Stories by Paul Krill

Yo sysprog: Cobol lives on in Visual Studio 2015

Cobol keeps on keeping on, this time thanks to support from Micro Focus for use with the latest version of Microsoft's IDE

React Native gets instrumentation, performance boosts

Facebook is investing heavily in the JavaScript framework for mobile app dev, focusing on build tools and source control

Eclipse seeks donations for open source development

Funding for development work on the Eclipse IDE and other projects will come from individuals and corporate users

New JavaScript-based language brings the speed

The new language compiles to JavaScript and leans heavily on tags and selectors

Facebook open-sources Hack code generator

Hack Codegen creates code for Facebook's PHP spinoff

JavaFX adds docking library for easier use, better customization

Developers would use the library to build customizable interfaces similar to Visual Studio, Eclipse, or GIMP

PHP 7 drops first release candidate

The release candidate for the speedy PHP upgrade features bug fixes and stability improvements, but it cannot be used in production yet

Netflix builds JavaScript library to fetch data

The Falcor project, still at the preview stage, retrieves data via simple JavaScript operations

Google Go goes faster with 1.5 upgrade

The latest version of the language features improved garbage collection, mobile accomodations, and a runtime rewritten in Go

Cisco's Thor project swings a hammer at Web video codecs

Cisco is the latest big name to take on the challenge of developing an unencumbered video compression technology

Python-only no more, IPython becomes Jupyter

Julia, R, Scala, JavaScript, Matlab, and Bash are among the supported languages for the recomposed IPython

Cobol -- yes, Cobol -- gets a bridge to Node.js

Cobol and Node.js may seem like an odd pairing, but a developer has created a link between the two platforms, despite criticisms

Meteor 1.2 embraces Angular and React

With an upcoming upgrade, the Meteor JavaScript platform will accommodate the latest JavaScript standard and will back the Angular and React JavaScript frameworks as view layers.

Parse opens up SDKs to Apple, Android developers

Parse, <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/2824545/application-development/review-parse-delivers-mobile-apps-not-for-business.html">which provides a cloud platform for mobile and desktop apps,</a> plans to open-source all of its SDKs, starting with kits for iOS, OS X and Android.

Salesforce showcases enterprise Apple Watch apps

Salesforce.com has showcased third-party software that uses the Salesforce Wear developer platform and Salesforce clouds to get business information to wearers of the Apple Watch.