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Oracle recommends axing the Java object finalizer

But due to Java’s release schedule, the Object.finalize feature will likely stick around for a while

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Apple listens to developers, eradicates ‘free’ imitation at App Store

Services are critical to Apple's future, and that is why the company is so focused on making the App Store a better place for developers.

It's just one feature. How long could it take?

Programmer pilot fish gets a deskside visit from one of his company's big bosses, who has a very specific request: a brand-new feature, added to a big software product -- and ready to install in two weeks.

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Next.js 2.0 plays better with React, JavaScript

Version 2.0 of the minimalist JavaScript framework allows for smaller, more efficient apps

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Apple opens the registration lottery for WWDC 2017

Want to go to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference? You have to sign up for a chance to buy tickets.

Alternative facts: 9 falsehoods programmers believe

9 lies that programmers tell themselves

Confidence in our power over machines also makes us guilty of hoping to bend reality to our code

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C++ toolkit helps shorten path to AI apps

The Neurala Developers Program uses C++ for building smart apps and doesn't require developers to already know AI

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Microsoft delays tools for third-party Cortana integrations

Microsoft has delayed the release of its tools for connecting other services to the Cortana virtual assistant, a decision that could cause it to lose ground in a crowded industry.

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Great plan, Twitter: ‘Let’s resurrect an old outdated app and make people pay for it’

This is not going to work. TweetDeck is kind of dead.

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The goal of a new machine

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is exhibiting a key element of The Machine, its testbed for making computing memory-centric, at the Cebit trade show.

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Atlassian moves to integrate its Trello acquisition

Fast charging Aussie developer tool company Atlassian made news when it acquired Trello a couple of months ago. Today they’re pulling the trigger on some product synergies.

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Rust, React, JavaScript and Python top Stack Overflow survey

The programming community's survey also finds that many developers are newcomers to the field

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3D web content could get a lift from DirectX, Apple's Metal and Vulkan

One of the big problems in gaming is incompatibility. A game written for Windows and DirectX won't work on Macs or Android devices. Vulkan games work on Android, but not on Apple devices, which has its own Metal API.

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Oracle prioritizes Java 9 bug fixes

Only P1 or P2 bugs that are critical and can be fixed before the July 27 release date will be addressed; all others will be deferred for now

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Apple's Swift cracks RedMonk's top 15 list in record time

Rust, Go, and PowerShell also gather steam in the analyst firm's biannual language rankings

We call this game 'Bluff the Blowhard'

This insurance company's IT shop has strict requirements for documenting development processes and especially code walk-throughs, and that's great -- unless somebody important isn't on board,

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Recruiters: Coding talent needed; degree optional

HackerRank finds that bootcamps and other alternatives to four-year degrees are now seen as viable

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Adobe Reader, Edge, Safari and Ubuntu fall in first day at Pwn2Own

During the first day of the Pwn2Own hacking contest, security researchers successfully demonstrated exploits against Microsoft Edge, Apple's Safari, Adobe Reader and Ubuntu Desktop.

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