PHP 5.4 RC2
The PHP team released PHP 5.4’s second release candidate. This is a bug fix release, not a new feature release.
Tools and products
Red Gate updated its useful SmartAssembly tool to version 6.5.
Typemock Isolator 6.2
Typemock updated its Isolator testing system for .NET to version 6.2.
Oxygene 5 for Java
RemObjects released Oxygene 5 for Java, which allows Object Pascal code (including Delphi) to run on Java. This gives Android programmers an additional option for development as well.
NetBeans 7.1 RC1
NetBeans 7.1, release candidate 1, is now available.
New Relic’s SaaS APM gets server monitoring
New Relic’s SaaS Application Performance Management tool has been enhanced with the addition of server monitoring.
Microsoft ceases Dryad development
Microsoft announced that it’s stopping the development of Dryad, a system for running distributed .NET code (think: Hadoop for .NET). This is truly disappointing, especially since I first heard of Dryad four or five years ago, long before Hadoop even got started, and I was looking forward to seeing it when it came to fruition.
More Visual Studio 11 improvements
S. Somasegar highlights a number of improvements in Visual Studio 11 that have not received much notice yet.
Engine Yard adds Node.js support
Micro Focus’s recently released SilkTest 2011 adds integration with its Rumba terminal emulator, more cross-browser support, and support for Silverlight and Flex (although it looks like the ship is sailing on those two).
Editorial and commentary
Appcelerator’s Q4 mobile developer survey
One thing I look forward to every few months is the release of Appcelerator’s quarterly mobile developer survey. The most recent installment is interesting as always. The big news is that developer interest in the Amazon Kindle Fire went straight to the top of the Android stack, and there’s almost as much interest in it was there was for the iPad pre-launch. In addition, interest in WP7 has surged to gain a decisive lead over RIM; the Nokia partnership was key in that shift.
Integration is key to SaaS/cloud
MuleSoft conducted a survey that shows integrations are important enough to developers that it is a key to getting customers to move to cloud and SaaS applications. I believe it — everyone wants to modify and combine workflows in their applications.
Microsoft’s public HTML5 art project
Microsoft used HTML5 to create a public project that lets users create works of art. It is a great showcase for HTML5 technology.
This is why I became a developer
Great comic from xkcd.
Why do I never get this salesperson?
Funny Dilbert strip.
Tips and tricks
Mobile usability detailed
Jakob Nielsen has an outstanding summary of usability guidelines for mobile websites.
RockPaperAzure back online
The RockPaperAzure contest is back, this time there are Best Buy gift cards at stake. It is going on right now.
Azure Camps around the United States
There are a number of Azure Camps being held in December across the United States to help folks get their hands dirty with Azure.
January 27-28, 2012: PHPBenelux
The PHPBenelux 2012 conference in Antwerp will be held January 27 and 28.
May 3-4, 2012: webDU 2012 in Sydney
TechRepublic Australia Editor Chris Ducket writes: “The conference has also issued a call for papers, with potential speakers required to submit a relevant topic for a 50-minute session. The WebDU site says that just about anything to do with web and rich internet-application development and related topics will be considered. Submissions are due by January 8, 2012.” Go to the webDU site for more details about the event.
May 18-19, 2012: Italian phpDay
There will be a phpDay conference in Verona, Italy May 18 and 19, 2012.