6/1/2014 Developer News Roundup

Joke:

Scientists from the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople* have discovered a technique for extracting the glazing from the eyes of mindless bubble-gum-chewing teenagers and applying the extract to various surfaces to give them a unique shine. The scientists have tried it on a number of materials, including leather, and the results are, if nothing else, quite fascinating. Apparently, Mel Brooks has caught wind of this development and is considering using it in his next motion picture, tentatively entitled “Glazing Saddles.”
Apologies to Professor Peter Schickele of P.D.Q. Bach fame.

 

Security news:

In baffling move, TrueCrypt open-source crypto project shuts down (Very cryptic. Never say I don’t go for the obvious dumb jokes, either)

OpenSSL to get a security audit and two full-time developers (Two, count ‘em TWO! I feel more secure already. Not.)

 

Mobile, web, and cloud news:

Ramda wants to put the function in functional JavaScript (Have a rendezvous with Ramda. Arthur C. Clark must be rolling over in his grave, now.)

Tools rush in: Developer options grow for Internet of things (Get yours now, before they become obsolete in 27.5 hours)

Pop quiz: Who invented cloud computing? (Seems the answer is still kind of hazy)

PHP improvements to boost real-world app performance (Now if they would just make it more secure and actually pleasant to program…)

Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends report is a must read (Why not. I’ve got nothing better to do.)

App dev Q&A: The journey to making Famo.us real (And Famo was his name-o)

Microsoft goes public with browser development plans (More open, just without the source)

Microsoft’s new open source ASP.Net can run on Linux, OS X (ASP.NET goes Mono e Mono)

ASP.NET vNext on OSX and Linux (Some more on the subject)

Xamarin.Forms – Write Once, Run Everywhere, AND Be Native? (This makes looking at Xamarin for cross-platform development even more compelling)

RubyMotion 3.0 Sneak Peek: Android Support (on the other hand, if you only want to support Android and you like Ruby, not Java, take a look at this)

Apache Cordova 3.5.0 (New version)

Hands On with the Android Wear Developer SDK (Warning: This may wear you down)

Update: Xamarin 3 releases Apple Xcode alternative (These people are on a roll)

Microsoft shoots to shorten Internet Explorer’s long tail (After shooting themselves in the foot for so many years)

Visual Studio Now Supports Hybrid Cross-platform Mobile Development via Cordova (Shades of Dr. Strangelove – We must not allow a PhoneGap gap!)

Top 10 JavaScript traps for a C# developer (Sounds like some of these also apply to other types of non-JavaScript developers)

uncss: Find Unused CSS (Hey, you might even find Waldo!)

New standard for a faster Web finished by year end? Maybe not (I’m betting not)

 

General news:

15 trends and 15 turn-offs in app dev (Just 15 of each?)

Caliburn.Micro – Xaml made easy (Write once for all your Windows-based platforms, if you like that sort of thing)

Git 2.0 features better defaults and a kinder learning curve (Now you only need a Masters degree to git it…get it? Er, never mind, I hear someone calling me…)

Computer scientists study other computer scientists (No doubt looking for signs of artificial intelligence)

Enjoy machine learning with Mahout on Hadoop (A shout out for Mahout)

TechEd North America Highlights for App Developers (Lots of links to content from the conference)

When too much coding can kill you (No coded messages, here)

Skype shown automatically translating multilingual voice calls (Why not? What could go wrong?)

Microsoft’s New OneNote Service API Backs Free Apps for Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android (Hmm, very OneNoteworthy)

Setting Up F# In Emacs (Emacs in the key of F#)

Coding Principles Every Engineer Should Know (Random quote: “…only good programmers can solve problems in simple, understandable ways.”)

Nitra goes Open Source! (probably because you’ve never heard of Nitra before this)

Where Is the Learning in Agile? (It was too fast and has already left the building?)

Choosing a Web Framework/Language Combo for the Next Decade (A decade worth of relevance? That’s optimistic)

Announcing Update to Productivity Power Tools 2013 (Apparently, we we’re productive enough, before)

Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy (Really?

New Windows app development training resources now available (Please, please, won’t you build some apps?)

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5/3/2014 Article Links

Joke:

How do you know when a politician is lying? His lips move.

 

Security stuff:

Microsoft fixes IE zero-day flaw (Even for XP)

Heartbleed postmortem: OpenSSL’s license discouraged scrutiny (There was a license?)

This is why companies are still afraid of the cloud (Big puffy things scare us)

 

Web and mobile stuff:

Google aims for purity with Android Silver (Wake me up when they get to platinum)

Google mines fool’s gold with Android Silver (Apparently, they’re using Pyrited software…)

Google deals made Android phones more expensive, lawsuit claims (Gee, you’d think they were trying to actually make money…)

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone, Mac receive major updates (On another note…)

Windows Phone 8.1 to get a file manager (It’s about time they did something to manage Windows Phone)

Yahoo is the latest company ignoring Web users’ requests for privacy (Apparently, they don’t give a Yahoo)

A Massive Market Opportunity Awaits In Analyzing The Internet Of Things (Just keep this stuff away from the toilet, please. I don’t want any data dumps from that source.)

5 Clever Ways to Increase Mobile App Reviews (Better start working on the next five ways after everyone starts doing these things)

 

Other stuff:

Tech companies get a little less silent about government data collection (I am mouse. Hear me roar.)

The 9 Most Difficult-to-Fill IT Roles (Number 10: Cinnamon Role)

HP expects first x86 Nonstop systems next year (You can’t stop the Nonstop Express)

IBM creates world’s smallest magazine cover with microscopic 3D printer (Because people read so little these days)

SanDisk unveils a monster 4TB SSD (And now we all want one…or 16)

Jury finds Samsung infringed some Apple patents, must pay $120M in damages (What is that? Like $1 for every phone sold…if that?)

Here’s whom to blame for those terrible tech buzzwords (They’re naming names)

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal (A BASIC history lesson)

4/24/2014 Article Links

Joke:

A perfume company has come up with a new line of products, each named after a famous comedian or humorist. They call the new line their “Scents of Humor”.

 

Security stuff:

Linux Foundation enlists Microsoft, Google to prevent the next Heartbleed

Web apps and point-of-sale were leading hacker targets in 2013 

The Internet keeps getting faster and more dangerous (Moving at the speed of fright)

Five traditional vulnerabilities that get worse in mobile HTML5 (The web pulls you in deeper)

 

F# and other functional programming languages:

F# – Marching Towards Top 10 Programming Languages (Don’t fall out of step!)

The rise of functional programming in Banks (Before, they were so dysfunctional)

F# Type Introduction (Hello, nice to meet you)

Beware of Immutable Lists for F# Parallel Processing (You might end up in a parallel universe)

Writing a MiniC-to-MSIL compiler in F# – Part 1 – Defining the abstract syntax tree (it’s always entertaining to create C compilers using other languages)

Is F# Ready for Production? (A note of caution)

State Machines in F# and C# (In New York, these are known as Empire State Machines)

F# and the Open/Closed Principle (Well that closes the book on that subject!)

 

Web and mobile stuff:

Testing PhoneGap Apps on Devices without SDK, Compilation or Code Signing (No sign of the times)

10 great Android apps for IT pros (Spoiler alert: they’re all flatulence apps)

Startup Quip issues API for mobile word processor aimed at enterprise IT (Let me start up the old quip machine, here…)

Cancel The Funeral For The Mobile Web—It’s Not Dead Yet (It just smells dead)

 

Other stuff:

Open Source is a thankless job. We do it anyway. (Feel free to pitch in)

FCC will seek input on ‘pay-for-priority’ Net neutrality proposal (Anything that is preferential is hardly neutral)

The hardest and easiest way to be a better coder (The code of the coder)

Jolt Awards 2014: The Best Programmer Libraries (Shocking news!)

AI researcher explains how to stop Skynet from happening (Step one: go back in time…)

Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time (…and here’s how to do it…)

Are Tech-Savvy Countries Happier? (Of course. We have more ways to access cat videos than non-tech-savvy countries)

Move over, Old Man Ruby — your Java moment has arrived (Try not to have a senior moment at the same time)

What would you do to improve dynamic proxies? (I’m guessing “make them static” isn’t one of the options)

IT certs are back! Learn these hot skills and earn more (And yet it’s still true that your score on a test only demonstrates your ability to take the test, not your ability to do a job)

4/19/2014 Article Links

Joke:

A pond full of frogs put on a performance of Hamlet. It was a ribbeting performance, especially at the end when they all croaked.

 

Announcements:

The Michigan Google Developers DevFest 2014 (If you’re in the area)

Telerik Kendo UI: Powerful, Extensible-and Now, Open Source (Usable for all your web and HTML-based mobile app development)

 

Security stuff:

Coverity finds open source software quality better than proprietary code (Sometime’s there’s a reason why source isn’t shown to the world)

Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs (The new GOTCHA)

Why Heartbleed could be much worse for Android users (What isn’t?)

SD Times Blog: Hoodwinking Windows suckers (I’ve personally been targeted twice by people claiming to be from the “Microsoft Department”)

Scamming the scammers — catching the virus call centre scammers (Hilarious video by Troy Hunt, a computer security expert, related to the previous link)

Heartbleed hacker arrested, charged in connection to malicious bug exploit (And the termites start creping out of the woodwork)

Think tank challenges Heartbleed handwringing (Not to mention all the hand waving)

Android trojan app targets Facebook users (Wake me up when it’s safe, again)

It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet (And then sprinkle it with secret sauce)

The rise and fall of Heartbleed hysteria (The hysteria has become historic)

 

Mobile stuff:

Your no-fuss, fail-safe guide to protecting Android devices (Until all those steps turn out to be insufficient)

Matias Duarte, Android’s Chief Designer: Make Apps for Screens, Not for Mobile (Good advice, unless it doesn’t work)

Secure Coding for the Android Platform (And good luck)

This is Amazon’s smartphone (Because we can’t possibly have enough devices to deal with as it stands)

BlackBerry Just Had Its First Good Idea in Years (Punt?)

Google now lets you access your computer through Android with Chrome Remote Desktop (Good news, or bad news?)

‘Kill switch’ may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015 (I’m more interested in a switch that will kill everyone else’s phone during concerts and other events)

Google’s DIY Project Ara won’t fly in the real world (Playing Devil’s advocate, I predict this will be popular with the under-10 crowd)

 

F# stuff:

F# Symbolic Math, Part 2 (This link is a symbolic gesture)

Street-fighting mathematics (Because when you think “street fighting”, you naturally picture a mathematician)

Going Functionally SOLID (Insert your own joke about SOLID waste here: _________)

Smith Wilson and the F# Community (F#eel F#ree to F#it in)

Consuming Twitter With F# (As long as it doesn’t give me indigestion)

Crawling mobile app stores with F# (You have to crawl before you can walk)

TypeScript in First-Class F# Web Projects (Add some JavaScript via TypeScript to your F# projects)

The Book of F# – Review and Interview with Dave Fancher (Welcome to the latest F# book)

Analysis of Roslyn vs. the F# compiler (Apples to oranges)

Hopac: Higher-Order, Parallel, Asynchronous and Concurrent (Everything you ever wanted for high performance, rolled into one library)

 

Other stuff:

Java Q&A: The ultimate superclass, Part 2 (Just a little classier than other classes)

Coeffects: The next big programming language challenge (Good, because Ineffects hasn’t been even a little fun)

MonoGame 3.2 (Cross-platform game development library)

Those Who Say Code Does Not Matter (Right, because all my software runs on pure thought)

Google Glass gets KitKat support, leaves out video calls (No video for you! Come back, six months!)

Your Voice Will Control The Future (I’d be more impressed if it could control the present)

Android docs reveal before iPhone, Google’s plan was a Java button phone (Press once for Coffee)

In Public Cloud Computing Fight, the Gloves Come Off (I’m OK with that, as long as the next thing that comes off isn’t some random developers pants)

R u mdrn? How to lure hipster hackers (Because no one wants competent oldsters)

OpenStack’s latest release keeps the DIY private cloud features coming (Just don’t DIY on the security, please)

How Arduino And Raspberry Pi Can Enhance Your Connected Home (Don’t forget to throw in a Kinect or two to be truly Kinected)

Not the usual suspects: 10 plucky programming languages on the rise (A truly plucky language would probably be called Harp)

Racing to writeness to wrongness leads (Witness the wittiness)

The Right Way to Swizzle in Objective-C (Oh, so the objective is to swizzle?)

What source code is worth studying? (A guide to the classics)

Teachers warn of serious developmental issues in children ‘addicted’ to tech (Hint: Kick your kids outside more often)

Red-hot IT jobs: Who’s getting hired in 2014 (In case you don’t already have a nice job)

Citizen developers are no threat to professional coders – yet (I’ve been hearing this one for years)

How to avoid a HealthCare.gov fiasco in your cloud (Step #1: Don’t work for the government)

IE6: Retired but not dead yet (It’s feeling much better, now)

4/12/2014 Article Links

Joke:

I’m normally not much of a fish or seafood eater, but every once in a while, I like to go to the fish market just for the halibut.

 

Security stuff:

After Heartbleed: 4 OpenSSL alternatives that work (and who is doing the code reviews on these alternatives?)

Google Strengthens Android App Security With Continuous Post-Install Scans (this explains a few things)

Man who introduced serious ‘Heartbleed’ security flaw denies he inserted it deliberately (Conspiracy theorists, start your engines!)

 

Other stuff:

Perl language’s popularity hits all-time low (Knit one, Perl 13)

Open source Java projects: Spring Integration (Well, it is Springtime – at least in the northern hemisphere)

Microsoft OS chief Myerson on the future of ‘One Windows’  (One Windows, One Microsoft, OneDrive… Sounds like they’re sticking to One Theme…)

Write Code Every Day (A code a day keeps the blocker away)

Netjs (.NET to TypeScript and JavaScript compiler)

What do IT workers want? (Ironicall, they just want to make sure they get home in time to watch the Kardashians)

How your feedback is shaping .NET (…into a Mobius strip….oh, wait…)

Relive your XP nostalgia with Microsoft’s ‘Escape from Windows XP’ game (Ctrl+Alt+Delete – Game over.)

4/4/2014 Article Links

Random stuff:

Oracle doubles the speed of MySQL query handling (Is it safe to stop worrying about whether Oracle will kill off MySQL?)

Scrum co-inventor: Agile can lower risk, but it won’t tell you how to code (in other words, lots of luck)

Developer picks: 7 hot tools for agile development (so hot, they’re cool)

Android is the most stable mobile OS, says new report (that is, when compared only to one other operating system…)

Google is tracking some employees for 100 years just to monitor their happiness (hmm, leaving work at the office will make you happier? Who would have guessed?)

Fire hazard forces recall of Lenovo ThinkPad batteries (shocking)

Why CoffeeScript Isn’t the Answer (needs more sugar?)

As advertisers phase out cookies, what’s the alternative? (Milk, what else?)

Three Types of Interview Questions Software Developers Should Expect 

Why you should always under-promise and over-deliver (and remember, to everyone else, even your estimates are considered promises)

Agile in the enterprise: To succeed, avoid the fundamentalists (be sure to stand up to them…in meetings…yeah, that’s it)

Software developers, you’re better when you work together (now, go sit in the corner)

You say Python, and I say Perl … (and attach Perl to Python, and you have yourself an interesting necklace for your main squeeze)

What the latest cloud explosion really means (puffier clouds?)