IDG Contributor Network: Getting started with test automation: It’s not just about the tools - 2時間前  InfoWorld

Whether you call it test automation, automated testing, or something else, using software tools to help speed up the execution of software testing is an essential element of successful software development. There are various reasons for this: It’s faster and gives QA time to verify the quality of the application it is testing in a more meaningful way. According to Capgemini’s World Quality Report, 60 percent of IT executives say that test automation increases the ability to detect software defects. Test automation may even save money, even though your organization may initially have to purchas...more
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IDG Contributor Network: From IRC to chatops: How every department can benefit from what IT teams have been doing for years - 4時間前  InfoWorld

Workplace productivity tools have come a long way in helping teams communicate and operate, but the basics from the last 20 years remain the same: a good old keyboard and a chat tool. Back in the old days, IT and ops teams used to manage incident response and tasks through pioneering communication tools like IRC and AIM. Those teams used IRC and AIM to bring together team members to collaborate for a variety of reasons. Today, the same is still true, but a new set of tools have ushered in a new world of chatops that extends beyond basic chat functionality to incorporate deep integration to dir...more
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7 essential technologies for a modern data architecture - 9時間前  InfoWorld

Jim Scott is director of enterprise strategy and architecture at MapR Technologies. The re-platforming of enterprise IT infrastructure is no small undertaking. Re-platforming is usually sparked by a shifting set of key business drivers, and that is precisely the case today. Simply put, the platforms that have dominated enterprise IT for nearly 30 years can no longer handle the workloads needed to drive businesses forward.At the center of this digital transformation is data, which has become the most valuable currency in business. Organizations have long been hamstrung in their use of data by i...more
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IDG Contributor Network: Think protecting your unstructured data is hard? Imagine protecting the data generated by the Olympics! - 1日前  InfoWorld

The 2018 Winter Olympics have kicked off, and already records have been set as captivated audiences across the world watch.But behind the spectacle of the opening ceremony and the awe-inspiring performances of the athletes, there’s a robust IT infrastructure that makes the Olympic Games possible. While we don’t usually think about how the technology behind the Olympics is delivered, the technological feats involved are just as incredible as the athletic achievements we see on television!As one of the largest events in the world, the Winter Olympics generates a lot of data. Developments in spor...more
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Get a 299-Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit For $12 Today - 1日前  InfoWorld

This full-fledged, easy-to-tote first aid softpack is designed to save time and frustration in the midst of an emergency. It's compact and portable, but contains 299 physician-recommended supplies.  Among the items neatly organized inside the zippered kit is a first aid guide, vinyl gloves, bandages, cold compress, gauze pads, trauma pad, cotton-tipped applicators, first aid tape roll, antiseptics and all three common OTC pain medications. The kit is currently a #1 best seller on Amazon, averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 2,230 customers, and its typical list price of has been reduced to ju...more
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What the ‘versatilist’ trend means for IT staffing - 1日前  InfoWorld

According to Gartner, by 2021, 40 percent of IT staff will be “versatilists,” holding multiple roles. Moreover, most of these roles will be business-related, rather than technology-related, it predicts.Furthermore, by 2019, IT technical specialist hires will fall by more than 5 percent. Gartner predicts that 50 percent of enterprises will formalize IT versatilist profiles and job descriptions, and that 20 percent of IT organizations will hire versatilists to scale their digital business. As a result, IT technical specialist employees will fall to 75 percent of 2017 levels, it predicts.To read ...more
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How to use the iterator design pattern in C# - 2日前  InfoWorld

The iterator design pattern is a commonly used pattern that provides a very useful abstraction. The iterator pattern is used to access and traverse the elements of a collection without the need to understand or expose the underlying structure of the collection.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
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What’s new in Google’s Go language - 4日前  InfoWorld

The team behind Google’s Go language, aka Golang, has released the prodyctin version of Go 1.10, the next version of the popular open source language.[ Also on InfoWorld: Tap the power of Google’s Go language. | The best Go language IDEs and editors. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ] The new features in Google Go 1.10 The upgrade offers compiler tool chain and performance improvements but no substantive language changes. Go 1.10 now provides these key features:To read this article in full, please click here
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IDG Contributor Network: Linux containers: the whys, wherefors, and what’s next - 4日前  InfoWorld

Linux containers are the best thing since sliced bread! Forget everything you’ve ever learned about developing applications and focus on Linux containers instead! Linux containers are the solution to every application development and delivery problem!Amid all the Linux container hype these days, you’re likely—and rightly—casting a suspicious eye on the model. No, Linux container technology doesn’t make sense in all situations (despite what you may be hearing), but there are a great many use cases for which container technology does make perfect sense. The trick is to know when containers are w...more
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A quick-and-dirty way to predict human behavior - 5日前  InfoWorld

Machine learning and AI technologies are everywhere. One of the top uses is to predict human behavior.Luckily, people are creatures of habit. Moreover, when given the freedom to do anything they want, most people will do what everyone else is doing (I’m paraphrasing a badly remembered quote). That makes is kind of easy to predict what people will do next, at least statistically.[ Get started with machine learning: What is machine learning? Software derived from data, explained • How to get started with machine learning • Machine learning skills for software engineers. ] Imagine you go to a web...more
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IDG Contributor Network: Devops starts with leadership and culture - 2時間前  InfoWorld

Devops is truly successful when it is more about building a culture of collaboration and continual automation and improvement than it is about expertise in specific toolsets. No doubt, the tools are important, but devops leaders leave a lot of value on the table if the culture does not fit. It’s up to the devops group leaders to build that culture.One of the first major activities for devops leaders is to get buy-in from all the stakeholders and to make devops as minimally disruptive as possible. First, they start showing the value of what devops brings to the organization. Then they start loo...more
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Docker tutorial: Get started with Docker Compose - 9時間前  InfoWorld

Containers are meant to provide component isolation in a modern software stack. Put your database in one container, your web application in another, and they can all be scaled, managed, restarted, and swapped out independently. But developing and testing a multi-container application isn’t anything like working with a single container at a time.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
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What’s new in NativeScript - 1日前  InfoWorld

NativeScript, a framework for native mobile application development leveraging JavaScript technologies, now has Version 1.0 of its NativeScript-Vue open source project available. Featuring a set of cross-platform abstractions and runtimes, open source NativeScript lets you  develop native mobile apps with JavaScript, TypeScript, or Angular. A NativeScript runtime translates between JavaScript, TypeScript, and Angular and the native APIs in Apple iOS and Google Android, letting developers write an application just once to support both platforms. To read this article in full, please click here
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IDG Contributor Network: 3 things CDAOs should do to fully understand and embrace the magnitude of their job - 1日前  InfoWorld

The chief data officer (CDO) and chief analytics officer (CAO), collectively referred to as the CDAO, are potentially the most talked about job position in major organizations of 2018. But what should these executives do in order to substantiate their roles and deliver on the long-term goals they’ve been signed up to accomplish?Balancing short-term low-hanging fruit versus long-term business plans, centralizing or disseminating analytics and data controls, determining and enforcing information governance, and strategizing to become more data-driven—these issues are on the top of the agenda for...more
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$27 For Two Etekcity Smart Plugs With Alexa Compatibility - Deal Alert - 1日前  InfoWorld

With this smart plug from Etekcity, you can turn your appliances on/off remotely from your mobile device, or with your voice via Alexa. Or automate the on/off cycle with a schedule. The plug also monitors and helps control energy usage, and the slow drain that occurs even when devices are powered down. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 2,200 people on Amazon, the 2-pack of smart plugs has been discounted to just $26.99, or $13.50 per plug. See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full, please click here
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Get started with Google Go in Azure - 1日前  InfoWorld

For a language that’s designed for systems-level programming, the Google Go language (Golang) is surprisingly popular. Designed by many of the original C designers, it’s gained a reputation as a tool for developing low-level systems, including many used on Azure. If you’ve run a Docker container, fired up any of Azure’s Kubernetes services, or used the Open Service Broker, you’re using code that’s written in Go.While Go development began at Google, it’s now an open source project, with a widely distributed development team. Recent hires into Azure’s cloud developer advocacy team have brought s...more
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Review: Neo4j supercharges graph analytics - 2日前  InfoWorld

Neo4j is both the original graph database and the continued leader in the graph database market. Designed to store entities and relationships, and optimized to perform graph operations such as traversals, clustering, and shortest-path calculations, Neo4j shines at exploring data that consists of huge numbers of many-to-many relationships.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
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What’s next for WebAssembly portable code - 4日前  InfoWorld

If its roadmap holds, WebAssembly, the binary format to speed the performance of web applications on both computers and mobile devices, will improve its language support via garbage collection, threads, better debugging, and a SIMD (single instruction, multiple data) extension.WebAssembly, introduced with great fanfare in 2015, is a low-level format intended to exceed JavaScript’s performance when it comes to executing computationally intensive operations in a browser. WebAssembly provides a binary code format that is smaller over the wire, loads faster, and has better performance than JavaScr...more
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MongoDB will support multidocument ACID transactions - 5日前  InfoWorld

MongoDB will add multidocument ACID transactions support to its NoSQL database of the same name. Multidocument ACID transactions support has been the most-requested feature sought for MongoDB, said Seong Park, MongoDB’s vice president of strategy and product marketing.Multidocument support is planned for MongoDB 4.0, which is due this summer and reached beta stage this week. ACID transactions already have been supported at the document level in the database; now they can be done across documents as well as across collections within MongoDB. Collections in MongoDB are analogous to a table in a ...more
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Rethinking cloud ROI: Come for cost savings but stay for agility - 5日前  InfoWorld

Companies are moving away from the traditional operations-oriented ROI model, and now look toward agility as the core metric to determine value. That’s clear in a new report called “How Enterprises Are Calculating Cloud ROI—And Why Some Enterprises Are Moving Ahead Without It,” from ISACA.Although this is new to many enterprises and analysis firms, it’s not new to me.  I’ve written many blog posts since 2011 about the reasons to use business agility as a primary metric for calculating the real cloud ROI. It wasn’t just me, of course: Clearly the cloud experts were talking about agility and ROI...more
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