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Weekly round-up: JAXenter survey results, three new JEPs for JDK 11, Eclipse Photon M7 & more

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At the beginning of each week, we take a step back and take a look at all the cool stuff that went down during the previous week. It has been another busy week in the tech world with the list for JEPs targeted to JDK 11 getting longer, the release of IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 EAP, the JAXenter survey on frameworks results coming out and much more.

JAXenter survey results are here

Over 1.000 participants from 85 countries and a massive amount of data: this is the result of the latest JAXenter survey which aimed to find out which technology topics will be especially important for you in 2018. There were 10 topics included in the survey and your answers helped us paint an accurate picture of this year’s technology trends. Now that we’ve revealed the top programming languages, it’s time to focus on the frameworks and UI toolkits to watch (and use!) in 2018.

We also had look at how the frameworks performed in the past couple of years to see if they’ve gained momentum or flopped. Curious about the results? Check them out here.

ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

The latest edition of ThoughtWorks’ Technology Radar has highlighted what most of us already know: you absolutely need to adopt Kotlin and Kubernetes but generic cloud usage should be avoided at all costs.

The latest edition of the biannual Technology Radar from ThoughtWorks assesses the major trends in software development. Central themes this time around include:

  • Reduced complexity in back-end logic
  • Cloud complexity
  • Security
  • The IoT ecosystem continues to grow

You can see the full report and analysis of the results here.

IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 EAP is here!

Time to check in on IntelliJ IDEA 2018! Now, the 2018.2 Early Access Program is here.

Based on the latest update on May 15th, the release offers a number of new features, including MacBook Touch Bar support, Gradle improvements, and more!

Please see the changelog for the complete listing of updates and learn more about this release here.

Three new JEPs targeted to JDK 11: The list is getting longer

May is shaping up to be a busy month for JDK 11 now that three more JEPs are targeted to the next Java version. The countdown to JDK 11 has begun -sort of- and the list of JEPs is getting longer.

About two weeks ago, Mark Reinhold announced three new JEPs to target JDK 11[ in three messages on the jdk-dev mailing list]:

For a look at each new JEP and make a quick summary of what’s targeted to JDK 11 so far, check our review here.

Eclipse Photon M7

Nothing is faster than the speed of light, but we’re hurtling towards the general release for Eclipse Photon M7 at a rapid pace. Eclipse Photon’s general release is due to arrive sometime at the end of June.  Judging by the steady news from the development teams, everything sounds good to go. Eclipse Photon M7 boasts a number of stylistic changes for the Eclipse theme, some new feature support, and most importantly, Java 10 support.

So, what more can we expect from this milestone release? Have a look at our overview of the new features here.

Trivial pursuit: Akka edition

The weekly pub quiz is here again to challenge you!

In last week’s trivia, the Akka team at Lightbend challenged us with a series of interesting trivia questions on Akka! Test your knowledge here… if you dare!

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