Kotlin gains ground in Android, but no current threat to Java, experts say

Kotlin continues to gain momentum among Android developers. In case you’re not familiar with Kotlin, it’s a statically typed, JVM-based language that’s interoperable with Java.  It was developed by IntelliJ IDE provider JetBrains, which introduced the language in 2011. Version 1.0, the first officially stable release was introduced in February 2016. However, Kotlin’s status was … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Linux Foundation releases open-source jobs report, Android Studio 3.2 beta and Rust 1.27

The Linux Foundation in collaboration with Dice.com has revealed the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report. The report is designed to examine trends in open-source careers as well as find out which skills are the most in demand. Key findings included 83 percent of hiring managers believes hiring open source talet is a priority and Linux … continue reading

KotlinConf kicks off with Kotlin 1.2 RC

The Kotlin programming language is getting a number of new updates and improvements as part of the inaugural KotlinConf taking place in San Francisco this week. Kotlin is a statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications developed by JetBrains. The big announcement from the conference’s keynote was the release of Kotlin 1.2 Release Candidate. … continue reading

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Verifone’s Developer Central enables developers to create non-payment apps

Verifone is going beyond payment solutions with Developer Central. Developer Central is the company’s development platform where developers can build and deploy non-payment apps for Verifone’s payment devices. The company showcased some of these applications at Money20/20 USA in an attempt to demonstrate how apps are helping merchants grow. The apps that were showcased included … continue reading

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Android O Developer Preview 3 released with final APIs

Google is one step closer to releasing its latest operating system, Android O. The company started rolling out the third developer preview this week with final Android O APIs, updated system images and improvements to Android Studio. “Now that the APIs are final, you can publish APK updates compiling with, and optionally targeting, API 26 … continue reading

ElectricFlow 7.2 released, ASF’s projects used in the Panama Papers investigation, and Android Studio 2.4 Preview 6 — SD Times news digest: April 17, 2017

Electric Cloud is bringing built-in container and microservices support in the latest release of its DevOps release automation solution. ElectricFlow 7.2 focuses on improving speed, efficiency and flexibility. It includes more distribution options for users, and support for modern container technologies and microservices architecture. Newly added support includes Docker, Kubernetes, Amazon Container Service (ECS), Google … continue reading

Docker’s containerd comes to CNCF, Google’s Android Studio, and Kubernetes 1.6 — SD Times news digest: March 29, 2017

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s (CNCF) Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) has officially welcomed Docker’s core container runtime, containerd. Containerd has been accepted as an incubating project alongside projects like Kubernetes, gRPC, and more. Docker’s acceptance into the CNCF comes three months after Docker announced its intent to contribute to the project, according to the CNCF. … continue reading

Google ends support for Eclipse Android Developer Tools

Google wants Android Studio to be the official integrated development environment for the Android operating system. The company announced that with the release of Android Studio 2.2, the IDE will no longer support the Eclipse Android Developer Tools. Eclipse Android Developer Tools includes the plug-in for the Eclipse IDE and the Android Ant build system. … continue reading

Android Studio 2.2 focuses on ‘speed, smarts and Android support’

Google announced the stable availability of Android Studio 2.2 today, the latest release of its IDE for Android developers. This release comes with a few major enhancements, including evolved Android Frameworks, a new layout manager, and a few beta features. According to Jamal Eason, product manager for Android, this release has three major themes: speed, … continue reading

Google’s machine learning chip, Apache Software Foundation’s new executive director, and the SBRA developer portal—SD Times news digest: May 19, 2016

There have been plenty of announcements coming out of Google I/O this week, and yesterday, Google said that one of its projects that was created years ago is helping it accomplish its own custom accelerators for machine learning applications. The result of that project is called a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), which is a custom … continue reading

New features in Android Studio 2.0 announced

Google wants to improve the overall app development experience in Android Studio. The company has announced a 2.0 beta release of the official Android IDE that provides performance and emulator speed enhancements. “Android Studio 2.0 is a big release, and now is a good time to check out the beta release to incorporate the new … continue reading

Gradle founder shows off Android build speedups

BZ Media’s Android Developer Conference kicked off today in Santa Clara, headlined by keynote speaker Hans Dockter creator of the Gradle build system and CEO of Gradle. He showed off some of the improvements his company is working into future releases of the system. Gradle is currently at version 2.9, but Dockter spoke about the … continue reading

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