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Ceylon 1.3 Adds Support for Building Android Apps and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 24, 2016

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, besides new language features and improvements.

Gradle Releases Version 3.0 of Their Polyglot Build Tool

by Michael Redlich on  Sep 24, 2016

Gradle announced a milestone version 3.0 release of their polyglot build tool that offers Gradle Cloud Services, an improved Gradle Daemon, improved IDE support, and initial support for Java 9.

JavaOne 2016 - Day 2 "Thinking in Parallel"

by Monica Beckwith on  Sep 24, 2016

JavaOne 2016 had a number of intriguing sessions, InfoQ covers one such session - "Thinking in Parallel"

How YouTube's Recommendation Algorithm Works

by Alex Giamas on  Sep 23, 2016

In a recent paper published by Google, YouTube engineers analyzed in greater detail the inner workings of YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. The paper was presented on the 10th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems last week in Boston. In this news item we analyze how YouTube uses deep learning to operate one of the largest and most complex recommendation systems in industry.

Microsoft Pushes the Bot Framework, Google Buys API.ai

by Abel Avram on  Sep 23, 2016

Microsoft has made available Bot Framework Preview to developers and Google has purchased API.ai, a bot engine with many integrations.

Yelp Introduces More Data and Features with New Fusion API

by Margot Krouwer on  Sep 23, 2016

Yelp announced the release of a brand new API called Fusion which provides developers with higher granularity filtering across Yelp data, greater access to uploaded photos and Yelp business partner data, and 24 hour caching.

Consul 0.7 Adds Atomic K/V Updates, ACL Replication and Improved Protocol Robustness

by Grischa Ekart on  Sep 22, 2016

Last week, Hashicorp released version 0.7 of Consul its open-source distributed service discovery and configuration tool. Tagged a "very large release", it introduces transactions for key/value updates, replication of ACLs across datacenters, improvements to its Raft and Gossip protocol implementations and optimisation of corresponding timings.

HyperGrid Announces Platform for Application Migration to Containers

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Sep 22, 2016

HyperGrid, which was formed out of GridStore acquiring DCHQ, announced an application migration platform called HyperForm. It aims to migrate applications to any cloud or container infrastructure, with a focus on Java applications.

JavaOne 2016 Keynotes Cover the Future of Java Near and Far

by Monica Beckwith on  Sep 22, 2016

JavaOne 2016 opened with reminiscence of the past 21 years of Java, with mentions of JavaSoft and Sun. From there on it was all about Java's future - near and far. In this article InfoQ summarizes the Keynotes by the industry leaders.

Scaling Scrum to Build a New-Technology Printer

by Ben Linders on  Sep 22, 2016

When developing a high speed printer based on a new print technology things change often; you need an effective and flexible solution for managing a large project with many different disciplines. Océ Printing Systems decided to customize Scrum and scale it to enable collaboration and make progress transparent.

Spring Releases Versions 2.3.1 and 2.4.0 Web Services

by Michael Redlich on  Sep 21, 2016

Spring recently announced multi-version updates of their Web Services project with release version 2.3.1 featuring minor patches and a new version 2.4.0 rebased to run on Spring Framework 4.3 and Spring Security 4.1 and designed to be forward compatible with Spring 5.0.

Refactoring and Code Smells – A Journey Toward Cleaner Code

by Ben Linders on  Sep 21, 2016

Refactoring helps to move towards cleaner code that is easier to understand and maintain. It takes practice and experience to recognise code smells: symptoms of bad design which indicate deeper problems in the code. Tools can be helpful to refactor in small steps and prevent breaking the code.

JavaOne 2016 – Audience Gets a Glimpse of the Power of JShell

by Monica Beckwith on  Sep 21, 2016

JShell brings about Read-Eval-Print Loop (REPL) to Java. REPL is an efficient, interactive way for developers to validate their code snippets without having to compile, run and then debug their entire program.

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.

Ethereum Security Alert Issued, Ethereum Foundation Responds with “From Shanghai, With Love”

by Kent Weare on  Sep 19, 2016

On September 18th, hours before the Ethereum Foundation devcon 2 conference was about to start, a DOS security alert was posted on the Ethereum blog. The alert was related to a vulnerability discovered on the Ethereum blockchain, in block 2283416, and was considered to have a high likelihood and severity.

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