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With projects winding down for the year, have you accidently found yourself fulfilling promises you never thought you'd keep in 2007? Funnily enough, this week has been full of news of projects we thought had retired to the beach house for the summer.

With projects winding down for the year, have you accidently found yourself fulfilling promises you never thought you'd keep in 2007? Funnily enough, this week has been full of news of projects we thought had retired to the beach house for the summer.

Firstly, the biggest piece of vapourware ever, Duke Nukem Forever, released a new trailer. If your boss ever accuses your team of taking too long, take solace in what must get said at 3D Realms.


By itself, anything to do with Duke Nukem Forever being released would make it a strange day, but there was more strangeness to come.

News filtered through that the under development version of Internet Explorer called IE8 had passed the Acid2 test.

Passing the Acid2 test is no guarantee that the CSS2 standard will be fully implemented, but it is a large jump for IE and brings it into line with the other major browsers.

Before all the Web developers start jumping around proclaiming a new standards compliant Web page era, it is worth noting that IE8 will still support all the quirks that exist in IE6. The badly made auto-generated page is going to be with us for some time — it would be a suicidal browser vendor that dispensed with quirks mode and rendered in standards mode only.

This week also saw the creation of a new instalment of Club Builder which celebrated Vista's first birthday and what Red Hat thinks of Ubuntu's success.

That does it for this week, and therefore we've made it to the end of another year.

It has been a pleasure to write the Weekly Roundup for you this year and I hope you'll join us again in 2008. Stay tuned for more news, developer tips and tricks, and a swag full of real world advice to help you get the most of out of your projects in the new year.

A happy festive season to all and we'll see you again in January.

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