Programming news: NetBeans 7.0, IE10 preview, Script# introduction

Read about Solver Foundation, Async CTP SP1 Refresh, AppDynamics 3.2, mapping iPhone APIs to Windows Phone 7, the latest Appcelerator/IDC Mobile Development Report, and more.

Language/library updates

Solver Foundation released for modeling

Microsoft DevLabs has released Solver Foundation, a set of libraries and tools for developing models to solve problems.

Async CTP SP1 Refresh

The Async CTP (which introduces the "async" and "await" keywords) has been updated, primarily to work with Visual Studio 2010 SP1.

A pair of RIM SDKs

RIM has released its WebWorks SDK for tablet development (and also for phone development) and its Tablet SDK for Adobe AIR.

Tools and products

NetBeans 7.0

NetBeans 7.0 has been released in final form. The new version includes support for JDK 7 and HTML5.

AppDynamics 3.2

AppDynamics has released version 3.2 of its namesake application performance management tool. It has two new features. The first is the ability to work with various caching systems like Memcached. The other is that it can now diagnose SOA performance issues.

Telerik betas two new tools

Telerik introduced betas for two new tools: JustDecompile (a free decompiler) and JustTrace (a profiling tool). I saw demos, and both tools look very easy to use.

Coverity Integrity Control

Coverity has leveraged its existing code testing platform to produce Coverity Integrity Control. This new tool reports on a variety of metrics to help highlight problems in your development process.

Mapping iPhone APIs to Windows Phone 7

Microsoft released a tool that can map some iPhone APIs to Windows Phone 7 calls to help ease the transition for developers.

IE10 preview available

Microsoft released the platform preview for IE10, which enhances IE9's support for new and existing standards around HTML5. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft can become Agile enough to keep up with these moving targets.

Engine Yard offers free trials

Engine Yard is now offering free trials of its AppCloud platform-as-a-service offering.

QMetry adds JasperReports

QMetry (makers of test case management software) are now embedding Jaspersoft's JasperReports Server Professional product into its system to provide better reporting.

db40 for Silverlight adds LINQ support

The Silverlight version of db40 now supports LINQ.

Liferay + MuleSoft Tcat Server

Liferay (makers of open source enterprise portal software) has partnered with MuleSoft to bundle its Tcat Server product and the Liferay Portal together for single installation and support.

Eucalyptus and Puppet partner to deliver private cloud management

Eucalyptus Systems (who make on-premise cloud software) and Puppet Labs (enterprise system management) have teamed up to deliver a package that combines the Eucalyptus cloud offering with the Puppet management package.

Editorial and commentary

Latest Appcelerator/IDC Mobile Development Report

One of my favorite regular events is the release of the Appcelerator/IDC Mobile Developer Report. What's interesting is that interest in Windows Phone 7 development fell, but RIM fell so much that Windows Phone 7 actually passed it. Who knew you could gain by losing? Also, there are some critically important insights regarding why developers are not interested in the second tier players (hint: it's not market share as everyone assumes).

Great Dilbert on offshoring

I think I've had conversations like this before.

Tips and tricks

Introduction to Script#

Script# is a fascinating new project that allows you to compile C# to JavaScript. By working in C#, your existing tools and knowledge can be used to get the JavaScript you need for your Web development projects. Check out this tutorial on Script#.


Carolina Code Camp

There will be a Code Camp on May 14 in Charlotte, NC. I'll be giving two presentations, and there will be a number of other presentations as well. The event is free of charge.

ZendCon 2011 needs papers

ZendCon 2011 has opened its call for papers; it will close on May 13.

Eclipse Community Survey

The Eclipse Foundation has started its 2011 Community Survey.