How to get the most out of infrastructure as code: Opportunities and potential pain points

Webinar Infrastructure as code (IaC), the concept of provisioning, configuring and managing infrastructure in the same way developers treat code, is a key facet of DevOps.

By using a combination of tools, languages, protocols and processes, writes Tomas Fernandez for StackPath, IaC can 'safely create and configure infrastructure elements in seconds.' These include, but are not limited to, efficiency and flexibility. Both heavily involve automation; firstly eliminating manual...

Amazon’s AI-powered code reviewer CodeGuru is now available

An artificial intelligence-powered code reviewer from Amazon Web Services (AWS) called CodeGuru has reached general availability.

CodeGuru is a set of tools which use machine learning for reviewing code and suggesting potential optimisations to improve performance.

The set consists of two components, Reviewer and Profiler, and first launched into preview last December.

AWS trained Reviewer using code from over 10,000 open source projects in addition to the...

Amazon Honeycode helps businesses develop apps without code

Amazon has announced Honeycode, a new tool which promises to help businesses develop mobile and web apps without coding knowledge.

The new tool comes specifically from Amazon Web Services and is designed to help their clients to craft interactive apps using a simple visual builder.

Amazon promises Honeycode will enable businesses to “create applications that range in complexity from a task-tracking application for a small team to a project management system that...

Amazon now rewards more developers for top Alexa apps

Amazon has expanded its Alexa Developer Rewards program to ensure developers in France, Italy, and Spain get paid for decent voice apps.

The initiative was US-only when it launched in 2017 before expanding to leading European markets – the UK and Germany – as well as Japan and India.

Alexa Developer Rewards also expanded its supported categories. Initially restricted to developers building Alexa-based game apps, Amazon will now pay developers for top apps in the...

Amazon ‘Moments’ provides real-life rewards for in-app actions

Amazon has launched a new API called ‘Moments’ which allows developers to reward users performing high-value actions with real-life gifts.

Moments leverages Amazon’s position as the world’s largest retailer. It’s perfect for developers wanting to offer their most-valued users more tangible rewards without having to deal with the hassle involved with shipping gifts.

The company’s global reach means products are shipped out from local...

Amazon releases a dedicated API for childcare gadgets

Amazon has released a new API which helps Alexa developers build applications for childcare-focused devices.

The aptly-named Baby Activity Skill API will allow things such as logging the latest diaper change. For parents who work shifts at different hours, this could be useful to ask Alexa for the latest change without having to disturb the other person at work.

“With the Baby Activity Skill API, you can build Alexa skills and that enable your customers to easily log and...

Amazon’s toy car helps developers code self-driving tech

Amazon has unveiled a toy car designed to help developers safely test self-driving code which could be used in full-sized vehicles.

The 1/18th-scale vehicle is called DeepRacer and costs $249 if pre-ordered, or $399 post-release.

DeepRacer wants to help democratise reinforcement learning development. The technique was used by Alphabet’s researchers to create AlphaGo, an AI which defeated the human world champion of the notoriously difficult Go board game.

Created...

Amazon Web Services opens up machine learning courses to all developers – for free

If you want to get on board with machine learning, then there may be good news from Amazon Web Services (AWS). The cloud giant has opened up its machine learning courses previously used to train Amazon engineers to all developers.

There are more than 30 digital courses totalling more than 45 hours of material, focusing on four key groups: developers, data scientists, data platform engineers, and business...

Amazon releases Reminders API for Alexa developers

Amazon has released a new Reminders API which enables developers to expand the notifications Alexa users can receive.

Using the API, users can set reminders for things such as picking the kids up from school or getting that bill paid.

When enabling a skill, the user must grant permission for reminders. They’ll also need to give permission for each subsequent reminder they wish to set to avoid developers abusing their new powers.

Vytas Kancleris, CTO at...

Amazon’s new APIs make your front porch smarter

Amazon has continued its smart home offensive with a set of new APIs for developers targeted at making our front porches smarter.

There are three new APIs in total – Doorbell Events Source API, Motion Sensor API, and 2-Way Communication API.

Each of their names gives away their use somewhat, but for a full breakdown:

Doorbell Events Source monitors for a doorbell press so a relevant action can be taken upon user interaction. The Doorbell Event Source endpoint is...