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Xamarin Updates Cross-Platform Mobile App Dev Tools

Xamarin, the cross-platform mobile app development company that's now a Microsoft unit, updated the tooling in its standalone IDE and its Visual Studio counterpart, along with platform-specific SDKs.

Mendix Low-Code Mobile Dev Platform Connects IoT, Big Data and Machine Learning

Mendix today announced a new version of its low-code mobile development platform, designed to help developers build "Smart Apps" with connectors to accommodate emerging trends such as the Internet of Things, Big Data and machine learning.

Databricks Unveils Community Edition for Learning Spark, Security Framework

Databricks, a commercial champion of the open source Apache Spark Big Data analytics project founded by the technology's creators, introduced a new free community edition of its Spark-based data platform along with a new security framework.

Java Still Top Language in an Increasingly Polyglot World

The language popularity monitors at TIOBE Software say their June Programming Community Index is something of a milestone: for the first time in the history of the Index, a language needed a rating of more than 1.0 percent to be part of the top 20. What this means, TIOBE says, is that the number of real market leaders is declining.

IBM Announces Spark Development Environment in the Cloud

IBM, which last year announced a huge investment in Apache Spark technology as part of a mission to transform it into a kind of "analytics OS," today took that investment a step further by announcing a Spark development environment housed on its IBM Cloud Bluemix platform.

Splice Machine Open Sources Big Data RDBMS

Splice Machine, which tackles Big Data analytics with a SQL-based relational database management system rather than the more common NoSQL approach, today announced it's open sourcing its technology.

Microsoft, MapR Lead Spark Charge

The Spark Summit conference is now underway in San Francisco, where Microsoft and MapR Technologies are leading the charge of new product announcements based on the popular open source Big Data analytics technology.

Firms Explain How To Overcome Open Source Development Challenges

Who better to explain how to overcome the challenges of managing open source projects and cultures than open source champions Red Hat and Docker? Both published brand-new resources detailing their in-house processes and best practices for community software development.

Platform Provides 'Instant Replay' of Mobile App Crashes

What do you do when you've checked the logs, examined the user reports and pored over stack traces but still can't find out what's causing your mobile app to crash? Buddybuild says it has the answer with a new feature just added to its mobile development platform: a video "instant replay" of what happened to cause the crash.

Google Switching to Standard SQL for BigQuery Analytics Service

Google is abandoning its homegrown SQL variant as the recommended default query language for its BigQuery service in favor of a new standard-compliant dialect in the works for the managed data warehouse designed for Big Data analytics.

Low-Code App Dev Tools Evolve with New Services

When your low-code mobile app development tools start to look like everyone else's low-code mobile app development tools, you have to differentiate yourself with new products, services or functionality.

Mobile Analytics Firm: 23 Percent of Users Abandon Apps After One Use

According to mobile app analytics firm Localytics, mobile's importance is growing at a faster rate than the business innovation needed to keep pace, resulting in a "mobile engagement crisis" exemplified by poor user retention statistics.

EnterpriseDB Integrates Postgres in Distro Aimed at Enterprise

EnterpriseDB released an operational data management platform based on the open source Postgres object-relational database system, which it integrated with MongoDB and Apache Hadoop.

IBM Opens Up Node.js App Metrics Tool

The Node Application Metrics monitoring and profiling agent from IBM is now fully available with an open source license, according to the company's developerWorks Open site. Previously the tool -- also called "appmetrics" -- was available as a hybrid project with some parts open source but with core monitoring capabilities kept in-house.

New Community Projects for React Native: Deco IDE and Pepperoni Boilerplate

When Facebook open sourced React Native -- its technology for building mobile apps with JavaScript -- it invited community developers to help evolve the nascent product and they've followed through, just this week introducing an IDE and a boilerplate project.

Jury Sides with Google in $9 Billion Oracle Lawsuit: APIs Are 'Fair Use'

A jury serving in the Federal District Court in San Francisco concluded on Thursday that Google's use of 37 Java APIs in the development of its Android operating system was a "fair use" of that technology.

Open Source Realm Mobile Database Hits Version 1.0

Citing advantages over the SQLite and Core Data databases commonly used in iOS and Android apps, Realm today launched version 1.0 of its namesake "mobile-first database."

Apache Kafka Stars in Two New Open Source Big Data Offerings

Following the path of Hadoop and Spark, Apache Kafka is becoming a rising star in the Big Data ecosystem, playing a leading role in two brand-new open source offerings from LinkedIn, where Kafka originated, and Confluent, a company founded by former LinkedIn developers who helped create it.

Microsoft Doesn't Budge on 'Classic' Visual Basic

Despite renewed developer hue and cry to do something with "classic" Visual Basic sparked by the recent 25th birthday celebration for the programming language, Microsoft is showing no signs of caving in and revitalizing the language, moving it to open source or anything else.

A Kotlin-Based Build Language for Gradle

Gradle Inc., chief commercial supporter of the open source Gradle build automation system, is working with software development toolmaker JetBrains to provide a Kotlin-based build programming language for Gradle, the two companies announced.

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