5/17/2014 Developer News Roundup

Joke:

Apparently, the Spice Girls are getting back together, but they’re adding a new girl, who happens to be 74 years old. She’s going to be known as “Old Spice”.

 

Web, cloud and mobile news:

Google gets on Dart soapbox, demos move from JavaScript (Dart targets the mainstream)

What’s new in Microsoft Azure (Item #1: It’s still going)

React: Making faster, smoother UIs for data-driven Web apps (A reactionary tale)

How Microsoft’s cloud push will affect your job (Watch your back)

Facebook: MVC Does Not Scale, Use Flux Instead [Updated] (Ah, there’s the flux of the matter)

FCC pushes ahead with plan for Internet ‘fast lane’ (Let’s see how fast they can make everyone’s blood boil)

One Web hoster’s wonderfully trollish FCC protest (And something to make you smile)

Son of SOPA: The Internet under siege (Businesses on the Internet wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the business “leaders”)

12 things we hate about PHP (Just 12? Did they drop a zero or three?)

SD Times Blog: Microsoft open-sources ASP.NET on GitHub (Now with baking soda)

How Joyent debugs Node code (Welcome to the Joyent Luck Club)

Don’t Forget to Cover Your Client Side! (A.K.A., cover you backside)

Spark Micro Web Framework (Made by really small spiders)

Rethinking DOM Traversal (Traversal of fortune?)

WebComponents.org (The new old thing)

No more JS frameworks (Yes)

Introducing ASP.NET vNext

 

Security news:

Microsoft continues RC4 encryption phase-out plan with .NET security updates (I feel more secure already…or not…)

Windows 8 Is The Most Secure Version Yet: Here’s Why (It is, it really is)

Security-vendor snake oil: 7 promises that don’t deliver (It’s a very simple equation: salesperson + promise = lie)

 

Functional Programming:

Functionally SOLID 2

A simple and straight forward Single File Windows Service template for F# (Hopefully, this is serviceable)

The slow adoption of Functional Programming in banks! (They’re still waiting to see if this Internet thing is for real)

Announcing FSharp.Azure – An Idiomatic F# Azure Storage API

Kaplan-Meier Survival Analysis Using F# (Get your crash course here)

 

Miscellaneous news:

Why run SQL on NoSQL? Speed, says Splice Machine (It’s the splice of life)

Hot boss, cold boss: This tech pro just had no chance (This would be even more amusing if the guy was self-employed)

Hg Init: a Mercurial tutorial (Read it quickly)

How a Boston Hospital is Using Google Glass to Save Lives (So, there is a use for this product that doesn’t have a creepy factor to it)

It was the best of times, it was the burst of times (Just when I was feeling all happy and bubbly)

8 new tech job titles — grab ’em before they’re hot (Because on Internet time, they’ll be hot two weeks from now and obsolete in six)

Agile Testing Heresy: Are You Testing Too Much? (I feel testy, does that count?)

For Microsoft, going backwards is the new forwards, but that’s ok (As long as that last step isn’t over the edge of a cliff)

New PostgreSQL guns for NoSQL market (How about we come up with a new database system and forget all this SQL/NoSQL stuff ever happened?)

Head games: What we saw at NeuroGaming Conference 2014 (I have a headache already)

Plumber, Mechanic, Programmer (Be sure not to get your pipes all tangled up in a bunch while reading this)

Rebooting Entity Framework (Lighter, fluffier)

10 Articles Every Programmer Must Read (If you have time to remember and know the URL, etc.)

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (Available now)

How Gamification Drives Business Objectives (Waiter, I’ll have the Agile special with a side order of Kanban, all smothered in gamification sauce)

With CShell, C# developers can bypass Visual Studio more often (Sally sells it by the CShore)

A new API for Visual Studio Online

So Here’s Why Everyone Is Starting Sentences With The Word ‘So’ (So true)

Ask Ars: Why are some programming languages faster than others? (Better hamsters)

 

Educational news:

SD Times Blog: Fifteen toys, games and tools that teach programming (Oh, so that’s what programming is like…)

Microsoft Research launches Code Hunt, an educational Web game for learning programming (This reminded me of the old TV show Sea Hunt)

4/22/2014 Article Links

Joke:

I was driving down the road today and a rabbit ran across the street just in front of me. I missed it by a hare.

 

Security stuff:

NEC launches face-recognition security protection for PCs (Heyyyy…that looks more like a middle…never mind…!)

OpenBSD forks, prunes, fixes OpenSSL(Forking prunes will definitely open something)

 

Web and mobile stuff:

Nokia Devices to become “Microsoft Mobile” on April 25 (Oy, vey)

12 Little-Known CSS Facts (Now with baking soda)

Postman: A powerful HTTP client to test web services (The Postman Always Tests Twice)

JSZip: Create, read and edit .zip files with Javascript (Got any complaints? Yeah? Well, zip it!)

Handling z-index (This has its ups and downs)

Picturefill: A responsive image polyfill (Polly had one too many crackers and is now filled)

New compiler cranks up JavaScript from native code (Sounds like it’s really time to just invent a solid new language to run in the browser)

 

Other stuff:

BMC brings workload automation to the mainframe change ticket (It’s about time…)

Apple offers free recycling of its products worldwide (Bad visual, bad visual!)

Microsoft Research reveals Holograph, brings ‘Star Wars’ Leia hologram to life (Let’s see the Leia the land)

Azure Web Sites New Basic Pricing Tier (Sooner or later, it will all be free)

This Is Your Brain On Code, According To Functional MRI Imaging (I know there’s a joke about crack in here, somewhere)

Google’s Head Of Hiring Gives His Best Advice For Job Interviews (Something to help your job search)

This is why Microsoft won. And why they lost. (Don’t try this at home)

WZOR leaks info about Windows 8.2, Windows 9 and cloud based OS (Hmmm)

New BigInteger methods in Java 8 (I can’t BigInt to describe how thrilling this is!)

4/11/2014 Article Links

Joke:

Two buddies rent a boat to go fishing. Naturally, they bring along a lot of beer to pass the time, because, who ever really goes fishing just for the fish. Anyway, they hit it big time and catch a lot of fish, while also ingesting a lot of beer. After a while, they both have caught their limit, so they head back in and return the boat. The first guy says, “You know, we really should have done something to remember that spot for next time.” The second guy says, “Oh, I did. I marked a big red ‘X’ inside the boat.” The first guy says, “You dummy! Suppose we don’t get the same boat next time?”

 

Cloud stuff:

Available Now: Preview of Project “Orleans” – Cloud Services at Scale

New Amazon toolset tracks cloud spending

Security could be a casualty of the new Azure portal

 

Mobile development stuff:

Windows Phone 8.1: a lap around the new development features

The decline of the mobile web

HTML5 apps can be just as speedy as native apps with the new Famo.us Javascript framework

 

F# stuff:

DDD and CQRS Using the Functional Language F#

Facilitating Open Contributions for the F# Compiler, Library and Visual F# Tools

 

Other stuff:

First look: MongoDB 2.6, the all-grown-up version

Developer picks: 7 tools for making the most of GitHub

6 ways the Internet of things will transform enterprise security

Dart 1.3 dramatically improves server-side performance

Mono and Roslyn

Software Estimation: How Misperceptions Mean We Almost Always Get It Wrong

Star software designer Greg Christie leaving Apple

4/9/2014 Article Links

Joke:

An old married couple is driving along a long, winding country road. The wife is talking a mile-a-minute as the old gentleman occasionally nods and grunts while keeping his eye straight ahead. At one point, the car hits a nasty bump in the road, the passenger door flings open, and the wife spills out. The man doesn’t even notice and keeps driving. A few minutes later, a cop pulls him over. The officer says, “Sir, we found your wife a few miles back. She’s a little bruised, but otherwise OK.” The old man looks over at the passenger side, then back at the officer and says, “Oh, thank goodness, officer. I thought I had gone deaf!”

 

Read this first:

The Heartbleed Bug

 

Windows stuff:

Microsoft requires migration to Windows 8.1 Update within 5 weeks (Save the date and save the day. Yikes!)

Microsoft should open-source Windows XP, enable 3rd-party support, says legal scholar (This could be taken more seriously if it had been posted on April 1)

The story of the Windows XP ‘Bliss’ desktop theme—and what it looks like today (news from the WABAC machine)

Microsoft removes Windows 8.1 Update from WSUS update servers (oops)

Microsoft Patch Tuesday bids adieu to Windows XP (also notes about other patches)

What’s new in Windows 8.1 Update

 

Web development stuff:

easeJS (Classical Object-Oriented JavaScript Framework)

JavaScript OCR 

pixi.js (Super fast HTML 5 2D rendering engine that uses webGL with canvas fallback)

 

Mobile development stuff:

Handy code-free mobile app development resources for small businesses (code free, maybe, but not all are cost free)

Microsoft extends its JavaScript framework to rivals

 

Microsoft news:

Ballmer, Not Nadella, Gave The Go-Ahead To Ship Office For iPad, Which Has Racked Up 12M Downloads (this just highlights the disconnect between software developers and non-software developers)

The most hated browser in the world is finally dead (Now, can everyone just move on?)

Microsoft and open source: True love or casual fling?

Microsoft Azure Developer Camp: Build a Cloud-Native App (free virtual class)

Four things developers should know about the new Microsoft

Microsoft adds .Net compiler to open source offerings

 

Other stuff:

Google courts enterprise developers for Glass (Don’t most enterprises already have a glass ceiling?)

MongoDB 2.6: Our Biggest Release Ever (all hail the new king!)

CIOs: Lure Top Tech Talent by Offering Free Lunch (Developers: Beware of overuse of the words “Happy” and “Meal” when the CIO describes what your free lunches will be like)

Beware of NoSQL standards in Oracle’s clothing (woof)

Big data needs software-defined storage (well, what do you know? IBM offers a solution right up this alley)

Controversial Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns

Java Tip: Hibernate validation in a standalone implementation

3/29/2014 Article Links

 

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Long exposure of the South Haven South Pier Light from a few weekends ago.

 

Programming stuff:

Docker’s red-hot application portability solution (no, not the pants!)

Project Siena Beta 2: Enabling business users to create apps connected to enterprise services, web and social

Foq 1.6 (Welcome to Foq University. Please DO NOT abbreviate University! Thank U!)

cereal – A C++11 library for serialization (this is a killer library!)

 

Business stuff:

Microsoft to rebrand ‘Windows Azure’ as ‘Microsoft Azure’

Nokia delays closure of sale to Microsoft of smartphone business

Ballmer hints he may step down from Microsoft board

Why 2014 Is The Year Of The Cheap Smartphone

 

Hmmm…

The NSA is burning down the web, but what if we rebuilt a spy-proof internet?