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Rust 1.1 speeds compiling, adds new APIs

The open source Rust systems language, developed by Mozilla Research with an emphasis on speed and thread safety, has been upgraded with a 1.1 release highlighted by improved compilation.

In a recent blog post, the Rust Core Team cited compile times as a priority after the May release of Rust 1.0. “Thanks to the hard work of a number of contributors, Rust 1.1 stable provides a 32 percent improvement in compilation time of Rust 1.0  (as measured by bootstrapping).” Compiler error messages now feature extended explanations, and type-checking performance has been improved as well.

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It’s official: ECMAScript 6 is approved

ECMAScript 2015, also referred to as ECMAScript 6, has been approved by ECMA International, the organization said this week. The move provides stability to the technology.

The upgrade to the specification underlying JavaScript has been praised for syntax improvements and improving structural issues, and features of it already have been implemented in browsers. “Approval means the most significant update to ECMAScript since 1999 is now completed and has become an international standard,” said Alan Wirfs-Brock, project editor for the specification and a Mozilla research fellow, in an email. “Browser developers can now complete their implementations of ECMAScript 2015 features knowing that the specification is final and no longer subject to change.”  

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Not only Node.js: AWS Lambda adds Java support

AWS Lambda, a compute service from Amazon Web Services that bridges functional programming and the cloud, is adding Java development capabilities.

Introduced in November, AWS Lambda previously has supported development via the Node.js server-side JavaScript platform. “This is the first in a series of additional language options that we plan to make available to Lambda developers,” Jeff Barr, AWS chief evangelist, said in a blog post this week. 

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