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Typesafe Changes Name to Lightbend

by Matt Raible on  Mar 10, 2016

The company formerly known as Typesafe, inventors of the Scala programming language, has completed their renaming and is now known as Lightbend. Typesafe announced their plans to rename last May, stating at that time that it was expected to be a two month process. They invited community members to participate, and provided blog updates about their progress.

Racket 6.4 Improves Security and Adds Incremental Garbage Collection

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 09, 2016

Racket, a multi-paradigm programming language belonging to the Lisp/Scheme family, has reached version 6.4, PLT announced. The new version adds several new features, including an incremental garbage collector (GC), and fixes a vulnerability in the web server.

OCaml Now Ready for iOS Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 28, 2016

San Francisco-based programmer Edgar Aroutiounian has recently created a package for OCamliOS, an OCaml cross-compiler for iOS recently made available by Jeffrey A. Scofield that should eventually be merged into the official OCaml compiler. InfoQ has spoken with Aroutiounian.

Architecting Scalable, Dynamic Systems when Eventual Consistency Won’t Work

by Michael Stiefel on  Jan 20, 2016

Architecting a scalable and dynamic system without caching is explained by Peter Morgan, head of engineering for the sports betting company William Hill. The values of the bets on sporting events change constantly. No data can be cached; all system values must be current. Distributed Erlang processes model domain objects which instantly recalculate system values based on data streams from Kafka.

Elixir 1.2 Brings Enhancements, Performance Improvements

by James Chesters on  Jan 05, 2016

José Valim has announced version 1.2 of the dynamic, functional Programming language Elixir. Valim, creator of Elixir, says the release "brings enhancements, bug fixes, performance improvements and more," noting that it requires at least Erlang 18+.

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.

Haskell Can Now Do Strict Evaluation by Default

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 28, 2015

A new Strict language extension to Haskell aims to make it easier to use Haskell for code that is meant to be mostly strict, i.e., evaluated in a non-lazy manner. The feature was recently merged into GHC’s git HEAD and will be included in GHC’s next release.

Erik Meijer’s Hacker’s Way

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 21, 2015 6

At GoTo 2015, Erik Meijer, computer scientist whose name is linked to functional programming and reactive asynchronous programming, recounted the last couple of years in his life, including his cancer diagnosis and how it changed his way of looking at life, and shared his view on the Hacker’s Way.

IntelliJ IDEA 15 Released

by Matt Raible on  Nov 20, 2015

JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 15, with improved Java 8 lambda debugger support, a better user interface for running tests, enhanced JVM frameworks support (Spring 4.2, Hibernate 5.0, Grails 3.x, and Arquillian), TypeScript 1.6 and TSLint integration, and initial support for Angular 2.

Scala Experimental Platform Dotty Bootstraps

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 31, 2015

Dotty, a platform aimed to develop new technology for Scala tooling as well as try out new concepts for future Scala versions, has reached bootstrap status. This means that its compiler is written in Dotty and can compile itself, thus providing a drop-in replacement for the original one. InfoQ has spoken with Dotty major contributor Dmitry Petrashko.

JAX London 2015 Round-Up

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Oct 19, 2015

JAX London 2015, which took place from 12th to 15th October at the Business Design Centre in London, United Kingdom, gathered many of the experts in the areas of Java, Microservices and other modern development practices. Although the topics were varied, the overall message seemed to indicate both that these technologies are maturing, and that users are learning to use them more effectively.

Elixir Hits 1.1, Brings new APIs, Build-time Improvements

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 10, 2015

One year after hitting 1.0, Elixir 1.1 is out. It brings new public APIs, performance improvements, and tooling improvements. InfoQ has spoken with José Valim, Elixir’s creator.

Ionide is a New Atom-based F# IDE Written in F#

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 29, 2015

Ionide, based on the Atom Editor, is a suite of packages that aim to provide a full-featured, modern, cross-platform, open-source IDE for F# development. InfoQ has talked with Ionide’s creator, Krzysztof Cieślak.

Reduce the Risk of Failure With Elm

by David Iffland on  Sep 29, 2015

At Strange Loop 2015, Richard Feldman gave an overview of how using Elm in production has sped up his team's development cycle and improved the quality of their app.

Python 3.5 Brings New Language Features and Library Modules

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 14, 2015

Recently released Python 3.5 brings a host of changes, including several new syntax features, new library modules, and improvements to the standard library and to security.