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  • What’s next for the Glimmer mobile JavaScript library

    Tue 1:15pm
    Glimmer, a library for building mobile applications that arose out of the Ember.js front-end JavaScript stack, will use custom bytecode to improve web application loading on mobile devices.The Glimmer UI component library features a virtual machine…
  • C’s wild ride: From all-time low to big gains

    Mon 3:15pm
    The venerable, close-to-the-metal C language has enjoyed a reversal of fortune in the Tiobe language popularity index, emerging as a candidate for the index’s top gainer this year after sustaining its record low just four months ago.Although still in second…
  • What’s new in Google’s Go language

    Fri 6:30pm
    The team behind Google’s Go language has just released a beta of Go 1.10, the next version of the popular open source language.[ Also on InfoWorld: Tap the power of Google’s Go language. | The best Go language IDEs and editors. | Keep up with hot topics in…
  • What’s new in Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2017

    Fri 2:00pm
    The Version 15.6 beta update to Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2017 IDE, is now avaiable. And Visual Studio Version 15.5 is now availanle in its production version, no longer in beta.[ Review: Visual Studio 2017 is the best ever. | Cut to the key news and issues…
  • Unikraft project promises to simplify unikernel creation

    Fri 6:00am
    Unikernels promise fast boots, tiny memory footprints, and high performance, but they must be developed from scratch for each application. NEC is working to remove this barrier to unikernel adoption with a configurable unikernel code base called…
  • Oracle joins the serverless fray with Fn

    Wed 4:17pm
    With its open source Fn project, Oracle is looking to make a splash in serverless computing.Fn is a container native serverless platform that can be run on-premises or in the cloud. It requires the use of Docker containers. Fn developers will be able to write…
  • Pivotal will bring serverless computing to Cloud Foundry

    Dec 5, 2017, 12:00 pm
    Serverless computing is coming to the Pivotal Cloud Foundry cloud computing platform, in the form of Pivotal Function Services. There’s no firm release date, but Pivotal says it’s aiming for early 2018.With serverless computing, events happen only in…
  • What’s next for the Groovy language: The 2018 roadmap

    Dec 4, 2017, 6:00 am
    Groovy, the veteran language for the Java Virtual Machine, has several enhancements on its roadmap, such as to support Java 9 modularity and Java 8 lambda capabilities. Although closely linked to Java, Groovy offers additional capabilities such as the ability…
  • What’s new in PHP 7.2: better security, code handling

    Dec 1, 2017, 6:00 am
    PHP 7.2, the latest version of the popular server-side web development language, has numerous features and fixes.The November 30, 2017, release is the second feature update to the PHP 7 series. PHP 7.0 debuted in December 2015 to much fanfare, with the upgrade…
  • What’s new in React 16 JavaScript UI library

    Nov 29, 2017, 7:00 pm
    React 16, the latest version of the popular JavaScript library for building UIs, got its Version 16.2 update this week. It features a fragments capability to improve support for showing multiple children from a component render method. Fragments, which…
  • Rust language gets direct WebAssembly compilation

    Nov 29, 2017, 12:50 pm
    Rust, the Mozilla-sponsored programming language geared to developing fast system-level software, can now compile to the WebAssembly portable code format without the need for additional tools.Although still not officially supported, this feature was added via…
  • What’s new in Kotlin 1.2? Code reuse, for starters

    Nov 28, 2017, 5:00 pm
    Version 1.2 of the statically typed Kotlin language, a version of Java endorsed by Google for Android app development, offers an experimental feature enabling reuse of code across platforms, as well as compatibility with the Java 9 module system.Where to get…
  • AWS streamlines cloud services for JavaScript developers

    Nov 28, 2017, 6:00 am
    Amazon Web Services has developed a declarative JavaScript library, AWS Amplify, to aid building cloud-enabled applications via categories of cloud services instead of via individual service contracts.[ Go deeper at InfoWorld: Beyond jQuery: An expert guide to…
  • EE4J: Eclipse’s replacement for Java EE unveiled

    Nov 21, 2017, 8:13 pm
    The Eclipse Foundation, the new keeper of enterprise Java, has moved forward with nine project proposals for Eclipse Enterprise for Java (EE4J), which the organization describes as the first step toward the migration of Java EE (Enterprise Edition) to the open…
  • What’s new in NativeScript

    Nov 21, 2017, 7:17 pm
    NativeScript, a framework for native mobile application development leveraging JavaScript technologies, is being outfitted with starter templates to streamline the development process. The templates are among a series of enhancements being made to the…
  • Now you can port code from .Net Framework to .Net Core

    Nov 20, 2017, 6:09 pm
    Microsoft is looking to help developers move code from the Windows-oriented .Net Framework to cross-platform .Net Core via extended API access. But whether developers should actually make the move depends on their affinity for Windows.Microsoft has made…
  • What’s next for Microsoft’s .Net CLR

    Nov 17, 2017, 5:49 pm
    Microsoft’s Common Language Runtime, the virtual machine that anchors the .Net Framework, is due for a makeover, with the company announcing plans to make the CLR more efficient and scalable.Key to this modernization will be improvements to the intermediate…
  • Microsoft brings Apache Spark, Cassandra, MariaDB to its Azure cloud

    Nov 15, 2017, 2:15 pm
    Microsoft has brought several third-party popular platforms to its Azure cloud aimed at developers and data analysts.[ What is Apache Spark? The big data analytics platform explained. | Which NoSQL database should you use? MongoDB and Couchbase Server go…
  • Microsoft debuts beta Visual Studio Tools for AI

    Nov 15, 2017, 2:00 pm
    Microsoft has released a beta version of its Visual Studio Tools for AI, an extension to the company’s signature Visual Studio 2017 IDE that lets developers and data scientists embed deep learning models into applications. Visual Studio Tools for AI supports…
  • Azure IoT Edge brings smarts to devices at the cloud’s edge

    Nov 15, 2017, 10:00 am
    It can be hard to pin down a definition of edge computing. Some companies look at it in terms of networks, others in terms of datacenters. For Microsoft, it’s a distributed cloud that encompasses every computer, no matter how small and how limited.Microsoft…
  • What’s new in TensorFlow machine learning

    Nov 15, 2017, 6:00 am
    TensorFlow, Google’s contribution to the world of machine learning and data science, is a general framework for quickly developing neural networks. Despite being relatively new, TensorFlow has already found wide adoption as a common platform for such work,…
  • Microsoft’s Mono .Net runtime brings back interpreter

    Nov 14, 2017, 5:59 pm
    Mono, Microsoft’s open source, cross-platform runtime for .Net-based development, has regained its .Net interpreter, about a decade after it was removed to keep Mono’s development effort manageable.Mono’s developers are now turning their attention to…
  • What’s next for WebAssembly portable code

    Nov 14, 2017, 1:30 pm
    If its roadmap holds, WebAssembly, the binary format to speed the performance of web applications on both computers and mobile devices, will improve its language support via garbage collection, threads, better debugging, and a SIMD (single instruction,…
  • Scripting languages slip in popularity

    2:58pm
    Prominent scripting languages, once viewed as the future of programming by offering ease of use, have slipped in the monthly Tiobe index of language popularity. Only Python and JavaScript still have some momentum.Languages that have seen their fortunes decline…
  • What’s new in Microsoft Visual Studio Code

    Nov 10, 2017, 11:30 am
    Microsoft’s open source development tool is an important piece of the developer’s toolkit. Built using GitHub’s cross-platform Electron framework, Visual Studio Code is a full-featured development editor that supports a wide selection of languages and…
  • What’s new in Prometheus monitoring for Docker and Kubernetes

    Nov 8, 2017, 6:00 am
    Prometheus, the open source monitoring system for Docker-style containers running in cloud architectures, has formally released a 2.0 version with major architectural changes to improve its performance.Among the changes that have landed since the release of…
  • Beta JetBrains IDE moves Kotlin apps out of the JVM

    Nov 6, 2017, 5:40 pm
    JetBrains has made available the Kotlin/Native technology, which creates native binaries for Kotlin code so they can run without a Java virtual machine. A beta version of the CLion IDE allows Kotlin programs to be compiled directly to an executable…
  • Visual Studio Code roadmap: The new features you can expect

    Nov 6, 2017, 6:00 am
    Microsoft’s 2018 roadmap for its open source Visual Studio Code code editor includes better performance, reduced memory consumption, and more support for JavaScript and TypeScript.The multilanguage Visual Studio Code, which Microsoft has been updating…
  • What’s new in TypeScript 2.6

    Nov 1, 2017, 8:00 pm
    Version 2.6 of Microsoft’s TypeScript language has moved to the release candidate stage. The new release of the typed superset of JavaScript features improvements such as increased strictness to help developers better find mistakes.The new features in…
  • What’s new in Angular 5: easier progressive web apps

    Nov 1, 2017, 2:00 pm
    Angular, Google’s popular JavaScript framework for building mobile and desktop applications, has had a whirlwind year, with two major upgrades in the past 14 months. It reached the next milestone with Angular 5.0.0’s arrival on November 1, 2017. However,…