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03 December 2012, 12:33

Developer Break: Real-time Java, Cloudbees, Django, Erlang, Gradle, Qt

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Dev Break icon Developer Break – catch up on the smaller but important notes for developers, from libraries to APIs and from people to postings. This week: Real-time Java, CloudBees and Amazon, Django 1.5 beta, Erlang, Gradle and Scala, jBPM, QtCreator and Qt updates, Tasktop and IBM.

  • The German company Aicas, known for its work on embedded JVMs, has announced it is taking over the specification lead of JSR 282 (RTSJ version 1.1) and the maintenance lead of JSR 1 (the Real-time specification for Java).

  • Platform-as-a-sevice (PaaS) provide CloudBees has announced better integration between its products and Amazon Web Services. For example, developers can now use CloudBees with Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud and DynamoDB.

  • The developers of the Python-based open source web framework Django have released a beta version of Django 1.5. The biggest change in 1.5 is a configurable User model; this allows users of Django's auth framework to use their own User model rather than Django's default user model.

  • The third maintenance release of Erlang, OTP R15B03, was released on schedule.

  • Version 1.3 of the Gradle build-management system can now handle Scala programs as a first class citizen. The tool is also now able to fork compilation, has improved Eclipse integration and optimisations in the dependency management.

  • The latest update to the business process management for JBoss, jBPM 5.4, adds process simulation capabilities, a local task service and support for Spring.

  • A syntax highlighter definition file for QTCreator has been created to improve the highlighting of OpenGL GLSL shader files in the QT editor and KDE Kate editor.

  • There are over 170 fixes in Digia's release of Qt 4.8.4, interestingly including 36 QNX/Blackberry fixes. Release notes explain why the update is worth doing.


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