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12 things I hate about Hadoop

Hadoop is a wonderful creation, but it's evolving quickly and it can exhibit flaws. Andrew Oliver poses a dozen downers to consider before adopting Hadoop.

Why Redis beats Memcached for caching

Redis is the newer and more flexible datastore overall, but Memcached wins for efficiency in specific infrastructure and programming scenarios.

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Learning a second programming language? Try these 5 sites

Want to switch between programming languages? These sites show developers how to bridge the gap between languages and frameworks.

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IBM debuts first Watson machine-learning APIs

The Watson Developer Cloud offers eight services for building what IBM describes as cognitive apps, with more services promised later on.

Let's smash some bugs! Five error tracking tools for Java

Takipi demos five newer error tracking tools – Takipi, Stack Hunter, Raygun, Sentry, and Airbrake – in a common Java debugging routine.

Bossie Awards 2014: The best open source application development tools

InfoWorld's editors and contributors pick the essential tools for software developers in 2014. Find out which languages, frameworks, and libraries deserve top place in your open source toolbox.

Couchbase readies next-generation NoSQL storage engine

Couchbase 3.0 promises faster performance, plus sneak peeks at the new ForestDB database engine and N1QL query language.

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ARM's Mbed falls short of true open source

Mbed promises to resolve some of IoT's biggest challenges, but its resemblance to Android in open source strategy won't win the OS major converts.

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Oracle to developers: Let Java be your IoT platform

Oracle's emerging IoT platform features Java SE Embedded for embedded systems, and Java ME Embedded, which is optimized for small devices.

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DukeScript brings Java to HTML5, JavaScript

Released earlier this month, DukeScript 1.0 is a framework for developing cross-platform mobile, desktop, and Web applications.

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Twitter's Hadoop project gets Apache's blessing

Storm, an open source, real-time computation framework adopted by Twitter, picks up the Apache Foundation's full backing and support.

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Oracle's Graal project empowers language creation on the JVM

The newly released compiler combined with the Truffle language framework enables Java developers to create runtimes and compilers for new or existing languages.

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Oracle exec: Java shortcomings will be addressed by Project Jigsaw

Java's chief architect discusses the long-term impact of Project Jigsaw and lays out a roadmap for the upcoming Java EE 8.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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