Pylance introduced to improve Python experience in VS Code

Microsoft is adding better support for Python in VS Code with the introduction of Pylance. Pylance builds on the experience of the Python Language Service, which was added to VS Code two years ago.  Continuing the language’s reference to Monty Python, Pylance is named for Monty Python’s Lancelot, Microsoft explained. Pylance includes a number of … continue reading

TypeScript 4.0 beta is here

Microsoft has announced the first beta release for TypeScript 4.0. The most recent version of the language, TypeScript 3.9, was released last month.  TypeScript 3.9 had introduced speed and user experience improvements. TypeScript 4.0 follows Microsoft’s pattern of trying to introduce new features that don’t introduce breaking changes for older versions.  The next version doesn’t … continue reading

Microsoft and Harvard collaborate on differential privacy

Microsoft and the OpenDP Initiative at Harvard have collaborated on a new platform that will offer differential privacy for large datasets. Differential privacy allows researchers to analyze datasets without having important data withheld, while also preserving the privacy of that data, according to Microsoft.  “Differential privacy, the heart of today’s landmark milestone, was invented at … continue reading

Perl 7 announced, expected within the next year

After releasing Perl 5.32 earlier this month, the Perl community is already looking towards the next release of the language, which will be Perl 7. According to a blog post written by Perl book author brian d foy on the Perl website, “Perl 7 is going to be Perl 5.32, mostly.” What this means is … continue reading

Android development team releases new ML Kit SDK

The Android development team is adding new features to its ML Kit, which is currently being used in over 25,000 iOS and Android apps.  ML Kit is the company’s solution for integrating machine learning into mobile applications. It was launched in 2018 at its I/O conference. The team is introducing a new SDK that doesn’t … continue reading

Increasing Jakarta EE adoption indicates growing interest in cloud-native Java

Java developers are increasingly becoming interested in cloud-native Java, according to the findings of a new study from the Eclipse Foundation. The study also showed that there has been significant adoption of Jakarta EE 8.  The 2020 Jakarta EE Developer Survey is based on responses from thousands of Java developers. There was a 19% increase … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: NeoML

This week’s highlighted open-source project is NeoML, a library for building, training, and deploying machine learning models. According to ABBYY, the company that created NeoML, the project is best suited for applications running in cloud environments, on desktop, and on mobile devices. Developers can use the library for object identification, classification, semantic segmentation, verification, and … continue reading

Bootstrap 5.0 alpha now available

The Bootstrap team has released an alpha of Bootstrap 5. Two significant changes in Bootstrap 5 are that it no longer depends on jQuery and support for Internet Explorer is gone. Other improvements intended for the 5.0 release include a new API, changes to the grid system, and improved documentation.  According to the team, removing … continue reading

Melissa offers data optimization services for vote by mail options

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S., more elections are offering, or considering offering for future elections, vote by mail options. Data company Melissa has announced that it will offer data file analysis and processing for voter registration data for election boards and registrars. According to the  U.S. Election Assistance Commission, in 2018, … continue reading

Undo adds support for Java in LiveRecorder

Undo is trying to make it easier for developers to debug Java applications. It recently announced an early access beta program for its product LiveRecorder for Java.  LiveRecorder allows developers to record, replay, and reverse debug Java applications. LiveRecorder is the company’s flagship product, but up until this beta it only supported C/C++ applications. “Obviously … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Bloodhound

This week’s selected open-source project is Bloodhound, a new API debugging gateway created by API Fortress.  Bloodhound provides comprehensive analyses that can find solutions to difficult bugs. According to API Fortress, Bloodhound enables QA teams to ensure that microservices and database-connected APIs are behaving the right way.  QA and data analysts can use it to … continue reading

Dart introduces null safety

The Dart programming language has reached a new major milestone with the technical preview of its new null safety feature, the Dart team announced. According to the team, this feature has been in development for over a year, and is the biggest addition to the Dart language since Dart 2.  “Null safety helps you avoid … continue reading

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