All posts on July, 2017


Architect has a better blueprint for AWS Lambda deployments

The JS Foundation is taking jurisdiction over Architect, an open source software project for provisioning and maintaining cloud infrastructure from a simple text file, with a focus on AWS Lambda and eventually other serverless computing implementations.

The Architect project proposes a file format referred to as .arc. It is intended to be a simpler way of setting up and maintaining Lambda cloud functions than deploying them manually or using infrastructure administration tools such as TerraForm. The .arc format is “easier to read and runs faster,” as well as being easier to author, said Brian LeRoux, CTO at Slack bot provider Small Wins, which developed Architect and is contributing it to the JS Foundation.

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OWL: A ‘better’ PHP for single-server apps

PHP has been a staple of server-side web development for years. Now, a developer from Netflix is building a variation on the language that offers “the good parts” while purporting to be easier to use and more secure.

Called OWL, for OWL Web Language, the language features a JavaScript-like syntax and compiles to PHP. In a beta stage of development, OWL is best suited for single-server applications and is not intended to displace PHP. “It’s more of a new, secure interface on top of the same engine underneath,” developer Joe Lesko said. “But I could see more developers choosing OWL over raw PHP over time, especially for single-developer projects.” Ideas in OWL might even become incorporated into PHP, he said. Lesko has published instructions on getting started with OWL.

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Mingis on Tech: Why companies love 2-in-1 tablets

The next time you’re issued a new company computer, you may well get an iPad Pro and detachable keyboard. Or a new Surface Pro 4. Or one of any number of hybrid 2-in-1s from the likes of Dell, HP or Lenovo.

That’s because more and more companies are rushing to embrace laptop/tablet combos for their workers, according to new research from both Forrester and IDC.

Just what’s going on here? As Computerworld Senior Writer Lucas Mearian explains to Executive Editor Ken Mingis, companies are bucking the recent sales trends for tablets, which have lost some of their luster in recent years.

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