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When a cloud provider retires a service you’re using

Over the years I’ve had a few friends and clients reach out to me, unhappy about some public cloud services being removed, either from a name-brand cloud provider or secondary players. At times, entire clouds were being shut down. The cloud providers typically give plenty of notice (sometimes years), calling the service “legacy” or “classic” …

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How to nail the Kubernetes certification exams

Kubernetes is hard, and so is getting certified on the container orchestration technology, but there are some surefire resources, tips, and tricks that will help you pass the tough exams. [ Also on InfoWorld: 4 reasons to get Kubernetes-certified, and 4 reasons not to ] First launched in 2017, there are three primary Kubernetes certfications …

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GitHub CLI 2.0 introduces extensions

GitHub has launched GitHub CLI 2.0, a new version of its command line tool that allows developers to create extensions, or custom commands that build on CLI functionality. The open source tool, which brings GitHub to a terminal, can be installed from cli.github.com. [ Also on InfoWorld: GitHub Copilot is ‘unacceptable and unjust,’ says Free …

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Microsoft, Google partner on eBPF

Companies including Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are backing an initiative to promote the extended Berkley Packet Filter (eBPF), technology that enables developers to safely embed programs in any piece of software including operating system kernels. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the new eBPF Foundation, which was unveiled August 12, plans to expand eBPF and extend …

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‘Why cloud computing?’ is always a good question

These days the people who ask “Why cloud?” often get treated as if they’re thick witted. Those who play devil’s advocate often get pushed aside when their uncomfortable questions force others to justify their use of cloud (or any new technology, for that matter). Having people around who question the reasons for moving to the …

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JetBrains’ Go language IDE prepares for generics

GoLand, JetBrains’ cross-platform IDE for Go programmers, is set to add accommodations for the generics capabilities eyed for the Google-developed language. A roadmap published for GoLand 2021.3 on August 12 cites the planned addition of code inspections, refactorings, and intention actions for working with generics under the sub-heading of “Go 1.18.” A language feature that …

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What to expect in Java 18

Java 18 is likely seven months away but is already starting to take shape, with two feature proposals for it so far: record and array patterns and character sets. While the OpenJDK page for Java Development Kit (JDK) 18 lists no official features, the JEP (JDK Enhancement Proposal) index of Java technologies cites two features …

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Microsoft details .NET 6 performance boosts

.NET 6, the planned upgrade to Microsoft’s software development platform, boasts performance improvements in areas ranging from just-in-time (JiT) compilation and garbage collection (GC) to JSON, according to Microsoft. In a lengthy blog post published August 17, Steven Toub, a developer on the .NET team at Microsoft, surveyed the many performance improvements in .NET 6. …

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Get started with FastAPI

When Python web frameworks like Flask and Django first rose in popularity and prominence, Python was a somewhat different language than it was today. Many elements of modern Python, like asynchronous execution and the ASGI (Asynchronous Server Gateway Interface) standard, were either in their infancy or didn’t exist yet. FastAPI is a Python web framework …

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Visual Studio Code previews ML-based language detection

Visual Studio Code 1.59, the latest version of the popular code editor from Microsoft, has a list of improvements ranging from machine learning-based language detection to a debug Disassembly view. Also called the July 2021 edition, Visual Studio Code 1.59 was published on August 5. It is downloadable from the Visual Studio website.  Visual Studio …

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TypeScript 4.4 brings performance boosts

Microsoft’s TypeScript 4.4, the latest planned version of its popular typed version of JavaScript, has moved to a release candidate stage, with capabilities including performance improvements and control flow analysis. No further changes are expected in the release apart from critical bug fixes. For faster declaration emits, TypeScript now caches whether internal symbols are accessible …

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Visual Studio 2022 Preview 3 shines on JavaScript, TypeScript, Git

With the third preview of Microsoft’s planned 64-bit Visual Studio 2022 IDE, the company is emphasizing a new JavaScript/TypeScript experience as well as multi-repo support. Unveiled August 10, Visual Studio 2022 Preview 3 also covers themes including personal and team productivity. For JavaScript and TypeScript, the preview offers tools to enhance the experience for single-page …

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Meta or micro cloud architecture? You need both

As the person heading “the cloud project,” you spent the past few years, during the pandemic and before, working to migrate most of the traditional on-premises applications to the public cloud. To date, you’ve moved 15% of the applications and data. This is an impressive feat by any measure. However, the board of directors’ focus …

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Angular 13 begins to take shape

Angular 13, a planned upgrade to Google’s popular TypeScript-based web framework, is starting to take shape. Two beta releases, published on August 4 and August 11 and accessible on GitHub, introduce changes to forms and the router. For forms, Angular 13 debuts a new type, FormControlStatus, which is a union of all possible status strings …