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OpenJDK project opens up Java 9 to collaboration, experimentation

'Sandbox forest' gives developers a way to work on ongoing enhancements before finalizing and contributing them

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LibreOffice's superlow defect rate puts proprietary software to shame

LibreOffice code is among the cleanest you'll find, with one-tenth the defect density of the average proprietary code base for similar-scale apps

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Pedal to the metal: PyPy 2.4 powers up Python

JIT-powered Python engine PyPy was already fast, but version 2.4 charges further ahead, thanks to multithreaded optimizations

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Functional programming gains Web, networking option with Elixir language

Elixir language, now at version 1.0, leverages Erlang VM to produce short, fast, and maintainable code for the Web and infrastructures

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Mozilla Rust language approaches 1.0 milestone

Mozilla project expands beyond browser engines to support concurrency and quick systems programming

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Danger, danger -- the robot arm has gained sentience!

The day's routine is livened up with a tape silo with a robotic arm, a tool to automate tasks, and a tech staff with a sense of humor

Dropbox upgrades API for its lightweight app databases

Apps that tap Dropbox's Datastore API can now let their users share the stored data with other people

Apple's Swift language achieves 1.0 release milestone

Apple's follow-up to Objective-C reaches GM status for iOS and will do the same on the Mac when Yosemite ships this fall

Compiler wars: LLVM and GCC compete on speed, security

Newest revision of LLVM compiler framework battles with GCC on performance, but it has lots of ground to cover

Microsoft frees Visual Studio Online for occasional contributors

The company made the move because enterprise software projects now involve more line-of-business participants

How to expedite continuous testing

Using a combination of Jenkins and Circle CI, plus some Ruby and GitHub know-how, will make for a smooth process

Primed for mobile development, Mono upgrade focuses on performance

Mono 3.6.0, intended for Linux but picked up by mobile app developers, boosts performance and cuts memory usage

Amazon hopes to simplify mobile app testing with new tool

Live App Testing is available via Amazon's developer console

15 technologies changing how developers work

The very nature of programming is evolving faster than you might think, thanks to these powerful tools

Pivotal packages a lighter Java Web application stack

The Pivotal App Suite collects Spring, Tomcat, Redis, RabbitMQ, and other components in one integrated package

Getting started with Ruby: A tour of the scripting language

Ruby is the screwdriver that gets the job done with no fuss and no muss. This article will help you get started with it

How to get started with GitHub

GitHub has been called the 'social network for programmers.' Here's how to get started on the popular site for sharing and hosting code

SAP embraces opens source -- sort of

Years of slow change are finally leading to new openness at SAP, at least in connection with SAP HANA

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