Microsoft has announced that they are restructuring the way they sell Visual Studio. Starting with VS 2015, there will only be three main SKUs or editions: Community, Professional w/MSDN, and Enterprise w/MSDN. The most expensive edition will cost you 5,999 for the first year, less than half the cost of VS 2013 Ultimate Edition.
The makers behind PVS Studio, a C++ static analyzer, have released their study of the CoreCLR source code. Though meant primarily to demonstrate the capabilities of their tools, it does reveal how difficult it is to write bug free C++ code.
Google announced last week the release of open source MapReduce framework for C, called MR4C, that allows developers to run native code in Hadoop framework. MR4C framework brings together the performance and flexibility of natively developed algorithms with the scalability and throughput provided by Hadoop execution framework.
Google has recently made public its plan to bootstrap Go 1.5. According to Russ Cox, Go core developer for almost 6 years now and author of the document, Google has been planning for a year “how to eliminate all C programs from the Go source tree.” InfoQ has spoken to Russ to learn more about the plan to bootstrap Go.
A new set of libraries and tools from Google's Fun Propulsion Labs, fplutil, promises to make it easier to develop C/C++ applications for Android.
Exercism.io helps developers to increases their craftsmanship in a language through feedback and discussion. It’s a community and tool where developers can write code and discuss it to strengthen their problem-solving skills. InfoQ did an interview with the creator of exercism Katrina Owen and with Richard Thomson who contributed the C++ language track for exercism.
Lars Knoll, QT project chief maintainer, announced the release of Qt 5.4, offering many improvements in the area of web technologies, full support for Qt on Windows runtime, new features for graphics handling, and a new licensing model.
Eric Lafortune, Technical Director of Saikoa, maker of DexGuard, has discovered new tools in the SDK for Android 5.0 Revision 1 (API 21.1), namely two compilers called Jack and Jill. These tools are meant to streamline the compilation process for Android.
The idea behind Proxygen is not to replace Apache but having the ability to create a specialized high-performance web server that can be embedded into existing applications providing web services. Facebook initially started to build a proxy (hence the name) server in 2011, and now they are open sourcing it after the project evolved and has been tested in production for a number of years.
Cognitect has recently published the results of a community survey aimed at finding out "how and for what Clojure and ClojureScript are being adopted, what is going well and what could stand improvement." According to Cognitect, though not a scientific survey, it shows how Clojure has "transitioned from exploratory status to a viable, sustainable platform for development at work."
A major feature of RAD Studio XE7 is its Parallel Programming Library. XE7 brings task-based parallelism to a variety of platforms including Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android. Unlike Mono, this tool-chain offers fully native applications on all target platforms.
At CppCon 2014, Herb Sutter gave a talk about lock-free programming in C++ where he provided the fundamental concepts of lock-free programming, and presented three algorithms to show lock-free techniques. Here is a summary of the most relevant points in the talk.