SD Times news digest: OctoML to accelerate ML deployment, Windows Community Toolkit 7.0, and SQLAlchemy 1.4 released

by Joseph K. Clark

OctoML announced that it raised $28 million in a Series B funding round to accelerate ML deployment. 

OctoML said it will use the funding to double its team and launch Octomizer, its self-serve SaaS product.

The company is also building a Machine Learning Acceleration Platform that automatically maximizes model performance while enabling seamless deployment on any hardware, cloud provider, or edge service.  Additional details are available here.

Windows Community Toolkit 7.0


The updated version contains a new .NET Standard MVVM library, easier to use Toast Notification helpers for both .NET and UWP, a wholly revamped composition Animation system for C# & XAML, as well as new controls. 

The Microsoft.Toolkit.Mvvm package makes it easier to abstract the base Model and ViewModel logic from an application later in the process, especially for projects that target multiple UI frameworks, according to Michael A. Hawker, a senior software engineer for Windows & Devices, in a blog post.

Microsoft added that some new package structures and breaking changes have primarily affected the Animations and Controls packages. 

SQLAlchemy 1.4 released

SQLAlchemy features a significant rethink of some of the most prominent APIs in Core and ORM, new internals, and a wide range of powerful new features and capabilities. 

The highlights include a unified approach around a revised and more-capable select() construct, a revised declarative mapping system, universally transparent caching of  SQL compilation for both Core and ORM, and more.  SQLAlchemy 1.4 is the starting point for the SQLAlchemy 2.0 project, entirely moving to Python 3.  Additional details on the new release are available here.

Auth0 Next.js SDK released

The new offering makes it easier for developers to add authentication to their Next.js apps. Next-auth0 does this by adding server-side login, logout, and session management and also offers a suite of tools to help developers access the user’s session from the server and client-side.

There are multiple data-fetching strategies, with the two predominant ones being fetching user data client-side and fetching user data server-sides, which determines how developers should set up next-auth0.

A detailed setup on how to get started for choosing the right type of authentication with next-auth0 is available here.

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