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.)
Exercism.io helps developers to increases their craftsmanship in a language through feedback and discussion. It’s a community and tool where developers can write code and discuss it to strengthen their problem-solving skills. InfoQ did an interview with the creator of exercism Katrina Owen and with Richard Thomson who contributed the C++ language track for exercism.
Netflix has released Prana, an open-source "sidecar" application the company developed to allow heterogeneous microservice applications to use the NetflixOSS JVM-based platform support libraries.
ThoughtWorks has published a digital preview of the January 2015 radar, providing opinion on techniques, tools, platforms and languages and taking a snapshot of the current trends in software technology.
Google announced earlier this year their Cloud Dataflow, a service and SDK for processing large amounts of data in batches or real time. Now they have open sourced the Dataflow Java SDK, enabling developers to see how it works and possibly use the SDK for services running on-premises or in other clouds.
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