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Dart 2.10 unifies command-line tooling

The dart tool replaces multiple smaller tools for analyzing and formatting code, running tests, and compiling apps, with more duties on the way

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GitHub adds code scanning for security bugs

GitHub users can draw on ready-made and custom queries to discover security vulnerabilities in their codebases.

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Microsoft’s Playwright simplifies tests for Python web apps

Front-end tests for web apps have traditionally been a chore. Playwright offers an easier way to integrate those tests for Python.

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Microsoft taps LLVM for quantum computing

Using LLVM, Microsoft has created a common interface between programming languages and target quantum computers

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Ruby 3 previews parallel execution

Major Ruby update introduces an experimental feature called Ractor that promises thread-safe parallel execution

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Azure Databricks previews parallelized Photon query engine

Microsoft and Databricks say the vectorized query engine written in C++ accelerates Apache Spark workloads by up to 20x

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Apple’s Swift language comes to Windows

More work remains to be done in the porting effort, but Windows support is now good enough for early adopters to get started

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Report: Developers have been more productive during Covid-19

A survey of hundreds of developers across 26 countries suggests that software developers are more productive working remotely

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TypeScript 4.1 beta brings template literal types

The template literal type has the same syntax as template literal strings in JavaScript except it is used in type positions

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Vue 3.0 arrives, now in TypeScript

Major upgrade brings improvements in initial render speed, update speed, memory usage, and bundle size

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GitHub CLI reaches 1.0 status

Command line tool allows users to run their GitHub workflow from the terminal in Windows, Linux, or macOS

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Microsoft open-sources fuzzing test framework

OneFuzz enables continuous developer-driven fuzz testing to identify weaknesses in software prior to release

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Microsoft Visual Studio beefs up support for C language

C11 and C17 become supported C language versions starting with Visual Studio 2019 16.8 Preview 3

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Deno upgrade adds WebSocket API

Deno 1.4 also brings stricter type checks, integrated test coverage, and automatic restarts

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JDK 15: The new features in Java 15

Just-arrived update to standard Java features text blocks, hidden classes, the Z Garbage Collector, and previews of pattern matching and records

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Oracle open-sources Java machine learning library

Tribuo offers tools for building and deploying classification, clustering, and regression models in Java, along with interfaces to TensorFlow, XGBoost, and ONNX

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Visual Studio Codespaces is moving to GitHub

Microsoft is moving Visual Studio Codespaces into GitHub Codespaces to simplify the developer experience

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C++ 20 receives final technical approval

C++ language upgrade featuring modules and coroutines is set to be released before the end of the year

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Angular roadmap embraces security, simplicity

Upgrade plan for the popular framework features trusted native types, stricter typing for reactive forms, debugging and performance profiling tools, and more

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What’s new in Angular 10.1

First point release of Angular 10 offers fixes and enhancements to address performance regressions, core and router bugs, and more

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