New Relic open sourced Centurion, a deployment tool for Docker used internally to run their production infrastructure. Centurion takes containers from a Docker registry and runs them on a fleet of hosts with the correct environment variables, host volume mappings, and port mappings, supporting rolling deployments out of the box.
The veteran Perl programming language has produced release 5.20.0, which adds a myriad of refinements along with support for the Android platform.
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.
During the recent GR8Conf Europe 2014, Cédric Champeau, Senior Software Engineer working on Groovy for SpringSource/Pivotal, has performed a live merging of the pull request that brings support for Groovy on Android.
Apple introduction of Swift, a new programming language for the OS X and iOS platform, has sparked some interest from the developers' community. If you are interested in learning more about Swift, here you can find some useful online resources.
During the recent GlueCon 2014 conference in Colorado, Tony Tam, the creator of Swagger and CEO of Reverb, gave a well attended talk on Swagger APIs for humans (and robots), where he announced the Swagger 2.0 Working Group and an early version of an online code editor offering a dynamic YAML to Swagger UI conversion.
Google has released version 1.4 of its web programming language Dart. The release brings with it Observatory; a new tool for performance analysis, and a new experimental feature for dart:io, ServerSocket references.
Nick O'Leary presented Node-RED, an open-source project focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), at the last QCon London. The project, created by IBM's Emerging Technology team, provides a browser-based environment for visually "wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways".
Mozilla has announced that a new Firefox OS version is now available to Mozilla partners. The update includes many new features for both users and developers. The new OS version is already available on a new ZTE mobile phone, the ZTE Open C.
Mozilla has released Firefox 29, bringing updates to the user interface as well as improvements in asm.js performance and new web API, including Web Audio API and CSS Flexbox, and a finalised and enabled Gamepad API.
Microsoft has added native support for hybrid cross-platform mobile applications in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.