Language/library updatesPHP 5.2.13 released
The PHP team has released PHP 5.2.13, a maintenance release that improves stability and has more than 40 bug fixes, two of which are security patches..NET 4 parallelism articles
Reed Copsey Jr. has a series of articles about working with parallel processing in .NET 4 that you may want to check out.
Tools and productsRed Gate Reflector gets upgrade, commercial version
Red Gate's Reflector tool has been upgraded to support .NET 4, and in the process, a Pro version has been released. I like this tool a lot; it's a great way to get insight into code for which you don't have the source, as well as see why your code does what it does on occasion.Free ASP.NET 4 hosting
DiscountASP.NET has extended its free sandbox .NET 4 hosting offer through mid-April for developers to play with the one-click deployment in .NET 4 and other .NET 4 technologies.Free icons to represent touch gestures
Adam Kinney reports that there is a set of free icons available for use in wireframes and documentation that represent common multi-touch gestures. This will allow you to rapidly prototype applications and to create quality help for your users.
uTest (crowdsourced QA vendor) is now offering load testing services. I think uTest is an interesting company with a good value proposition, so I suggest that you check out this new service and see if it makes sense for you.Drupal 7 progress report
Dries Buytaert has an update on where Drupal 7 stands. To summarize, it looks like a Q2 2010 release is still possible if everyone really pitches in.
Editorial and commentaryDevelopers to get a 2.1% pay raise?
A Computer Economics article states that developers are on track for a 2.1% pay raise this year. It's not astounding until you consider the current economy. People I have been talking to say that companies are hiring again but are paying poor salaries, trying to lock folks in at "recession prices" and a meager raise is part of that.Symbian needs volunteers
DZone reports that the Symbian project is in dire need of volunteers to help get a large amount of code that has been released as open source to work.
Tips and tricksUsing 404 pages to find missing children
Scott Hanselman has posted sample code to allow you to make a custom 404 page that shows a list of missing children. This is a good way of using an otherwise mundane item to possibly do something good for society.
EventsEclipse Foundation at CeBIT
The Eclipse Foundation will have a joint booth at CeBIT for the first time this year. The event is from March 2 - March 6, 2010 in Hanover, Germany.Dutch PHP Conference in June
The 4th annual Dutch PHP Conference will occur in Amsterdam on June 10 - 12, 2010.Webinar on REST in RAD Studio and Delphi
Marco Cantù is putting on a number of Webinars about using REST architectures in RAD Studio 2010 and Delphi 2010 on March 3 and March 4, 2010.
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.
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.