Rust 1.54 now available

The latest version of the programming language Rust is now available. Rust 1.54 introduces a few new stable features. One new update is that attributes can invoke function-like macros. An example use case of is including documentation from other files into comments. “For example, if your project’s README represents a good documentation comment, you can … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Marko

Marko is an open-source programming language that reimagines HTML from a markup language into a programming language. As its website states: “It’s like HTML and JS had a perfect baby that grew up to be awesome.” It does not require learning any new language syntax beyond what’s available in vanilla HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which … continue reading

Compose Preview in Jetpack Compose 1.0

Jetpack Compose 1.0 introduces new method of previewing states

The Android team at Google has announced that Jetpack Compose 1.0 is now available. Jetpack Compose is a UI toolkit for Android developers.  According to the team, Compose has been developed in the open for the past two years with participation from the Android community. As of this 1.0 release, there are already 2000 apps … continue reading

Android Studio Arctic Fox art

SD Times news digest: Android Studio Arctic Fox, Uno Platform 3.9, and Couchbase Server 7

Android Studio Arctic Fox is now available as a stable release. This version introduces Jetpack Compose 1.0 and focuses on devices and developer productivity.  Device enhancements include a new Wear OS pairing assistant to make it easier to pair Wear OS emulations; the completion of the development and testing workflow for Automotive OS, enabling the … continue reading

IntelliJ IDEA 2021.2 introduces project-wide analysis

The latest version of JetBrains’ Java IDE is now available. IntelliJ IDEA 2021.2 includes several updates aimed at improving the daily experience of the platform. It includes a new project-wide analysis feature that allows developers to track errors before compiling the code.  JetBrains also added a number of actions that will activate when a project … continue reading

IBM introduces new operating system for IBM Z systems

IBM has announced the next generation of its operating system for its IBM Z systems, which are a suite of mainframe servers. IBM z/OS V2.5 is designed to accelerate the adoption of hybrid cloud and AI as well as drive modernization initiatives.  A recent study conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value revealed that … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Accessibility Insights

Accessibility Insights is an open source project created by Microsoft aimed at helping developers build more accessible software.  It was created internally at Microsoft and then released as an open source solution in 2019.  “We were motivated by Microsoft’s mission to ‘empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.’ We realized … continue reading

Latest Python Extension for VS Code release introduces faster way to set project roots

Microsoft has announced the July 2021 release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code.  This release introduces a quicker way of configuring project roots. According to Microsoft, a common issue developers have is that developers see diagnostics under import statements when opening new projects, but they don’t know how to resolve them. Configuring project … continue reading

GitHub Copilot sparks debates around open-source licenses

A few weeks ago GitHub released its Copilot solution, which uses AI to suggest code to developers. Developers can write a comment in their code and Copilot will automatically write the code it thinks is appropriate. It’s an impressive example of the power of AI, but has many developers and members of the open-source community … continue reading

Microsoft unveils plans to sunset Xamarin Community Toolkit

Microsoft is revealing plans for the future of its Xamarin Community Toolkit as the .NET MAUI release nears. This year the company has been working to unify Xamarin SDKs into .NET, and it released .NET MAUI as an evolution of Xamarin.Forms with the ultimate goal of acting as a replacement.  Included in the plans is … continue reading

Live Preview in Visual Studio 2022 Preview 2

Visual Studio 2022 Preview 2 adds Live Preview capability

The second preview release for Visual Studio 2022 is now available. Visual Studio 2022 Preview 2 is focused on providing capabilities for productivity, modern development, and innovation, according to Microsoft.  “Applications and the developers who build them are critical to the success of companies across the world. And businesses are expecting even more from their … continue reading

SD Times news digest: ShiftLeft Educate, .NET 6 Preview 6, and IBM to acquire Bluetab

ShiftLeft Educate provides security training for developers right in their developer workflow. It provides contextual training for different skill levels.  Key features include analytics, the ability to select appropriate training resources based on language and vulnerability type, and interactive videos, real world examples, and mitigation information from Kontra. There is also a paid version of … continue reading

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