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Google Solves CPython’s Concurrency Issues with Grumpy

by Abel Avram on  Jan 11, 2017

Google has solved the concurrency limitations introduced by the Global Interpreter Lock existent in CPython by creating a new Python runtime in Go.

AFK-MC² Algorithm Speeds up k-Means Clustering Algorithm Seeding

by Alexandre Rodrigues on  Dec 23, 2016

“Fast and Probably Good Seedings for k-Means” by Olivier Bachem et al. was presented on 2016’s Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference and describes AFK-MC2, an alternative method to generate initial seedings for k-Means clustering algorithm that is several orders of magnitude faster than the state of art method k-Means++.

Python 3.6 Brings Better Dictionaries, Improved Async I/O, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 09, 2016

Python is approaching its next major milestone, version 3.6. Expected to be released on December 16, Python 3.6 brings many new features, including faster and more compact dictionaries, improved asyncio, a new file system path protocol, and more.

Pinterest's Switch to Universal JavaScript and React

by David Iffland on  Nov 29, 2016

The story of Pinterest's switch to React is really the story of re-architecting their Django server-side engine to use universal JavaScript for template rendering.

Django 1.10 Brings Full Text Search for PostgreSQL

by James Chesters on  Aug 09, 2016

Version 1.10 of Django has been released, bringing full text search for PostgreSQL, official support for Unicode usernames and new-style middleware. The major release for Django Software Foundation's dynamic language includes using database functions in the django.contrib.postgres.search module to ease the use of PostgreSQL’s full text search engine.

New Leadership for IronPython

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 03, 2016

Leadership of the community run IronPython project has been passed to Alex Earl and Benedikt Eggers. Jeff Hardy, the previous leader, has been running the project since Microsoft ceased active involvement in 2010.

Meson Workflow Orchestration and Scheduling Framework for Netflix Recommendations

by Srini Penchikala on  Jul 10, 2016

Netflix's goal is to predict what you want to watch before you watch it. They do this by running a number of machine learning (ML) workflows every day. Meson is a workflow orchestration and scheduling framework that manages the lifecycle of all these machine learning pipelines that build, train and validate personalization algorithms to help with the video recommendations.

Open Sourcing Artificial Intelligence Research

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 27, 2016

Today OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company founded by InfoSys and Amazon Web Services, announced a beta for OpenAI Gym. Gym is a Python based toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms offered under the MIT license.

Neo4j 3.0 Released with Binary Communication Protocol and Standardised Drivers

by Alex Blewitt on  Apr 26, 2016

Today at GraphConnect Europe 2016, Neo Technology announced the release of Neo4j 3.0, which includes a new binary protocol for transmitting data between server and client, and a new set of standardised drivers for interacting with the database, along with stored procedure support and higher performance and capacity. InfoQ spoke to Neo Technology to find out more.

CLion 2016.1 Adds Python, Swift, Improves C++ Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 24, 2016

JetBrains has announced version 2016.1 of CLion, its cross-platform IDE that targets both Linux and OS X. The new version adds many improvements to C++ support, code generation, Python and Swift support, and better Git integration.

Python will be Moving to GitHub

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 15, 2016 2

Brett Cannon, who is currently in charge of Python's development process, has announced on Python core workflow mailing list that Python will be moving to GitHub. InfoQ has spoken with Brett Cannon to learn more about the benefits that this decision should bring, what the next steps are in the process, and other relevant details.

Python JIT Compiler PyPy 4 Brings SMD Vectorization, Performance Improvements, and more

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 03, 2015

PyPy 4.0 is a new major version of Python Just-in-Time compiler, bringing many new features, such as SIMD vectorization support, warmup time improvements, and improvements to Numpy. PyPy claims to be more than six times faster than CPython.

Python 3.5 Promises New Syntax Features

by James Chesters on  Jul 14, 2015

The Python Software Foundation has announced new features expected in Python 3.5. Core developer Benjamin Petersen details new syntax features, new library modules, new built-in features and significantly improved library features.

Python 3.5 will Support Async/Await Asynchronous Programming

by Sergio De Simone on  May 07, 2015 1

Python 3.5 will add support for coroutines with async and await syntax, according to Python Enhancement Proposal (PEP) #0492. The proposal aims at making coroutines a native Python language feature and to "establish a common, easily approachable, mental model of asynchronous programming."

Massive Price Cut for Visual Studio 2015

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2015 9

Microsoft has announced that they are restructuring the way they sell Visual Studio. Starting with VS 2015, there will only be three main SKUs or editions: Community, Professional w/MSDN, and Enterprise w/MSDN. The most expensive edition will cost you 5,999 for the first year, less than half the cost of VS 2013 Ultimate Edition.

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