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Atom editor now has native GitHub integration

The direct integration with the code-hosting platform to make things easier for devs -- but also ties them more closely to GitHub

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Review: The 10 best JavaScript editors

Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, Brackets, and Atom rise to the top, but several others are worth considering

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10 JavaScript concepts every Node.js programmer must master

Want to build efficient and scalable Node.js apps? Learn how to make JavaScript work for—not against—you

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Choose one: High productivity or code you can maintain

No matter how you slice it, there's always a trade-off between speedy development and ultrareliable applications

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Microsoft’s Visual Studio tackles serverless computing, Mac dev

Azure Functions Visual Studio beta lets developers integrate Azure Functions into development flows

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NoSQL, no problem: Why MySQL is still king

You'd think the advent of 'webscale' NoSQL databases would have consigned MySQL to history. But you'd be very wrong

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Java and C continue to decline in popularity

Upstart languages are creeping closer to the lead in the monthly Tiobe popularity index as software is adopted by more and more domains

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Buckaroo brings package management to C/C++ projects

Buckaroo uses Facebook's Buck build system and has its own curated repository of packages

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Python 2 forever: 3 projects that will keep Python 2 alive

Python 2 faces official end-of-life in 2020, but it could hang around for those who still want it or need it

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Homebrew MacOS package manager gets easier to use

Homebrew 1.2.0 deprecates a number of repositories to improve ease of use and software quality

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Google helps developers bind C++ to Python

Google's unofficial new project uses LLVM to generate language wrappers for C++ libraries and has Python as the first of many possible targets

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GCC GNU compiler adds C++ 17 support

GCC 7x release series brings diagnostics enhancements and improved compilation and runtime performance

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Review: The 6 best JavaScript IDEs

WebStorm, Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio Code, NetBeans, Komodo, and Eclipse pull out the stops for JavaScript, Node.js, and friends

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Atlassian focuses on verification, integration in Bitbucket upgrade

Version 5.0 of the code management tool adds committer verification and tighter integration with the Bamboo continuous integration platform

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Red Hat and IBM raise objections to Java 9 modularization

Java Executive Committee participants worry modularization will have adverse effects on compatibility and could lead to two worlds of Java development

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Azul introduces LLVM compiler to Java runtime

Azul's Falcon LLVM compiler gives the Zing JVM a big speed edge over Oracle's HotSpot Java platform

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New project gives developers DIY tools for creating dynamic languages

ZetaVM, from the creator of the Higgs compiler for JavaScript, enables easy construction of interpreted and JITed dynamic languages

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Why everyone's so excited about serverless computing

Contrary to popular belief, the cloud doesn't make infrastructure go away—but serverless computing is taking developers a big step closer to that dream

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