Microsoft’s GitHub: Now open-source developers get ‘one linter to rule them all’

Having a tool that checks source code for programming blunders and other errors is useful for developers. Now Microsoft-owned GitHub has released the ‘Super Linter’ to help developers avoid the hassles of setting up code repositories with multiple linters. 

The new Super Linter is built on GitHub’s Actions tool for automating certain development workflows and aims to help developers contributing to projects built with multiple programming languages.  

GitHub describes it as a “simple combination of various linters, written in bash, to help validate your source code” for the purpose of preventing broken code from being uploaded to a ‘master’ branch, the key branch that other branches in a tree are merged to. 

Incidentally, GitHub has decided to drop the term ‘master’ (versus slave) and replace it with ‘main’ in light of the Black Lives Matter protests, but it hasn’t done so yet.  

The Super Linter Action lets developers ‘lint’

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Post Office Horizon scandal victims keep pressure on government’s doorstep

Subpostmasters seeking justice in the Post Office Horizon IT scandal are regaining momentum in Parliament – after the Covid-19 lockdown put the brakes on – with action on multiple fronts.

Following a High Court ruling in December which ended in their favour, subpostmasters took their battle to Parliament to seek further redress of their grievances against the Post Office, which is government owned and has a member of government on its board.

The parliamentary campaign got off to a good start with debates and MPs becoming increasingly vocal in support of subpostmasters. But the Covid-19 lockdown saw early progress lost.

But there has been no let up from campaigners. Activity includes a crowdfunding appeal to raise money to put the government’s role in the scandal under scrutiny, an early day motion application in parliament, regained vigour at the department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) select committee, and pressure … Read More

One in four enterprises will be all-cloud companies within a year

Twenty-five percent of IT managers participating in a recent survey predict that their companies plan to move all of their applications to cloud in the next year. And this is from a survey conducted right before the COVID crisis sunk its teeth into the economy.

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The survey of 1,283 IT managers, conducted by O’Reilly Media in January and February, also finds that the move to all-cloud environments isn’t just something for smaller companies that lack large IT departments, either. Seventeen percent of respondents from large organizations (over 10,000 employees) that have already moved 100 percent of their applications to the cloud.  

More than nine in ten organizations expect to increase their usage of cloud-based infrastructure, the survey also shows. While 25 percent indicate everything will be moved to the cloud, it’s significant that more than two-thirds (67%) plan to at least move the majority of their (>50%)

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Cisco makes statement of intent for ‘new normal’ networking priorities

With networks and their capabilities more important than ever due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Cisco has announced new intent-based networking solutions which, it says, will help optimise business and network operations, and provide greater control, security and insights to drive better digital experiences.

The new solutions encompass new automation facilities, insights into internet of things (IoT) endpoints and maintaining safe physical spaces through wireless networks, and are intended for use as organisations face mounting challenges to deliver consistent and positive digital experiences. They are focused on simplifying automation and providing IT and business insights, enabling IT teams to be agile, while staying closely aligned with business objectives.

Cisco says that this alignment has never been more important than in today’s dynamic business environment. “In today’s ever-changing world, it is critical for a business’s network to be in tune with its strategic goals, whether that’s supporting and securing a remote workforce,

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