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The Roadmap to Swift 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 19, 2016

Expected to be released in late 2017, Swift 4 will aim to stabilize the language, both at the source code and ABI level. New features will include improvements to generics, and a Rust/Cyclone-inspired memory ownership model.

Realm Mobile Platform to Enable Reactive Mobile Apps with Data Sync and Event Handling

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 01, 2016

Realm introduced its new mobile development platform aiming to provide seamless realtime synchronization, conflict resolution, and reactive event handling. Furthermore, its client-side database is now fully open-source.

Onion Creates a $5 Linux Computer with Wi-Fi, Designed for IoT Applications

by Kevin Farnham on  Sep 27, 2016

Onion.io has produced a $5 tiny Linux computer that's designed for Internet of Things applications. Onion calls the Omega2 the "World's smallest Linux server, with Wi-Fi built-in." The device has a 580 MHz CPU, 64MB of RAM, 16MB of flash storage, an integrated IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi, and supports programming in widely used languages like C, Python, Javascript, PHP, and Node.JS.

Ceylon 1.3 Adds Support for Building Android Apps and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 24, 2016 1

Ceylon, RedHat’s strongly statically typed language for the JVM, has reached version 1.3. Released one year after version 1.2, Ceylon 1.3 is a major release bringing Android support, npm integration, and a plugin for IntelliJ IDEA and Android Studio, in addition to new language features and improvements.

Android Studio 2.2: New Layout, Firebase, OpenJDK, Java 8

by Abel Avram on  Sep 20, 2016

Android Studio 2.2 comes with enhancements across all development phases - Design, Development, Build and Test -, including a new Constraint Layout, Layout Editor, Firebase plug-in, Code Sample browser, Java 8 support, OpenJDK, GPU Debugger and others.

Swift 3 is out

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 19, 2016 1

Swift 3.0 has been released, writes Apple engineer Ted Kremenek, bringing a wealth of changes to the language and its standard library, additions to the Linux port, and the first official release of the Swift Package Manager.

Visual Studio Code Now Supports Debugging of iOS Web Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 31, 2016

A new extension for Visual Studio Code aims to allow developers to debug JavaScript web apps and sites running on iOS devices directly from their editor both on Mac and Windows, writes Microsoft program manager for JavaScript Diagnostics Kenneth Auchenberg.

Intel Releases Joule Internet of Things Maker Module Platform

by Kevin Farnham on  Aug 26, 2016 1

At the 2016 Intel Developer Forum, Intel announced the availability of the Joule Module, a Linux "system on module (SoM) ... designed to help inventors and IoT developers create more, faster." The Joule offers high computational power, RAM, and storage. It's pre-installed with Ostro, a reference Linux-based OS tailored for IoT smart devices.

Google Releases Android 7.0 with over 250 New Features

by Abel Avram on  Aug 25, 2016 3

Google has started updating certain devices to the latest Android 7.0, dubbed Nougat. Usually, a new version of Android would start to be pushed to devices during the fall, in late September or even October. But this year they changed the pace, making available a preview in March and the GA in August.

V8's New JavaScript Interpreter Improves Memory Consumption

by David Iffland on  Aug 25, 2016 1

Google's V8 JavaScript engine has a new interpreter, called Ignition, that hopes to reduce the compiler's memory consumption and reduce complexity. Chrome 53 will start using Ignition on Android devices with 512 MB of RAM or less.

LinkedIn Test Butler Aims to Improve UI Testing on Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 19, 2016 1

Test Butler is an open-source testing tool for Android that aims to allow developers to reliably run UI tests, writes LinkedIn engineer Drew Hannay and creator of Test Butler, by allowing developers to programmatically control a number of testing environment settings.

Google is Working on a New Operating System Called Fuchsia

by Abel Avram on  Aug 17, 2016 8

Google has open sourced the at least some of the bits for a new operating system planned for hardware with fast processors and lots of RAM.

Survey: Android’s Lead is Consolidated

by Abel Avram on  Aug 10, 2016

According to the latest Developer Nation Q3 2016 survey from VisionMobile, Android’s lead over iOS as primary platform and developer mindshare has been consolidated. Also, Windows developers prefer C# in the cloud while Linux ones stay with Java.

Apple’s Chris Lattner Looks Back at Swift 3 and Ahead to Swift 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 08, 2016

While Swift 3 is nearing its late 2016 release, Apple’s Developer Tools Department senior director Chris Lattner provided a retrospective on its development and set expectations for Swift 4 in a long message to the Swift-evolution mailing list.

Modern iOS Application Security

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 03, 2016

At QCon New York 2016, Trail of Bits CEO and security expert Dan Guido explained how to keep iOS apps secure. This includes correctly using all iOS security provisions, without forgetting that your app might be running on a jailbroken phone.

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