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.
Plumbr shift its flagship product from a memory-leak tool to a JVM monitoring solution, adding thread contention detection, inefficient GC behaviour monitoring, and historical JVM data. InfoQ talks with Pritt Potter about this decision.
InfoQ reviews the results of the recent Typesafe survey of Java developers, focusing on the adoption of Java 8, and talks to Typesafe co-founder Jonas Bonér about the impact on Scala adoption for Java developers.
JDK Enhancement Proposal (JEP) 223 is a new JDK versioning scheme to make it easier to distinguish major, minor, and security releases. It's simpler, more intuitive, easier to parse, and aligns with current industry practices, in particular Semantic Versioning. For example, if JDK 1.7.0_65-b20 (7u65) used this new versioning scheme, the version string would be JDK 7.6.15+20 (7.6.15).
The Java Community Process published details of JSR 375, a redesigned Java EE Security API that includes improvements for implementing security in a cloud environment.
Garrick Toubassi, Google Inbox engineering director, has recently explained how his team could get to "sharing roughly two-thirds of their client code" across three platforms: iOS, Android, and the web. The key is a clear separation of concerns between UI code and UI-independent logic, and a couple of tools that Google developed through the years.
James Gosling, creator of the Java language, and Bruno Souza, Brazilian SouJava JUG founder and Java Champion, will be joining Java/PHP cloud-host Jelastic . InfoQ speaks to Gosling, Souza, and Jelastic CEO, Ruslan Synytsky about the new relationships.