Report: Android developers are switching from Java to Kotlin

Google surprised Android developers back in May when it announced for the first time it was adding a new programming language to the operating system. Since then, Kotlin language adoption has exploded among developers so much that it is set to overtake Java in the next couple of years, according to a new report. Realm, … continue reading

ActiveState’s ActiveRuby beta release, the Windows Bounty Program, and AnchorFree’s net neutrality SDK — SD Times news digest: July 27, 2017

Just weeks after releasing its commercial Go programming language distribution, ActiveState is taking on a new language. The company announced the beta release of ActiveRuby, its commercially supported Ruby distribution. ActiveRuby is based on Ruby 2.3.4, and provides easy installation, and features for the development and deployment of Ruby apps. “For enterprises looking to accelerate … continue reading

JSON vs. XML: The battle for format supremacy may be wasted energy

Back in the late 90s, when standards were proprietary and communication protocols complicated, two data formats appeared on the horizon. The first was the extensible markup language, born as an extension of an existing markup language standard (XML), and designed (by an open committee) with the purpose of storing and defining documents and data through … continue reading

Apollo Server 1.0, GitHub’s Internet Bug Bounty donation, and the Google Cloud Platform — SD Times news digest: July 21, 2017

A new GraphQL server is now available for all Node.js frameworks. Apollo Server is a open-source GraphQL server that is community-maintained and works across: Express, Connect, Hapi, Joa, AWS Lambda, Restify and Micro. The Apollo team announced version 1.0 of the server this week. It is built for the community, for simplicity and for performance. … continue reading

The Go programming language heads towards 2.0

It has been five years since the Go programming language reached version 1.0. Since then, the team has been slowly making its way to 2.0, with version 1.8 of the language just released in February. This week, at Gophercon 2017 in Denver, Colorado, the team revealed its goals and vision for reaching 2.0. “Now we … continue reading

Rust

The Rust programming language wants to expand its reach

The Mozilla-backed programming language Rust has made great improvements over the last couple of years, but the team wants to take it even further. One of the team’s goals for this year was to reduce the language’s learning curve and expand its community of developers. To do so, Rust is embarking on a new experiment … continue reading

The Dart programming language plans a move to strong mode

The Dart team wants to enable developers to be more productive by giving them the features they know and love. According to the team, more developers are starting to use strong mode features such as early error detection. As a result, the Dart team will begin to move to strong mode as the standard type … continue reading

GitHub Open Source Friday, TypeScript 2.4 and Datameer’s SmartAI — SD Times news digest: June 28, 2017

GitHub wants to get more people involved in the open-source community. The company has announced Open Source Friday, a new initiative designed to make it easier for individuals and organizations to contribute to open source. With Open Source Friday, GitHub wants teams, departments and companies to spend a few hours every Friday working on their … continue reading

New open-source Python library helps developers create reactive web apps

As interest in the Python programming language increases, a new open-source project wants to help developers start building applications in the language. Dash, created by the online data analytics and visualization solution provider Plotly, is a Python library for analytical, web-based applications. Dash has been under development for two years. The company first released Dash … continue reading

The Python programming language grows in popularity

The Python programming language has come a long way since it was first released in 1991. Today, it is quickly becoming a first-class enterprise language used in production. “Python has been extensively used in the industry for anything from building Raspberry Pi applications to configuration servers and using a scripting language for large scale applications,” … continue reading

Rainforest QA

Rainforest QA Mobile App Testing, Dart 1.24, and Yahoo joins Verizon — SD Times news digest: June 14, 2017

Rainforest QA launched its new Rainforest QA Mobile App Testing solution, which offers crowdtesting that combines virtual machines and real devices. It’s built on Rainforest QA’s crowdsourcing and AI platform, and gives teams testing results without requiring additional engineering resources to manage. “Traditional mobile testing solutions that rely on testers using their personal devices take … continue reading

cloud

The benefits of cloud computing, Rust 1.18, and intelligent tracking prevention in WebKit — SD Times news digest: June 9, 2017

The cloud is no longer an afterthought, it is a competitive advantage. According to a new Insight-sponsored report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, businesses are turning to the cloud for agility, data capabilities, customer and user experiences as well as cost savings. “A company’s IT environment should work for them by enabling them to … continue reading

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