Swift reaches TIOBE’s top 10, BlackBerry Dynamics Communication APIs, and 97 Things Programmers Need to Know — SD Times news digest: March 20, 2017

Swift has made it into the TIOBE Index’s top 10 programming languages for the first time. Swift is a programming language Apple created about three years ago to replace its other application development language Objective-C. “The expectations were high right from the start, but adoption took off slowly. That is for good reasons by the … continue reading

Kaspersky Labs creates own operating system, IBM creates new data-driven features, and CA Technologies announces new agile capabilities—SD Times news digest: Nov. 18, 2016

Kaspersky Labs developed a black box that is a protected Layer 3 switch powered by the Kaspersky operating system for networks with extreme requirements for data security. According to Eugene Kaspersky, a cybersecurity expert, this technology will be applied to other Internet of Things devices, because the operating system is “ideal for applications where a … continue reading

Swift 3.0, Service Fabric on Linux, and the Project Zero Prize—SD Times news digest: Sept. 14, 2016

Apple’s programming language Swift is getting its first major update since it went open source. Swift 3.0 is available now with significant improvements and refinements. Key features include improved translation of Objective-C APIs in Swift; API guidelines that have been applied to the standard library; package manager C language target support; modernized Playground literals; an … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Apple’s free coding classes are a sales engagement

Apple’s gotten into the game of teaching kids how to program. Last week at WWDC, the company announced Swift Playgrounds, along with the intention to teach programming classes at its Apple retail stores for free. And I’m here to tell you this is a terrible approach, a bad idea, and generally little more than a … continue reading

Google updates ratings and reviews, Microsoft dismisses Project Astoria, Spotify’s open-source projects—SD Times news digest: Feb. 26, 2016

Google is revamping its ratings and reviews on Google Play to help developers engage and understand their users. “In the last few months, we’ve made a number of improvements in the Google Play Developer Console to help you better analyze and manage ratings and reviews so that you can improve your app experience and boost … continue reading

Poll: The language I use most at work is…

What kind of developer are you? Choose the programming language you work with most! The language I use most at work is Public OpinionPoll Results … continue reading

2014: Clear the decks, full steam ahead

For all its surface frenzy, 2014 was a year in which the biggest news stories in the programming language community were about acknowledging reality and bowing to the inevitable. First, there was Java 8. For Java developers, this release is the most important since before the turn of the century—probably the most important release since … continue reading

TIOBE Index: Apple’s Swift and R programming language gain popularity

Apple’s Swift programming language and the R statistical language are the two candidates for TIOBE’s programming language of the year award, according to the TIOBE index for December. In the October TIOBE programming community index, Google Dart had cracked the Top 20 languages, and Java and C++ popularity had hit all-time lows. This time around, … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Sept. 18, 2014—Microsoft releases WinJS 3.0, and CloudFlare’s Keyless SSL

Microsoft releases WinJS 3.0 with multiplatform support, nixes developer fees Microsoft has released version 3.0 of WinJS, the Windows library for JavaScript, adding cross-platform and cross-browser support, JavaScript modularization, and improved universal control designs. The update adds support for popular Web and mobile browsers, as well as HTML-based app environments, including Apache Cordova. According to … continue reading

SD Times news digest: September 10, 2014—Swift language hits 1.0, and Apple’s WatchKit developer kit for Apple Watch

Apple releases WatchKit for Apple Watch Apple launched its first new product line since 2010 yesterday: the Apple Watch line of smart watch wearable devices. For developers this means an entirely new platform, in the form of a new set of tools called WatchKit. WatchKit, a development platform specifically for Apple Watch, enables third-party application … continue reading

Should developers opt to code for Web or native apps?

Ever since Apple created the iOS ecosystem, countless developers moved to focus their energies on the mobile world. As a result, more and more content is being consumed and more apps are being used as routine parts of people’s daily lives. It seems mobile is dominant in every way. However, according to Web analytics company … continue reading

Code Watch: Quick thoughts on Swift

Objective-C developers in particular should look at Apple’s latest programming language … continue reading

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