​Red Hat Software Collections 2 arrives for cloud and container developers

Red Hat is adding new web development tools, dynamic languages and databases, and support for multiple language versions and, oh yes, Docker container support.

Red Hat's latest language update for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Red Hat Software Collections 2, is now available.


This programming language collection is for every developer who wants the latest and greatest stable open-source web development tools, dynamic languages and databases, but has to stick to stable RHEL. With the Software Collection, you can get the best of both development tools and operations stability.

Perhaps the most significant improvement in this edition is that it supports multiple language and database management system (DBMS) versions. As all programmers know there can be significant differences between seemingly minor point releases of languages. With this, developers can select and standardize development on a specific language version that best meets their current needs while remaining confident that it will continue to be supported.

So, with Red Hat Software Collections 2, Red Hat will support the following languages in multiple versions: Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails. Red Hat will also back multiple editions of the following DBMSs: MariaDB, MongoDB, MySQL, and PostresSQL.

Red Hat, which has been embracing containers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host (RHELAH), will makes Dockerfiles available for many of the most popular collections, including Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby in Red Hat Software Collections 2. This, according to Red Hat will help developers to "hit the ground running" with containers.

Jim Totton, Red Hat's VP and general manager of Platforms Business Unit, said in a statement, "As developer requirements grow across the application ecosystem, especially with the rise of cloud-native and composable applications, simply having access to the latest tools is not enough. These tools must also be supported so that the resulting applications can be deployed into production with confidence."

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As before, Red Hat Software Collections 2 users will also include Red Hat Developer Toolset 3.0. This collection of the latest releases of the tried and true C and C++ compilers and tools as well as the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) can be used to create classic applications.

The Red Hat Software Collections 2 programs will be supported for two to three years. This enables developers to deploy applications built with these languages and DBMSs to be deployed into production with confidence on RHEL 6, RHEL 7, RHELAH, and OpenShift.

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