Along with springing iOS 14 on unsuspecting developers, Apple yesterday also released version 5.3 of its Swift programming language.
Swift 5.3 is available to developers from the Swift website or with the latest version of Apple’s integrated development environment, Xcode 12, which also includes SDKs for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Big Sur.
Apple announced Swift 5.3 in March shortly after releasing Swift 5.2. The company is developing the language in the open, allowing developers in the Swift community to suggest new features via proposals that Apple may adopt.
Updates in Swift 5.3 aim to help developers be more productive by reducing redundant code, according to Holly Borla, an engineer on the Swift compiler team at Apple. It also includes fixes for common compiler issues that developers have experienced.
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It’s grown to become a go-to language for building apps that run in the browser but back in 2010 it had to pick its way through a Microsoft company culture that was still fearful of open source.
Microsoft has published a stable version of the C++ extension for its popular open-source cross-platform code editor, Visual Studio Code, with support for Arm-based computers and new productivity features.
The new C++ extension from Microsoft comes as C++, a 35-year-old language, grows in popularity among programmers. The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) C++ group, Working Group 21 (WG21), this month finalized C++ version 20. The group is headed up by software engineers from Microsoft and Google.
C++ 20 is the first major update to C++ since C++17 was released in 2017 and contains the biggest improvements since C++11 from 2011, according to Microsoft’s Herb Sutter.
This month C++ became the fastest-growing programming language in the world, according to Tiobe, which publishes a monthly index of the most popular programming languages. C++ is currently the fourth most popular language behind C, Java and Python.
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Microsoft has released the latest update to its open-source cross-platform code editor Visual Studio Code, bringing changes to formatting, Notebook UX updates, improvements to Source Control views and IntelliSense improvements from TypeScript 4.0.
VS Code version 1.49 works to remove unnecessarily large pull requests by only formatting text that’s been modified via a new command, ‘Format Modified Lines’, and a new setting, ‘editor.formatOnSaveMode’, which restricts Format on Save to modified lines.
The Notebook UX changes aim to improve the cell execution order label to make it easier to discover. Previously, users couldn’t see the execution order label (#) while executing a cell. So the VS Code team has shifted the table below the execute button.
VS Code users can also now use two new settings to customize how the cell looks with respect to the location of the tool bar and whether or not the Status bar should be visible.
Following a roller coaster ride in popularity during the past few years, C++ is now the fastest-growing language of the programming pack, according to TIOBE’s September index.
C++ has had its share of ups and downs over the years in terms of popularity. But compared with its status last year, it’s now officially the fastest growing among all languages covered by software QA automation company TIOBE. For its new September 2020 Programming Community index, TIOBE gave C++ a rating of 7.11%, earning it a 1.48% increase over September 2019, the biggest gain among all languages for the month.
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Looking at its checkered history, TIOBE noted that C++ peaked in August 2003 with a rating of 17.53%, nudging it toward second place and helping it win the award for programming language
35-year-old programming language C++ is undergoing a revival, according to Tiobe Software, which says it is the fastest growing language of any right now.
C++ is “doing very well”, Tiobe CEO Paul Jansen, says in the company’s September 2020 index for the world’s most popular programming languages. C++ currently ranks fourth, behind C, Java, and Python.
Tiobe’s index is based on programming-related search queries on 25 search engines, including Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia and Bing. It’s not a perfect system, but it is meant to reflect changes in a language’s popularity as measured by the topics developers new and old are searching for. It’s also meant to serve as an indicator for what languages developers should learn and use for their next projects.
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As Jansen notes, C++ hit a high point in 2003 with a 17.53% share that put
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