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More Java 9 Features Announced

by Ben Evans on  Nov 19, 2014 17

Oracle have announced more features to be delivered as part of JDK 9, including Unified JVM Logging and fine-grained control over the JIT compiler. Primitive specialization of generics is pushed out to JDK 10, however.

Oracle Commit to Java Modularity

by Ben Evans on  Nov 17, 2014 4

Oracle have announced the second set of enhancement proposals (known as JEPs) that will deliver features for Java 9, including major news about Java modularity.

The Future of Scala

by Matt Raible on  Aug 27, 2014 1

The Scala Team recently published a "Scala: Next Steps" article describing the future of the language, and detailing the features of the next three major Scala releases and main goals: to make the language and its libraries simpler to understand, more robust, and better performing.

Oracle Announces First Java 9 Features

by Ben Evans on  Aug 18, 2014

Oracle has announced the first set of enhancement proposals that will deliver features for Java 9. They include HTTP/2 support, enhanced JSON support and a first step towards modularity.

Comparing Virtual Machines and Linux Containers Performance

by Carlos Sanchez on  Aug 13, 2014

IBM Research Division has published a paper comparing the performance of container and virtual machine environments, using Docker and KVM, highlighting the cost of using Docker with NAT or AUFS, and questioning the practice of running containers inside of virtual machines.

Java 8 Update 11 Broke Third Party Tools

by Ben Evans on  Aug 01, 2014

Oracle's latest update to Java, 8 update 11, introduced a breaking change that has affected a range of third-party tools, including JRebel, Groovy and Google's Guice library.

Apache Log4j 2.0 - Worth the Upgrade?

by Matt Raible on  Jul 31, 2014 8

The Apache Software Foundation recently announced the General Availability of Log4j 2.0, containing many performance improvements over its predecessor Log4j 1.x. Years in the making, this release was written from scratch, and gained its inspiration from existing logging solutions such as Log4j 1.x and java.util.logging.

Oracle Launches Project Valhalla for Java

by Ben Evans on  Jul 28, 2014 12

Oracle launches Project Valhalla to experiment with advanced features for the JVM and Java language, including a major revision of Java's approach to generic types.

Swift Might Not Be As Fast As Apple Claims It To Be: First Benchmarks

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 11, 2014 2

Performance is one of the benefits that Apple claims its new Swift programming language should bring to OS X and iOS developers, and being in beta hasn't prevented independent developers from running benchmarks and reporting their findings. Perhaps unsurprisingly these show that in some cases Swift performance is not yet satisfactory.

Apple Releases Swift, a High-performance High-level Language for iOS and OSX

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 03, 2014 6

Today at WWDC 2014, Apple announced the beta availability of a new programming language, swift, which is set to ship with iOS 8 and OSX Yosemite later this year. Swift is a high-level programming language that will be familiar to JavaScript developers, but is compiled using LLVM to produce highly performant executable code for both OSX and iOS platforms.

Apple Speeds Up WebKit’s JS Engine with LLVM JIT

by Abel Avram on  May 16, 2014 3

Apple has improved the speed of Nitro with 35% – Safari’s JavaScript engine – by converting JavaScript into LLVM IR code which is then subject to heavy optimization.

Groovy 2.3 gets a much faster JSON Parser

by Matt Raible on  Apr 30, 2014 2

Groovy 2.3 will ship with one of the fastest JSON parsers on the JVM, according to Rick Hightower, the ubiquitous consultant and author.

Google Cuts Cloud Prices, Integrates CI Tools, Supports Windows and Manages VMs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 26, 2014

Google had a Cloud Platform Live event on Tuesday (recorded here) unveiling a number of new features, improvements and a new pricing model.

Azul ReadyNow! Seeks to Eliminate JVM Warm-up

by Victor Grazi on  Mar 18, 2014

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.

Android++ with Zero Hardware Restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC, Integrated GDB Debugging

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 30, 2014

The recently released Android++ in closed beta enables you to build Android apps using Visual Studio with support for zero hardware restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC in addition to integrated GDB debugging.

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