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  • The final version of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2015 toolset is scheduled for release on July 20, more than a week ahead of Windows 10.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: App developers say they strongly support Java 8 to take advantage of new functionality, such as Lambdas, even as they look ahead to Java 9's September 2016 release.

  • The popular open-source programming framework gets reunited under the direction of the Linux Foundation and backed by IBM, Joyent and io.js.

  • Apple is open-sourcing its Swift programming language in a move aimed at making the technology more attractive to app and systems developers.

  • SAN FRANCISCO—As it always does, Google brought its "A" game to Moscone West May 28 and 29 for its annual Google I/O conference, which attracted some 10,000 attendees from six continents on-site and an estimated 2 million others watching on livestream television. Although the conference featured a lot of news for developers—which is the main purpose of the event—there was even more news about devices and the company's plans for the future. Thus, shows such as this one have become almost as noteworthy for general marketing purposes as for explaining to developers where the company is going so they can find and use the right tools for the apps they are developing. Google unveiled a snappy new Photos app; expanded its explanation of Google Now on Tap, a real-time digital assistant-type app;  introduced Android Pay to compete in some ways with Apple Pay; and set YouTube and Google Maps free to work without being connected to the Internet. This slide show touches on highlights from Google I/O 2015. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger)

  • REVIEW: WaveMaker’s development platform combines rapid application development with rapid application deployment using a Platform-as-a-Service model.

  • IBM and Xamarin announced an expansion of their IBM MobileFirst partnership to help developers deliver more secure mobile apps.

  • Google wants on-site and off-site participants at the Google I/O conference to supply language translations for Google Translate.

  • Oracle, users and the Java development community worldwide are celebrating 20 years of Java this week. Today, Java powers software that touches both our work and personal lives. From innovations in enterprise big data, cloud, social, mobile and the Internet of things, to connected cars, smartphones and video games, Java continues to help developers push the boundaries in technology innovation. "Java has grown and evolved to become one of the most important and dependable technologies in our industry today. Those who have chosen Java have been rewarded many times over with increases in performance, scalability, reliability, compatibility and functionality," said Georges Saab, vice president of development, Java Platform Group at Oracle. "The Java ecosystem offers outstanding libraries, frameworks and resources to help programmers, from novice to expert alike. The development of Java itself occurs in the transparent OpenJDK community.  With the considerable investment from Oracle and others in the community, we look forward to the next 20 years of Java's evolution and growth."

  • IBM announced a bunch of new Bluemix services to help developers create analytics-driven cloud apps.

  • With growing demand for enterprise mobile apps, IBM teams with Ionic to bring no-code app dev to IBM MobileFirst - akin to Mendix's deal with Pivotal.

  • At its TelerikNEXT conference this week, Telerik announced updates and new features for its mobile, open-source and Microsoft-related tools.

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