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New Bytecode Alliance Announces WebAssembly Nanoprocesses Proposal for Safe Use of Untrusted Modules

Mozilla’s Lin Clark recently announced the creation of the Bytecode Alliance. The Bytecode Alliance is an industry partnership aiming at proposing and implementing standards to enable the growth of a secure-by-default WebAssembly ecosystem, inside and outside the browser. The Bytecode Alliance introduced nanoprocesses to provide isolation and safety when running third-party Wasm packages.

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Azure Functions Premium Plan Goes GA, Brings Pre-Warmed Instances, VNET Integration

Announced as a public preview back in April of 2019, the Azure Functions Premium plan is now generally available. This set of functionality is focused on scale, performance, and network connectivity for serverless functions. The Premium plan was released amongst a host of other Azure Functions updates meant to broaden the appeal of Microsoft's serverless computing platform.

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Democratizing Portal Development, Microsoft Announces Power Apps Portals General Availability

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced the general availability of Power Apps Portals. A solution that allows organizations to publish customer, partner and community portals to internal and external users using a low-code, configuration-driven, responsive web experience. The portals solution also provides federated identity, a challenge often found in external-facing portal solutions, by integrating with identity systems such as: Azure AD, Okta, Facebook, Google or LinkedIn.

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From Waterfall to Agile at NAV Test Centre of Excellence

Changing how we work from waterfall to agile is all about envisioning the goals, focusing on success factors and then surviving the transit, said Torstein Skarra at TestCon Europe 2019. The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has moved from project-based waterfall and six releases per year to agile cross-function autonomous teams with several releases per day, per team. Skarra manages the Test Centre of Excellence at NAV which supported this agile transformation.

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