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Red Hat Embraces Web Language Spectrum

Red Hat has announced the beta release of Red Hat Software Collections 1.0, with the intention of bringing stable versions of some of the most popular web development languages and open source databases for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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Red Hat says it plans a "frequent release cadence" for Red Hat Software Collections, providing developers with updated runtime components on which they can create new features and capabilities.

Red Hat Software Collections 1.0 beta includes access to the latest stable versions of the following dynamic languages:

  • Ruby 1.9.3 with Rails 3.2.8 — with its improved Unicode support and threading.
  • Python version 2.7 — includes new unit test features, faster I/O, and tools and back-ported features from Python 3.
  • Python version 3.3 — with improvements in language consistency, Unicode performance, imports, and distribution of packages.
  • PHP version 5.4 — with new language syntax, reduced memory consumption, and a built-in web server in CLI mode for development workflows and testing.
  • Perl version 5.16.3 — with improved Unicode support, new debugging options, and enhanced security.
  • Technology Preview of node.js version 0.10 — delivers a module for handling streams and better error handling with domains.

Ashesh Badani, general manager for cloud and OpenShift at Red Hat, said that Red Hat Software Collections 1.0 Beta also includes access to the latest stable versions of the following runtime databases: MariaDB version 5.5, MySQL version 5.5, plus PostgreSQL version 9.2, which includes native JSON support.

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