‘Massive’ Swift 5.5 release fixes ‘pyramid of doom’ and more

Apple has debuted Swift 5.5, a “massive” release that fixes its “pyramid of doom” issue among introducing other major changes.

An issue with how Swift previously handled concurrency meant that a “pyramid of doom” of difficult-to-follow nested calls would occur when a developer wrote several asynchronous operations.

Swift language inventor Chris Lattner had previously acknowledged that error handling gets ugly “because Swift's natural error handling...

Sonatype Lift uses deep code analysis to suggest bug fixes

Sonatype has launched a new deep code analysis platform called Lift which can detect a wide range of bug types.

Lift detects bugs ranging from style issues to complex coding errors commonly found in first-party source code and third-party open source libraries.

Research from Veracode last year found that open-source libraries cause security flaws in around 70 percent of apps. However, open-source libraries are often critical to projects.

Using a deep code...

Programming language Coq wants to change its name for obvious reasons

Programming language Coq is looking to rebrand due to sounding like the English slang term for a certain male anatomy body part.

Coq is a dependently-typed functional programming language first created by Gérard Huet and Thierry Coquand. The development of Coq has been supported since 1984 by INRIA, École Polytechnique, University of Paris-Sud, Paris Diderot University, and CNRS.

However, the name of the language and its association with the male anatomy has supposedly...

Python’s creator shares his thoughts on Rust, Go, Julia, and TypeScript

Python creator Guido van Rossum has shared his thoughts on some of those other programming languages making the rounds.

The “benevolent dictator” himself shared his views in an hour-long interview with Microsoft Principal Cloud Advocate Manager Francesca Lazzeri.

“I love languages, at least in theory,” says Van Rossum. “I always read language tutorials but I’m very bad at actually sort of downloading a language implementation and try to code something because...

Research: How average developer salaries differ across Europe

A new report highlights the differences in the average salaries of developers across Europe.

The research, conducted by recruitment platform talent.io, evaluated the salaries of both full-time and freelance developers.

Munich offers full-time developers the highest median salary (€70,000), followed by London (€66,000), Berlin (€60,000), Amsterdam (€57,500), and Paris (€45,000).

The entry-level median salary for software developers in London is...

Brain activity while coding differs from processing language or doing maths

Neuroscientists from MIT have discovered that brain activity while coding differs from processing language or doing mathematics.

Coding is often likened to learning a new foreign language—and there are certainly many similarities. To the brain itself, however, it seems to be quite different.

The researchers took fMRI brain scans of young adults taking part in a small coding challenge using both Python and visual programming language ScratchJr to see what parts of their...

Python: Is it right for my business?

There is a plethora of choice when it comes to different programming languages. Python is just one of many widely used, but boasts the likes of Google, Youtube, Instagram and Spotify as some of the household names adopting it. 

So, why should a business choose Python over the likes of Java for its programming language and what role does Python play? These decisions are more complex than a simple, ‘pros and cons’ list in software development. Each has different use cases, and...

Q&A: Nicolas Hourcard, QuestDB: The advantages of a time-series database

Developers need higher performance databases to unlock the full potential of exciting but ever more data-hungry applications.

IDC forecasts that the global datasphere will grow from 45 zettabytes in 2019 to 175 zettabytes by 2025. Furthermore, the analysts expect that around 30 percent of the world’s data will need real-time processing.

"Today, more than five billion consumers interact with data every day — by 2025, that number will be six billion, or 75 percent of...

State of the Octoverse 2020: Devs increase productivity despite pandemic

GitHub’s latest State of the Octoverse has been released, offering developer insights for a year which has been unlike any other.

Fortunately, software development is one industry which could adapt quickly to the unique circumstances brought about by the pandemic. Many developers already work remotely so, for some, minimal-to-no changes were required to their working habits during lockdowns.

56 million developers used GitHub in 2020—making over 1.9 billion...

‘Missions’ teach secure code practices to all those new programmers

Secure Code Warrior has launched ‘Missions’ to help teach safe coding practices during a time when more people are learning to code than ever.

As we reported in September, one in four people used their extra time at home during the first COVID-19 lockdown to start coding. With second lockdowns now in many countries, it’s likely even more people have taken their first steps in programming.

While the world could always do with more coders, the pandemic has also...