Charles Nutter, one of the lead developers of JRuby, announced the release of version 9000 (9K) in 2014. The new release targets the same feature set as Ruby MRI 2.0 and possibly 2.1 as well. Better performance, concurrency support and overall availability and portability provided by the use of the JVM can make this version suitable for production systems.
For many of us Twitter has become an essential communications utility. Since experiencing scalability problems in 2010, Twitter has moved to a loosely coupled service oriented architecture based on the JVM, allowing it new levels of scalability and feature agility. Twitter engineering recently reported a new record throughput and took time out to describe their new architecture.
Microsoft recently updated Windows Azure with support for SQL Server AlwaysOn, notification hubs, autoscale, virtual machines in addition to a new portal extension for operation logs and alerts.
Windows Azure SDK 2.1 with VS 2013, VM, Notification Hub, Cloud Services, PowerShell cmdlets Support
Microsoft has released an updated version of Windows Azure SDK with support for Visual Studio 2013, service bus notification hub, cloud services, virtual machines including new cmdlets for PowerShell.
Microsoft recently announced the proposed release of an update for Windows Phone 8 with support for S/MIME, VPN in addition to increased support lifecycle and a certificate management tool.
Microsoft has updated Windows Azure with per minute billing based on actual usage, monetary credit for different levels of MSDN subscribers including the ability to check credit status from within the management portal.
Azul Systems, Inc. announced the launch of Zing Platform Edition with WebSphere. Zing PE integrates IBM WebSphere Applications Server (WAS) with an enhanced version of its Zing Java Virtual Machine.
Developers at the LMAX Exchange, an execution venue for trading FX established in the City of London in October 2010, have begun testing Azul's Zing JVM as a way of improving their already impressive response times and throughput rates.
Windows Azure has been updated with support for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Windows and Linux virtual machine images, virtual networks with persistent private IPs, increased OS Size including hourly billing mechanism for SQL Server and BizTalk Server virtual machine images.
As part of Oracle's ongoing project to merge the HotSpot and JRockit codebases, Oracle has announced that they will remove PermGen from the Java 8 version of the HotSpot JVM. The effects of the removal of PermGen can now be checked with Java 8 Early Access builds, it is time to find out if all PermGen problems have been resolved.
Microsoft's guidance on how to deploy a SQL solution in Azure addresses many concerns such as service level agreements, maintenance, and scalability. Additionally, a framework is offered which helps developers make this decision based upon their solution's specific needs.
Microsoft recently released several updates for Windows Azure with background job scheduler, addition of North Europe region, mobile support for command line tool and support for SQL Data Sync services.
In July, the Digital Energy unit within GE Energy Management disclosed that they were in the process of porting their Smalltalk-inspired programming language, Magik, from its own proprietary Virtual Machine, MagikSF, to the JVM. With the port now well under way, InfoQ spoke to project lead/architect George Marrows to find out more.