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  • Led by a former Microsoft executive, IBM opened a new Bluemix Garage in New York City to focus on blockchain, fintech and financial services.

  • A Google research project seeks to build on years of theory and research in the area of tangible programming to interest children in programming at an early age.

  • Codenvy, Red Hat and Microsoft collaborate on new language protocol for developers to integrate programming languages across code editors and IDEs.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: A good response from investors June 23 could help determine whether companies such as Dropbox, Uber and others decide to test the waters this year.

  • The Eclipse Foundation shipped its eleventh annual release train, featuring 84 projects and 69 million lines of code from nearly 800 developers.

  • IBM added new tools for its Bluemix OpenWhisk serverless computing platform that utilizes Docker. OpenWhisk also features user interface updates.

  • Microsoft is refactoring its Visual Studio installation to be smaller, faster, more reliable and easier to manage.

  • Microsoft continues to enhance its .NET platform to support any developer writing any application on any platform. To that end, the software giant recently held dotnetConf, a virtual conference focused on .NET and where the general-purpose platform is going. .NET has several key features that are attractive to many developers, including automatic memory management and modern programming languages, and that make it easier to build high-quality apps more efficiently. During dotnetConf, Microsoft announced that .NET Core 1.0 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) on June 27. .NET Core is a cross-platform implementation of .NET that runs on Windows, with ports in progress for Linux, OS X and FreeBSD. Also, during the dotnetConf event, Xamarin announced a new stable release of the Xamarin Platform, which co-founder and CTO Miguel de Icaza said features the biggest and best release of Xamarin Studio yet. It has a type system that is now powered by Roslyn, Microsoft's open-source .NET compiler platform. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the things Microsoft presented and where .NET is headed.

  • The Eclipse Foundation announced new releases of four open-source IoT projects to accelerate IoT solution development.

  • Andela, a company that pairs developers in Africa with opportunity in the U.S., has been selected as the first major investment of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

  • At WWDC, IBM extended its already-considerable support for the Swift programming language, particularly for using Swift for server-side development.

  • SmartBear Collaborator 10.0 improves code collaboration with integrations for Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Word and IBM Rational Team Concert.

  • Lightbend, a pioneer in Reactive Systems, is building out its tools to support enterprises with cloud-first business models built on microservices.

  • The craft of application development is in a renaissance. Spending for developer tools and DevOps is increasing. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts there will be 1.4 million computer specialist jobs available in the next four years alone. Additionally, learning how to develop full-service, enterprise-grade applications is more accessible, thanks to thousands of open-source tools and repositories like GitHub that make collaboration easier than ever before. Yet, even with virtually uninhibited access to tools and hundreds of peer communities for cultivating these skills, there are still hurdles aspiring developers need to overcome when it comes to building new applications. Fifteen-year-old Chase Williams was one such developer. However, with the use of open-source tools, he was able to create a weather-tracking app dubbed Weather Mash—an award-winning microservices-based app he spun up in under 10 minutes from a laptop and developed entirely with free and open-source tools. Based on interviews with Apcera, this eWEEK slide show lists the tools and languages Chase used to build his app.

  • IBM will acquire EZSource to help customers modernize mainframe apps for migration to hybrid cloud as part of digital transformation efforts.

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