Adobe nukes mobile Flash, open sources Flex
Adobe has decided to discontinue development of mobile Flash. Kind of lost in the hoopla is that OEMs and other licensees (like RIM) will be allowed to continue to develop it for their systems. In addition, they have cut Flex loose and open sourced it. This effectively puts the nail in Flash's coffin for all but specialized use scenarios. Who wants to develop for Flash and then have to replicate it or not have the content work on mobile devices?
Language/library updatesPHP 5.4 RC1
The first release candidate of PHP 5.4 is out. The feature set is locked at this point, and they are squishing bugs.Async CTP Version 3
If you are using the CTP of the Async library from Microsoft, they've recently released a new version that brings it in line with updates in Silverlight 5 and WP7.5 (Mango).
Tools and productsZend Studio 9
Google released the source code for both the Honeycomb (3.X) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.x) lines of the Android operating system. Many had been disappointed by the long delay in the release of the Honeycomb code.
Editorial and commentaryStudents choose easier majors in college
An article in The Wall Street Journal shows that students are increasingly staying away from engineering degrees in favor of easier majors. This is bad news for the IT industry, because employers will eventually relocate overseas rather than competing domestically for talent. You know what was really sad about that article? Reading about a CS student who couldn't program a soda machine to dispense the right change.
Tips and tricksHurricane Electric offers free programming tutorials
Scott Hanselman wrote a piece that shows off the WebExtensions for Visual Studio 2010 that make it a bit more pleasant to work with Web apps.HTML5 and Web Forms
Brandon Satrom has an article in MSDN Magazine that demonstrates some simple uses of the new type attribute of the input tag in HTML5, and how to use it with ASP.NET Web Forms.Dealing with exceptions in dataflow blocks
EventsFall and early winter 2011: Windows PhoneCamps
If you want to get a hands-on look at Windows Phone 7 development, check out the Windows PhoneCamps that are going on all over the United States this fall and early winter.November 1-30, 2011: Eclipse's 10th birthday
The first M3 conference will be held November 18 in Columbus, OH. It will be all about mobile development.January 27-28, 2012: PHPBenelux
Justin James is an OutSystems MVP, architect, and developer with expertise in SaaS applications and enterprise applications.