Source = InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay The first international luxury hotel brand at The QuaysideThe first international luxury hotel brand at The QuaysideSet amidst a dynamic, sophisticated neighbourhood along the Singapore River, known for its dining options and arts houses, the luxury hotel has been carefully curated by world-class designers, architects and culinary purveyors. Located just a few minutes from the CBD, the hotel still maintains a stylish but laid back, relaxed feel in the leafy, upscale neighbourhood of Robertson Quay. The hotel offers 225 luxurious studios and suites, including an expansive Penthouse, which has unparalleled views of both the Singapore River and vibrant city via floor-to-ceiling windows.Designed by award-winning architect firm, SCDA, the residential-inspired property combines elements from Robertson Quay’s industrial and intriguing past with sleek contemporary finishes using rich Italian marble, slate, brushed copper and bronzes, whilst seamlessly blending into the residential surrounds. The light-filled room interiors have been designed to magnify the familiar comforts of home. Guests can sink into soft, plush, custom-made furnishings and enjoy bespoke amenities such as a specially designed in-room cocktail kit by local bar guru’s Proof & Co.InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is fully equipped for business travellers, with five intimate meeting and event spaces as well as an exclusive 24-hour Club InterContinental lounge. Club guests will enjoy access to tailored and personalised services, including a dedicated team to personalise their stay, private in room or lounge check-in and impressive Club rooms. Quayside Lounge, which is set amongst lush tropical surroundings on level four, offers sophisticated afternoon tea and curated evening cocktails. Guests looking to maintain their wellness routines can look forward to recreational facilities such as the lap pool and 24-hour fitness studio.Established as part of a holistic dining and lifestyle destination, the hotel will boast a wide range of restaurant and bar concepts. Flagship restaurant Publico, representing the central core of Italian culture, will be a multi-concept dining destination comprising a variety of Italian experiences under one roof – a neighbourhood deli and bar and a ristorante with adjoining terrazzo by the river. Other highlights throughout the hotel include New York institution Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, and a bar and dining concept from the team behind Izy Sushi.“InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has been created and positioned to make you feel at home, to bring an inspiring lifestyle offering to both the local community and visitors alike. With a fresh, residential-inspired design feel across the property and a plethora of dynamic food and beverage outlets, we are excited to bring a new InterContinental to centre stage in Singapore, and in the city’s most reinvigorated neighbourhood.” said Mark Winterton, General Manager of InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay.Room rates at the hotel start from SGD285++ as part of an opening offer for stays between 12 October and 30 November 2017. For more information or reservations, please visit intercontinental.com/robertson-quay
This week’s featured GitHub project is Keras, a modular neural network and deep-learning library based on the Theano Python library.Keras allows for fast prototyping of deep-learning applications through a minimalist library structure of modular, extensible components. Developed by François Chollet, the neural network library is designed for quick experimentation, and supports both convolutional and recurrent deep-learning networks on the CPU and GPU.The library is made up of models: sequences of standalone configurable modules that can be plugged into neural layers and functions. Each module consists of less than 100 lines of code, and the library is written in Python for simpler debugging and syntax highlighting.Running on the Theano library, Keras holds a greater ability for developers to define, optimize and evaluate mathematical expressions involving multi-dimensional arrays. The popular Python library is commonly used in large-scale scientific computations and experiments, and includes dynamic C code generation and unit testing for application self-verification.According to Chollet, Keras is named after a reference in ancient Greek and Latin literature, first found in the Homer’s ”Odyssey,” of dream spirits divided between those who deceive men with false visions, who arrive on Earth through a gate of ivory, and those who announce a future that will come to pass, who arrive through a gate of horn. More details about Keras are available here.Top 5 projects trending on GitHub this week#1: LeakCanary, a memory leak detection library for Android and Java.#2: JSON Server was featured in last week’s Top 5 trending projects.#3: PathPicker is a Facebook creation: a simple command-line tool that solves the perpetual problem of selecting files out of bash output.#4: Awesome, a curated list of all the Awesome lists pervading GitHub. There are oodles and oodles of ‘em.#5: Zoom.js is a simple jQuery plug-in for image zooming, used in production by the content publishing and social sharing platform Medium.
Oracle has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the continuous integration platform provider Wercker. Wercker enables organizations and development teams to reach CI and continuous delivery goals with microservices and Docker with its container-centric and cloud-native automation platform. According to Oracle, with Wercker the company can continue its mission of democratizing developer tooling for the modern cloud. “Oracle already offers differentiated, enterprise-class IaaS and PaaS for companies building and running Internet applications and cloud services,” Mark Cavage, vice president of product development at Oracle, said in a statement. “Wercker greatly enhances the Oracle portfolio with a compelling Docker-based automation product and will accelerate the productivity of developers, across the entire spectrum, from the enterprise to the open source community.”SnapLogic releases Iris to automate enterprise integrationThe self-service integration provider SnapLogic is releasing new technology that applies machine learning to enterprise integration. Iris is built with artificial intelligence and designed to automate repetitive development tasks and eliminate integration backlogs. “Digital transformation shouldn’t depend on manual labor,” said Gaurav Dhillon, founder and CEO of SnapLogic. “The ancient pharaohs built the pyramids with manual labor, but there’s a better way to manage business automation and analytics. Starting today, the smart way to integrate data, applications and things will be autonomous — blending the best of machine and human intelligence. The days of simply throwing more developers at the problem are coming to a close.”The company’s first Iris-based feature is the Integration Assistant, a recommendation engine for building data pipelines. dtSearch release features has generation and searchingdtSearch announced the release of the new dtSearch product line versions with hash value support. Hash values are numeric codes used in forensic-oriented search solutions. The new versions can generate hash values as part of the indexing process, and append the hash values as searchable meta data.Other features of the product line include: terabyte indexer and multithreaded searching, more than 25 search options and international language support, faceted search and other data classification options, document filers and supported data types, and federated searching. NodeSource introduces N|Solid for Alpine LinuxNodeSource announced the release of NodeSource N|Solid for Alpine Linux. This is the newest addition to NodeSource’s enterprise Node.js platform, and it makes it easier for teams using Docker containers with the Alpine Linux distribution.NodeSource N|Solid is a commercial version of the Node.js runtime. It comes with enhanced security, real-time visibility into application performance, and support for development, DevOps, and security teams who want to run and scale Node.js applications. More information on N|Solid for Alpine Linux can be found here.Ansible Container 0.9The Ansible Container team announced the 0.9 release of the Ansible Container project today, with new features and tighter integration roles with Kubernetes in OpenShift Origin and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.With this release, Ansible ditched the main.yml playbook and replaced it with a per-service list of roles in container.yml. Ansible also built brand new Kubernetes and OpenShift modules, which are already being used in Ansible Container. Additional features include: the elimination of Python dependency in target containers, more tools in the conductor container, a new “deploy” command, and Dockerfile to Ansible Container conversion.More information on this release can be found here.Amazon’s new tools for building Alexa skillsAmazon rolled out new tools to help developers build their Alexa skills. Amazon announced a new beta testing tool for Alexa skills. Now, developers can now invite users to test their Alexa skills and provide feedback before it is published. Amazon also announced the Alexa skill builder, which lets developers build natural interactive dialogs. It includes new features for slot filling, confirmations and other natural prompts. This tool is also available today in beta on the Amazon developer portal.
Microservices is moving away from just a buzz term to a proven strategy in the software development industry. As more organizations begin to adopt microservices, they can rely on lessons learned from those before them. Red Hat recently conducted a survey to find out how teams are using microservices to their advantage; what the the major benefits, and what are some of the tradeoffs that exist. The State of Microservices report from Red Hat is based on the company’s JBoss Middleware and OpenShift customers. “Introducing microservices can be disruptive to the way organizations are used to working; however, the results from this survey are promising,” the Red Hat team wrote in a post. The five top findings of the report include: While microservices are often associated with brand new applications, it can bring many benefits to existing applications. According to the report, organizations are using microservices to re-architect their existing applications; as much as the technology is being used for brand new applications. “Microservices projects tend to be marketed as being best for implementing brand-new projects, without mentioning the benefits they bring to upgrading existing projects,” the company wrote. The report found 69 percent of respondents are using microservices both for new and existing applications. The top benefits of microservices, according to the report, include: continuous integration (CI), continuous deployment (CD), agility, improved scalability, faster time to market, higher developer productivity, and easier debugging and maintenance. The top tradeoffs and challenges cited from respondents include: corporate culture and organizational challenges, microservices management, diagnostics and monitoring, and time and resources. To mitigate these challenges, respondents suggest: developing and implementing in-house microservices tooling, a re-organization, working with vendor subject matter experts or using a vendor as a trusted advisor, and purchasing or using a microservices platform or solution. “[M]any responded that a reorganization was a mitigating activity to get past the microservices challenges in relation to corporate culture. This indicates that it is critical to have a plan in place to evaluate microservices solutions that are available in the market and do due diligence to select the one that best fits individual requirements. The reorganization of teams to incorporate new technologies and inspire change is also a recommended course of action,” the company wrote. Respondents prefer a multi-runtime, multi-technology, multi-framework. Forty-five percent of respondents cited “using the right tool for the right task,” and moving away from a single technology, runtime or framework strategy. In addition, 87% of respondents note they are using or considering to use multiple technologies for microservices. “These responses show that multi-technology solutions are becoming the norm and that more and more organizations simply want to use the right tool for the right task. This is why it is important to have multiple runtimes and frameworks, as not all technology projects function the same and most do not thrive on using the same tools,” the company wrote.