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What’s new in Apple’s Swift 4.0 language

Swift 4.0 is now available. It’s a major upgrade to Apple’s Swift, the three-year old successor to the Objective-C language used for MacOS and iOS application development. The Swift 4 upgrade enhances the Swift Package Manager and provides new compatibility modes for developers. Apple said Swift 4 also makes Swift more stable and improves its standard library. Swift […]

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IBM open-sources a microservices-friendly Java app server

A few weeks ago, Nginx released its multilanguage microservices-friendly app server, but without Java support at launch. Now IBM has a beta build of its own microservices-friendly app server for Java applications: the open source Open Liberty, which implements IBM’s version of Java EE and MicroProfile microservices implementation. Open Liberty will provide a runtime supporting Java […]

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Forget PHP! Facebook’s HHVM engine switches to Hack instead

Facebook’s Hip Hop Virtual Machine (HHVM), a speedy engine for PHP, will not target PHP 7, the most-recent major PHP release, but instead will focus on Hack, a PHP spinoff. The next long-term support release of HHVM, version 3.24, is due in early 2018 and will be the last to commit to PHP 5 support.  […]

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CoffeeScript 2 arrives with JavaScript syntax improvements

CoffeeScript, a simple languages that compiles to JavaScript and aims to make web developers’ lives easier, has just moved to a second major release, one that emphasizes syntax improvements.  CoffeeScript 2, which had been in a beta stage since April, features a compiler that translates CoffeeScript code into modern JavaScript syntax. A CoffeeScript “class” is […]

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Eclipse eclipses Visual Studio as most popular IDE

The Eclipse IDE, popular with Java developers, has displaced Microsoft’s Visual Studio as the most popular desktop IDE in the PyPL Top IDE index of September. While Visual Studio was tops in the August version of the PyPL Top IDE index, it dropped to second place this month behind Eclipse, with Eclipse showing a 24.23 […]

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Eclipse eclipses Visual Studio in PyPL Top IDE index

The Eclipse IDE, popular with Java developers, has displaced Microsoft’s Visual Studio as the most popular desktop IDE in the PyPL Top IDE index of September. While Visual Studio was tops in the August version of the PyPL Top IDE index, it dropped to second place this month behind Eclipse, with Eclipse showing a 24.23 […]

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Iroh brings dynamic code analysis to JavaScript

Static analysis tools reveal potential bugs by spotting common coding mistakes. But you never really know what your code will do until you run it. An open source tool called Iroh.js, currently in beta development, allows JavaScript developers to perform dynamic code analysis to see exactly how their code behaves at execution. Iroh enables developers […]

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Unwanted by Oracle, Java EE gets adopted by Eclipse

The Eclipse Foundation is set to become the new steward of enterprise Java, taking over from Oracle, which no longer wants to manage Java EE. As part of the adoption, Java EE will likely get a new name, something Oracle recommended in its proposal to have a foundation adopt Java EE. A month ago, Oracle […]

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GitHub is converting its Atom text editor into an IDE

Atom, GitHub’s text editor built on the Electron framework, is being fitted with IDE-like capabilities as a precursor to making the editor a full-fledged IDE. The first step in Atom’s transition from text editor to IDE is an optional package of features developed with Facebook called Atom-IDE. The package includes: smarter context-aware auto-completion an outline view […]