Ratpack 1.0 Launches Aiming to make Asynchronous Programming Easier on the JVM

by Charles Humble on  Sep 25, 2015 13

Ratpack, a high performance Java web framework, has reached 1.0 status. The 1.0 release is API-stable and can be considered production ready. The main thing that makes Ratpack interesting is the execution model, which aims to make asynchronous programming on the JVM easier.

Groovy and Grails Plans Announced at SpringOne2GX

by Charles Humble on  Sep 23, 2015

During the second technical keynote at SpringOne2GX last week Guillaume Laforge talked about plans for Groovy 2.4.x and 2.5. Perhaps the most significant is improved compiler performance with a new Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) class reader in place of using class loading tricks.

Bazel Enters Beta, Supports Groovy, Rust and Scala

by Abel Avram on  Sep 10, 2015

Bazel, the build system that Google open sourced six months ago, has reached the first beta milestone as planned, adding support for several languages and technologies.

Using Clojure to Build Native Android Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 26, 2015 1

Clojure development on the Android platform has been progressing remarkably in the last few years, allowing developers to use it in fully fledged apps such as SwiftKey’s Clarity Keyboard. Here we will review the current status of tools that support Clojure on the Android platform.

Frege: a Haskell-like Language for the JVM

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 12, 2015 1

Frege, named after the German mathematician Gottlob Frege, is a purely functional, strongly typed language for the JVM that is so similar to Haskell that “most idiomatic Haskell code will run unmodified or with only minimal, obvious adaptions”. InfoQ has spoken with Ingo Wechsung, Frege’s creator.

JRuby 9000 Released Featuring Ruby 2.2 Compatibility

by Victor Grazi on  Jul 22, 2015

JRuby released version 9000, the ninth release of the popular implementation of Ruby for the Java Virtual Machine. InfoQ speaks to Charles Oliver Nutter co-lead of the JRuby project and senior engineer at Red Hat about the release and about Ruby in general.

Clojure 1.7 Introduces Transducers, Improves Cross-platform Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 20, 2015

Transducers and reader conditionals are the two most important new features in Clojure 1.7, says Cognitect’s Alex Miller. Transducers aim to enable composable algorithmic transformations on different kinds of collections, while reader conditionals can be used to improve Clojure portability across the JVM and JavaScript platforms.

Play 2.4 Moves to Dependency Injection and Java 8

by Mirko Stocker on  Jun 01, 2015 2

Typesafe's Play team has released version 2.4 "Damiya" of their web framework. By embracing dependency injection, the refactoring towards better modularization that was started in 2.3 has continued in this release. Play 2.4 requires Java 8 and uses Lambdas and Default Methods in Play's Java-API.

Java Turns 20

by Alex Blewitt on  May 23, 2015 1

Twenty years ago today, Java's first alpha release was unleashed upon the world on Solaris. InfoQ looks back at the history of Java and what it has conquered since.

Slick 3: Reactive Streams for Asynchronous Database Access in Scala

by Mirko Stocker on  May 09, 2015 5

Slick, Typesafe's database query and access library for Scala, now supports the Reactive Streams API in the just released version 3.0. This enables developers to query their databases asynchronously and non-blocking. InfoQ talked to Slich Tech-Lead Stefan Zeiger to learn more about the new features and what they've planned for the future.

Scaling Microservices at Gilt with Scala, Docker and AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 26, 2015 1

At Craft Conference 2015, Adrian Trenaman discussed the evolution of the architecture from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a cloud-based microservice ‘lots of small applications’ platform utilising Scala, Docker and AWS. Trenaman shared both technical and organisational lessons learnt from the past eight years, as Gilt has grown from a startup to a $1B company.

Grails 3.0: Built on Spring Boot and Gradle

by Matt Raible on  Apr 22, 2015

The Grails team released Grails 3.0, a complete rewrite of the popular MVC framework now based on Spring Boot. Grails 3.0 contains a number of new features including Groovy 2.4 and Android support, Spring 4.1, and Gradle replacing the old Gant-build system.

Maven Escapes from XML

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 20, 2015 21

The recently released Maven 3.3.1 adds support for core extensions to be added to a project through additional metadata as well as using alternatives to the eponymous pom.xml file for building. This has been used to create build scripts for JRuby that build upon Maven but use a JRuby script to represent dependencies and plugins.

RoboVM 1.0 Touts JVM-based Languages for iOS Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 20, 2015 4

RoboVM, aimed at bringing JVM-based languages to iOS development, has reached its first stable version, Trillian Mobile announced, bringing new features and new commercial licenses in addition to its OSS core.

Groovy Moving to Apache

by Matt Raible on  Mar 11, 2015 3

The Groovy team is joining the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Guillaume Laforge, Groovy project lead, wrote about why they chose ASF over the Eclipse Foundation or the Software Conservancy foundation. To learn more about this announcement, InfoQ spoke to Mr. Laforge about the new direction.

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