Microsoft turns to Rust for safer code

Microsoft is starting to explore new programming languages to protect against security vulnerabilities. The company revealed it is turning to the systems programming language Rust to help developers build more reliable and efficient software.  Microsoft has long turned to languages like C++ and C# in their security efforts. C# has helped protect against memory corruption …

What to expect in Python 3.8

The upcoming version on Python is on its way. The Python 3.8 beta cycle begun with Python 3.8.0b1 last month. Earlier this month, the second beta was released, making Python 3.8 feature complete. Python 3.8 will go through two more planned beta release previews before the official version is released in October.  RELATED CONTENT:  Top …

SD Times news digest: npm improves JavaScript security in npm Enterprise, Microsoft open sources its recipe to pre-train BERT, and Anaxi adds Bitbucket support

Npm announced the first major update to npm Enterprise, delivering new security, compliance and developer experience features for working with JavaScript.  According to the company, the new release can “provide powerful insights to engineering managers, administrators, and corporate security teams, enabling them to make their JavaScript development more reliable and secure.” For security, administrators can …

OSCON 2019: Data Asset eXchange, Kabanero, WSO2 API Micrograteway 3.0, and Red Sky Ops

The O’Reilly Open Source Software Conference (OSCON) is taking place this week in Oregon, gathering together industry leaders to talk about open source, cloud native, data-driven solutions, AI capabilities and product management.  “OSCON has continued to be the catalyst for open source innovation for twenty years, providing organizations with the latest technological advances and guidance …

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SD Times news digest: Mendix Summer 2019 release, ActiveState support for Python 2, and Tidelift and Ruby Together team up

Low-code and no-code tool provider Mendix introduced Mendix Studio: an IDE called Studio Pro, and Mendix Assist: an AI tool for building low-code apps, all included in the Summer 2019 release of the platform.  The company explained that the new release was designed to greatly expand the number of people who can fully participate in …

NativeScript 6.0 released with full support for Vue.js

The latest version of the open-source framework for building native apps is now available. NativeScript 6.0 comes with support for Angular 8 and Vue.js as well as the ability to shorten development and testing time.  RELATED CONTENT: Web development: So many choices to get the right fit “The latest release of NativeScript brings some amazing …

Consistent releases are key for C++

The maintainers of the C++ standard are adamant about sticking to the clock, prioritizing a new version of C++ every three years rather than holding back each release till it is pumped with new features. With C++20 around the corner, the chair of the ISO C++ standards committee Herb Sutter explained why they have been …

4 best practices to build more perfect software, faster

It’s a truism that the only code that has no bugs is code that has never been written. Working to prevent something from failing even though it’s inevitably going to fail anyway doesn’t solve anything. That kind of brittle approach for perfection does not address the root problem; it just papers over the issue so …

SD Times news digest: Deep learning algorithm solves Rubik’s Cube, Apollo Data Graph Platform updated, and Progress’ MOVEit cloud solution

A deep learning algorithm created by researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) can solve Rubik’s Cubes faster than any human without any specific domain knowledge or in-game coaching from humans.  In a study, the researchers demonstrated that DeepCubeA solved 100 percent of all test configurations, finding the shortest path to the goal state …

Fernando “Corby” Corbató, credited with the computer password, dies at 93

Fernando “Corby” Corbató, the creator of the first computer password, died last week. He was 93.  Corbató is widely known for democratizing the use of computers with his creation of the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) that was demonstrated in 1961.  CTSS led to the creation of the password because it introduced the ability to have individual …

SD Times news digest: Facebook open sources JavaScript engine, Micro Focus announces RPA solution, and Mobile Labs’ GigaFox StarterKit

Facebook is open-sourcing Hermes, a JavaScript engine that focuses on React Native apps and is optimized for mobile apps.  The company explained it noticed the JavaScript engine was a significant factor in startup performance and download size and decided to optimize JavaScript performance in more constrained mobile environments.  Facebook focused on interpreter performance by abandoning …

Microsoft open sources quantum development kit

Microsoft is looking to open up the quantum ecosystem to experts, development and researchers with the announcement that its quantum development kit (QDK) is now open sourced. Microsoft hopes quantum computing will be used to help global challenges such as clean energy solutions and resource-efficient food production. It is already working with Case Western Reserve …

A developer’s guide to key storage providers

As a developer, you specialize in code – not security.  However, as DevOps continues to blend roles and responsibilities, the typical software developer has become responsible for more and more operational aspects like security. A core component of application and IoT security is code signing. Let’s start with a basic definition. Code signing is a …

SD Times news digest: Google’s SDK for smart home integrations, AWS Toolkit expanded to Visual Studio Code and Windows 10 goes passwordless

Google announced a developer preview of local home SDK to enhance smart home integrations. The SDK will enable developers to do this by building on the existing Smart Home platform to create local execution paths via Google smart speakers and Nest smart displays, according to Google.  It introduces two new intents: ‘Identify’ to verify that …

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