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Apple's Swift soars into Tiobe's top 10 programming languages

However, Swift's Apple-centric focus could prevent the language from climbing much higher

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WebAssembly is now ready for browsers to use

Really! The portable code format should be turned on by default in Firefox and Chrome by the end of the month, with Edge and Safari to follow

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Java garbage collector proposal aimed at performance testing

The Epsilon project could benefit testers, but it wouldn't bring manual memory management to Java

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Java 9 gets a release date: July 27

JDK 9, which features modularization and ahead-of-time compilation, will be released this summer

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HyperApp takes functional JavaScript to web apps

The lightweight library is for developing scalable browser-based apps, with user interfaces built from microcomponents

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Review: Visual Studio 2017 is the best ever

Visual Studio 2017 is not only smaller and faster, but armed for many more use cases than previous versions

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Node.js 7.6.0 tackles asynchronous operations

The upgrade is experimental, so enterprises are advised to hold off on upgrading and wait for Node.js 8, due in April

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New JavaScript library invites coders to play with Canvas

The Sandpit library uses the canvas 2D element for creative coding

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The best Go language IDEs and editors

Among dozens of options for developing Go programs, Gogland, Visual Studio Code, and Cloud9 rise to the top

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Visual Studio’s cloud IDE gets smarter about builds

Microsoft Teams Services adds GitHub integration and easier pull requests

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Oracle preps developers for Java 9 upgrade

Oracle has released a guide to help developers move from Java 8 to Java 9

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Google Go 1.8 steps up compilation, garbage collection

Expect performance improvements for the compiler and shorter garbage collection for Go 1.8

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Tighten security with better software development

Security threats and security solutions both depend on software. One way to safeguard your systems and data is to take a secure approach to software development that focuses on quality assurance, testing and code review.

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Slimmer, nimbler Visual Studio 2017 will ship March 7

A multitude of improvements are planned for coding, startup and testing

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Java framework builds microservices as Docker containers

The java-micro platform lets developers build and configure environment, command-line, and external services

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TypeScript 2.2 plays nice with React Native JavaScript

Due this month, the upgrade also adds object type and removes restrictions on classes

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Hidden gems: 14 Python libraries too good to overlook

Parsing, image processing, web crawling, GUI creation -- these little-known Python libraries have you covered

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Upstart JavaScript framework dreams of challenging Angular, React

The open source Mithril framework focuses on performance, size, and density

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