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C programming language rises with COVID-19

C jumps ahead of Java in the Tiobe index of language popularity, thanks perhaps to C’s use in medical equipment

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Project Leyden addresses Java pain points

Leyden would mitigate Java’s large footprint and longstanding performance issues by introducing static images to the platform

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Go language use still anchored in technology companies

Go Developer 2019 Survey finds most Go developers work for tech companies, and most want to keep using Go

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ECMAScript 2020 spec for JavaScript moves forward

Slated for formal approval in June, ECMAScript 2020 introduces new features for module loading, precision integers, and strings

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AWS makes COVID-19 datasets freely available

AWS COVID-19 data lake makes regularly updated and curated COVID-19 datasets available to anyone with access to an AWS account

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CheerpJ Java-to-JavaScript compiler boosts exception handling, native methods

Working from bytecode, the CheerpJ compiler converts Java clients to HTML, JavaScript, and WebAssembly

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Postman lends its API power to the COVID-19 fight

The API development platform provider has launched an API resource center for tapping COVID-19 data including testing location information throughout the U.S.

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Eclipse Theia takes aim at Visual Studio Code

A platform for building desktop and web-based IDEs that run VS Code extensions, Theia is not yet available in an end-user version

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TypeScript 3.9 slashes compile times for packages

New beta release addresses extremely poor editing and compilation speeds associated with packages such as material-ui and styled-components

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New York calls for tech volunteers to fight COVID-19

New York State needs volunteer ‘technology SWAT teams‘ of developers, data scientists, and other techs to aid the pandemic response

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Git 2.26 fetches faster by default

Latest version of the open source software version control system uses the new fast network fetch protocol instead of the old slow one

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COVID-19 stress tests cloud services

Industry research firms Forrester and GlobalData assess the impact of the pandemic on cloud service providers

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Visual Studio upgrade boosts debugging, mobile development

New features in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.5 include hot reload for Xamarin.Forms and debugging enhancements for C++ and multithreaded apps

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JavaFX 14 enhances API, mobile support

New version of the Java-based rich client application platform puts mobile APIs on par with the desktop

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GitHub to acquire NPM JavaScript package registry

GitHub plans to move NPM private registries to GitHub Packages while leaving the public NPM registry in place

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Oracle extends Extended support for Java 8

Still the most widely used version Java, Java 8 will be eligible for Oracle’s fee-based support through 2030

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Next.js upgrade emphasizes static site generation

Latest Next.js release introduces new data fetching methods for specifying static generation or server-side rendering

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Kotlin upgrade brings experimental features

Kotlin 1.3.70 release offers no major new features, but adds a number of experimental new functions to the standard library

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