Glenn Vanderburg, director of engineering at LivingSocial, gave an interesting recount of his effort to implement TeX’s algorithms in Clojure at the last ClojureConj conference. In the process, he discovered how much programming has changed in the last thirty years.
Facebook engineers Slobodan Predolac and Nicolas Spielberg have recently described how they "solved a long-term mobile debugging problem and reduced the crash rate ... by more than 50 percent." In the process, they show general useful techniques and a few Facebook tools that can help with large, rapidly evolving codebases.
Google announced the next version of the Android operating system at Google I/O 2014. Code named “L release,” in the most significant change to the system architecture a new runtime simply called the Android RunTime (ART) with an AOT compiler replaces the Dalvik virtual machine and its JIT compiler.
.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.
Azul Systems announces the release of ReadyNow! in the latest version of Azul's Zing runtime for Java. Includes a series of algorithms designed to obviate the need for "warming-up" the Java Virtual Machine.
In an ongoing effort to improve Java performance, Oracle has announced a change in the internal representation of Strings as of Java 1.7.0_06.