dimanche 27 novembre 2011

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One more language! > Google to Unveil 'Dart' Programming Language

eWeek (09/09/11) Darryl K. Taft

Google plans to introduce a new programming language called Dart at the upcoming Goto conference. Dart is described as a structured Web programming language, and Google engineers Lars Bak and Gilad Bracha are scheduled to present it at Goto, which takes place Oct. 10-12 in Aarhus, Denmark. Bracha is the creator of the Newspeak programming language, co-author of the Java Language Specification, and a researcher in the area of object-oriented programming languages. Bak has designed and implemented object-oriented virtual machines, and has worked on Beta, Self, Strongtalk, Sun's HotSpot, OOVM Smalltalk, and Google's V8 engine for the Chrome browser. In 2009, Google introduced the experimental language Go in an attempt to combine the development speed of working in a dynamic language, such as Python, with the performance and safety of a compiled language such as C or C++.

Java is NO1 and Objective-C, C#, D Language: Winners in Programming Popularity

InfoWorld (09/12/11) Paul Krill

Java has been the top language for 10 years. but new language are comming, specially D...

Objective-C rose to sixth place on the Tiobe Programming Community index of most popular programming languages in September. Used for developing Apple iOS applications, Objective-C ranked eighth a year ago. C# has risen two spots from last year to become the fourth most popular programming language. Meanwhile, D, which is considered a potential successor to C++, returned to the top 20 for the first time since the middle of 2009, coming in at 20th place. Although the F# language, a functional language for Microsoft's .Net platform, has fallen out of the Top 20 after making its first-ever entrance at 20th place in August, it is expected to make a quick return because it represents a new generation of functional languages. Java remains first on the list, followed by C, C++, C#, and PHP, which has fallen from the fourth place spot. Objective-C, Visual Basic, Python, Perl, and JavaScript round out the top 10. Ruby, Delphi/Object Pascal, Lua, Lisp, Transact-SQL, Pascal, PL-SQL, Ada, RPG (OS/400), and D complete the top 20 ranking this month.

vendredi 25 novembre 2011

Hottest Major on Campus? Computer Science

Network World (11/21/11) Carolyn Duffy Marsan

Elite technology schools are receiving increasing numbers of applications from students wanting to pursue a computer science degree.  Admissions officers and computer science professors expect to set a record for undergraduate applications this year, surpassing marks set more than a decade ago.  "Most of the U.S. economy is stagnant, but computer science grads are getting hired and at pretty good salaries," says Carnegie Mellon University's Mark Stehlik.  Enrollment in U.S. undergraduate computer science programs has been rising for the last three years, according to the most recent Taulbee Survey, which is conducted by the Computing Research Association.  "Our computer science program has had such an incredible amount of publicity lately," says Harvey Mudd University's Thyra Briggs.  "Also, the increased presence of women in that department is affecting our applications."  Stanford University has seen its computer science majors increase by 83 percent in the last three years.  "Our enrollment was up 30 percent this fall over last fall, and we expect to see continued growth on an annual basis," says Stanford professor Mehran Sahami.  In addition, 90 percent of Stanford's nearly 7,000 undergraduates are currently taking at least one computer science course even though it is not required to graduate.


Search algorithme...

Google's Search Algorithm Challenged
IDG News Service (11/19/11) Philip Willan

Padua University professor Massimo Marchiori is leading the development of Volunia, a new search engine that could challenge Google's search algorithm and lead to radically different search engines in the future. "It's not just Google plus 10 percent. It's a different perspective," says Marchiori, who contributed to the development of Google's search algorithm. "It's a new radical view of what a search engine of the future could be." Volunia's Web site allows visitors to sign up for a chance to test the beta version of the search engine, which will be launched in 12 languages by the end of the year. "If I didn't think it was something big, capable of competing with the giants of online search, I would never have got involved," Marchiori says. The project is headquartered in Padua, with funding being supplied by Sardinian entrepreneur Mariano Pireddu. "The difference of our search engine is what will enable us to emerge," Marchiori says. Pireddu says the Volunia researchers are not attempting to build a better search engine than Google's, but rather they are trying to create a different kind of search engine that can work alongside Google's.
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