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ChakraCore Now Works on Linux and Mac OS

by Abel Avram on  Jul 28, 2016

Microsoft has demonstrated ChakraCore running on Linux and Mac OS X, and Node.js/ChakraCore on Linux.

Apple Open-Sources its New Compression Algorithm LZFSE

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 02, 2016

Apple has open-sourced its new lossless compression algorithm, LZFSE, introduced last year with iOS 9 and OS X 10.10. According to Apple, LZFE provides the same compression gain as ZLib level 5 while being 2x–3x faster and with higher energy efficiency.

A Look at APFS, Apple’s New File System for iOS and macOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 20, 2016 2

Among the announcements Apple made at WWDC 2016, its new file system, called APFS, raised a lot of developer interest. APFS brings strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, and more to macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Xcode 8 Brings Swift 3, Editor Plug-ins, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 15, 2016

At WWDC 2016, Apple announced Xcode 8, the latest version of its IDE for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Now available in beta, Xcode 8 brings Swift 3, improved address and thread sanitizer, a new editor extension architecture, and more.

CLion 2016.1 Adds Python, Swift, Improves C++ Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 24, 2016

JetBrains has announced version 2016.1 of CLion, its cross-platform IDE that targets both Linux and OS X. The new version adds many improvements to C++ support, code generation, Python and Swift support, and better Git integration.

LambdaNative: Scheme for Mobile, Desktop, and Embedded Cross-Platform Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 04, 2016 1

LambdaNative is an open-source Scheme-based cross-platform development framework that supports a wide range of platforms, including iOS, Android, Blackberry, OS X, Linux, Windows, OpenBSD, NetBSD and OpenWrt. InfoQ has spoken with Chris Petersen, Ph.D., leader of the development team behind behind LambdaNative.

IBM Pushes Swift for the Cloud with Swift Runtime, Package Catalog, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2016

After introducing their Swift sandbox, IBM have recently announced their next step to support Swift in the cloud by previewing IBM Swift runtime, Swift Package Catalog, and open-sourcing Kitura, a framework for Web app development.

RxSwift Brings Native Reactive Functional Programming to Swift

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 20, 2016 1

RxSwift project aims to port Rx programming model to Swift, including as many of its abstractions as possible. InfoQ has spoken with Krunoslav Zaher, maintainer of the project.

Chris Lattner on Swift 3 and Cocoa "Renamification"

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 31, 2016 1

In a recent post on the "swift-evolution" mailing list, Swift creator Chris Lattner outlined a few criteria that will guide Swift 3 definition and made clear that it will bring disruptive changes.

Perfect Aims to Bring Swift to the Server-side

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 16, 2016 7

Perfect makes it possible to use Apple’s Swift language to build enterprise-grade web applications, say Canadian startup PerfectlySoft Inc. With Apple having recently open-sourced Swift, Perfect promises to support cross-platform development across multiple platforms, including OS X, Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android. InfoQ has spoken with Sean Stephens, CEO at PerfectlySoft.

JetBrains CLion Adds Support for Swift on Linux and OS X

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 23, 2015

Thanks to Apple open sourcing Swift compiler and libraries earlier this month, JetBrains added support for Swift to its cross-platform IDE, CLion, running both on Linux and OS X.

Three Ways to Get Core Data Multithreading Right

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 26, 2015

At #Pragma Conference 2015, Marcus Zarra, author of Pragmatic Bookshelf Core Data, described three approaches to using Core Data in a multithreaded environment and tried to clear up how Core Data should be used in 2015.

Chrome to Lose Windows XP Support in April 2016

by David Iffland on  Nov 13, 2015

Google has announced that they will drop support for Chrome on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 in April 2016.

Lightweight, Embeddable VM Avian Supports 64-Bit iOS Devices

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 02, 2015 2

Avian is a lightweight, portable, embeddable virtual machine that aims to support a reduced subset of Java on iOS alongside Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows. Version 1.2 added support for ARM64 on Linux and iOS.

Apple Open-sources Three Cryptographic Libraries

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 31, 2015

Apple has announced they have open sourced three major components in their OSes’ security subsystem. Apple’s announcement has spun some controversy due to the restrictive nature of the license used for one of the libraries.

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