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Following the release of Kotlin 1.6.0, Jetbrains released a new version of the kotlinx.coroutines library with some noteworthy changes.
For one, the library is starting to migrate to the Java 8 target, moving up from the Java 6 one, which “prevent[ed] us from using potentially helpful features that Java 8 offers.”
The other newly introduced features are:
- A new API and multiplatform support for kotlinx-coroutines-test introduce a common solution for writing portable tests with suspending functions.
- Support for the new Kotlin/Native memory manager makes multithreaded coroutines for Kotlin/Native available out of the box.
- The new dispatcher views API lets you limit parallelism without creating additional thread pools and provides a unified way to create dispatchers for unbound parallelism.
- The introduction of CopyableThreadContextElement gives coroutines thread-safe write access to ThreadLocal variables.
Read about this release in detail here.
One of the most promising new features of Windows is the (promised) ability to launch android apps without the use of computer magic. One programmer going by the username of alesimula has developed an open-source tool to easily launch Android apps on your Windows machine.
The tool is called wsa_pacman, and it is a simple GUI installer, that you can bring up by double-clicking an .apk file.
You may learn more about the tool by clicking here.
Wine, the compatibility layer with Windows for Linux, inches closer to the stable release. This time, the new Release Candidate is out with 22 new fixes. The changes include fixing a DirectX 11 bug, fixing an issue with cmd.exe, and some memory management issues, as it is often the case with projects written in the C programming language.
The stable 7.0 version will be released in January 2022, maintaining the annual release cycle.
Read more about Wine 7.0 RC3 here.