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Scala goes skinny: Ammonite tunes the heavyweight for simple tasks

An interactive REPL and system shell capabilities highlight the coming Version 1.0 release

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Easier, faster: The next steps for deep learning

Rapidly advancing software frameworks, dedicated silicon, Spark integrations, and higher level APIs aim to put deep learning within reach

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Kotlin’s a rising star in language popularity index

Other languages on the move include R, Hack, and Rust, while Python cements its position as the king of there dynamically typed languages

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Java 9 delayed due to modularity controversy

Oracle has proposed a September release date for Java 9, following modularity controversy

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NPM 5 reworks the cache for speed, but could break existing apps

Other changes target better fault tolerance, garbage collection, and auto-saving

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Kubernetes foundation takes on container networking

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds another open source project to its container-centric toolbelt

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Amazon Web Services sets a lure for Java programmers

Amazon Web Services has long offered an SDK to make it easier to access its web services from Java. Now James Gosling has joined the AWS team.

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How Google’s cloud is ushering in a new era of SQL databases

Google’s recently announced Spanner cloud database is ushering in a wave of so-called NewSQL databases that support traditional schematics but are able to scale to global sizes.

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Google’s Firebase taps serverless Cloud Functions

Firebase features a cross-platform SDK with capabilities for cloud data storage and synchronization across devices

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Oracle has a plan to make Java 9 migration easier

Temporarily permitting illegal reflective access from code on the class path could support a more relaxed migration to the modular Java platform

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Google endorses Kotlin for Android development

Built to run on the JVM, Kotlin will join Android's official language lineup in Android Studio 3.0

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Oracle's Java chief debunks ‘misconceptions’ about Java 9

The recent vote on Java 9's modularity specification failed, leaving the planned July 27 release in question

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NoSQL, no problem: Why MySQL is still king

You'd think the advent of 'webscale' NoSQL databases would have consigned MySQL to history. But you'd be very wrong

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Java modularity specification opposed by Red Hat, IBM is voted down

It could be back to the drawing board for Oracle's modular technology plan intended to make it easier to scale Java

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Oracle hits back at modular Java critics

High-ranking Java official responds to Red Hat's comments, saying that changes need to be useful to all developers, not a select few

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Java module system may stall platform’s next release

Objections raised by IBM and Red Hat could delay the upgrade's release, planned for late July

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Red Hat and IBM raise objections to Java 9 modularization

JEC participants say modularization will have adverse effects on compatibility and could lead to two worlds of Java development

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Azul introduces LLVM compiler to Java runtime

Azul's Falcon LLVM compiler gives the Zing JVM a big speed edge over Oracle's HotSpot Java platform

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