Write code for Windows 7 and win up to $17,777

Microsoft is holding a “Code 7” contest, where you can win up to $17,777 and a trip to PDC 09. What I found odd is that it is not open to residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and… Quebec. Quebec seems rather out of place on that list.

New Eclipse ready

Eclipse Galileo service release 1 has been made available.

AJAX Control Toolkit, ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview gets updates

The latest version of Microsoft’s AJAX Control Toolkit has been released with a number of significant changes. In addition, the Preview of ASP.NET MVC 2 has been updated to preview 2 with some new features added as well.

Google is not so friendly to Android developer

Google has issued a cease and desist to developer Steve Kondik. His crime? Issuing an Android mod that bundles some non-open source Google apps into Android.

InfoQ has in-depth details, but in a nutshell, Google’s position is that some of its apps can generate revenue for Google, and therefore, must be paid for (app store revenue, ads, licensing to partners, etc.) separately from the base OS. I can see why Kondik thought this would be acceptable; after all, these are applications that any computer user can access for free. While Google may be in the legal clear, this sends a pretty strong message to a developer community that still has not gained much traction. If I were Google, I would have opted to include these apps in something like the Microsoft Community Promise, so they could retain their rights and developers could keep doing what they do. Instead, they’ve just managed to make themselves look like ogres. Good work, Google.

Good article on “functional cohesion”

Chris Eargle has written a good article on “functional cohesion” and how it relates to hygienic coding techniques.

101 easy Web site fixes

In the current economic conditions, it is hard to get a big budget approved for a Web site overhaul. Inside CRM offers 101 easy ways to improve your Web site without having to spend a cent except for a few items at the end.

Nice introduction to the XNA RPG Starter Kit

Charlie Calvert has a short intro to the XNA Role Playing Game Starter Kit. Every time I read about XNA stuff, I wish I had a few more hours in my day; writing a video game was a secret dream of mine for ages.

Squeak Etoys 4 release candidate available

The release candidate for Squeak Etoys 4 is now ready for download. The final version is expected on October 21st.

Micro Focus Action Program expands

The Micro Focus Action Program, which helps universities teach COBOL programming skills, now has 75 member universities on board. The most recent university to sign up is Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.

db4o paying for case studies

Have you used db4o to improve a project? If so, db4o would like to pay you to write a case study about your experiences.

Charity needs a Web designer/developer

One Simple Wish, a charity run by a friend of mine, needs a Web designer and developer to do some work. If you are interested in helping a good cause and expanding your resume, please let me know through the contact link on top of this article or contact them through their Web site.

New series about OpenAmplify

I have started writing a new series about my experiences using OpenAmplify. You can check it out on the OpenAmplify community site.

Carolina Code Camp

The Carolina Code Camp will be this Saturday, October 10th in Matthews, NC. I will be presenting on the Parallel Extensions Library, and there will be a ton of other great presentations there as well. I encourage you to attend if possible; I’d love to meet you guys!

PHP Barcelona Conference 2009 coming soon

There will be a PHP conference in Barcelona on October 30th and October 31st. If you are in Spain and you are a PHP developer, you may want to check it out.

Eclipse Modeling Day in NYC and Toronto

The Eclipse Foundation is holding an event in New York City and Toronto on November 16th and November 18th, respectively to discuss modeling with Eclipse.

EclipseRT Days headed to Austin and Toronto

EclipseRT Days, a conference aimed at discussing Eclipse runtime topics, will be in Austin, TX on November 17, 2009 and in Toronto on November 19, 2009.

PHP World Kongress scheduled for November

The PHP World Kongress will be held November 24-25, 2009 in Munich. It will cover a variety of PHP-related topics.

The ConFoo conference in Canada needs speakers and papers

There is an open call for speakers and papers at the ConFoo conference next year in Montreal. The event will be March 10-12, 2010 and is about Web technologies.


Disclosure of Justin’s industry affiliations: Justin James has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides. He is also under contract to OpenAmplify, which is owned by Hapax, to write a series of blogs, tutorials, and other articles.


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