SD Times news digest: Android 9 security, Javalin 2.0, and the Amazon Alexa Fellowship

Google has announced updates on the state of security updates in Android 9. It is recommending monthly security updates as a best practice. According to the company, it delivers monthly Android source code patches to manufacturers in order to incorporate those patches into firmware updates. It also introduced the Android Enterprise Recommended program earlier this … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Android Pie SDK, Contrast Security’s free DevSecOps solution, and Status partners with Nim

Following this week’s announcement of Android 9 Pie, Google is releasing a new Android SDK that offers more Kotlin features. According to the company, Android developers often run into problems with the Java programming language when accessing a null reference. Kotlin addresses this problem by providing nullable and non-nullable types in the type system, the … continue reading

Android 9 now available

After over a year of being in development, Android 9 Pie is finally here. Yesterday, Google pushed the source code to Android Open Source Project and began rolling it out to Pixel devices. The new version adds performance improvements via the Android runtime (ART) by expanding its use of execution profiles for optimizing apps and … continue reading

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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: plotly.py 3.0.0, Keyoti’s Conveyor tool, and Kotlin growth

The Python graph library, plotly.py has reached version 3.0.0, which the team describes as its largest release so far. Plotly.py 3.0.0 adds a new Jupyter widget class that is made specifically for Jupyter Notebook and JupyterLab environments. This release also adds a set of imperative methods that can be used to manipulate and explore figures … continue reading

Report: Can Kotlin compete with Java?

Java continues to dominate the programming language space for developers, but a new report reveals that Kotlin may soon knock it out of the top spot for mobile development. Packt released the results of its 2018 Skills Up report designed to look at the trends and tools software developers are using today. The 2018 Skills … continue reading

Report: The top three programming languages of 2018 are Java, JavaScript and Python

Java remains the most popular primary programming language, but JavaScript is the most used programming language overall. That is according to a recently released report from JetBrains on the State of the Developer Ecosystem in 2018. The report surveyed more than 6,000 developers from 17 countries to reveal the trends driving the world of coding … continue reading

SD Times news digest Tricentis and Perfecto’s partnership, Qt 5.11, and Kotlin Bootcamp on Udacity

Tricentis and Perfecto have announced a new partnership designed to accelerate the development process. Tricentis users will be able to perform automated tests using Perfecto’s Continuous Quality Lab. Other benefits include easy transition automation from local devices to cloud-based devices, complete digital platform coverage and same-day support for new platforms and operating systems, easy integration … continue reading

First developer preview of Android P released

Google has announced the first developer preview of its upcoming operating system Android P. The release of Android P is just a baseline build for developers. The company says it will have a lot more features to announce at its developer conference Google I/O in May. The preview features indoor positioning with Wi-Fi RTT, display … continue reading

Google releases Android Things Developer Preview 7

Google has announced the latest developer preview for Android Things, its platform for creating Internet of Things solutions. While primarily used for IoT, Google says the platform now also supports video and audio processing applications and on-board machine learning using TensorFlow. The Developer Preview 7 is based on Android 8.1 and supports version 11.8.0 of … continue reading

Spring releases Spring Boot 2.0

The 2.0 version of Spring Boot is now available. Spring Boot is a solution from Pivotal designed to help developers build production ready apps with minimal upfront configuration of Spring. Version 2.0 was 17 months in the making and received input from more than 215 individuals. According to the company, the previous version was released … continue reading

Google announces Android KTX for Kotlin development

The Android team has announced a preview of Android KTX. Android KTX is a set of extensions designed to improve the process of writing Kotlin code for Android. It does this by providing an API layer on top of the Android framework and Support Library. Android KTX will enable developers to convert strings to URIs … continue reading

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