A pair of Ruby updates
PHP 5.3.11 and PHP 5.4.1 have been released, with security fixes and minor enhancements.
IronPython 2.7.3 Alpha 1
Casablanca eases REST work in C++
Tools and products
Standing Cloud Marketplace
Standing Cloud has opened the Standing Cloud Marketplace, an app store for cloud applications. This is a chance for developers to easily get a platform to build on top of and for Web application developers to expand their sales opportunities.
Windows Azure Media Services
If you are looking for an easy way to handle your media management needs, Microsoft has introduced its Windows Azure Media Services offering.
VPS.NET makes hosting applications easier
TELUS AgilIT virtual private cloud
TELUS has launched AgilIT, a virtual private cloud option specifically targeted at Canadian businesses.
Pervasive DataRush for Hadoop gets Cloudera certification
Editorial and commentary
Nokia opens the wallet for WP7 apps
Nokia's new Code Warrior program is paying developers to write WP7 applications. This is one of the many ways that it can be more profitable to write WP7 apps than apps for other phones, despite the small marketshare.
Why write a single page application?
Here's an interesting article explaining the benefits of single page architecture. Funny, isn't this the CGI model, for the most part?
Metro, 18 months later
The Metia blog has an interesting article discussing the history of Metro and how they've been using it for the last year and a half.
Tips and tricks
Free course to get up-to-date with ASP.NET MVC
Scott Guthrie has details on a free course from Pluralsight on ASP.NET MVC, Entity Framework with Code First, HTML5, and jQuery.
Adapting websites to mobile devices
Scott Hanselman outlines a number of techniques and tricks you can use to make your website work better on non-desktop machines.
Cross-browser, plugin-free applications
Rey Bango has a great article on how to write Web applications that work across a variety of plugin-free browsers like iOS and IE10 in Metro.
Await in WinRT
Stephen Toub wrote an article explaining the ins and outs of using await in WinRT.
Best applications of the year
EventsMay 3-4, 2012: webDU 2012 in Sydney - 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 2012: Eclipse Juno DemoCamps - There will be a number of DemoCamps showing off the upcoming Eclipse Juno release in June. The dates for the camps are listed by country on the Eclipse site. June 7-9, 2012: PHP conference in Amsterdam - The Dutch PHP event will be held in English. June 9-10: DevConf in Moscow - There is a DevConf for Russian Web developers. 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.