Google has announced Eddystone, an open-source Bluetooth LE beacon format for developers to integrate into cross-platform applications.Eddystone defines a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) message format for proximity beacon messages, supporting multiple frame types for various application use cases on Android, iOS or other mobile platforms. Google is launching two new APIs along with Eddystone—the Nearby API and the Proximity Beacon API—allowing developers to enable beacon-based communication between devices in close proximity, and to associate semantic locations with beacons.Google engineer Chandu Thota and product manager Matthew Kulick detailed Eddystone and additional developer features of the format in a blog post.“By design, a beacon is meant to be discoverable by any nearby Bluetooth Smart device via its identifier, which is a public signal,” they stated. “At the same time, privacy and security are really important, so we built in a feature called Ephemeral Identifiers (EIDs) which change frequently, and allow only authorized clients to decode them. EIDs will enable you to securely do things like find your luggage once you get off the plane or find your lost keys. We’ll publish the technical specs of this design soon.”Salesforce launches Salesforce ShieldSalesforce has unveiled Salesforce Shield, a set of cloud application development services that expands the security and compliance toolsets of developers creating apps on the Salesforce1 platform for regulated industries. Built natively into the Salesforce1 Platform, Salesforce Shield is made up of three core services: event monitoring, field audit trail and platform encryption. These services bring drag-and-drop tooling functionality to building auditing, encryption, archiving and monitoring capabilities natively into Salesforce1 apps.More details are available in the Salesforce blog post.Glimpse joins Microsoft’s Visual Studio teamGlimpse, the startup behind the open-source Web debugging and diagnostics tool for ASP.NET, is joining Microsoft on the Visual Studio team.Glimpse is used by ASP.NET developers to provide an intuitive visual timeline of request execution, a log of SQL queries, a URL route debugger, and more embedded directly into the Web page. As part of the Visual Studio team, Glimpse founders Nik Molnar and Anthony van der Hoorn will continue working on Glimpse as an open-source project, along with working to improve performance, diagnostics and debugging tools in Visual Studio.Additional details about Glimpse joining Microsoft are available here.
Tuleap, a Libre and open-source platform for software development and agile management, wants to help agile teams build on engineering practices like code reviews, Continuous Integration and regular release delivery. Its latest release of Tuleap 9 introduces several new features so everyone, not just the developers, can create software together as a team.Some of the key features of Tuleap 9 help software teams save time and improve productivity by cutting down on back-and-forth switches between project-management and development tools, according to Manon Midy, marketing manager for Tuleap. She said that with Tuleap 9, teams can spend their time building software instead of copy/pasting issue statuses or awaiting their administrator’s approval.Also with Tuleap 9 is an easy-to-use kanban tool, which allows teams to create task boards on the fly. It also limited works in progress by organizing daily work and making the need for prioritization and focus clear, said Midy.(Related: Agile means pushing testers out of their comfort zone) “Tuleap Kanban has been used in many departments of organizations [like] software development, IT , R&D, human resources, sales and marketing, and so on,” said Midy. “By putting flow as the cornerstone of any activity, Tuleap Kanban boards keep teams focused on incremental value over starting new things.”This new release also provides Scrum and kanban workspaces within the same platform. Since no agile team works in the same manner, they can use the particular tools that work best for them, said Midy.Tuleap 9 comes with production-scale Git, which means teams can scale up with Git so it tailors to their workflow with branch-level permissions. And Tuleap 9 provides ready-to-use agile templates for companies that are taking the first steps to an agile practice.Midy said it’s important for teams to avoid falling into the trap of working in silos or using multiple tools, which is why Tuleap 9 allows teams both large and small to work with an integrated solution for agile management, tracking, versioning, code review, testing and software releases.For Tuleap 10, the team will focus on developing a completely new user interface, one that is intuitive and has a “slick design,” said Midy. It will also provide teams with a test and validation tool. Tuleap 10 is expected to be released in the spring of 2017. Until then, Tuleap will continue to update version 9 once a month.