Language/library updatesPHP updates
Tools and productsNetBeans 7.1
NetBeans 7.1 is out, with support for Java FX 2.0, Git, and more.Zend Server 5.6
Zend Server 5.6 has been released. Macs are now supported for development work (but not production), and the CE version has the full stack so you can try it out as well as easily upgrade.WebMatrix 2 beta
Microsoft is offering a beta of WebMatrix 2, its all-inclusive Web development platform.Iron Speed for mobile
Editorial and commentaryU.S. tech innovation in danger
New York City opened a new high school specifically to teach kids to be software developers. This is an excellent idea, and it is open to all students who show an interest.PHP vs. Ruby vs. Python
Here is an interesting infographic comparing PHP, Ruby, and Python. I think some of the analysis around the job situation is flawed, though, since the ratio of workers to openings is much more important than the sheer number of openings. I also suspect that the way Python is often used (as an adjunct to another job role, like researcher or mathematician) means that there are a lot of folks using Python without having jobs explicitly looking for Python developers.
Tips and tricksUsing the HTML5 canvas tag
EventsJanuary 23, 2012: Software Development Trends 2012: Embarcadero is hosting an online discussion on what to look for in 2012, on January 23. January 27-28, 2012: PHPBenelux: The PHPBenelux 2012 conference in Antwerp will be held January 27 and 28. February 2-3, 2012: GoingNative 2012: Microsoft is hosting an event around C++11 on February 2 and 3. 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.
Justin James is an OutSystems MVP, architect, and developer with expertise in SaaS applications and enterprise applications.