Weekly developer news – December 8th 2017

So, welcome to the 11th edition of developer news.

I only have 4 items to include this week. Developments in tech have been a bit quite this week, which is pretty typical for this time of year, but there were 4 items that I wanted to point out

1 : Atlassian BitBucket Deployments

The first article I would like to share is an announcement from Atlassian. They have now introduced native deployments for BitBucket repositories. This means that deployment information and control now lives alongside your BitBucket repository, allowing you to see which changes have been deployed into what environments, and easily move code between staging and production for instance.

Hopefully, as more teams get to grips with continuous delivery, integrations like this will make rapid deployment much easier to adopt.

Checkout the details on their announcement page here.

2: Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform updates

At their annual SpringOne conference, the team behind Spring announced a number of improvements to their CloudFoundry platform, including support for ‘serverless’ computing, containers, and app stores.

If Spring is part of your day to day toolkit for enterprise software development, then it’s worth checking out this summary of their announcements to see whether there are technologies that you should be planning for.

3 : DeepMind learns chess, beats Stockfish

In case you haven’t heard, DeepMind the AI engine famous for beating world class Go players, has been repurposed to learn chess in 4 hours, and beat the world class chess Stockfish engine.

There are some questions as to how ‘fair’ the matches were, as hardware details and constraints are not entirely clear, but there is no doubt that the act of learning the rules of chess and then performing at this level is a significant accomplishment, that can hopefully be applied to multiple domains outside of purely game based areas.

The paper describing the process has much more technical detail.

4 : Hacking a turned off computer

Going with another security related item for this last entry, we have a blackhat article describing how a vulnerability in Intel Management Engine could be exploited to allow access and running of arbitrary code.

Checkout the details here, plus an interesting reddit discussion on their findings.

So, that’s it for this week. If you have any articles, announcements, tutorials, or anything else you think should be included next week, then just drop me an email.

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