UI design and development tool Qt Design Studio and the Community Edition that goes along with it are now available in version 1.2. While the most notable feature, a bridge for digital design toolkit Sketch, is restricted to the commercial offering, smaller improvements such as more complex gradients can be enjoyed by all users.
Apache Storm hits 2.0
After lots of core work, distributed realtime computation system Apache Storm has made the move to v2.0. The project team decided to reimplement core functionalities in Java, which is meant to improve the tool’s performance when compared to its Clojure-predecessor.
While they were at it, the developers also made changes to Storm’s architecture, leaving it more maintainable and extensible. Version 2.0 also comes with a typed API for expressing streaming computations, new security features, and changed Kafka integration.
Storm 2.0 requires Java 8 as support for earlier versions has been dropped. Users should also be advised that versions from the 1.x Storm series will no longer be maintained, so upgrading seems like the safest way to go moving forward.
Java CFEnv 1.1.0.M1 springs forward
Pivotal’s library for accessing Cloud Foundry services Java CFEnv has reached the first milestone of v1.1.
Thanks to the works of the company’s Single Sign-On Service, Redis Service, and EMC Volume Service, the release now available features support for volume services and improvements to authentication and database functionalities.