SD Times news digest: Scala 3 released, May 2021 Python Extension for VS Code Release, and ArmorCode emerges from stealth

by Joseph K. Clark

Version 3 of the Scala programming language includes the latest research in type theory and many new features such as new “quiet” syntax for control structures like ‘if’, ‘while’, and ‘for’; optional braces for a sensitive indentation style of programming; and much more. 

The Scala programming language combines object-oriented and functional programming in one concise, high-level language.  According to the team, one significant change in the new version concerns macros in which the metaprogramming API of Scala 3 is designed to gradually support different levels of use cases. Additional details on Scala 3 are available here.


Python Extension May 2021 release for VS Code

The May 2021 Python Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available. It loads much faster and more reliably than previous versions due to a significant improvement on the Python environments discovery mechanism.

Rylance is now the default language server for Python and is included with the Python extension as of this release. 

“This upgrade provides what we believe is the most performant and user-friendly Python editing experience for Visual Studio Code ever,” Savannah Ostrowski, the program manager of Pylance (Python Language Server) and Python in Visual Studio, wrote in a blog post.

ArmorCode emerges from stealth.

ArmorCode announced that it secured $3 million in seed financing and unveiled its next-gen application security platform.

The new platform focuses on application security posture management to simplify AppSec operations with a centralized view of security findings across application and infrastructure security.

It also includes a DevSecOps workflow and over 60 integrations with  AppSec, CI/CD, collaboration, and infrastructure security tools, as well as out-of-the-box compliances with many security standards.

Azul expands its product portfolio.

The Java platform Azul announced new products and pricing for customers and partnersThe platform includes the new Azul Intelligence Cloud, which improves visibility, management, security, stability, efficiency, optimization, and operational intelligence across entire Java estates.

Also, the new pricing model is based on virtual cores and desktops to accommodate various customer deployment scenarios.   “When companies adopt the Azul Platform based on OpenJDK, they dramatically reduce their Java infrastructure and support costs, improve application performance, and enable development teams to focus on innovation rather than troubleshooting,” said Scott Sellers, the co-founder, president, and CEO of Azul. Additional details are available here.

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