Webpack 2 Finalized with Focus on Improved Documentation

by David Iffland on  Jan 19, 2017

The final release of webpack 2, the popular JavaScript module and asset bundler, has arrived, bringing with it native support for ES2015 and vastly improved documentation. However, it's too early to tell if the new version will dramatically improve build times and file sizes.

New Book on Docker Provides Comprehensive Introduction

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Sep 27, 2016

Docker in Action, written by Jeff Nickoloff, provides a comprehensive introduction to Docker and how to integrate it into a development workflow. This book is intended for developers and operations engineers who wish to adopt Docker for application development and integrate it into their software delivery process.

Solving Fat JAR Woes at HubSpot

by Matt Raible on  Aug 22, 2016 6

Spring Boot 1.4 and Dropwizard 1.0 were both released at the end of July, using fat JARs. As adoption of such frameworks and microservices increases, fat JARs are becoming a more common deployment mechanism. Earlier HubSpot cited issues where Fat JARs deployments experienced problems with the maven-shade-plugin, and efficiency problems when packaging 100,000 tiny files as a JAR.

ZeroTurnaround Releases RebelLabs Developer Productivity Report

by Alex Blewitt on  Jul 14, 2016 1

Today, ZeroTurnaround's RebelLabs released their biannual developer productivity report, which asked over 2000 respondents what their tools of the trade were. InfoQ has been given access to the report and summarises its findings.

Twitter Releases Pants 1.0 Polyglot Build Tool

by Michael Redlich on  May 28, 2016 2

Five years in the making, Twitter has released the milestone version 1.0.0 of their Pants build tool, offering multi language support and improved scalability.

.NET Core Plans to Drop project.json

by Jonathan Allen on  May 17, 2016 5

Microsoft has decided to phase out project.json files over the next year or so, slowly returning to the standard .csproj style file.

Apache Maven JDeps Plugin 3.0.0 Released

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Nov 25, 2015

A new maven plugin that uses the jdeps utility to find uses of JDK Internal APIs has been released. When activated, the plugin will force a failure if the code uses any internal API. Internal APIs will be unaccessible as of Java 9, therefore this plugin helps developers adapt their code to the next version of Java. Despite being labeled as 3.0.0, this is the first release of the plugin.

Maven Central Now Mirrored by Google

by Matt Raible on  Nov 09, 2015 1

Takari, the Maven-focused company started by Maven founder Jason van Zyl, announced that Maven Central is now mirrored on Google Cloud Storage. Maven Central is the central repository where many open source Java libraries publish their artifacts.

Bazel Enters Beta, Supports Groovy, Rust and Scala

by Abel Avram on  Sep 10, 2015

Bazel, the build system that Google open sourced six months ago, has reached the first beta milestone as planned, adding support for several languages and technologies.

Gradle 2.5 Does Continuous Builds

by Abel Avram on  Jul 24, 2015

Gradle 2.5 has been announced this month including a number of incubating features, such as Continuous Builds, Dependency Substitution Rules, Progress Events, Google Tests, and others.

RedHat Microservices Architecture Developer Day London

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 15, 2015 5

Last week, RedHat hosted a "Microservices Architecture Developer Day" in London, and presented a set of technologies and patterns that can be used to create microservice-based applications using open-source solutions like Kubernetes, Docker, Fabric8 and Maven. Read on for more details about the day, including links to the presentations and demo videos.

Maven Escapes from XML

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 20, 2015 23

The recently released Maven 3.3.1 adds support for core extensions to be added to a project through additional metadata as well as using alternatives to the eponymous pom.xml file for building. This has been used to create build scripts for JRuby that build upon Maven but use a JRuby script to represent dependencies and plugins.

MSBuild Joins GitHub, Paving Way for Non-Windows Build Systems

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 20, 2015 1

MSBuild, the command-line tool used to build Visual Studio solutions and projects has been released to GitHub under an open source license. This paves the way for non-Windows systems to build .NET-based applications without requiring Visual Studio to be installed.

New Tools from Google to Help Developing C/C++ Applications on Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 23, 2014

A new set of libraries and tools from Google's Fun Propulsion Labs, fplutil, promises to make it easier to develop C/C++ applications for Android.

CocoaPods Hits 1 Millon Downloads

by Matt McComb on  Dec 11, 2014

Orta Therox, a core contributor to the CocoaPods project, last week announced that the project has now topped 1 million downloads. This announcement rounds off a year which has seen significant developments in the project and growth in its user base.