How FaaS can create better experiences within your app

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You may not have heard about FaaS (feature as a service) before – but you’re probably already familiar with the concept that underpins it: don’t reinvent the wheel.

One way to chart the development of computer technology is viewing it as one long journey up the stack. Machine code begat programming languages. Programming languages have slowly evolved from low-level code to frameworks and higher-level languages such as SWIFT. Open source ushered in code sharing and...

By JT Ripton, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Languages.

ZigBee has developed an IoT language it's calling dotdot

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Do you speak dotdot? I don't, at least not yet.

ZigBee has announced the development of a 'universal language for the IoT' which it's calling dotdot, and this week at CES the alliance has been showcasing the first prototypes of products speaking it. 

The examples on display are based on the network protocol Thread yet use ZigBee's dotdot language to communicate – proving the language is not restricted to ZigBee products. At...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, IoT, Languages.

Red Hat, Codenvy and Microsoft team up for greater language integration

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Codenvy is collaborating with Red Hat and Microsoft in order to further open source development and the vision that anyone should be able to contribute to a project without software installation.

For Red Hat, Eclipse Che, an open source next-generation IDE platform for Eclipse, is a strategic tooling platform for their products and users. Eclipse Che has gained more than 250,000 downloads, 2,900 GitHub stars, 70 contributors and dozens of ecosystem extensions in six months.

As a...

By Developer Tech, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Development Tools, Languages.

Google reportedly preparing Swift escape from Java

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Google has been caught-up in fierce court battles with Oracle over the company’s use of Java for their Android operating system, and could be looking to Apple’s new programming language, Swift, as the replacement if litigation matters continue.

Switching from Java to Swift as the platform’s first-class language will require a complete re-build of Android, so...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Languages, Platforms.

Microsoft breaks down the IoT language barrier with Open Translators to Things

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Microsoft knows of the compatibility issues between connected devices, and wants to help break down the language barrier between them with the launch of their 'Open Translators to Things' (OpenT2T) initiative. Developers are being invited to collaborate on the project and build 'translators' which should make it easier to build...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, IoT, Languages, Platforms, Windows.

Opinion: Don’t bother with native code

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There’s always been something of a philosophical discussion over the efficiency of developing native apps. The argument follows that native apps give you access to a platform’s full functionality helping you to manipulate built-in capabilities to create sophisticated applications. Conversely, there is a popular conception...

By Burke Holland, 18 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Java, Languages, Mobile.

Opinion: If Flash is dead, is HTML5 now ready for the big time?

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There was a 17 year gap between HTML5, which was finalised and published on October 28 2014, and its predecessor HTML4. In that time, the technology landscape changed in virtually every conceivable way. Google was founded a year after HTML4 was finalised. Mark Zuckerberg was 13 years old. Steve...

By Mubaloo, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Languages.

Microsoft will open source its 'Chakra' JavaScript engine

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Microsoft has announced its decision to release its powerful 'Chakra' engine - used for JavaScript in the company's Edge browser – to the open source community. Although not the most surprising open source news in the past week, that award goes to Apple, it's a momentous step in helping to advance the engine.

With the intention to publish the ChakraCore repository to GitHub in...

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Git, Java, Languages, Windows.

Apple makes a Swift move towards open source

When you think of Apple, rarely does "open source" come to mind. Last year Apple introduced a brand-new programming language called Swift which aimed to make coding applications for iOS or OS X a modern experience – and it promised that it would be open source. 

A few people would have rolled their eyes at this; with some people thinking back to Steve Jobs taking stage at WWDC to announce that FaceTime would also be open source. However, Apple made good on its promise this morning to open source...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Languages, Platforms.

CodePush enables instant updates to Cordova and React Native apps

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Microsoft has an SDK in beta dubbed CodePush which enables Cordova and React Native developers to deploy instant mobile app updates to users' devices. CodePush acts like a central repository which developers can publish updates to, with applications querying the repository for updates using the provided client SDKs. 

This allows for...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Mobile.

Couchbase 4.0 unleashed, aims to be more developer-friendly and move NoSQL needle

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Couchbase has this week announced general availability of Couchbase Server 4.0 at an event in New York, building on the launch of the N1QL query language and which aims to “direct a lot of features and work towards the developer.”

N1QL, which was announced back in June, is one of the key features in 4.0 and combines SQL with the open standard JSON format, running a NoSQL...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Languages.

Facebook unleashes React Native for Android

Earlier in the year, Facebook made their React Native framework open-source for iOS to ensure developers can build applications using modern web techniques without having to battle with their existing frameworks. Zuckerberg's social giant has now taken the steps for Android developers, which has allowed them to speed-up the process of building sophisticated native applications. 

React Native started as an internal tool...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Facebook, Languages.

Javosize offers Java developers free access to new platform for three months

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Technology startup Javosize, which claims to consist of “frustrated Java developers”, is offering devs free access to its Application Performance Management (APM) platform for 90 days.

The platform, slated for launch in October 2015, will cost $9.99 per month after the trial period as the company is looking to offer a low-cost product. Each beta tester will also be able to utilize three application servers at no cost.

Javosize chief magical officer Michael Carducci –...

By Developer Tech, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages, Platforms.

Opinion: Why the “Native vs. Web” contest doesn’t really exist

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Web developers have suffered from debilitating cases of “app envy” by believing that GUI components traditionally used on native platforms represent the ideal, when instead they ought to be secure in the strengths of the web platform whilst honestly facing the challenges.

The truth is that “native vs. web” is a false dichotomy - the correct path to...

By Nate Cavanaugh, 16 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Design, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Languages.

Top seven free resources to learn Swift programming

Swift is fast gaining strength as a new programming language simplifying the way codes are attempted and implemented on platforms like iOS and OS X. Acting similarly to its elder cousins from the Apple family, Swift works well with its roots offering you a new perspective of development with advanced features and factors of app development whilst it also means that it has a number of syntaxes that might be already known to you.

Further, if you are ready to upgrade yourself with the new language that will...

By Arun Goyal, 22 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: iOS, Languages.

Research: Stack Overflow reveals the most-loved languages and platforms for 2015

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In the latest research conducted by Stack Overflow, the Q&A resource site for developers, programmers have revealed their most-loved languages and platforms of 2015. Their findings are based on the responses of 26,086 people from 157 countries and consist of full-stack developers, mobile developers, and front-end...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Java, Languages, Platforms.