Weekly developer news – June 8th 2018

So, welcome to the next edition of developer news, the place where I try to narrow down the week’s tech news to the top few items that I think are worth checking out if you are like me, a professional software developing striving to improve.

Sorry there wasn’t an update last week, but it was a combination of not that much to report on, plus being busy working on some new TDD training material. I ran an in person workshop focusing on TDD, test approach and worked through some really good test refactoring on some real world tests, looking at how to best make use of test doubles to avoid brittle unit tests.

I’ll be releasing some more content relating to that over the coming weeks, but for now, here’s the summary of this week’s dev news that I think is worth checking out

1 : Apple WWDC summary

First up, something that probably hasn’t totally passed you by is Apple’s annual developer conference where they like to announce their new OS / SDK and other related changes.

There’s a good summary on the next web which lists all of the main updates. The 3 areas I was most interested in are the upcoming iOS 12 changes, macOS Mojave changes, and also their work on iTunes Connect which is now being rebranded as App Store Connect. I just hope that the improvements here make it easier to work with apps during development and rollout to production.

2 : Microsoft Acquiring GitHub

Next, another massive item from this week is Microsoft’s announcement that they are in the process of acquiring GitHub. There’s also a GitHub post on their blog too announcing the same.

There is a real mix of reactions to this news online in social media and various forums, mostly positive, but saying they will jump ship.

There’s also a Reddit AMA with the future CEO of GitHub that’s worth reading through.

For me, having watched massive improvements from Microsoft recently in terms of the free and open source software they provide to developers, especially Visual Studio Code, I’ll be really interested to see what developments come out of this.

3 : State of Developer Ecosystem 2018 results

Finally for this week is a writeup of the results of the JetBrains State of Developer Ecosystem 2018 survey.┬áIt has a number of interesting insights into language trends, and yes, there probably is a bias on their reporting based on their own products, and also in terms of the types of developers that they surveyed, but it’s interesting nonetheless to see some of the trends there.

So, that’s it for this week.

If you have any articles, announcements, tutorials, or anything else you think should be included next week, then just drop me an email.

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