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Sam Lambert, GitHub

GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

Analysis GitHub invited a handful of journalists to its San Francisco headquarters to explain how the social code hosting biz is evolving from a website into a platform. The event was hosted by Sam Lambert, whose title – head of platform – removes any doubt about how things will turn out. Founded in 2008, GitHub became a platform …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Aug 2018
Crypto algorithm selection dial

Here's a fab idea: Get crypto libs to warn devs when they screw up

Building warnings into crypto libraries that alert developers to unsafe coding practices turns out to be an effective way to improve the security of applications. At the USENIX Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2018 this week, a group of researchers from several universities in Germany reported findings to this …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Aug 2018
Julia Roberts, not the programming language

Julia 0.7 arrives but let's call it 1.0: Data science code language hits milestone on birthday

Julia, the open-source programming language with a taste for science, turned 1.0 on Thursday, six years after its public debut in 2012. The occasion was presented on YouTube, live from JuliaCon 2018 in London. Created by Jeff Bezanson, Stefan Karpinski, Viral Shah, and Alan Edelman, the language was designed to excel at data …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Aug 2018
Fizz TLS 1.3 logo

Facebook cracks opens its bottle of Fizz – a carbonated TLS 1.3 lib

Looking for a TLS 1.3 library? Facebook has you covered. On Monday, the ads and data peddler plans to release Fizz, a TLS 1.3 library written in C++14, as an open source project. TLS 1.3 is the latest and greatest version of the Transport Layer Security protocol, the successor to Secure Sockets Layer or SSL, which encrypts …
Someone typing away on the ol' internet

MessageBird, Twilio tout low-code tools for DIY comms app plumbing

San Francisco's developer-oriented messaging infrastructure service Twilio aims to make creating communications apps a bit easier – with the launch of Twilio Studio, a visual application builder that just graduated from beta status. Not to be outdone, MessageBird, a competing cloud comms biz based in Amsterdam, has quietly …
Women smelling coffee

Well, this makes scents: Kotlin code quality smells better than Java

Kotlin, which Google blessed last year as an alternative to Java for programming Android apps, has already made its way into almost 12 per cent of open source Android apps, and in so doing has elevated their code quality. So we're told by computer scientists Bruno Gois Mateus and Matias Martinez, affiliated with University of …
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Riddle me this: TypeScript's latest data type is literally unknown

Microsoft has rolled out version 3.0 of TypeScript, its open source extension of JavaScript that includes support for static types. For those who love TypeScript – a growing group to judge by language rankings – or hate JavaScript – which often has something to do with its lack of static typing – that's not a bad way to start …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jul 2018
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Istio sets sail as Red Hat renovates OpenShift container ship

Red Hat is celebrating the 1.0 release of Istio, the open source microservices management project, and the arrival of version 3.10 of its OpenShift software container platform. Istio's 1.0 release received mention at Google Cloud Next last week, but the official bits are expected on Tuesday. The software serves as a management …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jul 2018
Some programmers looking at a screen

Only a day late and a dollar short, Google: Now its cloud cozies up to Microsoft's GitHub

At its Google Cloud Next 18 extravaganza in San Francisco on Thursday, Google took a moment to address developers directly. Where the keynotes for the previous two days were calibrated for a general audience, the developer keynote focused on live coding and devops arcana. Adam Seligman, veep of developer relations for Google …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jul 2018
Alex Grigoryan, Walmart Labs

Facebook's React Native web tech not loved by native mobile devs

Updated Facebook's cross-platform open-source mobile framework React Native lived up to its marketing hype for Walmart Labs as the US shopping giant deployed the software last year. However, the retail goliath hit a wall when it came to people. "The marketing spiels of React Native turned out to be true," said Alexander Grigoryan, …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jul 2018
Guy Podjarny at Node Summit 18

Hey you smart, well-paid devs. Stop clicking on those phishing links and bringing in malware muck on your shoes

Software developers have been lionized in recent years for their influence over the information economy. At the Node Summit in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, Guy Podjarny, CEO and cofounder of security biz Snyk, reminded an audience full of devs that they've become a popular vector for malware distribution. …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jul 2018
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, the company's Electron-based source code editor for Linux, macOS and Windows, has been bestowed with the company's Python Language Server, making it more fluent in the popular programming language. The language server, Microsoft explains, powers the company's IntelliSense autocomplete system, …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jul 2018
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Acquisition Galvanize'd: Code bootcamp Hack Reactor eyed up by hungry tech trainers

Galvanize – a for-profit tech training biz headquartered in Denver, USA – said today it plans to acquire Hack Reactor, a San Francisco-based code bootcamp provider, for an undisclosed sum. The deal comes as the code bootcamp industry, booming since 2012, retrenches and reinvents itself in response to increased regulatory …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jul 2018
Dart board

Mate, have a Flutter on the Darts: Google's mobe app toolkit for Fuchsia, others emerges

On Wednesday, Google's cross-platform mobile framework Flutter reached Preview Release 1, a designation that places the code somewhere between buggy beta and less buggy 1.0. "The shift from beta to release preview signals our confidence in the stability and quality of what we have, and our focus on bug fixing and stabilization …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Jun 2018
Usain Bolt

Facebook floats BOLT to jolt code out of bit bloat

Facebook has open sourced a binary optimization and layout tool, itself optimized into the acronym BOLT, in the hope it can make large applications faster. The compiled code for large applications – the sort Facebook runs – tend to be too big to cram into the instruction cache of a modern CPU, explains Maxim Panchenko, …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jun 2018
c++ code

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

Interview Earlier this year, Bjarne Stroustrup, creator of C++, managing director in the technology division of Morgan Stanley, and a visiting professor of computer science at Columbia University in the US, wrote a letter inviting those overseeing the evolution of the programming language to “Remember the Vasa!” Easy for a Dane to …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Jun 2018
Google

G Suitened with helping of Google's App Maker

After a year and a half of gestation in its Early Adopter program, Google's low-code application development environment App Maker has been delivered into the hands of its corporate customers. App Maker allows G Suite Business, Education and Enterprise subscribers to create artisanal apps tied to searchzilla's cloud-based, G- …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Jun 2018
Bitcoin ban

Apple: No currency mining for you in our App Store thank you

Apple has revised its App Store rules to place restrictions on cryptocurrency mining, storage and payment across apps it distributes. The rules change coincides with the company's introduction of beta versions of its forthcoming iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS releases at its annual developer conference. It also comes as Wells …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Jun 2018

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