Visual Studio Code November 2018 release now available

Microsoft has released the November 2018 release of Visual Studio Code. The company has made several improvements, mostly to the area of the workbench, languages, debugging, tasks, and extension authoring.

It added support for multiline search, which will enable developers to search multiline text without needing to create a regular expression to do so, according to Microsoft. After this update, the custom title and menu bar on Linux is now enabled by default rather than just being another option. Other UI improvements include scrolling menus, a menu bar overflow menu, and references view. It also moved the setting editor actions to the editor title bar.

In the editor, Microsoft has added new snippet variables to insert line or block comments, new commands for declaring symbols, and smoother cursor animation.

The latest release now includes support for TypeScript 3.2.2, improves display of JavaScript and TypeScript callbacks, renames now handle JavaScript and TypeScript destructuring properly, and more.

In terms of VS Code’s debugging capabilities, the latest releases introduces simplified initial debug configuration, the ability to delete debug consoles, and improved user input variables of debug configurations.

As of this release, tasks can now be set to run automatically when a folder is opened. It also added the ability to clear the task terminal, rerun tasks, and offers improved user input variables for task and debug configurations.

Finally, Microsoft explained users can go back to previous version of extensions if there is an issue with the current version.

A full list of features is available here.

 

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LF Deep Learning Foundation brings on deep learning framework

Uber’s open-source distributed training framework Horovod is joining the LF Deep Learning Foundation to support its work in artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. The LF Deep Learning Foundation is a umbrella project under the Linux Foundation.

“The LF Deep Learning Foundation is focused on building an ecosystem of AI, deep learning and machine learning projects. Today’s announcement of Uber’s contribution of the Horovod project represents significant progress toward achieving this vision,” said Ibrahim Haddad, Linux Foundation director of research. “This project has proven highly effective in training machine learning models quickly and efficiently, and we look forward to working to further grow the Horovod community and encourage adoption of this exciting project.”

Horovod is designed for other deep learning projects like TensorFlow, Keras and PyTorch. The goal of the project is to make distributed deep learning fast and easier to use. The primary goal of the project was to take a single-GPU enslow program and train it on GPUs faster. According to the foundation, Horovod has been able to improve GPU resource usage figures with advance algorithms and high-performance networks. Uber also explained that the project scales significantly better than standard distributed TensorFlow, and is twice as first.

Uber has been using Horovod for self-driving vehicles, fraud detection, and trip forecasting. It has also be used by other industry leaders such as Alibaba, Amazon and NVIDIA.

“Uber built Horovod to make deep learning model training faster and more intuitive for AI researchers across industries,” said Alex Sergeev, Horovod project lead. “In this spirit, we are honored to contribute Horovod to the deep learning community as the LF Deep Learning Foundation’s newest project. As Horovod continues to mature in its functionalities and applications, this collaboration will enable us to further scale its impact in the open source ecosystem for the advancement of AI.”

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SD Times news digest: Salesforce’s Lightning Web Components, EdgeX Foundry Delhi update, and MariaDB’s new Node.js connector

Salesforce has announced Lightning Web Components, which is a programming model for the Lightning Platform. According to Salesforce, the model will give developers reusable building blocks for creating Lightning apps and experiences.

“We are constantly working and looking for ways to help our customers build faster, innovate and deliver new products to their customers and employees,” said Mike Rosenbaum, EVP of Product, Salesforce. “With Lightning Web Components, we are giving developers a standards-driven JavaScript model for building enterprise apps on Lightning. Every time we release a new platform capability we see an acceleration of innovation in our 150,000 customer base, and we are excited to see what our community of developers will do with Lightning Web Components.”

EdgeX Foundry releases an updated version of Delhi code
EdgeX Foundry has released the third major code release of Delhi code, providing management features, additional security features, new SDKs, and an updated user interface. Users will also now be able to connect to a wider range of databases and use EdgeX in lightweight devices.

“The Delhi release includes the initial system management capability, the next wave of security features, and offers the opportunity to select the database of choice,” said Keith Steele, EdgeX Foundry chair of the technical steering committee and CEO of IOTech. “It saves the developer time and resources and now offers the opportunity for them to use EdgeX in lightweight devices.”

MariaDB releases a Connector for Node.js
MariaDB has released a Connector for Node.js. According to the company, this will provide developers with a streamlined way of building Node.js applications on top of MariaDB’s database.

The Connector will enable improved application performance, reduced network traffic, and asynchronous processing of database queries from Node.js apps.

GitHub announces Content Attachments API beta
GitHub has announced a beta for the Content Attachments API as well as four new projects that use the API. Content attachments enable GitHub Apps to provide more information for URLs linking to registered domains, the company explained.

According to GitHub, the new projects will allow developers to better communicate visually, file bugs, plan out projects, and document systems. The four new projects include RunKit, LeanBoard, CloudApp, and Lucidchart.

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SD Times news digest: Salesforce’s Lightning Web Components, EdgeX Foundry Delhi update, and MariaDB’s new Node.js connector

Salesforce has announced Lightning Web Components, which is a programming model for the Lightning Platform. According to Salesforce, the model will give developers reusable building blocks for creating Lightning apps and experiences.

“We are constantly working and looking for ways to help our customers build faster, innovate and deliver new products to their customers and employees,” said Mike Rosenbaum, EVP of Product, Salesforce. “With Lightning Web Components, we are giving developers a standards-driven JavaScript model for building enterprise apps on Lightning. Every time we release a new platform capability we see an acceleration of innovation in our 150,000 customer base, and we are excited to see what our community of developers will do with Lightning Web Components.”

EdgeX Foundry releases an updated version of Delhi code
EdgeX Foundry has released the third major code release of Delhi code, providing management features, additional security features, new SDKs, and an updated user interface. Users will also now be able to connect to a wider range of databases and use EdgeX in lightweight devices.

“The Delhi release includes the initial system management capability, the next wave of security features, and offers the opportunity to select the database of choice,” said Keith Steele, EdgeX Foundry chair of the technical steering committee and CEO of IOTech. “It saves the developer time and resources and now offers the opportunity for them to use EdgeX in lightweight devices.”

MariaDB releases a Connector for Node.js
MariaDB has released a Connector for Node.js. According to the company, this will provide developers with a streamlined way of building Node.js applications on top of MariaDB’s database.

The Connector will enable improved application performance, reduced network traffic, and asynchronous processing of database queries from Node.js apps.

GitHub announces Content Attachments API beta
GitHub has announced a beta for the Content Attachments API as well as four new projects that use the API. Content attachments enable GitHub Apps to provide more information for URLs linking to registered domains, the company explained.

According to GitHub, the new projects will allow developers to better communicate visually, file bugs, plan out projects, and document systems. The four new projects include RunKit, LeanBoard, CloudApp, and Lucidchart.

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SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Cassandra integrations from Instaclustr

Open-source managed solutions-as-a-service company Instaclustr wants to address some gaps in a few key integrations for the Apache Cassandra database management solution with the announcement of three new open-source projects.

The first piece of the problem was finding a way for Kubernetes to more fully integrate with Cassandra. This is where the company’s newly announced open-source Cassandra operator comes in, it explained. “While running Cassandra on Kubernetes can be relatively simple to begin with, Kubernetes provides only a limited understanding of database functionality: it’s blind to key details of the database being written to, and has incomplete capabilities for storing data in-state,” the company wrote in the release announcement.

The Cassandra operator was designed to provide a consistent environment and best practice operations set so managing deployment and operations is less reliant on the user, allowing them to focus on product development, the company said.

Instaclustr also found that that its customers had need for LDAP integration in Cassandra, and answered with another open-source solution — the LDAP authenticator plugin, which works with Cassandra’s existing authentication tool, CassandraAuthorization, to set up secure LDAP connections with zero downtime and without having to code a solution themselves.

The last of Instaclustr’s open-source releases is the Keberos authenticator, which provides secure single sign-on for Cassandra developers, and also comes in a version that supports the Cassandra Java driver.

“Our commitment to delivering 100% open source data-layer solutions for our managed platform extends to the development of new open source tools – especially when we recognize specific needs felt by our customers,” Ben Bromhead, CTO of Instaclustr, said in the release announcement. “With these open source projects, we’ve set out to empower any developer who wishes to pair Cassandra with Kubernetes, or take advantage of LDAP or Kerberos authentication within their Cassandra deployments. We invite anyone interested to join our community of contributors, and suggest or offer improvements to these open source projects.”

All of the projects are available at Instaclustr’s GitHub page.

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Apache Ignite 2.7 adds new integration with TensorFlow’s deep learning framework

Apache Ignite 2.7 is adding new deep learning and extended languages support with the announcement of its TensorFlow integration and support for Node.js, Python and PHP. Ignite is a distributed database, caching and processing platform for transactional, analytical and streaming workloads.

TensorFlow is an open-source software library for deep learning and machine learning tasks. The official integration provides a way for users to use Ignite as distributed storage for TensorFlow calculations and store data sets across a cluster, the Apache Software Foundation explained.

“TensorFlow and Apache Ignite can be used together to provide a full toolset needed to work with operational and historical data, perform data analysis and build complex mathematical models based on neural networks,” according to Apache Ignite’s website.

The newly added language support for Node.js, Python and PHP is meant to address the gaps and limitations of missing native APIs for programming languages. Apache Ignite also supports Java, .NET and C++.

In addition, the latest release features fully transactional SQL. According to the team, this is one of the most anticipated features of the database. “You’re no longer limited to key-value APIs if an application needs to run ACID-compliant distributed transactions. Prefer SQL? Use SQL! Yes, it’s still in beta and might not yet be the best fit for mission-critical deployments, but definitely try it in your development cycles and share your feedback,” the team wrote in a blog post.

Full release notes are available here.

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Kintone expands data integration and workflow capabilities of its no-code platform with support for Microsoft Flow

Kintone, provider of a no-code application development platform used to quickly connect, organize, and visualize workflows, today announced integration with Microsoft Flow, a service that helps businesses create automated workflows between their favorite applications to synchronize files, get notifications, collect data, and more.

The ability to incorporate data from key applications, such as Office 365 Outlook, Twitter and DocuSign, is critical to providing a secure, centralized repository of information that can be used to equip teams to respond more quickly to business issues through enterprise-wide collaboration.

Companies can run their entire business on Kintone, but with the Microsoft Flow integration hub, users in every corner of the business can expand to the services and solutions they already use on a daily basis. For example, a marketing team may want to add tweets that mention their company to their Kintone workspace. The team can then use Kintone’s powerful data visualization tools to analyze and display that data, use Kintone’s workflow to get sign-off, then export those reports to OneDrive.  Kintone connectors for Microsoft Flow can also be used for CRM lead management and to notify team members of status changes and when they need to take a new action.

“Our new support for Microsoft Flow opens up a lot of new doors for us, and our customers,” said Dave Landa, CEO,Kintone. “The Kintone Connector for Microsoft Flow empowers non- developers to help their teams work more cohesively by creating workflows across popular services. The ability for Microsoft Flow to connect cloud and on-premises data is a real game changer. Adding this connector to our platform provides our customers with additional ability for data-rich applications, and in the end, less siloed information.”

The Kintone Connector for Microsoft Flow is available now with a paid Microsoft Flow plan.  An Office 365 subscription is required in order to access the connectors. For more information please go to: https://www.kintone.com/add-ons/ms-flow-10-things/

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Kintone expands data integration and workflow capabilities of its no-code platform with support for Microsoft Flow

Kintone, provider of a no-code application development platform used to quickly connect, organize, and visualize workflows, today announced integration with Microsoft Flow, a service that helps businesses create automated workflows between their favorite applications to synchronize files, get notifications, collect data, and more.

The ability to incorporate data from key applications, such as Office 365 Outlook, Twitter and DocuSign, is critical to providing a secure, centralized repository of information that can be used to equip teams to respond more quickly to business issues through enterprise-wide collaboration.

Companies can run their entire business on Kintone, but with the Microsoft Flow integration hub, users in every corner of the business can expand to the services and solutions they already use on a daily basis. For example, a marketing team may want to add tweets that mention their company to their Kintone workspace. The team can then use Kintone’s powerful data visualization tools to analyze and display that data, use Kintone’s workflow to get sign-off, then export those reports to OneDrive.  Kintone connectors for Microsoft Flow can also be used for CRM lead management and to notify team members of status changes and when they need to take a new action.

“Our new support for Microsoft Flow opens up a lot of new doors for us, and our customers,” said Dave Landa, CEO,Kintone. “The Kintone Connector for Microsoft Flow empowers non- developers to help their teams work more cohesively by creating workflows across popular services. The ability for Microsoft Flow to connect cloud and on-premises data is a real game changer. Adding this connector to our platform provides our customers with additional ability for data-rich applications, and in the end, less siloed information.”

The Kintone Connector for Microsoft Flow is available now with a paid Microsoft Flow plan.  An Office 365 subscription is required in order to access the connectors. For more information please go to: https://www.kintone.com/add-ons/ms-flow-10-things/

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Infragistics accelerates ROI for great user experiences

For the past 30 years, developers have trusted Infragistics to improve their productivity. As app design trends shifted from function-focused to delighting end users with great experiences, Infragistics led the way with tools for developers and designers that enable them to be more innovative and productive alone and together as part of a design-lead process.

“Developers have been able to build beautiful applications faster using our tools, because they don’t have to spend months or years building and maintaining UI controls like high-performance interactive data grids and data charts, scheduling views, and sophisticated Office ribbons,” said Jason Beres, senior vice president at Infragistics. “We expanded our focus to include designers because you can’t build the kind of experiences end users expect without a design process, or at least design tooling and a designer involved in the project.”

However, designers are not always available. Small businesses tend to lack designers because they can’t justify the expense. Large companies often have a UX team working in a Center of Excellence (COE). The COE is a central resource, UX resources are project based and tend not to be dedicated to a specific development team.

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Infragistics brings the power of design to developers and the power of codeless application development to designers so their organizations can deliver better UXs, faster. Indigo.Design allows visual and UX designers to prototype experiences, test them with users and automatically generate Angular code.

“User experience is a high priority now for competitive reasons,” said Beres. “If end users don’t like your application, there are always more compelling options a few clicks away. Our customers depend on us to give them the guidance tooling they need.”

Drive UX ROI faster

Indigo.Design is a unified platform for visual design, UX prototyping, code generation and app development. Designers have been using the product to create entire app experiences in Sketch. Now, they can skip the traditional hand-off to developers and let them generate application code directly from their design, automatically.

“Customers constantly tell us that user experience is a top priority, yet teams often lack resources they need. Management doesn’t want to spend the money because it doesn’t see an immediate return on UX investments,” said Beres. “We allow you to accelerate UX ROI because developers aren’t wasting time writing throw-away code that users haven’t tested.  Our tooling also helps design teams and UX COE’s set standards and guidelines that the development teams can follow.”

Japanese mid-level ERP system provider Super Stream used Infragistics UI components, tooling and design resources to improve its UX and the pace at which it can deliver new and improved experiences to market. The company also embedded Infragistics’ ReportsPlus to embed dashboards and analytics into its ERP product.

“They didn’t have a UX team or designers on projects, so they used our products and tooling to accelerate their delivery,” said Beres. “They were able to deliver a great experience their customers love three to four times faster.”

Visual design teams are generating lots of prototypes today.  With Indigo.Design, they can accelerate the transition from design concepts to finished products.  They are also more confident that customers won’t just use their applications, they’ll love the experience.

“If you’re looking for developer productivity that also produces great experiences for modern web or mobile apps and you want to leverage the skills of your design team in that process, as well as accelerate your time to market, Infragistics tooling can help,” said Beres. “End users have become so fickle as more of the world continues to be digitized that businesses are literally competing on user experience. We help level the playing field by bridging important gaps that have existed between design and development, and by providing tools that make delivering great user experiences faster and easier regardless of how many designers and developers you have or don’t have.”

Infragistics has what you need

Infragistics delivers tooling the way customers want it.  For example, .Net developers can choose Ultimate UI control suites designed specifically for Windows Forms, WPF, ASP.net and Xamarin. There are also the Ignite UI component suites for JavaScript, ASP.Net MVC, Angular and React, as well as the Indigo.Design platform which ties together visual designers, UX architects & developers, and the ReportsPlus SDK which includes embedded business intelligence and dashboards on any platform.  Infragistics Ultimate includes all the products.

“We remain dedicated to improving developer productivity, especially around modern web and mobile,” said Beres. “Including designers and design teams has become a key piece of our product strategy.”

Learn more at www.infragistics.com.

 

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Harness launches ML-powered health checks and rollbacks

Continuous delivery provider Harness launched the 24×7 Service Guard for its continuous delivery-as-a-service platform today, a machine learning-powered tool for health checking of APM, monitoring and logging tools. According to the company, the tool provides a “safety net” for application services by automating code rollbacks and providing “total operational visibility” into how services run.

”For example, if a microservice is deployed at 9 p.m. but doesn’t indicate a performance problem until 9 a.m. the next day, the Harness Service Guard protects the microservice —  and the developer who created it — by automatically restoring the service back to its previous working version,” Harness wrote in its announcement. “In doing so, developers gain the power of not only deploying their own code into production but also verifying health checks and automating rollbacks on a 24×7 basis.”

Harness explained the platform is based on unsupervised machine learning algorithms designed to process operational data from major APM and log analytics tools, including “KMeans clustering, entropy, Symbolic Aggregate Representation (SAX), and Hidden Markov Models, as well as applying several neural nets to reduce false positives,” the company wrote.

Harness CEO Jyoti Bansal said that the release is based on feedback from their users on how the company’s engineering operations are structured. “They loved our Continuous Verification, and the ability to instantly understand the quality of an artifact released into production, but they wanted us to push our machine learning farther than that,” Bansal said. “They wanted to give their developers complete power over production applications, including the ability to operationalize those applications and automate rollbacks if needed. With 24×7 Service Guard, we’ve combined Continuous Delivery and AIOps into a single, easy-to-use platform that democratizes the power of deployments for the entire engineering team.”

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