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  • MEAN vs. LAMP for the future of programming

    The transition from cutting-edge curiosity to practical workhorse is not one that many technologies make. Yesterday's precocious upstarts often fail to live up to their Version 0.1 promise -- not so for the technologies that make up the fiercely acronymized MEAN stack.

    Written by Peter Wayner23 June 15 05:49
  • Red Hat takes the reins of OpenJDK 7

    Red Hat is taking over stewardship of the OpenJDK 7 project, at the moment a generation behind the current release of Java.

    Written by Paul Krill23 June 15 01:03
  • Microsoft, Google, Mozilla team to build a faster Web

    Web apps and pages may soon get a speed boost to rival the performance of native desktop and mobile applications, thanks to a new standards initiative from Microsoft, Google and Mozilla.

    Written by Joab Jackson19 June 15 05:52
  • Five things Apple is doing to please developers

    Apple had lots to offer developers at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. Headline improvements included a new version of the soon to be open sourced Swift programming language and upgraded frameworks for creating more advanced Watch apps.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs10 June 15 00:54
  • Amazon's Go SDK one step closer with preview release

    Amazon Web Services has announced the first Developer Preview of its SDK for the Go programming language, giving developers who want to integrate cloud services in their apps more choice.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs04 June 15 21:54
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  • Java at 20: The programming juggernaut rolls on

    What began as an experiment in consumer electronics in the early 1990s celebrates its 20th anniversary as a staple of enterprise computing this week. Java has become a dominant platform, able to run wherever the Java Virtual Machine is supported, forging ahead despite the rise of rival languages and recent tribulations with security.

    Written by Paul Krill19 May 15 00:47
  • Put your API on a JSON diet

    Last week I discussed design considerations for APIs, given that APIs aren't applications and shouldn't be treated as such. At small scales, APIs that come along for the ride with bulky Web frameworks might be fine, but beyond that you're asking for trouble. If you're building an API that will serve a large number of clients, your API code should be thin and tight, as well as make liberal use of caching. Otherwise, the future headaches will be crippling.

    Written by Paul Venezia31 March 15 00:49
  • 10 Things You Should Know About Apple's Swift

    Apple recently unveiled Swift, a new language to replace Objective-C for OS X and iOS application development. Apple won't accept submissions built using Swift to the iOS or Mac App Store until the fall, when iOS 8 and the next version of OS X (Yosemite) ship, so there's still some time to learn the ins and outs of this new programming language.

    Written by Paul Rubens21 July 14 23:21

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