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OpenJDK project opens up Java 9 to collaboration, experimentation

The new 'sandbox forest' will enable developers to work on ongoing enhancements before finalizing and contributing them to Java 9.

Four reasons to stick with Java, and four reasons to dump it

The enterprise mainstay has proved resilient in the face of many challenges -- but just how long can Java remain a premier programming language?

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Pedal to the metal: PyPy 2.4 powers up Python

JIT-powered Python engine PyPy was already fast, but version 2.4 charges further ahead, thanks to multithreaded optimizations.

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Java 101: The next generation: The essential Java language features tour, Part 5

Not all varargs methods will contribute to heap pollution, so find out which ones do and why, in this second half of Jeff Friesen's introduction to small language changes that have made a big difference since JDK 7.

ChoiceFormat: Numeric range formatting

Learn how to use ChoiceFormat and its patterns to customize the formatting of numeric ranges in your Java programs.

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Run anywhere again: Java hooks up with Docker

Officially certified as Java-compliant and supported, Zulu JVM signals Docker's adoption by more mainstream and larger Java-based enterprises.

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Experimental JavaScript compiler shakes up ideas about speed, simplicity

Higgs, an experimental JavaScript engine written in D, uses novel approaches to speed up JavaScript -- and could inspire similar projects.

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Fast guide to Google Go programming

Need a concise, simple, safe, and fast compiled language with wonderful concurrency features? Go with Google Go.

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12 predictions, 5 years: The future of programming

We gaze into our coding crystal ball to find the sure bets and intriguing developments to target in the next five years.

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3 make-or-break interview questions for developers

It's developer season at my company. Unlike with deer season, we’re hiring rather than shooting, though not all survive the interview process.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down as CEO, Catz, Hurd named co-CEOs

In a surprise move, Ellison announced that he is stepping down but not out of the picture; he's now appointed executive chairman and CTO of Oracle.

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10 more do's and don'ts for faster SQL queries

Follow these tried-and-true techniques to improving both the speed and concurrency of your dawdling database.

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APIs will glue together the Internet of things

IoT isn't about what one device can do but what multiple devices, connected by a bridge of APIs, can do together.

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Java, C++ slip in popularity as domain-specific languages spread

The spread of DSLs in niche fields could be gradually reducing the need for general-purposes languages like Java and C++.

Compiler wars: LLVM and GCC compete on speed, security

Newest revision of LLVM compiler framework battles with GCC on performance, but it has lots of ground to cover.

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Scala founder: Language due for 'fundamental rethink'

The Scala road map has three upgrades planned, with a simpler, more modular language set as the end goal.

Beyond average: 10 best practices for coding Java APIs

Stretching the limits of Java has its pitfalls, and it's also unavoidable for many advanced programming scenarios. jOOQ creator Lukas Eder offers 10 best practices for less common scenarios in API design and development.

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Programmers could get REPL in official Java

Java could add a Lisp-based read-evaluate-print-loop tool as part of Project Kulla, but developers debate whether it's a good fit.

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