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?)

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)