Month: June 2020

MIT and Toyota Release Autonomous Driving Dataset DriveSeg

Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) and MIT's AgeLab have released DriveSeg, a dataset for autonomous driving research. DriveSeg contains over 25,000 frames of high-resolution video with each pixel labelled with one of 12 classes of road object. DriveSeg is available free of charge for non-commercial use.

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MicroProfile GraphQL 1.0 – A New API in the MicroProfile Family

The MicroProfile community have released MicroProfile GraphQL 1.0, a new standalone API in the MicroProfile family. Joining the three existing standalone APIs – MicroProfile Reactive Streams Operators, MicroProfile Context Propagation and MicroProfile Reactive Messaging – the intent of the MicroProfile GraphQL specification is to "provide a 'code-first' set of APIs that will enable users to quickly develop portable GraphQL-based applications in Java."

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Pandemic Programming Survey Results Show Negative Impact of COVID-19 Changes

The Pandemic Programming survey looked at the ways that developers' lives have been impacted by the lockdowns and changes caused by COVID-19.   Over 2200 people from 52 countries answered the questionnaire to assess their wellbeing and productivity before and while working at home.   The results show that wellbeing and productivity are suffering with some groups, particularly women, parents, and people with disabilities, are much more negatively impacted than others.  The researchers provide advice to software companies to help mitigate the negative impact. 

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AWS Launches a No-Code Mobile and Web App Builder in Beta: Amazon Honeycode

Recently, AWS announced the beta release of Amazon Honeycode, a fully managed service allowing customers to build mobile and web applications without writing any code quickly. With Amazon Honeycode, customers can build applications that are tailored specifically for tasks that involve tracking data over time and notifying users of changes, routing approvals, and facilitating interactive business processes.

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Spring Boot 2.3.0 Focuses on the Cloud

Spring Boot has released version 2.3.0 which adds support for Docker with buildpacks, layered images, graceful shutdown support, liveness, and readiness probes. Another noteworthy change is the support for Java 14 while maintaining support for LTS versions 8 and 11.

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Web Animations API Now Supported in All Evergreen Browsers

With the release of Safari 13.1, the Web Animations API now ships with all evergreen browsers.Early animations in web browsers were typically created with JavaScript APIs. This approach was flexible but could not easily allow browsers to optimize animations with hardware acceleration or hooks into the layout and rendering pipeline.

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