OpenStack Foundation announced that it is changing its corporate name to Open Infrastructure Foundation (OIF) starting in 2021. The name change reflects the organization’s broader commitment and expertise in driving innovations in open source needed to shape the future of infrastructure software. OIF’s goal is to build an open infrastructure for the next decade by solving infrastructure issues raised by continuing demands in new markets. The demands are being driven by modern use cases such as containers, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, 5G, network function virtualization (NFV), and edge computing. OIF continues to build a community to write open source software that addresses these infrastructure markets. OIF wants to ensure that the solutions to these demands are developed in the open, using the same transparent and proven approach to open source.
InMotion Hosting joins the new Open Infrastructure Foundation with a Silver Founding Membership. InMotion Hosting’s latest open source product, Flex Metal Cloud, provides on-demand infrastructure as a service powered by OpenStack. The infrastructure technology simplifies private cloud deployments, increases infrastructure flexibility, and can be deployed in minutes.
Altova announced the release of Version 2021 of its MissionKit desktop developer tools and server software. This new version includes numerous new features and improvements, including a new XBRL Taxonomy Manager that provides easy, centralized taxonomy installation and management across all XBRL-enabled products; data mapping for SWIFT messages; improvements for editing in JSON Grid View; attaching files to PDF during report generation; and more. In version 2021 Altova MapForce now also supports mapping SWIFT data to or from any other MapForce-supported format, including databases, XML, JSON, other EDI formats.
Some additional new features:
- JSON Grid View was introduced in XMLSpy last year, and in this latest release has undergone some significant updates and enhancements. Some of the improvements for editing in JSON Grid View in XMLSpy include new entry helpers, additional copy/paste options, mouse-over tool tips, easy options for working with very large files, and more.
- While MapForce has long supported conversion of EDI messages to XML by graphically mapping EDI fields to a target XML Schema, Version 2021 takes this capability further. In response to numerous customer requests, one-click conversion of EDI to XML in MapForce without the need for loading a target XSD or mapping fields is now a reality.
- Customers often request the ability to attach files to a PDF during report generation in StyleVision. Examples include high-resolution images, source files, other document formats such as .docx, and so on. StyleVision 2021 now makes this possible.
Zero trust (ZT) is the term for an evolving set of cybersecurity paradigms that move defenses from static, network-based perimeters to focus on users, assets, and resources. A zero trust architecture (ZTA) uses zero trust principles to plan industrial and enterprise infrastructure and workflows. Zero trust assumes there is no implicit trust granted to assets or user accounts based solely on their physical or network location (i.e., local area networks versus the internet) or based on asset ownership (enterprise or personally owned). Authentication and authorization (both subject and device) are discrete functions performed before a session to an enterprise resource is established. Zero trust is a response to enterprise network trends that include remote users, bring your own device (BYOD), and cloud-based assets that are not located within an enterprise-owned network boundary. Zero trust focuses on protecting resources (assets, services, workflows, network accounts, etc.), not network segments, as the network location is no longer seen as the prime component to the security posture of the resource. This document contains an abstract definition of zero trust architecture (ZTA) and gives general deployment models and use cases where zero trust could improve an enterprise’s overall information technology security posture.
For more details see this NIST publication: https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/sp/800-207/final
Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, announced the immediate availability of version 1.3 of Oxygen Feedback, including the new Enterprise edition. The Oxygen Feedback commenting platform provides an efficient way for your community to interact and offer feedback. Its modern, appearance is easy to configure and integrate, and it includes a user-friendly interface and numerous useful features for both Commenters and Administrators. It is specialized for technical documentation and can be easily integrated with Oxygen XML Editor/Author to make it more efficient for content authors to manage comments and react to community feedback. Features found in Oxygen Feedback version 1.3 include:
- The new Enterprise edition Platform Admin account provides access to a special administration area to view and manage all of the site configurations for your organization,
- offers the ability to enable and configure LDAP authentication.
- is compatible with the old Oxygen WebHelp PHP-based commenting system, which means that you can migrate your database without losing any information.
- A Dashboard page aggregates information about all of your existing site configurations and provides easier access to relevant parts of the interface,
- includes a site pane that you can use to visualize information about your site configurations, navigate to them for management purposes, and create new ones.
- has an activity stream pane that shows information about the most recent activities performed by members of your team or community.
- contains some statistics panes (such as statistics for page views and comments).
If you already own an Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author, Oxygen XML Developer, Oxygen WebHelp, or Oxygen Publishing Engine license key, you are eligible to get a 50% discount off the Oxygen Feedback Enterprise edition for the first year of subscription. This promotion applies to every Oxygen Feedback Enterprise edition subscription plan and requests must be received by 31 December 2020. To see if you are eligible to obtain this discount, visit:
Cloudflare, Inc. launched Cloudflare Web Analytics to provide accurate, clear, and free analytics for anyone who cares about how their site is performing and doesn’t want to sacrifice their visitors’ privacy. Cloudflare Web Analytics is built on top of Cloudflare’s existing network, giving site owners insight into key traffic metrics at the edge. Now site owners have control over their own site data, eliminating the need for third-party scripts that can track their users and help retarget them with advertising. Cloudflare Web Analytics will be available, for free, to any website owner, whether they are an existing Cloudflare customer or not.
Unlike ad-supporting analytics companies, Cloudflare’s business model has never been about tracking individual users across the web. Cloudflare does not track where visitors are going online, and can help web owners get clear and accurate information about how their sites are performing without the need to profile users. Cloudflare already processes the requests for sites on its network and can collect analytics at the edge without adding third-party analytics scripts to a website. This privacy-friendly approach measures a ‘visit’ by looking at the source of each request, rather than tracking individual user behavior. Cloudflare Web Analytics also does not conflict with ad blockers, which frequently block third-party analytics tools from measuring anything at all. When combined with Cloudflare’s Bot Management tool, automated bot traffic that could skew analytics is also filtered out for improved accuracy.
Cloudflare paid customers can enjoy Web Analytics today. In the coming months, Cloudflare Web Analytics will be available to any website owner including those not on Cloudflare‘s network. If you are not an existing Cloudflare customer on a paid plan, you can add your name to the waitlist.
Altova announced the release of MobileTogether 7.0, its low code app development framework. This latest version introduces a new debugger for testing and troubleshooting app behavior during development, as well as numerous new tools for defining controls, actions, and UI refinements. The new debugger in MobileTogether Designer offers developers full-featured debugging of both the execution flow of event handlers and operations AND the results of XPath/XQuery functions called during execution. The ability to test and debug apps with precision and immediately understand any app behavior – all directly inside the low-code design environment – enables developers to make a rapid app development process faster.
Highlights of the new features in version 7.0 include:
- All new debugger
- Overwriting Control Template styles and actions at any instance
- New Update Variable action
- Additional scroll-to options
- Support for new units: dp/sp
- Additional pre-defined button looks
- Padding settings for table rows/columns
- Edit Fields – new option to trigger control actions after time interval
- Support for Android 1
I hope all is well.
We have been busy updating our website and I thought you deserved a quick update. In mid-May we woke up “NewsShark” and re-activated our curated news service which hasn’t been active for a while. It is available on our site here, as a feed, and on Twitter. We publish news multiple times a week, and will check with you at some point to see if you are interested in an email version. We have consolidated all of our content on our main site, improved site navigation, added back search, and have a new simplified category structure – all available from any page. Finally, we are using schema.org markup and experimenting with some additional features that it allows — you’ll notice some of them as you poke around. We’ll update you as we formally roll them out.
Now to this issue’s recommended reading…
Comparing human and machine perception
This article is a wonderfully clear and concrete example of how easy it is to incorrectly interpret data from comparisons between deep neural networks and human perceptions, and how to think about further experiments to expose potential misinterpretations. There is also a broader lesson here for evaluating machine learning algorithms.
There is a link to the full paper, but this summary by the authors is a valuable resource for non-specialists. Read More
Decentralized web developer report 2020
The decentralized web is an amorphous collection of technologies and projects that are not a near-term threat to today’s imperfect and increasingly centralized web. But it is encouraging to see so much activity dedicated to a more open web, and this report by Fluence Labs’ Evgeny Ponomarev is an excellent way to get a feel for the landscape of the players, the challenges, and what software engineers, researchers, and others think. This is not one of those promotional market research reports, and doesn’t gloss over the challenges. The raw survey data is included. Read More
The seven deceptions of microservices
Software architectures are not the sort of thing you create or change lightly. Even if you’re convinced a different approach would be better, there are inevitably unforeseen developmental and operational consequences / costs which can quickly multiply scarily as a function of the number of moving parts. Software architects and experienced software engineers know this, but the whole team should understand the pros and cons of such a change. Software engineer Scott Rogowski suggests some things to watch out for when considering moving to a microservices development model. Read More
Online content sharing – pay to play?
Article 17 of Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “DSM Directive”), introduces a new content management and liability regime for online content-sharing service providers (“OCSSPs”) … Article 17 is one of the most controversial provisions of the DSM Directive. Its supporters view Article 17 as facilitating more licensing of copyright protected works online to generate remuneration for rightholders whose works are shared by users on profit generating online platforms, while its detractors argue that it goes too far and will have an adverse effect on freedom of expression and the proper functioning of copyright exceptions online. Read More