SD Times news digest: Microsoft previews Visual Studio 2017 15.6, React’s RFC process, and Salesforce joins CNCF

Microsoft has announced the preview to the next minor update to Visual Studio 2017. Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6 will feature improvements to diagnostics, productivity, C++ development, Python development, Test Explorer, Azure development, and WCF Connected Services. A more detailed list of features is available here. React’s RFC process  React is introducing a new request … continue reading

Kotlin 1.2 released with the ability to share code between JVM and JavaScript

JetBrains is on a mission to bring Kotlin to all modern application components. The company just announced version 1.2 of the statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications. According to the company, this is a major release that gives developers the possibility to reuse code between the JVM and JavaScript. “Now you can write the … continue reading

Report: Java developers are most excited to work with Kotlin

RebelLabs wants to get inside the mind of a programmer with its 2017 Developer Productivity Report. The report focuses on why developers use certain tools over others and how satisfied they are in their selection of those tools, architecture, and other aspects of development. The report is based off of more than 2,000 from Java developers … continue reading

Microsoft lays out plans for VS Code in 2018

Microsoft is already planning for Visual Studio Code’s future with a new roadmap and focus areas for 2018. The company plans to tackle VS Code from three perspectives next year: happy coding; Node, JavaScript and TypeScript; and a rich extension ecosystem. For “happy coding,” the team wants to make the code editor more pleasant to … continue reading

Angular 5.0 now available

The Angular development team today announced a major release to the mobile and desktop framework. Angular 5.0 focuses on making Angular “smaller, faster, and easier to use.” The new release includes the new build optimizer that will run by default when production builds are created with the CLI. The tool is designed to make bundles … continue reading

Node.js 9 released as version 8 enters long-term support

The Node.js Foundation announced the release of version 9 of the Node.js JavaScript runtime today, while Node.js 8 is going into long-term support. The community-driven, open-source library has seen use in enterprise applications, robotics, API toolkits, serverless apps, mobile websites and others, according to the foundation, and long-term support means companies should begin migrating to … continue reading

Marko moves to the JS Foundation

The JS Foundation has announced that it is bringing on eBay’s Marko library. Marko is a library designed to streamline web development by creating UI components. eBay developed the library in 2012 in order to meet its need of supporting UI components and asynchronous rendering for Node.js applications. “eBay has been a longtime core contributor … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Apollo Client 2.0, Windows Application Driver, and ITI’s AI policy principles

Apollo Client 2.0 has been released. The Apollo Client is a GraphQL client for JavaScript platforms, allowing users to describe data requirements using a GraphQL query, and have the client find and manage the data. Apollo’s vision for the future is to eventually be able to manage all of an application’s data using GraphQL. The … continue reading

Security vulnerabilities in JavaScript libraries are hard to avoid

These days it is almost impossible to develop in JavaScript without utilizing one of the thousands of open-source JavaScript libraries available. Libraries make coding in JavaScript simpler and more efficient by taking processes that would ordinarily require several lines of code to achieve and simplifying them, usually by creating a single function that can be … continue reading

SD Times news digest: AlphaGo Zero, GitHub’s 2017 State of the Octoverse, and Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1

DeepMind is introducing the latest version of its computer program AlphaGo. AlphaGo was the first artificial intelligence to defeat a world champion Go player, and the latest version, AlphaGo Zero, is a more powerful version of that, according to the team.  While AlphaGo learned by training on thousands of human games to learn to play Go, … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: Yarn 1.0

The team behind Yarn, an open-source, fast and secure alternative npm client, announced the 1.0 release of the JavaScript package manager, which is a major step for the project. In the 11 month since its initial release in 2016 has generated more than 175,000 projects on GitHub, and it’s responsible for nearly three billion package downloads per month. … continue reading

Report: Node.js is becoming a universal framework for digital transformation

Node.js usage is expanding across a variety of applications and development environments. According to the recently released Node.js 2017 User Survey, the JavaScript runtime is moving beyond an application platform and towards corporate data, app modernization and the Internet of Things. The Node.js 2017 User Survey was released by the Node.js Foundation as a way … continue reading

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