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  • Qt 5.7 Consolidates Open Source, Commercial Versions Under New Licensing

    The Qt Company has released a new version of its namesake C++ cross-platform app dev tool, featuring new licensing that consolidates the open source and commercial versions of its Qt for Application Development offering.

  • Eclipse-Based IoT Development Projects Launched

    Four new open source releases for building Internet of Things projects have been launched by a working group hosted at the Eclipse Foundation, known for its popular, extensible IDE for Java coding.

  • Microsoft Research Modernizes C for Security, Reliability

    Microsoft Research published details on its open source Checked C project to increase the security and reliability of C code, which, despite being some 44 years old, still provides the bedrock code base for the bulk of systems software that runs today's infrastructure.

  • IBM Moves Swift to the Enterprise

    A new Developer Preview of Swift 3.0 marks the next phase in the evolution of this popular open-source programming language. The growth of the Swift ecosystem among third-party developers is something of a phenomenon, and IBM appears to be leading that burgeoning pack.

  • Open Source Community Helps Shape New Swift 3.0 Developer Preview

    Apple announced Developer Preview 1 of Swift 3.0, the first major release with significant community contributions since the official programming language for building iOS mobile apps went open source last December.

  • Open Source Wins: Now What?

    While covering HPE's invitation to open source developers to contribute code to The Machine project to reinvent computing, I had the opportunity to talk with a real veteran of the Open Source Wars, who with colleagues has been having conversations where they look at one another and exclaim: "Oh my god, we won! Now what?"

  • HPE Looks to Open Sourcers for Help with The Machine

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise is reaching out to open source software developers for help with its ambitious effort to rethink computing from the ground up, known as The Machine.

  • Microsoft Updates Visual Studio Code, Windows App Studio

    Visual Studio Code got that terminal integration users have been asking for in the new version 1.2, while the June release of Windows App Studio now boasts a new REST API Data Source, its most requested feature.

  • New 'Slim' Build Highlights jQuery 3.0 Final Release

    jQuery, the big daddy of JavaScript libraries, has been moved to version 3.0 after a 20-month development effort, featuring a new "slim" version and numerous other enhancements.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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