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Open Source PWABuilder for Progressive Web Apps Gets Version 2.0 Update

Microsoft announced an update to its open source PWABuilder tool to convert existing Web apps/sites to Progressive Web Apps, which act more like native desktop/mobile apps with the help of several technologies.

Open Source Atom Editor Eases Code Reviews

The open source Atom text/code editor from GitHub is seeking to ease the code review process, hoping to relieve some developer anxiety resulting from pull request reviews.

NSA Releases Java-Based Reverse Engineering Tool

The National Security Agency has open sourced its Ghidra software reverse engineering (SRE) framework.

Alibaba Adds to the Growing List of OpenJDK Distros

China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, has unveiled its own Java distribution. Based on OpenJDK and Java SE 8, Dragonwell8, currently in preview, is the open source version of the company’s in-house implementation.

Open Source Ionic Framework Woos PhoneGap Developers for Mobile Apps

Ionic, a six-year-old project seeking to make a bigger name for itself in the world of mobile app development, recently shipped an update to its major v4.0 release and soon after appealed to PhoneGap developers to get on board.

New Open Source Tool Formats Big Data for TensorFlow

LinkedIn open sourced a tool it developed to convert Apache Spark-based Big Data into a format consumable by TensorFlow, the popular open source platform for machine learning.

Google Upgrades Accelerated Mobile Pages Testing Tools

Google announced an upgrade to its open source AMP initiative to improve mobile Web browsing by speeding up page loads, improving the testing tools associated with the project.

Xcode Playground Lets Developers Try New Swift 5 Features

Apple announced Swift 5, which it describes as a major milestone release of the increasingly popular open source programming language used for iOS and other Apple Oses, and an independent developer has created an Xcode playground to try out its new features.

Eclipse IDE Keeps Pace with Faster Java Releases

Last week's Java 12 release wasn't the only byproduct of Oracle's faster release cadence. The Eclipse Foundation also announced the third quarterly release of the Eclipse IDE, along with 75 participating projects.

React Native Team Addressing Biggest Complaints: Upgrading and Debugging

The React Native Community recently conducted a survey via GitHub to ask mobile developers "What do you dislike about React Native?" and found that the two biggest complaints are upgrading and debugging.

Open Source Project Fosters Data Teamwork Best Practices

The Linux Foundation has added a new project to foster and advance best practices for data teamwork, borrowing from the Agile approach to software development.

Hottest GitHub Project Right Now: VS Code in the Browser

The hottest project on GitHub right now comes from Coder, which recently open sourced its cloud-hosted port of the open source Visual Studio Code editor, providing browser access to one of the most popular programming tools in the world.

SAP Builds Its Own Java Distro

SAP's new SapMachine was created to allow its customers and partners to build and maintain an SAP-supported version of OpenJDK.

Xamarin.Forms 3.6 Boosts Material Design Look-and-Feel

Microsoft's Xamarin team announced an update to its Xamarin.Forms UI toolkit -- for cross-platform iOS and Android projects -- that makes it easier to implement Material Design look-and-feel in such apps.

Microsoft Open Sources Windows Calculator

Microsoft has open sourced the code for its Windows Calculator app, inviting developers to help improve the tool's user experience while at the same time learning about and possibly adopting its technological underpinnings.

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