Last week's highlights

Weekly Review: New JVM language Concurnas, Istio 1.5 & RedMonk rankings

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 creator of Concurnas presented the new JVM language in detail. We also welcomed the latest Istio release and the first RedMonk ranking of 2020—and we showed how embracing compassion, respect, and empathy can make you a better programmer.

Introducing new JVM language Concurnas

It’s not every day that a new JVM language is born unto the world, so to celebrate the arrival of Concurnas we published a complete introduction to the programming language by creator Jason Tatton last week. Concurnas has modern syntax and features, is open source and has GPU computing built in, which opens up the possibility for machine learning applications.

See here what Concurnas can do!

RTFM – Are programmers antisocial?

“There is a stereotype of programmers as being antisocial and difficult, and unfortunately many of us take on this attitude as if it comes with the job – but it doesn’t have to be this way!” In her talk from IPC, Software engineer Jessica Mauerhan discusses how to help boost your programming career with an attitude change and learn how to be less judgemental online and in the workplace.

Watch Jessica’s talk here.

Istio 1.5 simplifies its deployment model with Istiod

The newest release of Istio, version 1.5, landed last week. It improves CPU performance, includes a new extension model for proxy servers, and graduates some security settings. How do you follow up such a successful year as 2019? The roadmap for 2020 shows that Istio’s plans going forward include making it sleeker, smoother, and faster.

See what’s new and planned for Istio here.

JavaScript on top, Python ties with Java in RedMonk rankings

It seems like not a week goes by without a new programming language ranking! Last week, the first quarter bi-annual Programming Language rankings from RedMonk arrived. RedMonk tracks the most popular languages using data from GitHub and Stack Overflow. This quarter, the number one programming language is JavaScript, which comes as no surprise. However, a few other languages moved up the charts.

See here what languages are trending in 2020.

The impact of working from home on developers

Working remotely is becoming an option for more people than ever, especially for developers. No office space, no daily commute, no set schedule. However, will you be able to connect with your co-workers and do you have the necessary self-discipline? This article goes over some of the pros and cons of working from home, as well as some personality types that excel at the job.

Read the pros and cons 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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