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Go 1.1 Races Ahead (Safely)

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 26, 2013

Google's Go team has completed the release of Go 1.1.1 which brings to production status several new features in the language's libraries and toolset. Given the language's backward's compatibility, existing code can reap immediate benefits after a recompile.

Java 8 Delayed to 2014 by Ongoing Security Woes

by Victor Grazi on  Apr 24, 2013 2

Oracle Java Platform Chief Architect Mark Reinhhold has announced that Oracle has decided to delay the release schedule of Java 8.

.NET Goes Immutable

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 05, 2013 9

One of the most common misunderstandings in .NET development is the idea that variables of type IEnumerable or ReadOnlyCollection are thread-safe. In order to offer truly thread-safe collections for scenarios where you would be tempted to use IEnumerable or ReadOnlyCollection, Microsoft’s Base Class Library (BCL) team is offering a preview of a new set of immutable collections.

.NET Deadlock Detection with PostSharp

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 10, 2012 1

SharpCrafters, makers of the AOP framework PostSharp, have developed a drop-in deadlock detection toolkit. This toolkit works with most standard locking primitives such as Mutex, Monitor, and ReaderWriterLock with only a single line of code added to the project.

Interview on Rust, a Systems Programming Language Developed by Mozilla

by Abel Avram on  Aug 03, 2012 3

Rust is a systems programming language developed by Mozilla and targeted at high performance applications. This post contains an interview with Graydon Hoare, Rust’s creator.

Loop: A Compact JVM Language for Multi-Core

by Dio Synodinos on  Jul 05, 2012 16

As a programming language, Loop is compact JVM language influenced by Haskell, Scheme, Ruby and Erlang. It also tries to bring together the best features of functional programming  and OO languages, in a consistent and pragmatic manner.

Vector Fabrics Introduces Pareon for Multicore Software Optimization

by Michael Stal on  Jun 09, 2012

The Dutch company Vector Fabrics recently introduced its tool called Pareon. According to the company’s press release, the tool allows to optimize applications for multicore systems.

Go 1–The First Major Release of the Google Go Language

by Abel Avram on  Mar 29, 2012 3

Go has reached the first major release, Google promising it will be stable for the years to come. YouTube uses Go in their core infrastructure.

Multithreading and WPF 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 23, 2012 1

WPF 4.5 has improved its support for multi-threaded data binding, but the technique is still risky. This report attempts to explain how it works and what’s involved in using it safely.

MSEPT'12 - Conference on Software Engineering for Multicore Systems

by Michael Stal on  Jan 13, 2012 2

It is hard to leverage the parallelism provided by recent processor architectures. As these CPUs are now available even in the low cost price sector, the main challenge of software engineers is to utilize the processors in their applications or apps. The International Conference on Multicore Software Engineering, Performance, and Tools (MSEPT'12) will focus on possible answers.

Task Parallel Library Improvements in .NET 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 02, 2011 2

Microsoft has been working on ways to improve the performance of parallel applications in .NET 4.5, specifically those using the Task Parallel Library. One of most impressive improvements is reducing the overhead for waiting on 100,000 tasks from 12,000,000 bytes to a mere 64 bytes.

Task Parallel Library for Silverlight

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 25, 2011 4

Silverlight’s asynchronous service model forces developers to deal with multi-threading from the very beginning. So it seems odd that Microsoft choose to omit the Task Parallel Library, which is the core of .NET’s multi-threading infrastructure. Fortunately there are options.

Software Architecture in the Movies

by Michael Stal on  Jul 31, 2011

Keeping up-to-date with software architecture can be a tough endeavor. Information is normally available within thick books or somewhere hidden in the Web. Another more entertaining way can be to watch clips available at video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.

Rx 1.0 Solves the Problem of Asynchronous Data Access

by Abel Avram on  Jun 30, 2011

Microsoft has released version 1.0 of their Reactive Extensions (Rx) library after two years in incubation. Rx combines event-driven UI with LINQ, concurrency and asynchronous calls.

C++ AMP Provides Massive Parallelism

by Abel Avram on  Jun 16, 2011 1

Microsoft wants to give C++ developers tools for writing parallel applications running on zillions of GPUs/cores locally or in the cloud.

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