Azul Systems has announced the general availability of version 16.07 of its Zing runtime for Java, which is a drop-in replacement for legacy Java Virtual Machines.

According to the TIOBE Index, Java remains the most popular programming language across enterprises, and is used by companies like Google and Oracle. However, Java can still experience problems like performance, scalability and runtime inconsistency, so Azul’s Zing can be used to eliminate JVM-specific issues like runtime stalls and other performance issues.

With Zing, Java developers can also focus more on developing new features and capabilities for their applications. Key features of this release include support for Intel Transactional Synchronization Extensions, improved performance for Apache Cassandra, DataStax Enterprise, Apache Spark deployments, and general performance improvements.

More information on runtime for Java is available here.

Quill 1.0 arrives
Quill, an editor that supports content creation throughout the web, announced that version 1.0 has arrived.

Quill can be found in applications and products, such as those from LinkedIn, Salesforce and Vox Media. It is built on top of consistent and predictable constructs, exposed through a powerful API, according to Jason Chen, creator of Quill.

The biggest feature in Quill 1.0 is Parchment, which offers a powerful abstraction over the DOM to enable custom formats and content in Quill, wrote Chen. With Parchment, Quill now has many new formats, including videos, syntax-highlighted code, and formulas.

New features with this release include Editable Syntax Highlighted Code blocks that can seamlessly exist inline with the rest of the text. New formats have been added such as superscript, subscript, inline code, code blocks, headers, block quotes, text direction, videos, and nested lists, according to Chen. He added that an entirely new theme named Bubble has been added, based on a floating toolbar.

Quill’s documentation has been upgraded with a new Guides section. In the future, Chen wrote that Quill will focus on areas like iterating on modules and themes; finish implementing common formats; and making sure there is better internationalization support.

Quill’s full list of new features can be found here.

Synopsys new IDE speeds up deployment of VDKs
Synopsys has announced the latest release of its Virtualizer tool set that allows developers to create Virtualizer Development Kits (VDKs). The latest release includes a new Virtualizer Studio Eclipse-based IDE with modeling and debugging tools for developers to accelerate development.

The Virtualizer Studio IDE integrates with VDK and transaction-level model-creation features. The new VDK creation feature allows developers to “directly enter memory and register map and connectivity information from their hardware specifications without having to create detailed block diagrams,” according to the company.

The IDE integrates browsing, editing, debugging and static analysis of SystemC source code to accelerate model creation, and the debugging platform of the IDE allows developers to efficiently debug and perform root-cause analysis to correlate software and hardware execution, said the company.

More information about Virtualizer and its VDKs is available here.