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Little-known real-time standard impacts broad span of Java applications

Real-time Specification for Java 2.0, currently in public review, has implications for mobile computing, massive scaling, and embedded programming for IoT.

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Spark, big data's brightest star, needs to grow up

Spark is the hottest project in big data -- but Databricks, the company behind it, needs to ensure its implementation has a plausible path to maturity.

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The state of open source security

Recent high-profile vulnerabilities have put the lie to the 'many eyes' theory -- but also driven real progress in securing the open source ecosystem.

All eyes on the API

Once a humble backdrop to real software development, API design is coming into its own, with a plethora of tools and specifications for developers to choose from.

Conquer continuous delivery with GitHub and Jenkins

GitHub and Jenkins together help make agile development real, enabling you to automate the build process and focus on test-first development.

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It came from the cloud: The looming change in IT

PaaS is finally getting traction, and when it takes hold, the application workflow – and the lives of developers – will change forever.

Google Go fuels JVM alternative

Though 'far from complete,' the jvm.go project is drawing praise as a potential alternative to Oracle's JVM.

Google's Go language is off to a great start, but still has work ahead

Speed, concurrency, and portability have brought Go fame and friends, but the language and ecosystem need time to mature.

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What you need to know about Hadoop right now

Andrew updates his cheat sheet for developers navigating the ever-expanding Hadoop ecosystem. Storm and Spark still top the list, but don't miss new additions like Phoenix, Kafka, and Falcon.

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Dumped by Pivotal, Groovy moves to Apache

Pivotal makes good on its plan to discontinue Groovy funding past March, but the fate of accompanying Grails framework remains undetermined.

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Elasticsearch buys into search as a service, rebrands as 'Elastic'

In an exclusive interview, the CEO and CTO of the company formerly known as Elasticsearch talk about the acquisition of Found, the diversity of customer use cases, and future product plans.

Codehaus: The once great house of code has fallen

The onetime home of projects such as JMock, Mule, and XDoclet has announced that it will begin taking projects and services offline in early April 2015.

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GitHub for the rest of us

Git enabled programmers to coordinate distributed work across teams -- now GitHub is making complex collaboration work for non-programmers too.

Literate programming is now a team sport

A program is a story told in two languages: code and prose. On GitHub, countless stories of countless programs are being told every day.

Untangling the intense politics behind Node.js

The bitter politics around Node.js certainly needs sandboxing, but so does the desire of developers to drive the agenda.

Torvalds: ‘People who start writing kernel code get hired really quickly’

Now more than ever, the development of the Linux kernel is a matter for the professionals, as unpaid volunteer contributions to the project reached their lowest recorded levels in the latest “Who Writes Linux” report.

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Eich: JavaScript will deliver on Java's broken promise

JavaScript's creator believes the scripting language can beat Java at its own 'virtual machine embedded everywhere' game.

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Get ready for the new stack

Almost overnight, a new constellation of container-based cloud technologies has landed, threatening to supplant the old VM-based model. Your developers are probably already giving it a spin.

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