Language/library updatesMono 2.8 released
Mono 2.8 is released, and I am quite excited about it. The latest version brings the Mono project up to C# 4.0 and includes large swaths of .NET 4 capability, including the Parallel Extensions Framework (which is what I am looking forwards to), ASP.NET 4.0, ASP.NET MVC 2, System.Dynamic, and more.A PHP compiler? For .NET?
Filed under "things I never thought I would ever see," there is a compiler for PHP called Phlanger; it also provides .NET interop.Azure + PHP
Speaking of PHP and .NET, there is now a CTP of the Azure tools for PHP.
Tools and productsAdobe AIR application store opens
Adobe has opened an applications market for AIR apps called AppUp. This white paper (PDF) explains the details and how to get started with it.NuPack, ASP.NET MVC 3 beta, and WebMatrix Beta 2
Microsoft has come out with a package manager call NuPack for Visual Studio and released it as a CTP. It allows you to search a catalog of libraries and add them (and dependencies) to your project. Microsoft also released a beta for ASP.NET MVC 3 and the second WebMatrix beta.Karmasphere Studio Professional Edition
Karmasphere released the high-end version of its Karmasphere Studio application for working with Hadoop. I've been talking to them to learn more about Hadoop, and I will be digging into it even more in the next few weeks to find out how Hadoop works and whether it is a good option for your development needs.
Editorial and commentaryGood news: tech hiring up nearly 50%
According to an InfoWorld article, a recent Dice report shows that there has been a 50% increase in tech hiring since 2009. Based on what I've been seeing locally, I believe it... with a caveat. The low-end jobs are really not here in force -- employers are trying to fill the high-end positions. Unfortunately, without fostering jobs at the bottom end, there will continue to be a shortage of employees at the top end.Dilbert nails it to a T
I've liked Dilbert for ages now. The Dilbert strip from 10/10/2010 was one of the best I've seen.
Tips and tricks31 Days of Windows Phone 7
Jeff Blankenburg, who I think is one of the best writers out there around Windows Phone 7, is in the middle of doing a "31 Days of Windows Phone 7" series. Read the first entry in his Windows Phone 7 series.JRuby, Rails 3, and NetBeans
Manish Chakravarty put together a tutorial that shows how to start developing with JRuby on Rails 3 using the NetBeans IDE.A simple Windows Phone 7 example
Joshua Partlow posted an article on the MSDN site about writing a simple Windows Phone 7 application that gets data from a Web service. To be honest, it's not nearly as easy as it is in a standard .NET application, and I am really not sure why you can't just have it generate proxy classes (perhaps a performance/resource usage issue?).10 Resharper tips
Events2010 PASS Summit in Seattle
SQL and BI developers on the Microsoft stack might want to consider attending the 2010 PASS Summit in Seattle this year. The event will take place November 8 - 11.Silverlight Firestarter online
Microsoft will be putting the Silverlight Firestarter online on December 2nd. It is an all day event.
J.JaDisclosure of Justin's industry affiliations: Justin James has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides; he has a contract with OpenAmplify, which is owned by Hapax, to write a series of blogs, tutorials, and articles; and he has a contract with OutSystems to write articles, sample code, etc.
Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.