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  • Swift 5.9 Brings a Macro System and C++ Interoperability

    In addition to an expressive macro system and a limited form of C++ interoperability, Swift 5.9, now officially available, also introduces parameter packs, ownership-based memory management, and more.

  • Keeping Go "Boring" in Go 1.21: How Google Grants Backward Compatibility

    In a recent article, Google engineer Russ Cox detailed what Google does to make sure each new Go release honors Go's backward-compatibility guarantee. This includes generalizing GODEBUG in Go 1.21 to cover even subtle incompatibility cases.

  • Brian Kernighan on Successful Language Design

    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.

  • C++ Core Guidelines will Help Writing Good Modern C++

    As announced at CppCon, Bjarne Stroustrup and Herb Sutter have started working on a set of guidelines for modern C++. The goal of this effort is improving how developers use the language and help ensuring they write code that is type safe, has no resource leaks, and is as much as possible free of programming logic errors.

  • Rust Beyond 1.0: Where It Stands, Where It is Headed

    As Rust 1.0 official release approaches, Mozilla Research’s Niko Matsakis has set out an initial assessment of priorities for new features to be added to the language in the future. This is meant as a way to trigger a public discussion about the direction that the Rust language should take. InfoQ has spoken with Matsakis.

  • PHP 5.6 Released

    The PHP development team announced the availability of PHP 5.6. The new release brings new features and many improvements, PHP development team say, as well as some backward incompatible changes.

  • C++14 Is Here: Summary of New Features

    C++14, the new C++ standard succeeding C++11, has been finally approved and is heading to ISO for publication this year. While improvements in C++14 are "deliberately tiny" compared to C++11, says C++ creator Bjarne Stroustrup, they still "add significant convenience for users" and are a step on the route to make C++ "more novice friendly."