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Racket 6.5 Brings Improved Typed Racket, Faster Iteration, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  May 10, 2016

Racket, a multi-paradigm programming language belonging to the Lisp/Scheme family, has reached version 6.5, writes Ryan Culpepper on Racket blog. The new version adds several new features, including improvements to typed/untyped code interaction, faster iteration on hash tables and sets, and more.

Jenkins 2.0 Beta Available, Adds New Pipeline Build System

by David Iffland on  Mar 30, 2016 1

Jenkins 2.0 beta is now available which includes a new Pipeline build delivery system using a DSL built on Groovy. That feature and a new user setup process aims to give users most of what the need out of the box.

Racket 6.3 Brings New Macro Expander, Redex Improvements, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 05, 2015

PLT Design has announced Racket 6.3, the newest version of its multi-paradigm programming language belonging to the Lisp/Scheme family. Racket 6.3 introduces a new macro expander, an improved Redex DSL, and support for GTK3 among other things.

Brian Kernighan on Successful Language Design

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 24, 2015 2

What makes language design successful? This is the question that Brian Kernighan, among the contributors to the development of Unix and father of Awk, tries to answer in a talk at the University of Nottingham.

iOS Auto Layout with Masonry

by Scott McKenzie on  Feb 07, 2014

Open Source project Masonry aims to make Auto Layout code more concise and readable. Masonry, “a light-weight layout framework which wraps Auto Layout with a nicer syntax”, enables a XIB- and Storyboard-free experience.

Study: Clojure, CoffeeScript and Haskell Are the Most Expressive General-purpose Languages

by Abel Avram on  Mar 28, 2013 12

According to a study, the most expressive general-purpose languages are Clojure, CoffeeScript and Haskell. The study uses LoC/commit as the measuring unit of expressiveness.

Language Workbench Competition 2011 Submissions

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Mar 01, 2011 4

The submission period to the LWC 2011 closed yesterday registering 11 participants. Model Driven Software Development (MDSD) is experiencing a rapid growth due to the emergence of "Language Workbenches" which allow the development of dedicated programming languages from which general purpose programming language code can be generated. InfoQ spoke with one of the organizers of LWC 2011.

Notes from OOP 2011 Conference in Munich

by Michael Stal on  Feb 07, 2011

The OOP conference (Object Oriented Programming) was held in Munich, Germany, from 24th to 28th January 2011 with “Business Impact through Mastering Change” as its general motto. Despite of its name, the OOP represents one of the largest and long-lasting events on the general field of software engineering.

Four Decades of Software Engineering, are Changes Coming?

by jean-Jacques Dubray on  Nov 16, 2010 20

Jean Bezivin retraces the path that lead to our current software engineering practices and explore new avenues for the coming decade as, he notes, "there are some indications that we are currently crossing some new frontiers in technology and practices".

Adobe Released Puppet Recipes for Hadoop

by Michael Prokop on  Jul 01, 2010

Recently Adobe released Puppet recipes that they are using to automate Hadoop/HBase deployments to the community. InfoQ spoke with Luke Kanies, founder of PuppetLabs, to learn more about what this means.

Sass 3 Delivers CSS Compatibility, Selector Inheritance

by Paul Blair on  May 07, 2010

Haml/Sass 3 is nearing its final release, anticipated on May 10, with the addition of CSS-like brace syntax to Sass as a principal feature.

Puppet: Ruby-based Server Management Automation Suite

by Carlos Armas on  Feb 22, 2010

The team at Reductive Labs recently announced the release of version 0.25.2 of Puppet, the open source Ruby-based configuration management and automation tool for Linux and Unix servers. In this software bug-fix release, 123 open tickets were closed, and the developers claim a reduced memory footprint, improved error reporting, threading, and lock contention (a source of reported system hangs).

DRYer CSS with LESS or Sass

by Werner Schuster on  Jul 24, 2009

LESS and Sass are Ruby tools that allow to reduce redundancy in CSS files by introducing variables, mixins, and other time proven language features into CSS. We take a look at how the two tools work and what they offer.

Presentation: Three Years of Real-World Ruby

by Werner Schuster on  Jul 14, 2009 12

Martin Fowler talks about ThoughtWorks's experience with using Ruby on client projects for the past three years, and the creation of a Ruby-based product 'Mingle'.

Article: Metamodel Oriented Programming

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  May 27, 2009 6

In this article, Jean-Jacques Dubray questions the belief that code and models are two separate worlds. He presents a unified view of Model Driven Engineering, Architecture and Programming models based on a novel approach to specify execution element semantics in DSLs.