 2014 hot topics

By Alistair Croll
August 7, 2013

Conferences like Strata are planned a year in advance. The logistics and coordination required for an event of this magnitude takes a lot of planning, but it also takes a decent amount of prediction: Strata needs to skate to where …

Open Source convention considers situational awareness in cars, and more

By Andy Oram
July 29, 2013

Every conference draws people in order to make contacts, but the Open Source convention also inspires them with content. I had one friend withdraw from an important business meeting (sending an associate) in order to attend a tutorial. Lots of …

How to Get Fast, Cheap Feedback on Your Product with Tiny Tests

By Laura Klein
June 4, 2013

There’s a lot of advice about how to do great user research. I have some pretty strong opinions about it myself. But, as with exercise, the best kind of research is the kind that you actually DO. So, in the …

Survey on the Future of Open Source, and Lessons from the Past

By Andy Oram
May 15, 2013

I recently talked to two managers of Black Duck, the first company formed to help organizations deal with the licensing issues involved in adopting open source software. With Tim Yeaton, President and CEO, and Peter Vescuso, Executive Vice President of …

Upward Mobility: Dump Those iOS Delegates

By James Turner
May 13, 2013

Because so much of iOS programming involves the delegate pattern (the UITableViewDelegate being a prime example), it’s natural that when programmers are developing their own classes that need to be able to asynchronously call back to a client class, they …

Visualization of the Week: A DDoS attack on VideoLAN downloads infrastructure

By Jenn Webb
May 1, 2013

In the wake of a recent DDoS attack on open source software distributor VideoLAN, developer Ludovic Fauvet created a video visualization to show what the attack looked like. As Ryan W. Neal notes in a post at International Business Times, …

A human approach to postmortem reviews

By Jenn Webb
April 25, 2013

There is nothing pleasant about postmortem reviews following an outage, and many companies struggle to execute positive, effective reviews. In a recent interview, Dave Zwieback (@mindweather), head of infrastructure at Knewton, said that we often focus only on technical issues …

Four steps to analyzing big data with Spark

By O'Reilly Strata
April 12, 2013

By Andy Konwinski, Ion Stoica, and Matei Zaharia In the UC Berkeley AMPLab, we have embarked on a six year project to build a powerful next generation big data analytics platform: the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS). We have already …

The future of big data with BDAS, the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack

By O'Reilly Strata
February 18, 2013

By Andy Konwinski, Ion Stoica, and Matei Zaharia This month at Strata, the U.C. Berkeley AMPLab will be running a full day of big data tutorials.In this post, we present the motivation and vision for the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS), and an …

Stacks get hacked: The inevitable rise of data warfare

By Alistair Croll
January 19, 2013

First, technology is good. Then it gets bad. Then it gets stable. This has been going on for a long time, likely since the invention of fire, knives, or the printed word. But I want to focus specifically on computing …

A Kindle developer’s 2013 wishlist

By Sanders Kleinfeld
December 2, 2012

2012 was a good year for Kindle developers. With the unveiling of the first-generation Fire tablet in late 2011 and the release of the KF8 Mobi format in early 2012, designing beautiful ebooks for the Kindle platform became a reality. …

George Church and the potential of synthetic biology

By Mike Loukides
November 9, 2012

A few weeks ago, I explained why I thought biohacking was one of the most important new trends in technology. If I didn’t convince you, Derek Jacoby’s review (below) of George Church’s new book, Regenesis, will. Church is no stranger …

Deconstructing a Twitter spam attack

By Peter Laflin
October 15, 2012

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the effect fake Twitter accounts have on brands trying to keep track of social media engagement. A recent tweet spam attack offers an instructive example. On the morning of October 1, …

Faster and stronger: Looking back on Velocity 2012

Faster and stronger: Looking back on Velocity 2012
By Mike Loukides
July 10, 2012

Mike Loukides highlights talks from Velocity 2012, including: Bryan McQuade on the importance of understanding the full stack, Dr. Richard Cook on failures and complex systems, Mike Christian on redundant data centers, and John Rauser on the value of outliers.

Passage of CISPA in the U.S. House highlights need for viable cybersecurity legislation

By Alex Howard
April 27, 2012

The passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives has raised grave concerns about is potential effect on digital privacy and civil liberties.

Passage of CISPA in the U.S House highlights need for viable cybersecurity legislation

By Alex Howard
April 27, 2012

The passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives has raised grave concerns about is potential effect on digital privacy and civil liberties.

Four short links: 10 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 10, 2012

The Instagram Architecture (High Scalability) -- great summary of the Instagram team's post about the technology that runs Instagram. Lots of Python goodness in here. Mosh -- ssh that lets you roam and stay connected. UTF-8 native. Android Economics -- working back from Google's declared valuation of Android royalties to figure out how much they have and how it's...

Four short links: 3 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 3, 2012

Why Our Kids Should Be Taught To Code (Guardian) -- if we don't act now we will be short-changing our children. [...] their world will be also shaped and configured by networked computing and if they don't have a deeper understanding of this stuff then they will effectively be intellectually crippled. They will grow up as passive consumers of...

Passwords and interviews

Passwords and interviews
By Mike Loukides
March 26, 2012

A candidate that forks over a social media password during an interview could become an employee that gives out a pasword in other situations. Employers aren't making that connection.

Four short links: 19 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 19, 2012

Examining His Own Body (Science Now) -- Stanford prof. has sequenced his DNA and is now getting massively Quantified Self on his metabolism, infections, etc. This caught my eye: George Church, who has pioneered DNA sequencing technology and runs the Personal Genome Project* at Harvard Medical School in Boston that enrolls people willing to share genomic and medical information...


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