Technology News Worth Reading – Week Ending December 17, 2021

Here are a few technology news stories that I’ve read in the past week.

News Headlines

How developers scrambled to secure the Log4j vulnerability

The first line of defense was Log4j itself. Apache’s Logging Services team is made up of 16 unpaid volunteers, distributed across almost every time zone around the world. “We do this because we love writing software and solving puzzles in our free time,” Gary Gregory, a software engineer and member of the Apache Logging Services Project Management Committee (PMC), told InfoWorld. “Overall, I think despite the horrible consequences of this kind of vulnerability, things went as well as an experienced developer could expect,” Gregory said. “We were notified, provided a patch quickly and iterated on that release. That is something I have seen in professional environments time and time again.” Read more about the team’s efforts in the InfoWorld article.

Go 1.18 Beta 1 is available, with generics

The announcement was made in a Go development blog post: “Go 1.18 Beta 1 is the first preview release containing Go’s new support for generic code using parameterized types. Generics are the most significant change to Go since the release of Go 1, and certainly the largest single language change we’ve ever made.” Read additional information in Paul Krill’s Infoworld article.

Your Checklist for Launching a Profitable App Startup

If you can imagine an app, it most likely already exists. This article, by Tetiana Stoyko, says “it is still absolutely feasible to develop an innovative new concept that works effectively, stands out from the crowd, and provides something really beneficial to its customers”. Read Tatiana’s DZone article outlining some of the steps to creating the next great app.

Biggest tech IPOs of 2021 (So Far)

In this second year of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has still been a number of technology companies that have gone public. Some of the notable IPOs that have happened this year include GitLab, HashiCorp, ThoughtWorks, UIPath, Coinbase, Coursera and Udemy. Is your company next? Read Scott Carey’s ComputerWorld article for more companies and IPO details.

Microsoft reveals plans for Entity Framework 7.0

Entity Framework Core 7.0, a planned update to Microsoft’s open source, cross-platform, object-relational mapper (ORM), will focus on themes such as JSON and SQL queries. You can read the announcement on the Microsoft’s .NET blog post. Read additional information in Paul Krill’s InfoWorld article.

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