Ruby 2.0's release manager Yusuke Endoh announced the first preview release of Ruby 2.0 and a targeted release in February 2013. InfoQ talked to Yusuke to learn more about the big new features of Ruby 2.0 (Refinements, keyword arguments, Enumerator#lazy, and more) and what users need to know when upgrading.
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Azul Systems have announced that they are making their pauseless Zing JVM freely available to Open Source developers and projects for use in development and testing.
The Common ReusAble SHell (CRaSH) is an interactive shell (with history support and autocompletion) that attaches to a running JVM and can execute several commands for retrieving JVM statistics or changing JVM internals on the fly. It can be used for remote monitoring and administration of existing Java applications and it is fully extensible via custom Groovy scripts.
With the release of Java 7u4, Oracle has finally provided an OSX install of the JDK and JavaFX SDK. The update also brings new features, such as the G1 garbage collector and the JCMD diagnostic framework. Read on to find out more.
Rich Hickey spoke at the Clojure/West conference last weekend about his newest venture, Datomic, which he describes as “a distributed database designed to enable scalable, flexible and intelligent applications, running on cloud architectures.” Datomic sits on Amazon’s DynamoDB, and embeds Datalog, a subset of Prolog, to move queries into the application.
Phusion announced that their Ruby 1.8.7 based Enterprise Edition (REE) is nearing its end-of-life. A Ruby 1.9 based version is not planned, instead the team focuses on Phusion Passenger, their solution for running Ruby on Apache and Nginx.
The successor of Ruby 1.9.3 will replace the current Lazy Sweep Garbage Collector with a Bitmap Marking GC, which will significantly reduce Ruby's memory usage for parallel programs, similar to Ruby Enterprise Edition's copy-on-write-friendly GC. We talked with Narihiro Nakamura who implemented both the current Lazy Sweep and the Bitmap Marking GC.
Earlier this week, the first milestone of Ceylon IDE was released, bringing an IDE to the Ceylon language, which saw its first milestone at the end of December. Read on to find out more.
Beside C/C++, Google Native Client has added support for runtimes such as Mono, and a richer set of Pepper interfaces: accelerated 3D, full-screen, File IO, debugging, and others. New languages -Lua, TCL, OCaml- are being ported, and several major producers have ported their game engines or their games to NaCl.
Azul Systems have today announced the release of jHiccup, an open source tool designed to measure the pauses and stalls (or "hiccups") associated with an application's underlying Java runtime platform.
With Scala 2.10 on the horizon, and recent controversial opinions, what really is the story with Scala's backward compatibility, and how will it affect popular Scala libraries? If Josh Suereth is right, a reboot of the Scala Fresh project proposed by David Pollak last year.
Azul Systems have today announced Zing 5.0, eliminating their previous requirement for a hypervisor, and therefore bringing their pauseless JVM to unmodified 64-bit Linux for the first time.
The Apache Harmony PMC initiated a vote earlier this week to begin the process of moving the codebase into the Apache Attic and disbanding the PMC. With 18 for and 2 against, the result will be that the Apache Harmony project will be wound up and placed in the Attic for posterity.