Mozilla Service Week brings development help to non-profits

This week is Mozilla Service Week, where you can pledge time to help nonprofit organizations. This is a great way to do something good for others, network, and gain a little bit of experience.

Microsoft founds an open source foundation

Microsoft opened an open source foundation called the CodePlex Foundation (but it will be separate from the CodePlex code repository). ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley has more details. Yeah, I rubbed my eyes too the first time I read that news.

Sang Shin teaches Java with passion

Sang Shin is giving free, online Java training courses to nonprofit groups. Check out his site for registration details and course times.

Doloto reduces JavaScript downloads

Microsoft is showing off a new technology called Doloto, which analyzes the JavaScript usage of applications and rewrites the JavaScript in order to reduce download times. This is potentially very useful for a lot of Web applications, particularly those with a lot of AJAX. Microsoft is showing a 30% – 40% reduction in application startup time. From what I can tell, Doloto is not .NET specific.

Mono for OSX receives a minor update

The Mono Project has released a minor update to its OSX version to correct some issues with the MonoDevelop IDE.

Telerik offers two free TFS tools

Telerik is offering two free TFS tools (both currently in beta): the TFS Work Item Manager and the TFS Project Dashboard. I tried the TFS Work Item Manager; it has some nice features above what Visual Studio supports (such as a better query builder), but it doesn’t offer a good way to customize how work items print, which is critical to my needs.

Microsoft getting ready to demo two SL4 items

Microsoft was scheduled to demo two Silverlight 4 features (multicasting, and offline DRM) late last week. Silverlight 3 was just released; I have no idea how Silverlight developers keep up with this stuff — they must not sleep.

Scala 2.7.6 released

Scala 2.7.6 has been released. It simply fixes a rare “malformed Scala signature” message.

ASP.NET AJAX 4.0 Preview 5 available

Microsoft has released Preview 5 of the ASP.NET AJAX toolkit on CodePlex.


Disclosure of Justin’s industry affiliations: Justin James has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.


Get weekly development tips in your inbox
Keep your developer skills sharp by signing up for TechRepublic’s free Web Developer newsletter, delivered each Tuesday. Automatically subscribe today!