The Java development team at Microsoft Open Tech has released the latest version of Azure Toolkit for Eclipse that includes support for IBM WebSphere Liberty and Microsoft Application Insights. Available on Github, Azure Toolkit for Eclipse with Java is a plugin for developing, testing and deploying Java projects on Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft has open sourced JUniversal, a tool for writing cross-platform mobile applications in Java.
The cleanup programme for OpenJDK has reached a major milestone - the main OpenJDK jdk repository is now free of build warnings.
Infinispan release their first JCache compatible version. Does this signal the start of maturity in the distributed Java caching market? InfoQ talk to Galder Zamarreño from Red Hat to find out more.
JHipster, the Yeoman generator for Spring Boot/Angular projects, released version 2.0 earlier this month, with some notable changes: 1) the AngularJS code has been modularized, making it easier to use JHipster for larger projects and 2) Liquibase is now able to create "diffs" between the JPA code and the database, making it easier to update your database schema.
Guillaume Laforge has released Groovy 2.4, bringing full Android support. LaForge says the new Android support "allows developers to write Android applications fully using Groovy, with much less boilerplate code than raw Java."
Oracle has started auto-updating JRE 7 to JRE 8. Auto-update was turned on in January 20, 2015 and affects Windows 32-bit and OS X users who use Java's auto-update mechanism. This is not a silent upgrade and requires user permission. JRE 8 was released on March 2014 and has been the default version on Java.com since October 2014.
InfoQ speaks to Spring Boot co-creator Phil Webb about the latest release of Pivotal's convention over configuration offering for bootstrapping Spring based projects.
Pivotal Software today announced that it will be withdrawing funding for the popular Groovy and Grails frameworks after March 31, 2015. Pivotal cited their larger strategy to concentrate resources on accelerating both commercial and open source projects that support its growing traction in Platform-as-a-Service, Data, and Agile development.
Glenn Vanderburg, director of engineering at LivingSocial, gave an interesting recount of his effort to implement TeX’s algorithms in Clojure at the last ClojureConj conference. In the process, he discovered how much programming has changed in the last thirty years.
A release candidate for IKVM with Java 8 support is now available.
A lot of small releases were made by Microsoft’s SQL Server team last month. Some of the highlights include Power BI for on-site servers, System Center support for SQL Server 2014, and updated Java/PHP drivers.
Although Java 8 only shipped earlier this year, with Java 9 not due until mid-2016, a first prototype of features expected for Java 10 has appeared, including an overhaul of Java's generics.
Restlet has released version 2.3 of its Restlet Framework. This release is largely an effort to update the project's dependencies and to improve its API documentation and management. Restlet has been developing a comprehensive API platform with Restlet Studio (a web IDE for building APIs), APISpark (a PaaS for building API's), as well as Restlet Framework (its open source offering.)