SD Times news digest: Rookout’s debugging solution for Electron, Embarcadero’s free community editions and the VirtualLink specification

Debugging company Rookout has announced it is bringing its remote live debugging solution to Electron. Electron is an open-source framework for building web solutions with JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Rookout’s debugging solution will enable developers to gain insights into the data and code from a live Electron app, rather than having to gain the insights from local testing.

“End-user software like Electron has to run in literally millions of distinct production environments,” said Or Weis, CEO and co-founder of Rookout. “Combined with a very rapid deployment cycle, it’s challenging to see exactly what’s going on inside a single install or reproduce an exotic bug. Rookout brings instant visibility to Electron, giving developers an unprecedented deep access to the full state of an app on an end-user’s computer, with just a few clicks of a mouse.”

Embarcadero launches free community editions
Embarcadero’s C++ Builder and Delphi products are becoming more accessible to developers this week with the launch of its free community editions. The community editions provide a fully featured IDE for building iOS, Android, Windows and macOS apps from a Delphi or C++ codebase. It also features a code editor, debugging tools, built-in access to databases, Bluetooth and IoT capabilities and a visual UI designer.

“The launch of Delphi and C++Builder Community Editions represents a significant milestone for our growing community of developers,” said Atanas Popov, general manager of Embarcadero. “Now, many more aspiring developers around the world can experience the power of Delphi and C++Builder to build native apps that work equally well on mobile and desktops. This, combined with the ease of learning visual design and hundreds of available pretested components, will truly transform our community for the future growth. It is a great time to be a Delphi or C++ developer.”

New industry standard for VR launched
NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, AMD and Microsoft have announced the VirtualLink specification as part of a new industry consortium. VirtualLink is a new open industry standard designed to enable next-generation VR headsets to connect with PC or other devices using a single USB Type-C connector.

The specification was designed to simplify VR setup and speed up VR adoption.

“At Oculus, we’re committed to making VR easily approachable for a wide variety of people,” said Nate Mitchell, head of Rift for Oculus. “A consolidated connection point is critical in removing barriers to experiencing high-powered PC VR. With the adoption of VirtualLink technology, purpose-built for VR, we look forward to helping push the industry forward into the next phase of VR.”

Periscope Data and AWS team up on machine learning
Periscope Data announced a new private beta program this week that will leverage Amazon SageMaker to better help data scientists prepare, build and collaborate on machine learning projects.

According to the company, data scientists and analysts deal with fragmented workflows when building ML models. The new beta program is meant to solve this by providing one seamless workflow to tackle machine learning problems such as data preparation, model training and reporting.

“Building trustworthy machine learning algorithms is a huge challenge for today’s data teams, in part because of the difficulties they face with data prep and feature engineering,” said Harry Glaser, co-founder and CEO, Periscope Data. “As we continue to fulfill our mission of turning data teams into superheroes, we see this integration with Amazon SageMaker as a great way to simplify machine learning workflows for our customers and give them a faster path to valuable insights.”

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