SD Times GitHub project of the week: Gravity

Picture a new programming language that’s like Swift, JavaScript and Smalltalk packed into a tiny virtual machine. It can be written once, and it can run on any operating system. This is Gravity, a Swift-like programming language, in a nutshell. This powerful, dynamically typed, lightweight and embeddable programming language is written in C, but it … continue reading

Swift announces new project lead, Embarcadero updates RAD Studio, and Spare5 relaunches as Mighty AI—SD Times news digest: Jan. 11, 2017

Swift is welcoming Ted Kremenek as the new project lead for the Swift project—a change that will not impact day-to-day operations, according to Chris Lattner, Swift and Xcode head, in an announcement. Lattner added that he is still completely committed to Swift, but will move from Apple to Tesla to become the company’s vice president … 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

Android 7.1 Developer Preview available, Swift 4.0 road map, and Chaos Monkey 2.0 released—SD Times news digest: Oct. 20, 2016

Android developers can get started with the new release of the developer preview of Android 7.1 Nougat. Developers have access to the SDK and tools right on their devices, and can enroll their devices in the Android Beta Program today. With this preview, developers can test their apps on the new platform or extend it … continue reading

State of JavaScript: Programming language has a bright future

JavaScript is considered one of the most popular programming languages, but depending on which developer is asked, opinions on the current JavaScript ecosystem are either strongly positive or strongly negative. That’s why Sacha Greif, a designer and coder living in Osaka, Japan, created a survey to see what everyone thinks about the current state of … continue reading

New features for Azul’s Zing 16.07, Quill 1.0 released, and Synopsys’ new Virtualizer tool set—SD Times news digest: Sept. 7, 2016

Azul Systems has announced the general availability of version 16.07 of its Zing runtime for Java, which is a drop-in replacement for legacy Java Virtual Machines. According to the TIOBE Index, Java remains the most popular programming language across enterprises, and is used by companies like Google and Oracle. However, Java can still experience problems … continue reading

Shippable’s new Continuous Delivery platform, Automic updates Release Automation platform, and KDevelop 5.0—SD Times news digest: Aug. 25, 2016

Shippable has added key features to its new Continuous Deployment platform, which can be used by software organizations that are looking to further streamline the process of shipping their software. According to Shippable, the workflow required to get applications from source code into production can be complicated. Shippable’s new platform aims to solve this complication … continue reading

Former Intel CEO dies at 79, Node.js for Google App Engine goes beta, and Swift 2.2—SD Times digest: March 22, 2016

Intel announced that the company’s former CEO and chairman Andrew S. Grove died yesterday at the age of 79. “Andy” Grove became Intel’s president in 1979 and CEO in 1987. He served as the company’s chairman from 1997 until 2005. He is considered by the company to be one of the most influential figures in … continue reading

Microsoft is working on a Chrome extension porting tool, a CSS tutorial, and Searchkit 0.8—SD Times news digest: March 21, 2016

Shortly after Microsoft previewed the first set of extensions for Microsoft Edge, it was revealed the company is also working on a porting tool to allow developers to run Chrome extensions on the Edge browser. Jacob Rossi, an engineer for Microsoft Edge, tweeted: “Lots of questions on this: yes we’re working on a porting tool … continue reading

Kotlin 1.0 RC announced, the Visa Developer Platform, and Python 3 comes to Scrapy—SD Times news digest: Feb. 5, 2016

JetBrains has announced the 1.0 release candidate of its statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and browsers: Kotlin. The language is designed to reduce the amount of code developers need to write; avoid entire classes or errors; provide versatility; leverage existing frameworks and libraries with 100% Java Interoperability; and support command-line compilers or … continue reading

The State of Go, Microsoft confirms SwiftKey acquisition, and Sailfish OS to power Turing Phone—SD Times news digest: Feb. 3, 2016

A slideshow that describes “The State of Go” was created to show where the programming language is as of February 2016. Some highlights include all of the Go releases. Go 1.4 is one year old, Go 1.6’s release candidate was released on Jan. 28, and Go 1.6 will be released sometime this month. Most of … continue reading

Swift is now open source

Apple has announced its programming language Swift is now open source. The programming language, unveiled last June, is designed to provide all the benefits of Objective-C without the baggage of C, said Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, at the time. Apple noted that while Swift was inspired by Objective-C, it … continue reading

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