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Hyperledger Steering Committee Approves First Ethereum Project

by Kent Weare on  Apr 23, 2017

In a recent blog post on the Hyperledger project website, Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger project, announced that the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee has approved a proposal, submitted by Monax and Intel, to incubate the first Ethereum derived project called Burrow, a permissionable smart contract machine.

Facebook Litho: An Android UI Framework Created for Performance

by Abel Avram on  Apr 19, 2017

Facebook has open sourced Litho, a framework for creating user interfaces in Android applications using a React-like declarative style with scrolling performance in mind.

CodePlex Shuts Down; Migration to GitHub Recommended

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2017

Microsoft has decided to stop providing free hosting services for open source projects via CodePlex. Instead they have recommend moving to GitHub or other hosting providers.

Swift 3.1 Improves Language, Package Manager, and Linux Implementation

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 31, 2017

Staying true to its plan, the recently announced Swift 3.1 is source compatible with Swift 3.0. Still, it includes a number of changes to the language, the standard library, and improved Linux implementation.

GitHub Steps Up to Recognizing Developers' Creative Rights

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 22, 2017

GitHub’s Balanced Employee Intellectual Property agreement (BEIPA) is an attempt to strike a new balance to assign developers more rights on their intellectual creation outside of work. By making it an open source project, GitHub also hopes to make it reusable and open to outside contributions.

GitLab Aquires Public Chat Software Gitter

by David Iffland on  Mar 17, 2017

The open source git provider, GitLab, has aquired Gitter, a Slack alternative. There are no plans to combine the two products, but Gitter will be open sourced by the middle of 2017. The goal for GitLab is to drive growth by getting in front of Gitter's 800,000+ users.

US Department of Defense Launches code.mil Open Source Effort

by Kevin Farnham on  Mar 07, 2017

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the launch of code.mil, "an Experiment in Open Source." The objective of the project is to allow "software developers around the world to collaborate on unclassified code written by federal employees in support of DoD projects"...

Swift Memory Ownership Manifesto

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 03, 2017 3

According to Chris Lattner, Swift creator and Swift team lead before moving to Tesla, defining a Rust/Cyclone-inspired memory ownership model is one of the main goals for Swift development. Now that Swift 4 has entered its phase 2, the Swift team has published a manifesto detailing how Swift memory ownership could work.

GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2017

GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. The guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories. InfoQ spoke with Brandon Keepers, GitHub’s Head of Open Source.

Microsoft Makes Cloud-Based Biological Research Tool Open Source

by Michael Stiefel on  Feb 21, 2017

Bio Model Analyzer, a Microsoft cloud-based tool that biologists can use to model cell interactions and communications, is now available as open-source on GitHub. It is used to create computer models that can compare the processes within healthy and diseased cells. Scientists can see the interactions between millions of genes and proteins, speeding up research and treatment of diseases.

LLD, LLVM’s New Linker, Coming to LLVM 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 21, 2017

LLD, which touts great performance improvements over GCC ld, will be included in LLVM 4 rc1 and enabled by default. Although the new linker is already able to build a running FreeBSD/amd64 base system, its inclusion in LLVM is still experimental and could be set back in rc2 if it causes problems.

Approval Testing with TextTest

by Ben Linders on  Feb 09, 2017

Approval testing is a test technique which compares the current output of your code with an 'approved' version. The approved version is created by initially examining the test output and approving the result. You can revisit the approved version and easily update it when the requirements change. Approval testing is supported by TextTest, an open source tool for text-based functional testing.

Rust 1.15 Brings Custom Derive

by James Chesters on  Feb 05, 2017

The Rust core team has released the stable version of 1.15, bringing with it the highly anticipated custom derive.

The OpenAPI Spec, Based on Swagger, Reaches 3.0

by Abel Avram on  Jan 27, 2017

The Open API Initiative has announced the preview of the OpenAPI 3.0 with an Implementer Draft scheduled for the end of February.

Microsoft Open Sources Visual Studio Test

by Abel Avram on  Jan 21, 2017

Microsoft has open sourced their Visual Studio Test Platform (VS Test) used to run tests in many languages, collect diagnostic data and report the results.

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