Eclipse Foundation offers open-source alternative to Visual Studio Code

The Eclipse Foundation just released version 1.0 of an open-source alternative to Visual Studio Code called Eclipse Theia. Theia is an extensible platform that allows developers to create multi-language cloud and desktop IDEs, allowing them to create entirely new developer experiences. According to the Eclipse Foundation, the differences between Theia and Visual Studio Code are … continue reading

Developers take on COVID-19 with open-source projects, hackathons

In the past few weeks the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold in the United States, and the disease will continue to have a massive impact around the world for the foreseeable future. But even in the midst of panic and uncertainty, communities are coming together to do what they can. People are 3D printing face … continue reading

Swift 5.2 now available

Swift, the programming language for macOS and iOS, has just released a new update. According to the team behind the language, Swift 5.2 focuses on improving developer experience, with improved compiler diagnostics and code completion, debugging reliability, handling of dependencies, and tooling.  Swift developer John Sundell wrote that “while Swift 5.2’s total number of new … continue reading

Pixar pioneers receive Turing Award for advancing computer graphic design

ACM has awarded the A.M. Turing Award to animation pioneers Edwin E. Catmull and Patrick M. Hanrahan. Named for computer scientist Alan Turing, the Turing Award is given to those who make “major contributions of lasting importance to computing.” Catmull is former president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios and Hanrahan is a founding Pixar … continue reading

Java 14 is now available

Oracle has officially released Java 14. According to Oracle, this release marks two years since switching to the new biannual release schedule, “bringing innovation and predictability to developers.” This release introduces new features for developer productivity, including language support for switch expression, new APIs for continuous monitoring of JDK Flight Recorder data, and extended availability … continue reading

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.5 now available

Microsoft has announced the latest version of Visual Studio. Visual Studio 2019 version 16.5 adds new XAML, .NET, C++, and debugging features. XAML This release adds the XAML Hot Reload for Xamarin.Forms, which helps accelerate development by making it easier to build, experiment, and iterate over a mobile app’s user interface. With this update, as … continue reading

Gremlin to host online Failover Conf about reliability in the wake of event cancellations

In an effort to comply with recommendations to practice social distancing to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, several major upcoming tech conferences have either been cancelled or are moving to online-only. In response to this, chaos engineering company Gremlin has announced Failover Conf, an online conference about resiliency in … continue reading

Docker refocuses on developers with new updates to Docker Desktop and Docker Hub

Container image company Docker has announced that it is completely shifting its focus to developers. The company has revealed that it will expand Docker Desktop and Docker Hub, as well as partnering with the current ecosystem of Docker tools. Updates to Docker Desktop will help accelerate onboarding new developers to team workflows, help new developers … continue reading

Alluxio releases Structured Data Service

Data orchestration provider Alluxio has announced the release of three new architectural components as part of its Structured Data Service. The new components include a new Presto connector, a new data catalog service, and a data transformation service. According to the company, the Presto connector will allow administrators to easily integrate and configure Alluxio with … continue reading

Report: Big data and analytics are top drivers behind tech hiring initiatives

The tech industry is constantly evolving, and changing technology needs also means changing hiring needs. A recent report found that the current drivers behind hiring initiatives are: big data and analytics (5o.4%), cloud computing (46.9%), artificial intelligence (36.9%), process automation (36.7%) and customer engagement (27.6%). The HackerRank Tech Recruiting Benchmark report is based on responses … continue reading

PowerShell 7.0 is now generally available

Microsoft has announced the general availability of PowerShell 7.0. PowerShell is a configuration and automation tool that includes a command-line shell, object-oriented scripting language, and set of tools for executing scripts and managed modules. Three years ago, Microsoft released a completely reworked version of the tool as PowerShell Core 6. That update introduced cross-platform support … continue reading

What’s coming in the Java 14 release

Java 14 is expected to be released laster this month. The latest update to the programming language features a number of changes. Here is a breakdown of upcoming changes: JEP 305: Pattern Matching for instanceof (Preview): Pattern matching allows common logic to be expressed “concisely and safely.” According to OpenJDK documentation, the motivation for introducing … continue reading

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