The Donlin mine will impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. (Katie Basile / KYUK)A state agency is extending the deadline for the proposed Donlin mine’s draft reclamation plans. The project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.Listen nowThe Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says that the public can submit comments until September 6. The agency also extended the deadline for comments on how Donlin plans to pay for the clean-up.Last week, the Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance, a local working group which opposes the mine, sent a letter to DNR and the Department of Environmental Conservation saying that there simply wasn’t enough time for the public to weigh in, particularly in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.It’s the height of the subsistence season, and most people are gathering berries and fishing to stock up for the winter, the letter says, which means that people can’t find the time to read and comment on a 400-page document.The local working group also asked for a public hearing. Faith Martineau, the Executive Director for the permitting process at DNR, says that the agency is considering that request.Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers is on track to roll out its record of decision on the mine next week. The decision will determine how the project moves forward.
Buckley and Reinhold propose to “extend type inferences to declarations of local variables with initializers.” There have been efforts to bring similar functionality into Java in the past, but all have appeared outside the language itself.One popular way of bringing type inference down to the variable level was created in Groovy’s == operator, but that function was removed from later versions of the language. Another popular method was to use Project Lombok, an open-source project that brings many language features to Java.While JEP 286 is not approved for inclusion into any specific future release of Java, the fact that it was created by Reinhold, who is Oracle’s chief architect for the Java platform, is a good sign that it could appear as early as OpenJDK 9.Also confirmed this week was that Project Jigsaw, an effort to modernize Java, will be released in OpenJDK 9. For years, Java has claimed type safety, but left variables out of the inheritance party. A new JDK Enhancement Proposal from Alex Buckley and Mark Reinhold aims to fix this problem in the language itself. There is, however, no timeframe for this addition to the Java language yet.JEP 286 is officially titled Local-Variable Type Inference. The proposal would allow developers to elide manifest declaration of local variable types, keeping static type safety in place while easing the overall development process.(Related: What’s to be expected in OpenJDK 9)
Travis CI has been acquired by software productivity tools provider Idera. According to Travis CI, it will continue to offer its services to hosted and on-prem users, with the acquisition enabling it to invest in product improvements.It will also continue to be open-source and will keep building features for members of the open-source community.Apache Hadoop 3.2 now availableThe Apache Software Foundation has announced the release of Apache Hadoop 3.2. Apache Hadoop is an open-source framework for distributed computing.New features in this version include support for the latest Azure Datalake Gen2 Storage, an enhanced S3A connector with better resilience to throttled AWS S3 and DynamoDB IO, and node attributes support in YARN. A complete list of features can be found here.“This latest release unlocks the powerful feature set the Apache Hadoop community has been working on for more than nine months,” said Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli, vice president of Apache Hadoop. “It further diversifies the platform by building on the cloud connector enhancements from Apache Hadoop 3.0.0 and opening it up for deep learning use-cases and long-running apps.” Kotlin 1.3.20 now availableKotlin 1.3.20 is now available. According to JetBrains, this release is a bug fix and tooling update for Kotlin 1.3.Other new features include the ability to run Gradle tasks in parallel, the ability to build multiplatform projects using Gradle Kotlin DSL, improvements to inline classes, and a separate command line tool for Kapt.ParallelM launches new versions of MCenterMLOps company ParallelM has announced new updated versions of MCenter that is targeted towards data scientists and data science teams. This includes a free version that can be used to deploy and manage machine learning applications. By releasing several editions of MCenter, the company hopes that organizations will be able to purchase the version that is right for their specific needs.“We are seeing more and more data scientists and data science teams who are responsible for deploying their machine learning projects into production,” said Sivan Metzger, CEO of ParallelM. “Data Scientists are hands-on people, so we wanted to provide products that can solve the deployment problem for individuals and teams that would allow them to start working right away.”