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Move faster with continuous security scanning in the cloud

These days cloud application developers are also security engineers. Who did not see this coming, given that application-level security is no longer an option? Also, we are pushing developers to build applications at scale, meaning they are becoming ops engineers and database engineers as well as security engineers, which is scary. The fact that most …

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What’s new in Angular 13

Angular 13, a planned upgrade to Google’s popular TypeScript-based web framework, continues to take shape, with eight beta releases published as of September 24, impacting areas such as the router, core, and service workers. Code for these can be found on GitHub. Among the key changes since the second beta, the router no longer replaces …

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6 great new Java features you don’t want to miss

Java quietly underwent one of the biggest changes in its development in 2018 with the adoption of a new release cadence. This bold new plan resulted in Java developers getting a new feature release every six months. This is wonderful for keeping Java fresh and relevant, but it makes it pretty easy to miss features …

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Swift 5.5 introduces async/await, structured concurrency, and actors

Swift 5.5, the latest version of Apple-developed language intended to replace C-based languages, has been published with capabilities centering on concurrency and package collections. Described in a September 20 bulletin as a “massive release,” Swift 5.5 can be accessed from swift.org. The release offers concurrency interoperability with Swift predecessor Objective-C, a proposal that bridges Swift …

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Ruby on Rails 7 overhauls JavaScript support

Ruby on Rails 7, a planned upgrade to the 17-year-old web application framework, has moved to an alpha stage, with a new mechanism for writing JavaScript in Rails. Moving past the Webpacker tool for bundling JavaScript, which Ruby on Rails has used for the past five years, Rails 7 takes a no-Node approach, without having …

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GitLab’s S-1 points to an integrated devops future

GitHub tends to get the press, but GitLab is getting the IPO. The company filed its S-1 September 17, touting a $233 million run rate, more than 2,600 contributors to its open source platform, and a 100% remote, 1,350-strong workforce. Impressive all around. What’s perhaps most interesting is how GitLab has carved out a market for …

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Python concurrency and parallelism explained

If you program in Python, you have most likely encountered situations where you wanted to speed up some operation by executing multiple tasks in parallel or by interleaving between multiple tasks. Python has mechanisms for taking both of these approaches, which we refer to as parallelism and concurrency. In this article we’ll detail the differences …

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The lack of cloud skills is hindering cloud progress

It’s not really news anymore. Gartner recently stated that the current lack of skilled IT workers is foiling the adoption of cloud, edge computing, and other technologies. Note, these are all cloud related in one way or another. In its “2021-2023 Emerging Technology Roadmap” based on surveys of 437 global firms, Gartner discovered that IT …

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Deno 1.14 extends Web Crypto API

Deno 1.14, the latest update to the TypeScript/JavaScript runtime and rival to Node.js, features a number of new additions to the Web Crypto API. The Web Crypto API is a standard JavaScript API for performing cryptographic operations such as hashing, signature generation, and encryption and decryption.  Published September 14, Deno 1.14 adds crypto.subtle.exportKey(), which enables …

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Visual Studio 2022 Preview 4 shines on developer productivity

The latest preview of Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2022 IDE builds on themes of personal and team productivity with features such as faster search and other UI-related performance improvements. Debugging and hot reload also get attention in the new preview. Unveiled September 14, Preview 4 of the planned 64-bit version of Microsoft’s flagship IDE, which release …

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What to do when you hit the cloudops wall

You’re a new CIO. It’s 9:00 a.m. on a Wednesday and you’re in an emergency Zoom meeting with IT operations leaders. The faces on the screen are somber, and it’s clear why when they explain the purpose of the meeting. It seems that all of IT ops, which was initially budgeted at $10 million for …

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Why devops teams should eliminate SLAs

Service level agreements (SLAs) first became popular with fixed-line telecom companies in the late 1980s. For the last 20 years, billboards with five nines (99.999%) have peppered every interstate in major US metros. But are numbers of nines in an SLA the right metrics for how reliability should be communicated within an organization and externally …