Last week's highlights

Weekly Review: GraalVM 20.0, OpenJDK, 2020 software engineer trends & more

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, the major version GraalVM 20.0 was released with lots of new language features. We also showed this year’s trends for software engineers, how to navigate OpenJDK support, and how to test Java microservices applications.

Top 2020 trends for software engineers: Hired survey insights

Using data from over 400,000 interview requests and surveying 1,600 software engineers, Hired released a report detailing the top trends for software engineers in 2020. They learned that the demand for AR/VR engineering roles is on the rise (with a growth of +1400%) and that software engineers are looking to learn more about machine learning.

Learn about the 2020 software engineer trends here.

GraalVM 20.0 adds new features for Java, JavaScript, Python & more

GraalVM 20.0.0 arrived last week. The universal virtual machine supports different programming languages and is designed to run applications faster. V20.0, the latest major version, has new features for Java, JavaScript, LLVM, Python, GraalVM Windows builds and more on board.

See what’s new in GraalVM 20.0.

What to look for in an OpenJDK Distro

Do you really need OpenJDK support? It can be tricky, and even dangerous in the case of enterprise use. When it comes to OpenJDK builds, there are several different options you can turn towards. Find out how much it will cost you, what versions of Java and security fixes are provided, what operating systems are supported, and more facts.

See more about OpenJDK here.

Testing Java microservices applications

Although it is essential, testing Java apps has become more complicated than ever with the increase of DevOps and new development challenges. Thus, testing strategies need to adapt in order to fit the new realities of microservices. Last week, Rod Cope, CTO of Perforce Software, examined how to test Java microservices applications and how to overcome some of the hurdles.

Read about testing Java microservices applications here.

Enterprise open source software is growing within innovative companies

Once commonly thought of as simply for programming hobbyists, now open source is widely used in the enterprise. Red Hat conducted an international survey, interviewing 950 IT leaders about their usage of open source code in their business. The survey revealed that open source is rising in the enterprise, and proprietary software is on the decline.

See what Red Hat found out 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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