Programming news: VB.NET for Windows Phone 7, Mono 2.8.1, NetBeans IDE 7.0 Beta

Read about Azure improvements, AtomWeaver 1.1, Rally's Project Stratus, a Windows Phone 7 competition, the Engine Yard Open Source Software Community Grant program, and more.

Language/library updates

VB.NET for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft released the final version of the Visual Basic tools for Windows Phone 7. You can now write Windows Phone 7 apps in VB.NET.

Mono 2.8.1, Mono Develop 2.4.1

The latest version of Mono 2.8 was released, with a bunch of bug fixes and security updates. Likewise, Mono Develop 2.4.1 was released; it is primarily bug fixes, but there are a few new features as well, such as support for .NET 4 projects.

Tools and products

Large number of Azure improvements

Microsoft made sweeping changes to Azure, including the offering of smaller instances, easier signup, and new choices to make the transition to Azure easier.

NetBeans IDE 7.0 Beta

The beta version of NetBeans IDE 7.0, with JDK 7 support, is now available.

AtomWeaver 1.1

Isomeris has made AtomWeaver 1.1 available. This is an intriguing product that I've been keeping my eye on for a while now; it is a very programmable, model driven code generation tool.

Micro Focus RUMBA 8.1

Micro Focus released version 8.1 of its RUMBA terminal emulation suite. It exposes hooks to Microsoft Office so that you can integrate Office (and other apps) with applications that are on terminals, like legacy mainframe applications.

Rally brings Agile outside the development team

Rally Software announced "Project Stratus," which is a new tool designed to bring Agile methodologies to strategic portions of the company outside of development teams. It's an interesting idea, and I am curious how it will turn out.

Editorial and commentary

Engine Yard gives to the open source community

Engine Yard created a new program to support the open source community; this support includes financial support for people to attend conferences and help doing documentation and marketing. Documentation and marketing are well known gaps in many open source projects, and this help will especially be appreciated.

rPath and CollabNet team up

rPath (which makes automated deployment techs) and CollabNet (which does ALM) are partnering up across a wide range of initiatives.

Tips and tricks

Windows Phone 7 + VB.NET code samples

There are code samples on MSDN that show how to use VB.NET on Windows Phone 7.


Windows Phone 7 competition

Red Gate is holding a Windows Phone 7 programming competition, with $10,000 as the top prize. Apps should be aimed at developers in some way. My entry is almost ready!

BlackBerry Developer Challenge wraps up

The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the winners of its third annual development contest. Visit the BlackBerry site for the complete list of winners.

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