Last week's highlights

Weekly Review: JavaFX 14, Apache NetBeans 11.3 & ten advantages of Clojure

Maika Möbus
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Every Monday, we take a step back and look at all the cool stuff that went down during the previous week. Last week, JavaFX 14 was released, so we sat down with Johan Vos, Java Champion and Gluon co-founder, to discuss all that’s new. We also took a closer look at the advantages of using Clojure and welcomed the latest Apache NetBeans release.

JavaFX 14 focuses on stability and lays groundwork for the future

JavaFX 14 arrived last week, bringing with it a short and sweet list of new features, improvements and bug fixes. While there’s nothing overtly spectacular in this release, it paves the way for bigger things in six months when JavaFX 15 is due.

We took a closer look here.

JavaFX 14: “There’s no need to use an older version of JavaFX when doing mobile development any more.”

And here’s some more JavaFX 14! To celebrate the next step in JavaFX’s story, we sat down with Johan Vos, Java Champion and Gluon co-founder, to talk about what the new release has in store, what his personal highlights of this new release are and what the future holds for JavaFX.

Read the full interview here.

Clojure: a mature alternative to Java

Clojure enables you to write programs that are better and more flexible, and above all makes you much more productive than using Java. By now the language has proven itself in the industry. Perhaps a good reason for you to switch to Clojure? We listed ten advantages of using Clojure for you.

See Clojure’s advantages here.

Apache NetBeans 11.3: JDK 14 preview features & dark mode

Apache NetBeans has come a long way since its creation as a student project back in 1996. Last week, the third release according to the new release cycle arrived. Apache NetBeans 11.3 introduces new Java enhancements that support JDK 14, new visual themes and support for dark mode, improvements for HiDPI displays, and more.

Read about the latest NetBeans features here.

Web developers don’t need a math degree to get started with machine learning

We also gained some new insights into machine learning last week. Google AI researchers conducted a study among 645 users of TensorFlow.js, a framework for machine learning with JavaScript. The goal was to find out what motivates software developers to get started with machine learning, what they expect from ML frameworks and what challenges they face.

See what the survey brought to light here.


But that’s not all

Last week was so full of interesting news and great content, here’s a few more highlights for you:

Maika Möbus
Maika Möbus has been an editor for Software & Support Media since January 2019. She studied Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

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