Jul 16

Larry Wall On Perl 6, Language Design, and Getting Kids To Code

Perl 6 has been a long time in the making, but Larry Wall, the language’s chief developer, now says it should arrive in time for Christmas. In this interview with Linux Voice, Wall explains why Perl 6 took so long, … Continue reading

Jul 14

How (and why) one man squeezed a modern console game onto MS-DOS

“Last month’s surprise announcement that pixelated open-world game Retro City Rampage will be ported to MS-DOS left us with a lot of questions. For one: Why? For another: How? Gamasutra talked to Retro City Rampage creator Brian Provinciano recently to … Continue reading

Mar 04

Open Source BPM Hits the Mark – Whitepaper [PDF]


Download this complimentary whitepaper to learn about the challenges faced by application development teams today, and how developers can benefit most from open source BPM solutions. You can download the Whitepaper as a PDF if you’re interested. Related: JavaScript Conquers … Continue reading

Feb 24

Java vs. Node.js: An epic battle for developer mind share

Epic Battke

While it may have been unthinkable 20 years ago, Java and JavaScript are now locked in a battle of sorts for control of the programming world. InfoWorld’s Peter Wayner examines where the old-school compiler-driven world of Java hold its ground … Continue reading

Feb 16

New Encryption Method Fights Reverse Engineering


Dharkfiber sends an article about the Hardened Anti-Reverse Engineering System (HARES), which is an encryption tool for software that doesn’t allow the code to be decrypted until the last possible moment before it’s executed. The purpose is to make applications … Continue reading

Feb 16

Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says “Not Harmful”


Edsger Dijkstra famously opined in 1968 on the danger of GOTO statements. Mei Nagappan writes with a mellower view, nearly 50 years later: By qualitatively and quantitatively analyzing a statistically valid random sample from almost 2 million C files and … Continue reading

Feb 16

Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

Java Topic

In a new paper (PDF), researchers from the University of California, Davis, Southeast University in China, and University College London theorized that, just as with natural languages, some — and probably, most — written code isn’t necessary to convey the … Continue reading

Feb 16

Five Years After the Sun Merger, Oracle Says It’s Fully Committed To SPARC

Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems vanished into Oracle’s maw five years ago this month, and you could be forgiven for thinking that some iconic Sun products, like SPARC chips, had been cast aside in the merger. But Oracle claims that the SPARC roadmap … Continue reading

Feb 16

LinkedIn Restricts API Usage


“LinkedIn is restricting access to most of its application programming interfaces (APIs) to companies that have struck up partnerships with the social networking company. ‘Over the past several years, we’ve seen some exciting applications from our developer community. While many … Continue reading

Feb 16

Nim Programming Language Gaining Traction


Nim is a young, statically typed programming language that has been getting more attention recently. See these articles for an introduction: What is special about Nim?, What makes Nim practical? and How I Start: Nim. The language offers a syntax … Continue reading