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Salesforce Aura ventures into open source -- to a point

Salesforce's Aura framework for designing business apps is open source, but you'll have to pay for its drag-and-drop design tools

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Review: VirtualBox 5.0 vs. VMware Workstation 11

VirtualBox 5.0's new features add ease and flexibility, but VMware Workstation 11 leads in performance and convenience

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Facebook open-sources Hack code generator

Hack Codegen creates code for Facebook's PHP spinoff

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Google Go goes faster with 1.5 upgrade

The latest version of the language features improved garbage collection, mobile accomodations, and a runtime rewritten in Go

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Cobol -- yes, Cobol -- gets a bridge to Node.js

Cobol and Node.js may seem like an odd pairing, but a developer has created a link between the two platforms, despite criticisms

Mozilla offers app to create Web pages on smartphones

It's for Android devices and available currently in four languages: Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, English, and Indonesian

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What's on tap for Mozilla's Rust in 2016

Incremental compilation, cross-platform deployment, and features that don't break the language are all planned for the new year

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GitHub Desktop 3: Handy, but still limited

First look: GitHub's desktop client for Mac and Windows provides a GUI for dealing with commits, branches, and basic Git repository work, but not issues or other GitHub-specific functions

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Parse opens up SDKs to Apple, Android developers

The Facebook-owned cloud platform for mobile apps will first offer kits for Apple and Android, with JavaScript, PHP, and others to follow

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Microsoft retools F# for Visual Studio 2015

New tools allow Microsoft's functional language to work better with Visual Studio

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GitHub's next big innovations won't come from GitHub

The UI-tweaking apps for GitHub will come from third parties like ZenHub -- and GitHub is fine with that

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Once-declining Java cements its lead in language popularity index

Last year's Java 8 release boosted the aging language, helping it open up a big lead over C

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React JavaScript library gets new tools

Defined API is featured for working with internals; tree view and component-searching also are featured

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How to use MQTT for IoT messaging

Ordinary Web applications may not need reliable messaging, but the multiplicity of endpoints represented by the Internet of things demands a messaging protocol that measures up

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Review: Visual Studio 2015 breaks new ground

Sweeping upgrade improves everything from language support to lifecycle management, and it opens the door to cross-platform development

When Git isn't good enough: Version control for enterprises

Built for development teams, Git can’t meet enterprise scalability and security requirements on its own

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IBM promotes Spark, Docker, Node, and Go goodies

A spate of projects from IBM's DeveloperWorks Open portal covers everything from improving Spark performance to Docker network management

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Free edition of Visual Studio: Cool enough for non-Microsoft devs

With licensing restrictions that favor individual users and open source developers, the free-to-use edition of Visual Studio

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