Google has finally released the first full version of Go, a new programming language. I've looked at Go briefly, and I found it interesting. I will try to look at it again in the near future.
PHP 5.4.1 RC2
Scala 2.9.2 is available, and it contains a pile of fixes.
Tools and products
FileMaker 12 has been released. I recently spoke to the FileMaker team, and I learned a lot about this product. I thought it was "just like Access," and I could not have been more wrong. It is an exceedingly slick package! One of my favorite things was seeing a change to a record reflected immediately on another device that had the record open; that is a critical feature for environments where multiple users can have the same record open at once (e.g., medical, call centers, financial, insurance, etc.). FileMaker 12 looks like a solid upgrade, and I hope to work with it once I finish my Windows 8 experiments.
Appcelerator Titanium 2.0
Appcelerator released Titanium 2.0, which adds support for HTML5 mobile web apps, and introduces Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS). ACS is a nice feature that can be accessed from any platform to deliver a number of common application needs like authentication, data synchronization, and push notifications. ACS has utility pricing, and looks to be a very useful package for developers.
SmartBear loadUI 2.0 and soapUI 4.5
Micro Focus updates Silk products
Micro Focus released Silk Central 12.0 and Silk Performer 9.0, its applications for test management and performance testing, respectively.
Splashtop lets you test Windows 8 from a tablet
Want to see how Windows 8 works on a tablet? Need to test Windows 8 apps on a tablet? Splashtop is an application that lets you access a Windows 8 desktop from an iPad, giving you the chance to test Windows 8 from a touch device.
MAVIS - Audio/video indexing on-demand
Microsoft Research's MAVIS system for indexing and searching audio and video files for words is now available on-demand.
ZURB Verify adds new features
ZURB's Verify tool adds Multivariate testing and multi-device testing to its arsenal to let you compare designs against each other and test on different devices.
Editorial and commentary
Mobile or full site?
5 1/2 F# features to love
Tips and tricks
MongoDB for .NET developers
Jeremy Jarrell has a good tutorial on Simple Talk about how to use MongoDB in .NET.
Stephen Toub has a very in-depth FAQ on async and await, two key components of .NET 4.5 and Windows 8 development in particular.
Using the Azure Cache
Get ready for IE10
Who knows when IE10 will be here, but Microsoft has released a tool called the Compact Inspector to help you check your sites and see if there are any issues with it and IE10 (and IE9, for that matter).
Top 10 best practices for C# and Windows 8
EventsVote now for the Imagine Cup People's Choice: Microsoft's Imagine Cup contest for students has reached the stage where the public can vote on their favorites. April 24, 2012: Online patterns & practices Symposium 2012 - Microsoft's patterns & practices group is holding an online Symposium on April 24. May 1-3, 2012: BlackBerry Jam 10 in Orlando - BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees will get a free developer device to help them develop applications on the new form factors. 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. May 21-June 25, 2012: Eclipse Spring Training: Eclipse members are offering a slew of training opportunities all over the world this spring. May 28-June 1, 2012: Ruby Teach - RubyTeach 2012, which will be held in Vancouver, will teach folks about Ruby. June 7-9, 2012: PHP conference in Amsterdam - The Dutch PHP event will be held in English. October 1-3, 2012: Business of Software 2012 - Registration is now open for the Business of Software 2012 event, which will be held in Boston. I'd love to get to this event myself, though I doubt my schedule will allow it.
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Justin James is an OutSystems MVP, architect, and developer with expertise in SaaS applications and enterprise applications.