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Why the C programming language still rules

The C language has been a software development staple for five decades. Here’s how it stacks up against C++, Java, C#, Go, Rust, and Python in 2019

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Scala 2.13 overhauls collections, improves the standard library

The functional and object-oriented language with JVM and JavaScript runtimes gains performance, safety, and simplicity improvements

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Python popularity reaches an all-time high

At the current pace of growth, Tiobe estimates Python could surpass Java and C in popularity in three to four years

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Java polymorphism and its types

Learn the four types of polymorphism in Java, then start using subtype polymorphism to execute different forms of the same Java method

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Java tip: Fields and methods in Java

Learn seven advanced techniques for working with fields and methods in Java, including recursion, method call chaining, pass-by-value arguments, and rules for calling methods

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Java tip: When to use composition vs inheritance

Inheritance is a valuable programming technique, but in some conditions it breaks encapsulation. Find out why composition is the vital alternative to inheritance, and learn when and how to use it in your Java programs.

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Oracle steers GraalVM to the enterprise

GraalVM Enterprise brings performance and security extras to the shared runtime supporting JVM languages, JavaScript, and native code

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Google: Use Kotlin for new Android apps

At the Google I/O conference, Google announced that Android development will become increasingly ‘Kotlin-first’

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Inheritance in Java, Part 2: Object and its methods

Get to know Java's Object superclass and its methods for duplicating, comparing, cleaning up, and scheduling Java objects

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Inheritance in Java, Part 1: The extends keyword

Use Java's extends keyword to derive a child class from a parent class, invoke parent class constructors and methods, override methods, and more

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Loop, switch, or take a break? Deciding and iterating with Java statements

Learn how to use standby statements like for, while, if-else, and break, then get started with the new switch expressions in Java 12

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OpenJDK proposal takes aim at verbose Java syntax

Records and sealed types would provide more compact syntax for declaring classes and a way to restrict subclasses, respectively

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Elementary Java language features

Learn three ways to document your code, then get started using identifiers, types, literals, and variables in Java 12

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Learn Java from the ground up

If you're new to Java then you've come to the right place. Get an overview of the Java platform, then code your first application using Java 12 and the new Java Shell

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Programming languages are now driven by corporations: Should we be worried?

Today, seemingly the only way a new programming language hits the big time is with the generous backing of a megacorp

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Java and JVM to zero in on GPUs and containers

Oracle says future Java developments will focus on improving language and runtime support for big data, machine learning, and cloud-native workloads

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Beta Janet language hopes to take on expressive programming

The C99-based Lisp implementation borrows from Lua and Clojure and could be used in IoT apps

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10 JavaScript concepts every Node.js developer must master

Want to build efficient and scalable Node.js apps? Learn how to make JavaScript work for you, not against you

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