Read about ASP.NET MVC 3 RC, Google mod_pagespeed, a free WP7 development book, a comic about the bloat/speed conundrum, and more.
Language/library updatesChanges to Google APIs
The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) is a way of allowing your applications to be added onto by third-party developers. The preview for the next version of the library is now available.ASP.NET MVC 3 release candidate
The release candidate for ASP.NET MVC 3 is available. It includes the new Razor view engine.F# November 2010 release
Microsoft released Prism 4.0. Prism is essentially a starter kit for WPF, Silverlight, and WP7 applications.
Tools and productsMajor Zend updates
Google released a free Apache module called mod_pagespeed, which can reduce page load times by as much as 50%. If you host on Apache, you need to take a look at this module.Intel updates tools for parallel, cluster development
If you are looking to work with PHP apps in the cloud, Morphlabs has announced that its mCloud offering can now provision Zend Server instances on an hourly basis. Good for testing and "spiky" traffic patterns.CloudBees provides Hudson continuous integration
SmartBear released QAComplete and DevComplete. QAComplete is test case management software, and DevComplete focuses on requirements gathering, defects tracking, and other project management tasks. SmartBear also released QAPlanner and DevPlanner, two online free tools that are lightweight versions of QAComplete and DevComplete.Eclipse Virgo 2.1 released
The Eclipse Foundation released Eclipse Virgo 2.1, an application server for deploying OSGi applications.m-Power improved
rPath updated its rPath Builder product to version 5.8. rPath Builder allows you to create automated deployment and update packages for Windows applications.Nuxeo CMS updated
Editorial and commentaryThe bloat/speed conundrum
Microsoft has started the Community Contributor awards program to reward those who are especially active in the Microsoft community doing things like moderating message boards.
Tips and tricksNew Silverlight data Quickstarts
EventsPHP'n Rio 10 conference
There is a free PHP event in Rio de Janeiro on November 20. The site is in Portuguese, so it is tough for me to get more details.EclipseDay in Valencia, Spain
J.JaDisclosure of Justin's industry affiliations: Justin James has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides; he has a contract with OpenAmplify, which is owned by Hapax, to write a series of blogs, tutorials, and articles; and he has a contract with OutSystems to write articles, sample code, etc.