Developer news: Ceylon, ASP.NET WebForms, Riak Handbook

Read about Android on Intel, Microsoft's RC of its private cloud package, unit testing pros and cons, a WP7 developer contest, and more.

Language/library updates

Syncfusion Mobile MVC

Syncfusion released a collection of controls for ASP.NET MVC aimed directly at mobile Web development.

Ceylon, a new JVM language

There is a new language for the JVM called Ceylon. From the little bit I've read about Ceylon, it looks fairly interesting.

PHP 5.4.0 RC6

The sixth release candidate for PHP 5.4.0 is out, and the seventh may well be available by the time you read this post.

IronPython 2.7.2 Alpha

The Alpha release of IronPython 2.7.2 is out. It has a heavy focus on mobile, including support for Android and WP7.5 (Mango).

Get ready for Android on Intel

Android devices are soon going to be available with Intel CPUs, opening a whole new class of possible Android devices. This puts Android even more on track to go head-to-head with the upcoming Windows 8.

ASP.NET WebForms improvements in .NET 4.5

Scott Hanselman outlines the improvements made to ASP.NET WebForms in .NET 4.5.

Tools and products

Microsoft private cloud RC available

Microsoft released a Release Candidate of its private cloud package. If issues like latency and security have been holding you back from cloud computing, this is one option (among many) to consider.

Postgres Plus Cloud available

Postgres Plus Cloud, a cloud version of the robust Postgres open source database, is now available, along with support from major cloud vendors.

MuleSoft and Zuora team up

MuleSoft announced three new applications for Zuora to allow MuleSoft's platform-as-a-service customers to use Zuora's billing systems.

eXo Platform 3.5 enables cloud, social

eXo Platform 3.5 is now out, with support for the cloud, multi-tenancy, and social applications.

Pentaho Kettle goes open source

The Pentaho Kettle application is now open source under the Apache license. It is used for managing various Big Data technologies.

AppFog adds MongoHQ and Mailgun

AppFog now has MongoHQ and Mailgun as add-ons for its platform-as-a-service offering.

Application lifetime management improvements in VS11

S. Somasegar details some of the ALM improvements in the upcoming Visual Studio 2011.

Wind River and Coverity partner

Wind River and Coverity have partnered to help embedded and mobile developers find defects faster and more accurately.

JasperReports Server added to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Jaspersoft's JasperReports Server is now integrated into Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to provide BI capabilities out of the box.

Editorial and commentary

"Unit Testing Myths and Practices"

In this excellent article on Simple-Talk, Tom Fischer covers the realities of unit testing, both pro and con.

Tips and tricks

Mobile Web development with ASP.NET MVC

MSDN Magazine has a lengthy article showing how to do mobile development with HTML5, jQuery mobile, and ASP.NET MVC.

Riak Handbook available

There is now a book available to learn more about Riak, a distributed open source database system.

Using the DropDownListHelper in ASP.NET MVC

Rick Anderson wrote a good tutorial on using the DropDownListHelper in ASP.NET MVC.

Application Developers Alliance connects devs to music industry

The Application Developers Alliance (a new organization for software developers) has a program to help developers work within and with the music industry. Sign up is free and offers a 20% discount to events.


Win a laptop or Xbox Live gold card: Microsoft is having a contest where devs who submit a game to the WP7 market can win a nice Alienware laptop or an Xbox Live gold card. Feb. 2-3, 2012: GoingNative 2012 -- Microsoft is hosting an event around C++11 on February 2 and 3. Feb. 14-16, 2012: Microsoft Tech Days in Belgium -- Get more details about the event. Feb. 15-17, 2012: Microsoft Tech Days in Holland -- Get more details about the event. Feb. 29-March 2: ConFoo in Montreal -- The developer event ConFoo 2012 will be held in Montreal. March 26-29, 2012: Agile ALM Connect -- If you're interested in Agile methodologies and techniques, the Agile ALM Connect event will be put on by the Eclipse Foundation March 26 - 29, 2012 in Reston, VA. The conference has announced its program and speakers. May 3-4, 2012: webDU 2012 in Sydney -- TechRepublic Australia Editor Chris Duckett writes: "The conference has also issued a call for papers, with potential speakers required to submit a relevant topic for a 50-minute session. The WebDU site says that just about anything to do with web and rich internet-application development and related topics will be considered. Submissions are due by January 8, 2012." Go to the webDU site for more details about the event. May 18-19, 2012: Italian phpDay -- There will be a phpDay conference in Verona, Italy May 18 and 19, 2012. June 7-9, 2012: PHP conference in Amsterdam -- The Dutch PHP event will be held in English.


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