|Catch up with news|
- Db2 (for Linux, UNIX, and Windows) recently saw some fix packs. Version 11.1 is now on Mod 3 Fix Pack 3 iFix002. For an overview of the Db2 product enhancements in the different modification packs you can read this page in the Db2 Knowledge Center.
- If you follow Db2 Warehouse on Cloud, Db2 Warehouse and Db2 on Cloud, the related "What's new" page is always worth a visit. There are additional Python modules in the Docker client container for Db2 Warehouse to simplify application development. Moreover, database federation has been enhanced for Db2 on Cloud.
- One of my favorite services on IBM Cloud is Watson Assistant. I have built many chatbots and hence read the release notes with product updates. One new feature is so-called rich responses. They allow to embed multimedia and offer clickable choices. There has also been an improvement to conditional responses that simplifies building more complex dialogs.
- If you are interested in serverless (Function as a Service / FaaS) technology, then this blog about setting up a CI / CD pipeline for OpenWhisk functions (IBM Cloud Functions) might be of interest. Another blog introduces a starterkit to develop IBM Cloud Functions with TypeScript.
- Related to serverless computing is also the announcement by Google and IBM of Knative. Knative is a new open source project that provides the building blocks for serverless platforms to run on top of Kubernetes.
- Another important annoucement, again with Google and others, was the general availability of Istio 1.0. Istio allows to deploy, secure and manage services across Kubernetes and other environments.
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