Article: Gitpod nabs $13M for cloud-based open source software development platform

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Gitpod nabs $13M for cloud-based open source software development platform

Gitpod, a cloud-based open source development environment, today revealed it has raised $13 million in a round of funding. The German startup also introduced a handful of new features, including native support for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code editor.

The raise comes amid a boom in activity in the browser-based coding sphere, as developers move away from local development environments to the collaboration-friendly cloud — particularly important in a world that has rapidly transitioned to remote work. Moreover, local development can cause problems when it comes to testing performance and security because not everyone has the same technological setup as the developer. Moving to the cloud helps circumvent many of these problems.

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Article: New Open Source Index: VS Code Is No. 1 Code Editor

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New Open Source Index: VS Code Is No. 1 Code Editor

Confirming many other studies, trackers and surveys, a new open source project tracker lists Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code as the top code editor, clocking in at No. 11 on the list of most popular and fastest-growing GitHub projects.

This ranking comes from Two Sigma Ventures, which launched the new Open Source Index last week. Right now (March 31), the index shows the TensorFlow machine learning framework at the top. In addition to VS Code at No. 11, other notable products from Microsoft — which has made much of its 180-degree turnabout embrace of open source years ago — include TypeScript (No. 15); ASP.NET Core (No. 24); and PowerShell (No. 40).

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Article: Guide to Open3D: An Open Source Modern Library For 3D Data Processing

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Guide to Open3D: An Open Source Modern Library For 3D Data Processing

Open3D is an open-source library designed for processing 3D data. It was introduced by Qian-Yi Zhou, Jaesik Park and Vladlen Koltun – researchers at Intel Labs (research paper).

Its backend enables parallelization while the frontend exposes several useful algorithms and data structures of C++ and Python programming languages. With a small set of dependencies, it requires little effort for compiling Open3D code from source and setting it up on various platforms.

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