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How Immutable State Helped Facebook to Improve Its iOS App Architecture

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 24, 2014

Facebook has been working in the last two years to evolve the architecture of its iOS app with the goal of improving performance, abstractions, and the underlying development model. Adam Ernst and Arl Grant, software engineers at Facebook, explained what issues they had to solve and how they did in a @Scale 2014 talk.

Emerging Languages: A Look at The Last Five Years

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 02, 2014 7

In a recent article, Alex Payne, organizer of the Emerging Languages Camp, provides insight on how the language landscape has changed in the last five years and how it might change in future. InfoQ has talked with him.

PureScript: A Haskell-like Language that Compiles to JavaScript

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 22, 2014

PureScript is a strongly, statically typed language which compiles to JavaScript. It is written in and inspired by Haskell and aims at "allowing to write very expressive code which is still clear and readable" when translated into JavaScript. Furthermore, says PureScript creator Phil Freeman, PureScript provides interoperability with other languages which target JavaScript.

Scala Compiler Sees Two Forks in One Week

by Benjamin Darfler on  Sep 16, 2014 2

A week after floating the idea of a community sponsored fork of Scala, Miles Sabin, principal engineer of the shapeless library and active member of Typelevel, announced a fork of the Scala compiler on the Typelevel blog. Three days later, Paul Phillips, a Typesafe co-founder who left the company in 2013, announced his own Scala compiler fork.

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.

Racket 6.1 Released

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 05, 2014

PLT Design has released version 6.1 of Racket, its general purpose, multi-paradigm programming language belonging to the Lisp/Scheme family. Racket 6.1 introduces a new way of handling local recursive variable definitions and several other language features.

Experiences Building a Reactive Event-Driven CQRS Application

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 01, 2014

CQRS and Event Sourcing provide a clear and concise way to build distributed applications that adhere to the reactive manifesto, Duncan DeVore claimed in a recent presentation sharing his experiences building a distributed application using Akka and Scala.

F# Native App Development on iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 25, 2014

F# has supported both iOS and Android native programming through Xamarin since at least Xamarin 4.8 and can be efficiently used to create native apps on both platforms. Let's give a look at some experience reports.

Streams Library Brings Lazy Evaluation and Functional-style to C++14

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 17, 2014

Streams is a C++14 library that provides lazy evaluation and functional-style transformations on the data, to ease the use of C++ standard library containers and algorithms. Streams support many common functional operations such as map, filter, and reduce. InfoQ interviews Streams' author.

rest: Open Source REST Framework For Haskell

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 07, 2014

Silk has recently open-sourced a REST framework for Haskell, called "rest". It provides a DSL for defining REST services which can then be run in popular web frameworks such as happstack. This comes with features such as type-safe URLs, abstraction of format-type support, and a clean separation of API specification and business logic.

Facebook Open-sources Haxl: Implicit, Concurrent Data Access Using Haskell

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 11, 2014

Facebook has open-sourced Haxl, a library for efficient, concurrent data-access. The library leverages the traditional strengths of Haskell such as expressive type system, correctness and safety guarantees, as well as GHC's high performance run-time to solve the thorny issue of implicit, concurrent data access.

Play 2.3 Released: Modularization, Java 8 and WebJars

by Mirko Stocker on  May 31, 2014

The Play 2.3 release increases modularization of the framework by separating parts from the framework. Also, the Play shell has been replaced by Activator, which includes a browser UI and project templates. InfoQ also talked to Play tech lead James Roper to learn more about the changes and futures plans.

Functional Patterns in Domain-Driven Design

by Jan Stenberg on  May 31, 2014

Implementing Domain-Driven Design (DDD) concepts using object orientation principles with state and behaviour often gives you a muddled mutable model, instead building domain objects with only state and behaviour as standalone functions leads to a better realization, Debasish Ghosh claims in a recent blog post.

Scala 2.11: The Latest Major Scala Release

by Bienvenido David on  May 06, 2014

Typesafe has recently announced the release of Scala 2.11 under the standard 3-clause BSD license. This is a major release which includes improvements in scalac, the REPL, packaging/modularization, macros, the Collections library, and various bug fixes. Scala 2.11 targets Java 6, with only limited, experimental support for Java 8. Scala 2.11 is not binary compatible with the 2.10 series.

Groovy 2.3 Released With Traits and Java 8 Support

by Victor Grazi on  May 06, 2014

Groovy Project Manager at Pivotal Guillaume Laforge today announced the release of Groovy 2.3, the first major Groovy release this year, and the first major release of Groovy to feature official support for running on the recently released Java 8.

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