26 Jun 2019

WebKit upgrade improves memory usage

    JavaScriptCore, the JavaScript engine for Apple’s WebKit browser engine, has been upgraded with a new bytecode format that improves memory efficiency and type safety.

    The goal of the format, detailed in a June 21 bulletin, was to reduce memory consumption and allow the bytecode to be cached on disk. The WebKit team claims the new format uses 50 percent less memory on average, which translates to an overall 10 percent reduction in memory usage for JavaScript-heavy websites such as Facebook or Reddit.

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    11 Jun 2019

    Pivotal answers Oracle with supported Java distribution

      Pivotal is offering a supported distribution of standard Java that also includes the Spring Framework and Apache Tomcat. Called the Pivotal Spring Runtime, the product is available by yearly subscription, with pricing based on Kubernetes Pods or compute core.

      The Pivotal Spring Runtime package is being offered in response to Oracle’s new policies on Java Development Kit (JDK) distribution. Oracle has begun requiring a subscription for commercial Java support for mission-critical deployments, after previously offering a perpetual license and an annual support fee.

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      03 Jun 2019

      Dubbo Java RPC project graduates to Apache top level status

        The Apache Software Foundation has promoted its Java-based remote procedure call (RPC) framework, Apache Dubbo, from incubator to top-level project status. Dubbo includes interface-based remote call, fault tolerance, intelligent load balancing, and automatic service registration and discovery.

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        22 May 2019

        Google: Use Kotlin for new Android apps

          Google is doubling down on its support of the Kotlin language for Android mobile development, with the recommendation that all new Android projects be developed in Kotlin, the JVM-based alternative to Java. But while Android development will become “Kotlin-first,” Java and C++ will continue to be supported.

          With Kotlin, there is less to type, less to test, and less to maintain, said Chet Haase, who leads the Android UI team at Google, at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, CA. Unlike Java, Kotlin doesn’t require developers to write large amounts of “boilerplate” code. Haase even joked that developers’ typing skills might even be eroding because of this.

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