Brian Goetz has published the results of the local variable type inference survey and the results point to enthusiasm for adopting the feature. InfoQ looks at the results.
In a recent blog post Henn Idan raised an issue that using Oracle Java in containers could be violating the Oracle licensing agreements. Is this an issue, or is it something that developers should be concerned about? InfoQ investigates.
Jinq, a library to provide a DSL for database queries, has been made available for Java and Scala. The work is inspired by .NET's LINQ, and aims at enabling easy-to-write queries with support for type safety. As commented by Ming-Yee Iu, creator of the tool, work on Jinq started in 2006 under project name Queryll; however, the adoption of lambdas in Java 8 is what has realised its full potential.
Last week, the Scala Center was created as a not-for-profit foundation, along with a list of financial backers, to improve the ongoing development of Scala and provide training courses based around the Scala language.
On 8th and 9th March, the jDays Conference was hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden, followed by an additional day of optional workshops. Currently in its third edition, jDays congregated forty speakers from several different countries, who covered a varied range of topics with a special emphasis in the Java language, methodologies and practices, and front-end technologies.
A feature proposal to extend type inference to local variables in Java has been posted to the JEP discussion list, asking for feedback regarding the feature. InfoQ looks at the proposal and what it might mean for the Java platform.
Alan Bateman has sent a mail to the JDK-9 development list, indicating that a snapshot of Jigsaw will be integrated later this month. InfoQ looks in deeper to see what this will mean.
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.
Google has made available an early preview of Android N targeted specifically at developers. Android N Preview comes 10 weeks earlier compared with its predecessor, Android M Preview. Google’s desire is to get earlier feedback from developers to have enough time to incorporate the changes into it.
Today, the Eclipse Foundation announced the first release of the Eclipse Che next-generation web-based IDE. Read on to find out what it contains.
The JUnit Lambda Team has recently announced the alpha release of JUnit 5, a new major version for the popular unit testing framework. Changes in the new version are mostly focused at removing the common obstacles that JUnit 4 presented to developers, while also modifying the framework to allow for easier changes in the future. Integration with build tools and IDEs still needs some further work.
The Apache Wicket PMC has released Apache Wicket 7.2.0. This release is a minor release, but does contain new features. To learn more about this release and the state of Apache Wicket, InfoQ interviewed Apache Wicket PMC member Martijn Dashorst.
Censum, the Java garbage collection analysis tool by jClarity, has reached version 3.0. The main new features of the new version include the ability to analyse Safepoint logs, new graphs showcasing the behaviour of the G1 garbage collector, and a set of analytics to highlight whenever applications force to much OS activity.
As Java 9 approaches general availability, many of the defining JEPs are starting to take final shape. JEP 260 (Encapsulate Most Internal APIs) proposes to expose the functionality of the controversial sun.misc.Unsafe class via variable handles, and a new posting to the JDK Bug tracker proposes further optimizations and cleanups for Unsafe.
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.