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Jakarta and Larry Ellison

Enterprise Java caretakers float new rules of engagement for future feature updates

The Eclipse Foundation, saddled with oversight of Java EE last year after Oracle washed its hands of the thankless business of community governance, wants to revise the process by which enterprise Java – rechristened Jakarta EE when Oracle declined to grant use of its Java trademark – gets improved. Mike Milinkovich, executive …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2018
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Deeper dive with GitHub Actions: One config file to rule them all and in the darkness bind them

Analysis At its annual developer conference on Tuesday, GitHub unveiled a way to automate software deployment workflows called Actions. It sounds rather underwhelming, given all the different automation tools available, but the executives discussing it brimmed with Apple-level enthusiasm. Sam Lambert, head of platform for GitHub, called …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2018
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Twilio tweaks twicky twalkative bot toows to dewight devewopers: It's Autopilot for chat apps

At its Signal show in San Francisco, California, today, cloud comms biz Twilio intends to debut a chatbot platform called Autopilot for creating chatty software agents suitable for integration with a variety of services, including interactive voice response (IVR) systems, SMS, chat, Alexa, Slack, and Google Assistant. Informed …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2018
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The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

Analysis Luc Esape leads a double life. The software engineer on the Spirals research team at the University of Lille in France goes by another name, Repairnator. Repairnator has a superpower, the ability to fix bugs during continuous integration. That's the process by which servers continuously and automatically compile code and …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2018
GitHub Universe, Sam Lambert

GitHub grabs a piece of the Actions: 'A project that will do for software development what we did for the pull request'

At San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts on Tuesday, GitHub held its annual tech touting talk in a space that once housed the city's Exploratorium science show. It's a fitting venue, said Jason Warner, SVP of technology at GitHub, during the opening keynote. The Palace of Fine Arts was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Oct 2018
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Cloudflare ties Workers to distributed data storage

Content delivery biz Cloudflare on Friday added distributed key-value storage to its Workers service, making a greater range of network-hosted applications possible. Cloudflare Workers are similar to browser-based Service Workers, except that they run JavaScript code on the company's network rather than in the browser, thereby …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2018
Python attacking

Mega-bites of code: Python snakes into 1st place for cyber-attacks

Python, either the world's most popular programming language or a close runner up, turns out to be the most widely used language for hacking tools. Security biz Imperva came to this conclusion after looking at GitHub and finding that more than 20 per cent of GitHub repositories for attack tools and proof-of-concept exploits …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Sep 2018
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Google Chrome 69 gives worldwide web a stay of execution in URL box

Google Chrome 70 arrived as a beta release on Thursday, bringing with it a handful of meaningful improvements and some more esoteric features of interest to developers. Available on the Chrome Beta channel for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows – the iOS beta requires participation in Apple's TestFlight program – …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Sep 2018
Robot repairing another

Facebook can't root out fake news and hate talk, but – oh look – it has software to catch bugs

Facebook may have to hire people to police the content coursing through its social network, but software looks to be sufficient to hunt down bugs in its mobile app code. On Thursday, the information-harvesting biz revealed but did not release SapFix, a debugging tool that relies on artificial intelligence to suggest fixes for …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Sep 2018
Master and Slave on circuit board

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

Python creator Guido van Rossum retired as "benevolent dictator for life" in July, but like Michael Corleone in The Godfather III, he's been pulled back in to resolve a debate about politically incorrect language. Like other open source communities, Python's minders have been asked whether they really want to continue using …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Sep 2018
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Gitpod git-bolts git-IDE onto GitHub for in-browser code git-editing

Developers who use GitHub – 28 million at last count – now have the option to edit code with the click of a button using Gitpod, an integrated development environment (IDE) that can be launched directly from the social code hosting site. Based on Theia, an open source cloud-and-desktop IDE developed by Ericsson, IBM, TypeFox …
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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

Microsoft has introduced an AI-infused web design tool called Sketch2Code that converts hand-drawn webpage mockups into functional HTML markup. It's not to be confused with a similar AirBnB project that has been referred to, unofficially, as sketch2code. For years, drag-and-drop web page building apps have been capable of much …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Aug 2018
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One-in-two JavaScript project audits by NPM tools sniff out at least one vulnerability...

JavaScript library custodian NPM, after years of security scrambling, looks to be getting a grip on its code safety. There was that incident in May when NPM swiftly removed a backdoored package following complaints. No real damage was done. A month earlier, the bit-shifting biz added a "audit" command to v6 of npm, the …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Aug 2018
A chain tied with a string

Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail

Updated Security researcher Stefan Kanthak claims the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017 executable installers (x86 and x64) were built with insecure tools from several years ago, creating a vulnerability that could allow privilege escalation. In other words, Redmond is distributing to developers executables …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Aug 2018

Python wriggles onward without its head

Analysis At the third annual PyBay Conference in San Francisco over the weekend, Python aficionados gathered to learn new tricks and touch base with old friends. Only a month earlier, Python creator Guido van Rossum said he would step down as BDFL – benevolent dictator for life – following a draining debate over the addition of a new …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Aug 2018
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

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