Open Source Software

  1. In this episode of True Technologist, Brendan Eich, creator of the JavaScript language and cofounder of Mozilla, describes the hectic and challenging early days of bringing JavaScript to market, as well as his new company, Brave Software
  2. Microsoft’s open source development tool is an important piece of the developer’s toolkit. Built using GitHub’s cross-platform Electron framework, Visual Studio Code is a full-featured development editor that supports a wide selection of languages and platforms, from the familiar C and C# to modern environments and languages like Go and Node.js, with parity between Windows, MacOS, and Linux releases.

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  3. A new machine learning framework from Microsoft is aimed at .Net developers who want to run common machine learning tasks using a cross-platform, open source system. The beta Version 0.4 is now available.

    The features in ML.Net

    ML.Net was first announced in May 2018. It provides ways for .Net developers to create models for specific tasks and to make them available to .Net applications via high-level APIs for model training and prediction serving.

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  4. Over the last couple of years, Rust has gone from a curiosity brewed up in the lab of a Mozilla employee to a strong contender for writing the next generation of native apps and bare-metal solutions. But those advances come from Rust providing its own tool chain and component management system—along with its own features and quirks.

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  5. Developers participating in the evolution of standard Java may soon have a new source-code management system for the project, with the community set to investigate alternatives—including Git—to the current Mercurial repository scheme.

    The effort, dubbed Project Skara, is intended to help contributors to OpenJDK, including seasoned committers and relative newcomers, be more productive. Under Skara, alternative source control management and code review management options would be explored, with Git an option.

    Git, created by Linux founder Linus Torvalds, already anchors the popular code-sharing site GitHub, which has become an informal standard for collaborating on open source projects.

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