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Coeffects: The next big programming language challenge

Modern applications run in a wide variety of environments, which demands that they be increasingly context aware. Here, Tomas Petricek demonstrates the use of annotated types to build context awareness into an application, while also...


Don't want to mix programming languages? You already do!

Even if you don't realize it, polyglot programming is the new normal for app dev, especially on the web.

Contributions of individual programming languages to software development

Let's not argue anymore about which programming language is best! This post considers some of our most and least popular languages in terms of their ongoing contributions to software development.

Break Down Barriers and Reduce Cycle Times with DevOps

Learn why and how many successful companies have changed how they deliver software by dismantling the traditional silos that stifle collaboration and progress.

The dark side of lambda expressions in Java 8

Takipi CEO Tai Wiess says that lambda expressions in Java 8 offer more concise code at the expense of longer stack traces and more complex debugging, especially when you throw Nashorn into the mix.

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Abstract class versus interface in the JDK 8 era

The difference between abstract classes and interfaces has long vexed Java developers. Find out how Java 8's default methods introduce both new complexity and new options to that familiar programming conundrum.

Video: Functions as first-class values in Java 8

Java 8 treats methods as first-class citizens, which makes Java programming both more flexible and more functional. Get a quick video introduction to programming with first-class methods and using lambdas to express behaviors from the

Java vs. Go: The case for cloud-specific languages

Go is one example of an emerging new class of programming languages constructed for private, public, and hybrid cloud computing delivery models.

4 ways to modernize your application performance monitoring strategy

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Half full or half empty? HTML5's mixed outlook

HTML5 faces an uncertain future, according to a new IDC report, and likely won't replace native mobile application development anytime soon.

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Fatal abstraction: A bottom-up view of high-level languages

Can a low-level guy with a data center mindset find happiness with the built-in abstraction of modern languages.

The wait is over: JDK 8 is here!

A developer's list and crib-sheet of some of the best resources on the web for learning about Java 8, now in general availability.

What will Java 8 do to your code?

Java 8 is here -- so let's start kicking the tires and find out how it really works.

10 key findings illustrate the need for a new breed of APM solutions

This paper highlights ten key takeaways from the most recent survey on the impact of Cloud on application management. Read Now>>

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Java 8 officially arrives at last

Oracle's long-anticipated update includes addition of lambda expressions and shift to functional programming language.

7 long-ago decisions that still haunt developers today

Software developers are some of the more forward thinking people of the world, but that doesn't mean living completely free of the consequences of the past. While it might be your job to make decisions – about how to best...

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How PaaS is changing enterprise app dev

'Platform as a service' may be the least understood cloud type, but enterprise dev shops are catching on big time, bringing cloud scalability and availability to their portfolio of applications.

Why use Node.js?

Where Node.js really shines is in building fast, scalable network applications, as it’s capable of handling a huge number of simultaneous connections with high throughput, which equates to high scalability.

Mobile Apps and Devices Slash Customer Cycle Time

Consolidated Engineering Laboratories' field employees used to collect data on triplicate forms that were sometimes hard to read and difficult to manage. After procuring iPad devices from CDW and integrating mobile apps with

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PayPal and Netflix cozy up to Node.js

The server-side JavaScript platform is popular with developers for its relatively low learning curve, high productivity, and stable performance. Recent adoptions suggest that some of tech's top executives are buying in, too.

Node.js arrives for the JVM

Red Hat's Project: Odd team has released Nodyn, a new project that uses DynJS and Vert.x to integrate Node.js with the JVM.

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Survey: Developers eager for Java 8

Lambda capabilities are the most anticipated new feature, while JavaScript addition lags far behind in popularity.

Google's Java coding standards

Google's Java programming conventions are fully documented, so study up before you make your bid to join the Googleplex.

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