MS Open Tech has announced a Cordova plugin which allows developers to use Active Directory Authentication in their apps for Android, iOS, Windows Store, and Windows Phone platforms to access the APIs that it protects, such as Office 365, Azure, Graph API, etc.
The Polymer team has made available Polymer 0.8 alpha with a “proposed API for 1.0” but it is “not compatible with the 0.5 API” having many breaking changes. The library has been optimized for size and performance and it is not yet feature complete.
Following yesterday’s announcement of releasing ComponentKit, a framework for creating native UIs declaratively on iOS, Facebook has released a number of other projects as open source during their annual F8 developer conference: React Native, Year Class, Network Connection Class, Fresco, and Nuclide.
Bazel, the tool that Google uses to build the majority of its software has been partially open sourced. According to Google, Bazel is aimed to build “code quickly and reliably” and is “critical to Google’s ability to continue to scale its software development practices as the company grows.”
Facebook has open sourced ComponentKit, a declarative library for creating native views on iOS.
Open Source project hosting sites like SourceForge, Codehaus and Google Code inspired developers to share their code for projects not associated with a foundation like Apache or Eclipse. Over the past few years, these hosting sites have been superseded by GitHub, to the extent that they are closing down over the next year. InfoQ looks back at their contributions and into the future.
At last week's EclipseCon, Eike Stepper and Ed Merks introduced Eclipse Oomph, which aims to simplify the out-of-the-box experience for Eclipse installations, facilitating IDE setup and project checkouts. Eclipse Oomph is available as a standalone installer for Eclipse and is built into Eclipse Mars packages, which are available as M6 releasees with a release date of June 2015.
At EclipseCon, the automated error reporting and UI freeze detecting tool - built into Eclipse Mars - was demonstrated. Having only been in the package for a short while, it has already helped identify and subsequently fix a number of problems. InfoQ spoke to the people behind the tools to find out more.
Codetrails has released Codecity for Eclipse, which provides a visualisation of Java packages and classes in a 3D visualisation to identify where code can be improved. InfoQ evaluates the plug-in.
Today at EclipseCon, Mark Reinhold gave a keynote on "Java 9 and Beyond" which looked at the upcoming features in Java 9 and some of the future plans for the Java ecosystem. InfoQ summarises the main parts of what will and might happen in the future.
Microsoft has released the source code for all OData .NET Libraries on GitHub.
Today at EclipseCon, the foundation released Xtext 2.8, bringing new tools for migrating existing Java codebases into Xtend applications and laying down a roadmap for the future.
Zero Turnaround has released Eclipse Optimizer, which provides a guided user interface for changing Eclipse JVM settings to optimize performance for Eclipse
At its Spring Forward keynote, Apple announced a new iOS ResearchKit framework aimed at enabling the use of mobile devices as a network of sensors for medical research. The framework will be open-sourced to developers next month.
The Groovy team is joining the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Guillaume Laforge, Groovy project lead, wrote about why they chose ASF over the Eclipse Foundation or the Software Conservancy foundation. To learn more about this announcement, InfoQ spoke to Mr. Laforge about the new direction.