Four-month extension of the JDK 9 schedule

Java 9 delayed to July 2017: “Jigsaw needs more time”

The release of Java 9 could be delayed to July 2017, according to Mark Reinhold, the Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle. Although there has been significant progress on Project Jigsaw, “at this point it’s clear that it needs more time.”

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.

Moving into a new home

Oracle no more — NetBeans is moving to Apache

Call it Apache NetBeans! NetBeans is moving to Apache, but it will continue to focus on the areas it has focused on while sponsored by Sun Microsystems and Oracle. Individual contributors from Oracle are likely to continue contributing to NetBeans, together with individual contributors from other organizations, as well as self-employed individual contributors.

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.

While you were away

#AboutLastWeek: Find out what the industry giants think about their nominations

Each Monday we take a step back and analyze what has happened in the previous week. The voting for JAX Innovation Awards started last week so we asked all the nominees to describe their projects and point out their most signification achievements. If you want to know what Kotlin, Lagom, Spring Boot, Prometheus, Deeplearning4j, Apache Log4j 2 and RxJava are all about, you’re in luck. But that’s not all — machine learning, Angular 2 and Akka are also on the menu.

The perks of Typhoon

End-to-end latency challenges for microservices

There is pressure to define a global platform architecture and purify concepts of core business within it. Microservices is an appropriate design style to achieve this goal – it lets us evolve systems in parallel, make things look uniform, and implement stable and consistent interfaces across the system. Unfortunately, this architecture style brings additional complexity and new problems. Network latency is crucial for online businesses with a direct impact on sales.

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.

Trends in Docker, Kubernetes and Rocket

How containers and clusters are revolutionizing IT infrastructure

A future-proof IT infrastructure is becoming an increasingly decisive competitive advantage for companies. This is because the customer expectations for apps and websites are growing constantly. To ensure seamless processes and prevent limitations to functionality at all times, companies require tools that guarantee speed, stability and scalability.

Mixing business logic and failure handling

Akka anti-patterns: Flat actor hierarchies

One of the fundamental ideas built into Akka is the one of failure handling through parental supervision. In other words, this means agencing actors in such a way that parent actors that depend upon the correct execution of a child to perform their work are also responsible for deciding what to do when one child actor crashes.