Development Tools

GitHub is at heart a Git repository hosting service, i.e. a cloud-based source code management or version control system, but that’s just the beginning. In addition, GitHub implements features for code review (pull requests, diffs, and review requests), project management (including issue tracking and assignment), integrations with other developer tools,…

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New languages, and improvements on existing ones, are mushrooming throughout the develoment landscape. Mozilla’s Rust, Apple’s Swift, Jetbrains’s Kotlin, and many other languages provide developers with a new range of choices for speed, safety, convenience, portability, and power. Why now? One big reason is new tools for building languages—specifically, compilers….

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In 2016, Facebook launched its Messenger Platform, a business-to-consumer oriented chatbot-building platform that you don’t need coding experience to master. The latest version, Messenger Platform 2.1, released in July 2017, provides natural language processing to automatically decode message text into useful data so the bot has a more effective understanding…

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How do you know containers are going mainstream? In a word, “standards.” As more and more organizations adopt Linux container technology, standards are being developed to help communities and vendors innovate while retaining compatibility among container implementations. It’s all good, but it’s also important to understand how different standards do…

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The drive toward using agile as a development methodology that recognizes that testing is an integral part of development, not a separate phase, has transformed the software industry. The trend of quick development iterations rather than long cycles supported by smaller teams of six to nine versus 50-plus people has…

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