Stories by Paul Krill

Android Studio focuses on C++ editing

Android Studio, which has been billed as "the official Android IDE," is getting improvements in C++ language accommodations, annotations, and memory profiling with the release of the 1.3 version this week.

Java 9 plays catch-up, adds REPL for faster feedback

Java developers are slated to get REPL (Read-Eval-Print-Loop) capability via jshell with next year's planned Java 9 release.

Samsung banks on JavaScript, Node.js for IoT

Samsung looks to leverage JavaScript as a mechanism for IoT (Internet of things) development with its IoT.js project.

Java devs abhor Oracle's plan to kill private APIs

Key Java proponents are up in arms over the planned elimination of private API capabilities, specifically sun.Misc.unsafe, in the upcoming Java Standard Edition 9 release.

JRuby upgrade promises better performance

JRuby, a veteran among languages other than Java riding atop the JVM, will be upgraded Wednesday with the release of JRuby 9000.

Microsoft's TypeScript 1.5 falls in line with ECMAScript

TypeScript, Microsoft's variant of JavaScript, will be upgraded to version 1.5 this week.

Enterprise Java moves back into the spotlight

Java EE (Enterprise Edition), which is geared to running large-scale network applications, has taken a back seat lately to Java SE (Standard Edition) as far as the buzz each has been creating.

Google's 'open' Eddystone takes on Apple's iBeacons

Google's introduction of Eddystone this week provides a multiplatform format for BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) beacons, boosting location awareness in mobile apps. It's designed to work on both Android and iOS devices, unlike the iBeacons technology that Apple debuted nearly two years ago.

'Lightning-fast' PHP 7 speeds to beta

PHP 7.0.0, which has been billed as a lightning-fast upgrade to the popular server-side scripting language for Web development, has proceeded to a beta stage of release.

JavaScript rules the school, but C++ climbs in popularity

C++ is making big gains in the monthly Tiobe language popularity index, while JavaScript continues to rule the day.

Why R? The pros and cons of the R language

The R programming language is an important tool for development in the numeric analysis and machine learning spaces. With machines becoming more important as data generators, the popularity of the language can only be expected to grow. But R has both pros and cons that developers should know.

Rust 1.1 speeds compiling, adds new APIs

The open source Rust systems language, developed by Mozilla Research with an emphasis on speed and thread safety, has been upgraded with a 1.1 release highlighted by improved compilation.

Famous JavaScript framework steps back to move forward

In releasing an open source alpha version of the Famous Framework this week, Famous aims to revamp the division of technical responsibilities and improve on the MVC (model view controller).

Eclipse's latest release train carries Docker, Java technologies

Along with the arrival of summer, late June marks the arrival of the Eclipse Foundation's annual release train, with the open source tooling organization simultaneously releasing a multitude of technologies. This year's release train, dubbed Mars, is the 10th in the series. It improves the organization's stalwart Java IDE and adds Docker accommodations.

Facebook open-sources IDE based on GitHub Atom

Facebook has begun opening up source code for its Nuclide IDE, which is designed to offer a unified experience for Web and native mobile development.