Articles about programming languages

Infosec bods rate app languages; find Java 'king', put PHP in bin

Java applications have been found to have many fewer common vulnerabilities than those coded using web scripting language. Less than a quarter of Java apps sport sporting SQL injection vulnerabilities, compared to more than three quarters of those written in PHP. So says Veracode's new State of Software Security report (PDF …
Darren Pauli, 4 Dec 2015
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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

WWDC 2015 Apple will release version 2.0 of its Swift programming language as open source, with the aim of getting it everywhere. "We think Swift is the next big programming language," Apple software engineering veep Craig Federighi said during Monday's keynote address at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco …

Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

Poll Radio 4 has dipped a toe into Lake Geek with a five part series looking at computer languages. Or more accurately the history and reputation of four computer languages: Fortran, Cobol, Basic and Java. Presented by soi-disant girl geek* Aleks Krotoski Aleks Krotoski, the series ("Codes that Changed the World") emphasises the …
Simon Rockman, 14 Apr 2015

Hey Apple, we're gonna tailor Swift as open source – indie devs throw down gauntlet

A group of independent developers have launched a project to develop a free, open source implementation of Apple's Swift programming language. Dubbed Phoenix, the project is being developed under the auspices of Ind.ie, a group that claims to want to develop "consumer products that are beautiful, free, social, accessible, …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2014
PHP

What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

A group of Facebook developers has decided to break with 20 years of tradition and release a formal specification for the PHP programming language. The initial draft of the spec was released on Wednesday and is available via a Git repository hosted on PHP.net. Language specs, in and of themselves, are nothing new. Many of the …
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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

Wanna feel old? Thursday marks the fiftieth anniversary of the invention of BASIC, the programming language that took the computing world by storm during the PC revolution of the mid-1970s and 1980s. A version of BASIC shipped with practically every home computer of the era, but the language actually dates back to 1964, when …
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Red Hat ships piping hot Ceylon to curry favor with Java-weary devs

After more than three years of development, Red Hat has released version 1.0.0 of Ceylon, its homebrewed, open-source programming language that's designed to be a replacement for Java. Early on, Ceylon was billed as a "Java killer" by some, but lead developer Gavin King has denied that doing away with Oracle's platform was …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2013
Dart programming language

Google's JavaScript challenger gains better tools, performance

Hot on the heels of Microsoft's latest TypeScript release, Google has shipped the first beta SDK for Dart, its own JavaScript killer alternative web language, including bug fixes, performance enhancements, and an improved editor. Like TypeScript, Dart is a language aimed at making it easier to develop large, complex web …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jun 2013

TypeScript 0.9 arrives with new compiler, support for generics

Microsoft on Tuesday announced TypeScript 0.9.0, the latest version of its JavaScript killer alternative web language, which Redmond describes as the "largest update to TypeScript to date." In addition to the usual assortment of bug fixes and performance improvements, this release includes a number of significant new language …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2013
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Ruby 2.0.0 adds syntax sparkle, boosts performance

The Ruby community announced the first stable release of Ruby 2.0 on Sunday, exactly 20 years to the day since Ruby creator Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto first conceived of the language on February 24, 1993. Ruby 2.0.0-p0, as the release is formally known, represents the first major revision of the language since Ruby 1.9 was …
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2013
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Here lies /^v.+b$/i

Stob After I've gone In a melancholy mood, this week. Went back home to have a look at Dad's bench. He was a Classics scholar, actually; went up to Cambridge and everything. And so above his name and dates on the brass plaque screwed into the wood, instead of "He loved this place" or something equally fatuous, it says: ORE STABIT …
Verity Stob, 22 Aug 2011
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Google native code browser plug-in gets tickled

The Tcl scripting language has been plugged into Google's Native Client, allowing Tcl code to run inside the Google Chrome browser in much the same way that JavaScript does. Using Native Client – a Google-created plug-in for securely running native code inside the browser – Tcl now has direct access to the Chrome DOM. "The net …
Cade Metz, 14 Apr 2011
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Project Ceylon – Red Hat builds Java killer replacement

Red Hat is developing a new Java Virtual Machine-based programming language intended to overcome the limitations of Java itself. Unveiled earlier this week by lead developer Gavin King at a conference in China, the effort is known as Project Ceylon. Early reports of King's presentation in Bejing painted Project Ceylon as a " …
Cade Metz, 13 Apr 2011

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