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Interview with Albert Bifet, co-leader at MOA

MOA: Machine learning for the Internet of Things

Machine learning may sound futuristic, but it’s not. Speech recognition systems such as Cortana or Search in e-commerce systems have already shown us the benefits and challenges that go hand in hand with these systems. In our machine learning series we will introduce you to several tools that make all this possible. Next stop: MOA, an open source software specific for machine learning/data mining on data streams in real time.

Interview with Barbara Mellish, president of Blockchain Alliance for Good

[Bit]coin flipping: “Future applications of blockchain will likely include artificial intelligence and bots”

September saw the launch of the Blockchain Alliance for Good (Bisgit.IoV) – a free membership organization aimed at boosting the usage of blockchain technology to generate good social and environmental solutions. The Alliance unites blockchain enthusiasts from around the world and provides them with a springboard for “good” innovations. We talked to Barbara Mellish, president of Blockchain Alliance for Good, about the future of blockchain, the industries where blockchain activity may flourish and the need to revolutionize this technology.

Interview with Dave Brondsema, VP at Apache Allura

Apache Allura is more than just for software

Apache Allura is a set of tools to help people collaboratively develop software, and an open platform on which innovative new tools be built. It’s being hosted publicly and is built through contributions of individuals and companies who want to promote Open Source development. We talked to Dave Brondsema, VP at Apache Allura about what’s under this project’s hood and why software forges are gaining momentum.

NetBeans Dream Team members react to NetBeans’ turn of fate — Part 3

“Companies will be less reluctant to use NetBeans and they won’t be afraid of Oracle’s decisions”

NetBeans is leaving Oracle behind in the hope that a change of scenery will help boost the number of contributions from various organizations. We talked to a few members of the NetBeans Dream Team about Oracle’s decision to donate NetBeans to the Apache Foundation and asked them if this move means that NetBeans will share the same fate as OpenOffice and Hudson.

Interview with Felienne Hermans, assistant professor at Delft University of Technology

“Don’t look down on end-users”

In the future, everyone will be a programmer for 15 minutes. How is that possible? We talked to Felienne Hermans, assistant professor at Delft University of Technology and Software Architecture Summit speaker, about the difference between a professional developer and what she calls „end-user programmer.“

NetBeans Dream Team members react to NetBeans’ turn of fate — Part 2

“NetBeans has always been the first IDE to support new Java and Java EE features”

It looks like NetBeans is embarking on a new journey to an unexpected destination: Apache. It is leaving Oracle behind, in the hope that a change of scenery will help boost the number of contributions from various organizations. We talked to a few members of the NetBeans Dream Team about Oracle’s decision to donate NetBeans to the Apache Foundation and asked them if this move means that NetBeans will share the same fate as OpenOffice and Hudson.

Interview with NetBeans Dream Team members — Part 1

NetBeans Dream Team members react to NetBeans’ turn of fate

It looks like NetBeans is embarking on a new journey to an unexpected destination: Apache. It is leaving Oracle behind, in the hope that a change of scenery will help boost the number of contributions from various organizations. We talked to a few members of the NetBeans Dream Team about Oracle’s decision to donate NetBeans to the Apache Foundation and asked them if this move means that NetBeans will share the same fate as OpenOffice and Hudson.

Interview with Viktor Farcic, Senior Consultant at CloudBees

“Docker 1.12 is probably the most important release since 1.0”

Discussions about a possible Docker fork have taken the industry by storm. We have the group which supports Docker 1.12 and points out its strengths and the group which claims that what the world needs right now is “boring core infrastructure.” We asked Viktor Farcic, Senior Consultant at CloudBees, to tell us what he thinks about Docker 1.12 and to weigh in on this Docker fork discussion.

Interview with JAX London speaker Bart Blommaerts

“Serverless can enable new and disruptive business ideas”

In recent years, the uprise of the cloud has brought us a lot of new and disruptive technologies. Everybody is talking about SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and other sorts of aaS. We talked to Bart Blommaerts, JAX London speaker and chairman of the different JWorks Competence Center Leads at Ordina, about the benefits of serverless computing and the reasons why companies should jump on the serverless computing bandwagon.

Interview with Giles Sirett, PMC member of the Apache CloudStack project

Apache CloudStack allows DevOps teams to seamlessly provision compute, storage, and network resources

There are many hundreds of public cloud providers who use CloudStack to deliver IaaS to their customers. These range from massive, global provider’s right to small ISP’s who need to adopt a cloud model. Public cloud providers choose CloudStack because it provides all of the capabilities required to deliver multi-tenant IaaS services, in a cohesive, reliable platform that is easily deployed and managed. We talked to Giles Sirett, PMC member of the Apache CloudStack project, about Apache CloudStack, the idea behind this project and its biggest assets.

Interview with veteran Bitcoin developer Matt Corallo

[Bit]coin flipping: “Bitcoin solved a major problem in Computer Science”

It may seem like blockchain is on the verge of outshining Bitcoin, but this cryptocurrency is still going strong. Chaincode Labs Inc. is launching a Hacker Residency Program next week, so we talked to Matt Corallo, the co-founder of Blockstream and a long-time Bitcoin developer, about the evolution of this cryptocurrency, its potential and pitfalls and the reason why developers should immerse themselves full-time in Bitcoin.

Interview with Adam Geitgey, Director of Software Engineering at Groupon

“Python is the most popular programming language today for machine learning”

Machine learning may sound futuristic, but it is not. Speech recognition systems such as Cortana or Search in e-commerce systems have already showed us the benefits and challenges that go hand in hand with these systems. In our machine learning series we introduced you to several tools that make all this possible. Now it’s time to allow software developer Adam Geitgey to talk about the ABCs of machine learning and teach you how to make use of ML.