After a relatively quiet 2015, father of Scala Martin Odersky, during his May 9, 2016 keynote address at Scala Days New York, announced development is “heating up” for Scala this year.
VersionEye open-sourced its eponymous continuous integration tool that helps with updated project dependencies. Coined "continuous updating", the tool provides update notifications, licence checking and security vulnerabilities information for many software libraries. By open-sourcing the software, VersionEye founder Robert Reiz intends to increase trust and transparency of the code base.
Oracle has created JEP 293 to introduce a set of guidelines for command line options in JDK tools in an attempt to fix the existing disparity among them. The JEP has no target version yet, meaning it will be delivered with Java 10 as soonest; however, taking into account that the scope is only to create a set of guidelines for new options, it may take even longer for the effects to be felt.
WSO2 MSF4J 2.0 has added support for Spring, Swagger definition generation, ExceptionMapper and StreamingOutput.
Akka.NET 1.1 was recently released, bringing new features and performance improvements. InfoQ reached out to Aaron Stannard, maintainer of Akka.net, to learn more about Akka.Streams and Akka.Cluster. Stannard also explains how the roadmap is planned with regards to the JVM implementation of Akka.
During the last DevNation Conference, Red Hat, IBM, Tomitribe, Payara, and the London Java Community announced the creation of the MicroProfile, a new initiative to try and leverage Java EE technologies to create a vendor-neutral microservices framework. The goal is to have a first public version by September 2016, allowing developers to create portable microservices in Java more easily.
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.
There is a lot of concern of late surrounding Oracle’s commitment to Java EE. InfoQ broke the news last month in an article about the Java EE Guardians. Spring Data project lead Oliver Gierke at Pivotal expressed his thoughts on the potential impact to the Java community.
Following the passing of the May 2016 deadline for a feature complete Java 9, Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform, suggested a method to collectively review all work remaining in unfinished JEPs and decide whether to delay the project further in order to accommodate, or to descope them. Although the process hasn't finished yet, the current state suggests a combination of both.
Vert.x core developer Clement Escoffier of RedHat explores key features of just released Vert.x 3.3.0 reactive toolkit.
Codename One, a popular app development environment that allows Java to be used for a variety of platforms, can now also target the Universal Windows Platform. This will allow Java developers to target any device where Windows 10 is installed- whether phone, table or desktop- and raises the number of targetable platforms to eight.
JSON-B, the JSON binding library expected to be added to Java EE 8, has been released for public review. The library builds on top of JSON Processing, and intends to provide a standard alternative to popular libraries like Jackson or Gson. The JSR is only targeted for inclusion Java EE though, meaning users of Java SE will still need to make use of external libraries.
A recent post in Reddit sparked a debate between the traditional testing framework JUnit and upstart Spock with the central theme, “What’s wrong with JUnit?”
In his presentation "Understanding Hardware Transactional Memory" at QCon New York 2016, Gil Tene introduces hardware transactional memory (HTM). Whereas the concept of HTM is not new, it is now finally available in commodity hardware. The purpose of HTM is to be able to write to multiple addresses in memory in an atomical way so that there cannot be inconsistencies in cooperation other threads.