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  • Microsoft, Google, Mozilla team to build a faster Web

    Web apps and pages may soon get a speed boost to rival the performance of native desktop and mobile applications, thanks to a new standards initiative from Microsoft, Google and Mozilla.

    Written by Joab Jackson19 June 15 05:52
  • Five things Apple is doing to please developers

    Apple had lots to offer developers at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. Headline improvements included a new version of the soon to be open sourced Swift programming language and upgraded frameworks for creating more advanced Watch apps.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs10 June 15 00:54
  • Amazon's Go SDK one step closer with preview release

    Amazon Web Services has announced the first Developer Preview of its SDK for the Go programming language, giving developers who want to integrate cloud services in their apps more choice.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs04 June 15 21:54
  • New query language could turn log files into business insights

    IT departments have long relied on log data to help keep systems up and running, but they're not the only ones who can benefit from these vast stores of information. A new analytics language from Logentries could help managers tap log data to gain insights about their business.

    Written by Katherine Noyes29 May 15 11:20
  • Red Hat broadens programming language support

    Potentially making work easier for system administrators, Red Hat has updated its development packages to support running multiple versions of the same programming language on its flagship enterprise operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

    Written by Joab Jackson24 April 15 04:10
  • MIT's Picture language could be worth a thousand lines of code

    Now that machine-learning algorithms are moving into mainstream computing, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is preparing a way to make it easier to use the technique in everyday programming.

    Written by Joab Jackson15 April 15 03:24
  • Etsy borrows some HipHop help from Facebook

    After borrowing Facebook open source code for running PHP programs more efficiently, Etsy won't need to grow its data center footprint this year, saving it from a significant expense.

    Written by Joab Jackson07 April 15 03:03
  • HP extends R programming language for big data use

    Hewlett-Packard has devised a way to run programs written in the R statistical programming language against data sets that span more than one server, potentially paving the way for large-scale, real-time predictive analytics.

    Written by Joab Jackson18 Feb. 15 04:06
  • Standards bodies join to create better geolocation Web data

    From ordering pizza online to pinpointing the exact location of a breaking news story, an overwhelming portion of data on the Web has geographic elements. Yet for Web developers, wrangling the most value from geospatial information remains an arduous task.

    Written by Joab Jackson08 Jan. 15 08:12
  • MIT unifies Web development in a single, speedy new language

    Building a moderately complex Web page requires understanding a whole stack of technologies, from HTML to JavaScript. Now a researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has wrapped these technologies into a single language that could streamline development, speed up performance and better secure Web sites.

    Written by Joab Jackson25 Dec. 14 06:56
  • Facebook's alternative PHP engine attracts Web service providers

    Some fairly large Internet services are pressing into production Facebook's open-source PHP runtime engine after being impressed with the performance metrics for the alternative to the ubiquitous open-source PHP package used across the Web.

    Written by Joab Jackson21 Nov. 14 09:07
  • Amazon launches Lambda, an event-driven compute service

    Continuing to roll out new compute services at an impressive clip, Amazon Web Services has introduced a way for programmers to trigger operations in their AWS deployments without running a full virtual machine, potentially reducing maintenance work and cost.

    Written by Joab Jackson14 Nov. 14 09:42
  • Microsoft ramps up 'devops' capabilities for developers

    Recognizing that many organizations are under competitive pressure to evolve their applications ever more quickly, Microsoft has been updating its programming tools to accommodate fast paced "devops"-style development environments.

    Written by Joab Jackson13 Nov. 14 02:30