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 updatesSyncfusion Mobile MVC
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
Tools and productsMicrosoft 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
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 tricksMobile Web development with ASP.NET MVC
There is now a book available to learn more about Riak, a distributed open source database system.Using the DropDownListHelper in ASP.NET MVC
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.
EventsWin 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.