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31 Jul 2014
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Learning Java Programming with BlueJ [37580]
By Tori Wieldt

Tori Wieldt writes, "When you talk with people about learning to program, and especially learning to program in Java, the BlueJ environment is often mentioned as a good introductory environment to get started. BlueJ is a free Java Development Environment designed for beginners, used by millions worldwide. It is also is an excellent environment in which to gain a good understanding of fundamental principles of object-oriented programming..."

Author Micheal Kolling explains "When asked why beginners should not just start by using Eclipse or NetBeans - environments known for their excellent toolset and great functionality - the answer typically points to the great value of BlueJ's simplicity and interactivity for gaining a thorough understanding of programming principles..."
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02 Jul 2014
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Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta refresh [37204]
By Caryl Takvorian

Caryl writes, "The Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta, Update 7/14 release is now available for download.

This update includes new features and enhancements based on current customer feedback during the Beta program. We look forward to getting additional feedback!

Feature highlights in this update include:

  • Additional support for C++11, including full support for Lambda expressions and initializer lists
  • Updated Performance Analyzer with a completely redesigned UI that automatically saves your configuration settings and allows you to save custom configurations, new Heap data view, new metrics to track IPC/CPI, and call-tree enhancements
  • Updated Code Analyzer with performance and memory usage improvements
  • OpenMP 4.0 implementation tuned for the latest Oracle systems

And many more features, enhancements and fixes in response to user feedback.."
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01 May 2014
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Oracle Virtual Developer Day: Java 2014 - May 14th, 2014 [36154]
Hear from experts in Java SE 8 , Java EE 7 and Java Embedded

Oracle recently launched Java 8 to the world (March 25, 2014), announcing the revolutionary release of the world's #1 development platform. It is the single largest upgrade ever to the programming model, with coordinated core code evolution of the virtual machine (JVM), core java language, and libraries. Java 8 introduces significant productivity and performance enhancements, ease of use, improved polyglot programming, security and improved performance. Java is the platform of choice for the Internet of Things, cloud, mobile, and social application development, with Java 8 providing the path for platform standardization.

With Java 8, developers are uniquely positioned to extend innovation through the largest, open, standards-based, community-driven platform -- spanning from small devices to cloud-based development. For all you developers out there, a new Java Virtual Developer day is now scheduled and you are more than welcome to join for free.

The Java Virtual Developer Day in EMEA is scheduled for May 14th and you may register.
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29 Mar 2014
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Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 [35492]
Beta version available for download

Oracle has announced the Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta release. Oracle Solaris Studio is a suite of compilers and code analysis tools that assist developers in creating highly optimized, robust, and secure applications for the Oracle Solaris and Linux Operating Systems. These tools help application developers achieve the best performance on Oracle's newest T-series and M-series SPARC servers, Fujitsu's M10 servers, and Intel-based servers.
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25 Mar 2014
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New NetBeans IDE Release with Comprehensive Support for Java 8 [35491]
New Release Allows Developers to Take Advantage of the Latest Java Developments and Enhances HTML5 Development Features

Web and application developers are facing continuing pressure for efficiency and are seeking to adopt the latest standards and advancements in the Java language and platform. To address this need, Oracle has released NetBeans IDE 8.0. The new release allows developers to quickly take advantage of the latest enhancements in Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 8 and Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) 8. It also provides new features that enable developers to work more efficiently with HTML5.
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24 Mar 2014
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MySQL Workbench 6.1.3 RC [35493]
final release candidate for MySQL Workbench 6.1

The MySQL developer tools team has announced 6.1.3 RC - the final release candidate for MySQL Workbench 6.1.

MySQL Workbench 6.1 is the upcoming major update for the official MySQL graphical development tool. Introducing over 30 new features, this version has many significant enhancement focusing on real-time performance assessment and analysis from the SQL statement level to server internals and file IO. You'll see this in additions to the SQL Editor as well as new dashboard visualization and reporting that takes advantage of MySQL Server 5.6 and 5.7 Performance Schema, and enhancements to the MySQL Explain Plans.
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