Google Labs to shut down: What message does this send?

In this programming news roundup, read about ParaSail, the AppCentral Developer Lab, SOASTA's CloudTest Lite, Revolution R Enterprise vs. SAS, and more.

I am disappointed to learn that Google Labs is shutting down. Google Labs was one of the Google projects that interested me the most.

Some of Google's most interesting, unique work came out of Google Labs, and the items in Google Labs usually had wide open APIs that were quite permissive. I was going to eventually leverage Google Code Search with my Rat Catcher project to extend it to look for code snippets on the Web. In addition, Google Labs was a great recruiting tool, since it conveyed a powerful message about Google. In addition, it was a great resource for others, and fostered a lot of good will.

I understand that Google is a business, and a publicly traded one at that, and the needs of shareholders must come first. But I believe that closing Google Labs is a bad move long term, and is another sign that Google is becoming more of a traditional "evil corporation."

Language/library updates

New parallel language

There's a new language out called Parallel Specification and Implementation Language (ParaSail), which is designed for writing parallel applications. The syntax is similar to Java and C#.

IronPython 2.7.1 Beta 1

The first beta of IronPython 2.7.1 is available. It has a number of small updates and bug fixes.

BlackBerry Messenger integrates with apps

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) 6.0 is out. It's open to developers who want to integrate its functionality into their applications.

Tools and products

LightSwitch RTMs

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 - Microsoft's effort to replicate something like Alpha5, AgilePlatform, or Access on the Web -- is now available. I am thoroughly unimpressed by LightSwitch compared to mature tools that break the mold a bit, though it is free, and it is from Microsoft, which will make some people more comfortable with it.

eXo Cloud IDE supports Java now

The eXo Cloud IDE, a Web-based IDE for developing and deploying cloud applications, now supports Java. It can deploy directly to Platform-as-a-Service offerings from a number of vendors.

SOASTA announces CloudTest Lite

SOASTA is offering free use of its CloudTest Lite tool, an in-cloud performance testing system.

StackExchange mini-profiler for ASP.NET

Scott Hanselman has the skinny on a tool from StackExchange that will help you get a handle on your Web app's performance.

Editorial and commentary

Revolution R Enterprise vs. SAS

Revolution Analytics ran a comparison between SAS and its Revolution R Enterprise product for performing Big Data analysis; they were able to achieve about the same run time with less than 1% of of the cost of the SAS solution. That's pretty impressive!

Tips and tricks

AppCentral Developer Lab

AppCentral has opened its Developer Lab, which is aimed at giving tools and information to mobile app developers working on enterprise applications. Membership is free.


CODESTRONG to offer $10,000 prize

Appcelerator's CODESTRONG event just got sweeter: in addition to $200 early bird discounts, there is a $10,000 prize in their Hackathon! The event is September 18 - 20 in San Francisco.

ZendCon 2011 to offer glimpse at new cloud options

ZendCon 2011, which will be October 17 - 20 in Santa Clara, CA, will offer a sneak peek at the Zend Framework 2.0 and new cloud options for PHP.

JavaOne 2011 discounts

JavaOne 2011 is being held October 2 - 6 in San Francisco. If you sign up by August 12 you get a $400 discount.

EclipseCon Europe 2011 to host Java 7 Summit

The EclipseCon Europe 2011 event will be going on November 2 - 4 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The Java 7 Summit will now be held there too.

Delphi Live!

Delphi Live! will be happening September 12 - 14 in San Jose, CA. There are discounts for registering early.

EclipseCon 2012 moved

EclipseCon 2012 will now be held in Reston, VA, which is near Washington DC.