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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.

Open Source Horizon Claims Edge over Google's Firebase Mobile Back-End

Much fanfare accompanied Google's elevation of its Firebase mobile back-end platform last week, but slipping under the radar was the quieter unveiling of Horizon, an open source JavaScript back-end for Web and mobile apps that claims advantages over Firebase.

Microsoft To Host Jenkins on Azure

The Jenkins community is partnering with Microsoft to move its back-end infrastructure to the Azure cloud, a move that unifies the Jenkins infrastructure -- which has been distributed in four locations among four different providers -- on a single, scalable platform.

I/O 2016: Google Innovates While It Plays Catchup

The annual Google I/O developer conference kicked off Wednesday with an opening keynote unveiling a range of upcoming products, including its new Siri/Cortana-like Google Assistant and an Amazon Echo-like Google Home device, but no Google-branded, stand-alone virtual reality headset.

Surveys Shed Light on New Developers Entering Workforce

Two new surveys of recent graduates and students about to enter the developer workforce reveal lots of different opinions about their chosen vocations and one consensus conclusion: The developer hiring process is flawed.

Docker Open Sources Mac, Windows Components

Docker, having launched a Mac and Windows beta project in March, today announced it's open sourcing key components used to develop that technology.

Looking for a Pay Boost? Learn Scala, Go

An ambitious new skills report drawing on salary information from more than 2 million workers reveals that learning the programming languages Scala and Go are excellent career moves for software developers.

Programmable AWS IoT Button Sells Out in Hours

The limited release AWS IoT Button, designed to help developers use Internet of Things and other data-related services from Amazon Web Services, sold out last week just hours after being made available.

Firms Team Up To Advance AI in the Enterprise

Move over, Siri and Tay, and make room for a new female virtual agent set to invade the enterprise: Amelia, a joint effort by Accenture and IPsoft aiming to help organizations adopt complicated and potentially game-changing artificial intelligence technology.

IoT News Roundup: SAP, HP Enterprise Lead New Offerings

New offerings from SAP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise highlight a busy week for the Internet of Things, which continues to edge aside Big Data, the cloud and mobile to take a seat as a first-class software development target.

Freelancer Site Lists Top Requested Developer Skills

Thinking of going the freelance developer route? Toptal, which specializes in connecting "elite" freelance developers with companies looking to farm out projects, might help you decide if you specialize in the right areas with its new list of most requested skills.

Remember the Desktop? Electron 1.0 Debuts

Promising the cross-platform creation of truly native Mac, Linux and Windows apps, Electron 1.0 has debuted following a two-year open source development effort.

Databricks Previews 'Shiny New Toy': Apache Spark 2.0

Two years in the making, Apache Spark 2.0 will officially debut in a few weeks from Databricks, which just released a technical preview so Big Data developers could get their hands on the "shiny new toy" that has become instrumental in processing streaming data.

Oracle and Google Back in Court Over Java APIs

The long-running court battle between Oracle and Google continued this week in San Francisco as the two companies faced off again in federal court before a new jury and a familiar judge.

Programming Language Index Reports Reascendance of Ruby

The latest edition of the TIOBE Index that plots the popularity of programming languages focuses on the reascendance of Ruby in the rankings.

New JNBridge Lab: Using Play To Create Java Web Apps on .NET

Java/.NET interoperability solutions provider JNBridge published a new entry in its growing database of free developer tutorial kits called Labs, which "showcase the myriad possibilities available to developers when bridging Java and .NET frameworks."

Realm Launches Xamarin Mobile App Database

Realm, which develops open source mobile app databases to improve upon and compete with SQLite and Core Data, is out with a new offering targeting Xamarin, the cross-platform mobile development technology recently acquired by Microsoft.

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