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...

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

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, 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, JavaScript, Languages, Platforms.