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  • Sonatype has mapped out the JavaScript genome to help organizations with high-velocity, automated development practices.

  • IBM made big cloud moves in China—delivering blockchain and internet of things services on its Bluemix platform and partnering with Walmart.

  • Black Duck Software has formed an Open Source Security Research Group in Northern Ireland, tapping into the region's base of cyber-security expertise.

  • A recent Evans Data study indicated that there are now more than 5.4 million software developers using cloud-based development environments.

  • The security vendor aims to embed security as part of an application by way of an integrated software development kit.

  • Developer community Stack Overflow launches Developer Story, a new way for programmers to describe their experience and skills.

  • IBM's new Watson Application Developer Certification program will help to identify qualified developers of cognitive computing apps.

  • The population of developers writing mobile applications has grown to 12 million and is expected to reach 14 million by 2020.

  • Microsoft announced it will hold its Connect(); 2016 developer conference in New York Nov. 16 and 17, where a Visual Studio update is expected to be released.

  • Compuware has made a series of moves to bring DevOps front and center for enterprises that depend on the mainframe, including REST APIs for DevOps tool chains.

  • Qt Lite enables developers to streamline the creation/delivery of software and devices for all relevant platforms and any connected object, regardless of size.

  • At its Ignite 2016 conference in Atlanta this week, Microsoft demonstrated how it is using artificial intelligence across the board to deliver smarts throughout its product line to help customers get more out of the Microsoft technologies they use. In short, Microsoft is trying to democratize AI. "We are not pursuing AI to beat humans at games," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during his Ignite keynote. "We are pursuing AI so that we can empower every person and every institution that people build with tools of AI, so that they can go on to solve the most pressing problems of our society and our economy." Nadella said Microsoft is infusing every application—including Cortana, Office 365 and Dynamics 365—with intelligence. And the building blocks that constitute intelligence are available as developer services in Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, he said. Meanwhile, Cortana Intelligence Suite—which the company introduced more than a year ago to help customers use big data, advanced analytics and machine learning technologies in the cloud to derive insights, predict outcomes and prescribe actions based on their data—is beginning to bear fruit. Cortana Intelligence provides an end-to-end set of cloud services and preconfigured solutions to enable line-of-business departments such as sales, marketing, finance, operations and more to accelerate their digital transformation projects, said Herain Oberoi, senior director of product marketing at Microsoft.

  • Microsoft is working to infuse all of its products with artificial intelligence capabilities to bring more smarts to its applications and technologies portfolio.

  • Microsoft announced the final release of its TypeScript 2.0 programming language, a superset of JavaScript, available as a download with Visual Studio Code.

  • The chief architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle has proposed a four-month delay on the release of Java 9 until July 2017.

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