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  • Informatica data science framework connects with Amazon SageMaker
    by paul_krill@idg.com on December 1, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Informatica has launched a cloud-based development and data science framework, called INFACore, that promises to simplify the process of composing data pipelines for building and deploying machine learning models in Amazon SageMaker Studio.Powered by Informatica’s Intelligent Data Management Cloud, INFACore is described as an intelligent headless data management platform for developers, data scientists, and data engineers. Simplifying the development of complex data pipelines, INFACore can turn thousands of lines of code into a single function that can be deployed into applications using a native UI supported on Amazon SageMaker Studio, the company said.To read this article in full, please click here

  • AWS updates its machine learning service SageMaker
    on December 1, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Amazon Web Services on Wednesday added new features to its managed machine learning service Amazon SageMaker, designed to improve governance attributes within the service and adding new capabilities to its notebooks.Notebooks in context of Amazon SageMaker are compute instances that run the Jupyter Notebook application.Governance updates to improve granular access, improve workflow AWS said the new features will allow enterprises to scale governance across their ML model lifecycle. As the number of machine learning models increases, it can get challenging for enterprises to manage the task of setting privilege access controls and establishing governance processes to document model information, such as input data sets, training environment information, model-use description, and risk rating.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Intro to Mitosis: The universal reactive transformer
    on December 1, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Mitosis.js is a compiler tool that consumes a universal component syntax and outputs framework-specific code. That means you can write application functionality once and generate it to React, Svelte, or Angular, among others. What distinguishes Mitosis from other compile-time frameworks is its “write once, run anywhere” approach to compilation. Mitosis is an impressive engineering feat, and it has applications anywhere you need to abstract front-end frameworks into pluggable components. The hidden benefit of Mitosis is its revelation of the common aspects and unity in front-end JavaScript frameworks. This is a new model that could yield unexpected insights and new directions for future JavaScript development.To read this article in full, please click here

  • How to use EF Core query types in ASP.NET Core 7
    by joydipkanjilal@yahoo.com on December 1, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Entity Framework Core (EF Core for short) is a popular ORM (object-relational mapper) from Microsoft that allow you to perform CRUD operations (create, read, update, and delete) without having to know how the data is persisted in the underlying database.When working with ORMs, we often leverage models that are mapped to database tables. However, what if we have a model that doesn’t mimic a database table? How can we map non-entity types and populate objects of such a model in our applications? We can accomplish this with query types.Initially introduced in EF Core 2.1, query types are non-entity types (classes) that can map to tables or views in the database without an identity column specified, meaning tables and views that lack a key. EF Core query types make it simpler to query views and model types that don’t require identity columns. However, because query types don’t have an identity column defined, you cannot insert, update, or delete data using them. You can use them only to retrieve the data.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Angular 16 to improve server-side rendering
    by paul_krill@idg.com on November 30, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Now that Angular 15 has arrived, the developers of the Google-created, TypeScript-based web framework are eyeing improvements to server-side rendering and runtime performance for a planned Angular 16 release.Tentatively due in May 2023, Angular 16 would explore hydration and server-side rendering usability improvements, with a first step being non-destructive hydration. This technique would allow reuse of the server-side DOM, and rather than re-rendering it, would only attach event listeners and create data structures needed by the Angular runtime.To read this article in full, please click here

  • AWS simplifies data management, analytics with new services
    on November 30, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Simplifying data management and analytics for enterprises is a big theme at this year’s AWS re:Invent conference, as Amazon announces new services and features targeted at easing extract, transform, load (ETL) processes and providing support for cataloging and searching data across organizations.AWS has released two new capabilities—Amazon Aurora zero-ETL integration with Amazon Redshift and Amazon Redshift integration for Apache Spark—that it claims will make the ETL process obsolete. Enterprises, typically, use ETL to integrate date from multiple sources into a single consistent data store to be loaded into a data warehouse for analysis.To read this article in full, please click here

  • AWS’ Inspector offers vulnerability management for Lambda serverless functions
    on November 30, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    AWS announces new cybersecurity features in Amazon Inspector and Amazon Macie at AWS Re:Invent 2022 in Las Vegas.

  • Amazon Omics aims to optimize biological data analysis at scale
    on November 30, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    At its annual re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services on Tuesday launched a new service, dubbed Amazon Omics, designed to help bioinformaticians, researchers and scientists store and analyze genomic and other biological data types to accelerate scientific advances for precision medicine.Omics typically refers to fields of study in biology that end with the suffix “omics,” such as genomics, transcriptomics (the study of RNA in a cell), proteomics (the study of proteomes, or sets of proteins) and metabolomics (the study of molecules within cells). Omics typically involve large-scale studies with big data sets.  The new service, according to the company, can be used by scientists to not only create a huge data store but also import large raw data files such as genome sequences or other data files used in precision medicine—a medical field that uses genome and protein data to optimize treatment for diseases.To read this article in full, please click here

  • AWS adds AI features to Textract, Transcribe and Kendra
    on November 30, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Tuesday added new artificial intelligence (AI) features to some of its services including Textract, Transcribe, Kendra, CodeWhisperer, and HealthLake.The new updates, according to the company, are expected to enhance AWS’ portfolio of AI services and lay at the top of its three-layer machine learning stack, which includes machine learning hardware and software libraries, and Amazon SageMaker—a fully managed ML development environment.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Review: Appsmith shines for low-code development on a budget
    by Martin_Heller@idg.contractors on November 30, 2022 at 11:00 am

    The low-code or no-code platform market has hundreds of vendors, which produce products of varying utility, price, convenience, and effectiveness. The low-code development market is at least partially built on the idea of citizen developers doing most of the work, although a 2021 poll by vendor Creatio determined that two-thirds of citizen developers are IT-related users. The same poll determined that low code is currently being adopted primarily for custom application development inside separate business units.When I worked for a low-code or no-code application platform vendor (Alpha Software) a decade ago, more than 90% of the successful low-code customer projects I saw had someone from IT involved, and often more than one. There would usually be a business user driving the project, supported by a database administrator and a developer. The business user might put in the most time, but could only start the project with help from the database administrator, mostly to provide gated access to corporate databases. They usually needed help from a developer to finish and deploy the project. Often, the business user’s department would serve as guinea pigs, aka testers, as well as contributing to the requirements and eventually using the internal product.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Where Microsoft’s open source policy went wrong
    by Josep Prat on November 30, 2022 at 11:00 am

    In 2001, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called Linux “a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.” This comment was only one part of Microsoft’s anti open source campaign that began with Bill Gates’ 1976 letter, Open Letter to Hobbyists, which took aim at piracy in the hobbyist community.Over the past decade, Microsoft has changed its tune on the open source community. It has sponsored open source conferences, hired open source developers, and emerged as one of the top contributors to the Linux kernel. Most recently, Microsoft announced, then postponed, a new Microsoft Store policy designed to prevent outside developers from monetizing previously free and open source software. While the policy would have helped curtail fraud, it also would have inadvertently prevented IP owners from profiting off their own work.To read this article in full, please click here

  • AWS Lambda kickstarts Java functions
    by paul_krill@idg.com on November 30, 2022 at 11:00 am

    AWS has unveiled AWS Lambda SnapStart for Java, a performance optimization intended to make it easier to build responsive, scalable Java applications using AWS Lambda, the serverless, event-driven compute service in the Amazon cloud.Introduced November 28, AWS Lambda SnapStart for Java improves startup times by initializing a function’s code ahead of time, taking a snapshot of the initialized execution environment, and caching it. When the function is invoked and scales up, SnapStart resumes new execution environments from the cached snapshot instead of having to initialize them from scratch, thus improving startup latency. AWS said.To read this article in full, please click here

  • AWS Glue upgrades Spark engines, backs Ray framework
    by paul_krill@idg.com on November 29, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    AWS Glue, a serverless data integration service provided by Amazon Web Services, showcases Python and Apache Spark capabilities in a version 4.0 release introduced this week.The upgrade adds engines for Python 3.10 and Apache Spark 3.3.0. Both engines include performance enhancements and bug fixes, with Spark offering capabilities such as row-level runtime filtering and improved error messages.To read this article in full, please click here

  • AWS SimSpace Weaver tackles large-scale spatial simulations
    on November 29, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Enterprises that need to run large spatial simulations and predict real-world outcomes for complex scenarios like citywide traffic flows need significant computing horsepower. At its annual re:Invent conference Tuesday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched a new managed compute service designed to support such large-scale simulations by using multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances to manage the underlying compute, memory, and networking requirements.Dubbed AWS SimSpace Weaver, the service allows enterprises to build simulations without worrying about infrastructure, since setting up a complex spatial simulation across compute instances can be a difficult task, the company said.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Starburst Galaxy gets data discoverability updates
    on November 29, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Analytics software provider Startburst on Tuesday said it was adding data discoverability features to Startburst Galaxy, a managed Trino SQL query engine service.Trino, formerly Presto SQL, is an open source, distributed SQL query engine for big data that allows users to query data from multiple data sources, including NoSQL databases, within a single query.To read this article in full, please click here

  • 3 key features in EDB PostgreSQL 15
    by Adam Wright on November 29, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    EnterpriseDB (EDB) provides enterprise-class software and services that enable organizations to harness the full power of Postgres, the popular open source database. EDB’s contributions to the recent Postgres 15 release, most notably the introduction of the MERGE SQL command, demonstrate the company’s continuous commitment to the Postgres community and to innovation in Postgres.EDB’s new release, EDB Tools and Extensions Release for PostgreSQL 15.1 (EDB PG 15), makes it easier than ever for enterprises to deploy Postgres as their enterprise database standard. With the largest number of new extensions and tools, this release helps enterprises build new, modern applications using the latest version of PostgreSQL.To read this article in full, please click here

  • IT career roadmap: Web developer
    on November 29, 2022 at 11:00 am

    With the increasing reliance on e-commerce as part of an overall shift to digital business, it’s not surprising that web developers are in high demand. Job growth for web developers is expected to increase by 23% by 2031—much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.According to the job site Indeed, web developers are responsible for using their knowledge of programming languages to code websites and web applications. “The individual demands of each business will define what role the web developer will take,” Indeed says. IDG Hannah Robertson is an independent web developer and technology consultant.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Make 2023 the year of cloud computing optimization
    on November 29, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I’m trained to look for patterns in technology. I developed this survival technique in my many roles as a CTO where you’re tasked with placing bets on what technology will be important, especially the timing of when to make investments and what those investments should be.It does not matter if you’re a true technology company (as were most of my employers), a services company, a traditional enterprise, or a new one. Everyone is attempting to figure all this out. Understanding what concepts are emerging, what concepts are going to be relevant, and the timing of that relevance is a career skill. The AWS re:Invent conference takes place this week (aka “Cloud Computing Woodstock”) and we’ll see a bunch of announcements, including many that you’ll need to consider as you look for patterns. Dave Vellante of SiliconAngle does a great job of looking at the preshow reveals by talking to AWS chief executive Adam Selipsky.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Wasmer 3.0 revamps API, memory management
    by paul_krill@idg.com on November 28, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Version 3.0 of the Wasmer server-side runtime for WebAssembly (Wasm) has just been released, with improved API and memory management and the ability to run WAPM (WebAssembly Package Manager) packages directly.Launched November 23, open source Wasmer 3.0 features a Rust API that has been rebuilt. With this new API and memory management style, developers can safely store Wasm objects in the Store. Wasmer 3.0 also introduces a new MemoryView and brings wasmer-js, which runs Wasmer in the browser with wasmer-bindgen, to feature parity with wasmer-sys, which runs Wasmer natively. A beefed up wasmer run command now allows any package published to wapm.io to be run directly from the Wasmer CLI.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Alation’s Connected Sheets brings data governance to spreadsheets
    on November 28, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Data intelligence software provider Alation on Monday released a new offering, dubbed Connected Sheets, designed to help enterprise users pull governed data from data sources into spreadsheets including Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel.The company’s effort to offer an app designed to ensure data governance for  spreadsheets stems from its understanding that a lot of businesses continue to use spreadsheets to draw business insights—even though 90% of these files have errors, said Raj Gossain, chief product officer at Alation.A report on data and analytics from market research firm IDC estimates that about 78 million users still work with advanced spreadsheets.To read this article in full, please click here