Language/library updatesPHP 5.3.10
Tools and productsApplicasa's free mobile backend
Applicasa released a free server-side solution for mobile applications. It promises to allow developers to make an app backend in 10 minutes.Xeround FREE
Reflector 7.5 is now available. Here is the change log.What's in WebMatrix 2
appMobi announced a package of tools to allow HTML5 developers to monetize their applications, check usage, perform authentication, and other common Web application tasks. It is all cross-platform compatible.qTrace comes out of beta
I recently wrote about the qTrace application; the vendor (QASymphony) has now officially launched and qTrace is out of beta. I wish them the best of luck; I think qTrace is an outstanding application.
Editorial and commentaryDetails on Windows in ARM appear
If you're curious about what goes on under the hood of the .NET system in terms of memory, Red Gate has a new book discussing this in-depth. Red Gate is releasing portions of it for free. My friend Nick Harrison is a co-author, and I am sure that the book will be worth your time.
Tips and tricksFunctional programming overview
Are you not quite sure what functional programming is and how to leverage it? Dorian Corompt has a series of articles digging into functional programming. (Related TechRepublic post by Tony Patton: Modularization through functional programming.)"Today" icons for WP7
EventsFeb. 29-March 2: ConFoo in Montreal - The developer event ConFoo 2012 will be held in Montreal. March 15-17, 2012: Code PaLOUsa - This event, which will be in Louisville, KY (home of TechRepublic!), is all about software creation and is technology independent. I would love to be at this event (Louisville is a great city!), but my schedule does not permit it. 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.
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Justin James is an OutSystems MVP, architect, and developer with expertise in SaaS applications and enterprise applications.