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Open Source WordPress 3.9 Now at Beta 2

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    March 20, 2014

wordpressFrom the 'Soon...Very...Soon' files:

The next major release of the widely deployed open source WordPress blogging and content management system software is continuing to mature. The WordPress 3.9 beta 2 is now available, providing a long list of changes. The WordPress 3.8 release debuted back in December of 2013.

Among the many new capabilities in WordPress 3.9 is the inclusion of Widget management in live previews. This is work that can be found in the Widget Customizer plugin that is now being added to the core WordPress release.

WordPress 3.9 is also set to include new audio and video playlist capabilities

The WordPress 3.9 Beta 2 release is actually about a week behind its original target date and there are still Beta 3 and Release candidate versions that need to come out. It looks likely however that WordPress 3.9 will hit general availability the last week of April.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist


Hadoop Coming to OpenStack Juno in October 2014

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    March 19, 2014

openstackFrom the 'Savanah/Sahara/It's All Hadoop' files:

We're now at the feature freeze point for the upcoming OpenStack Icehouse cloud release, but plans are now also starting to form for OpenStack Juno which is set for an October 2014 release.

Running Big Data, and more specifically, a Hadoop cluster on top of OpenStack is something that the Savanah project has been building, led by Mirantis. Savanna was recently renamed to Sahara, due to a trademark concern (joining a long list of OpenStack projects in recent years that have had to be renamed - remember Quantum?).

Sahara has now been formally voted on to become an integrated part of the Juno release.

That doesn't necessarily mean that potential users need to wait until October to benefit from Sahara. Mirantis has been including Savannah/Sahara as part of its OpenStack distribution since October of 2013.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

Open Source Python 3.4 Released with New Asyncio

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    March 18, 2014

PythonFrom the 'Slithering Perfection' files:

The latest major milestone release of the open source Python programming language debuted this week, providing developers with incremental new features and capabilities.

The new Python 3.4 release is the first big Python milestone since the Python 3.3 release debuted in October of 2012. Python 3.3 was defined by its improved virtualization capabilities. In contrast, Python 3.4 offers developers a little bit of everything.

The big feature that I noticed is the 'asyncio' which provides Asynchronous IO support which is critical in any modern language. Given the important that Python has to cloud developers - it is after all the language of OpenStack - I suspect asyncio could be an extremely beneficial new technology in Python.

Other major new features added in Python 3.4 include:

  • PEP 428, a "pathlib" module providing object-oriented filesystem paths
  • PEP 435, a standardized "enum" module
  • PEP 436, a build enhancement that will help generate introspection information for builtins
  • PEP 442, improved semantics for object finalization
  • PEP 443, adding single-dispatch generic functions to the standard library
  • PEP 445, a new C API for implementing custom memory allocators
  • PEP 446, changing file descriptors to not be inherited by default in subprocesses
  • PEP 450, a new "statistics" module
  • PEP 451, standardizing module metadata for Python's module import system
  • PEP 453, a bundled installer for the pip package manager
  • PEP 454, a new "tracemalloc" module for tracing Python memory allocations
  • PEP 456, a new hash algorithm for Python strings and binary data
  • PEP 3154, a new and improved protocol for pickled objects

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist