5/10/2014 Developer News Roundup

Joke:

A night watchman at a furniture wax plant accidentally fell into a vat of the wax and drowned. During the eulogy at the poor man’s funeral, his best friend summed it up: “He may not have had a great life, but he had a real neat finish.”

 

Web, cloud, and mobile news:

One now, two later: Groovy updates add Java 8 support (Grrrrr8!)

Moving your apps to the cloud? Beware the slowdown effect (Time to be cirrus about the cloud)

Microsoft Web server software closes in on Apache’s lead

 

Other news:

Oracle’s surprise win in Java API case could make it harder for developers (The not-so-good, the really bad, and the downright ugly)

Visual Studio Image Library updated, now includes VS 2013 style and is now over 10,000+ images (Imagine that)

“Learn to Code?” Meh. “Build Something?” Now We’re Talking, Says Hopscotch’s Jocelyn Leavitt. (The digital equivalent of paint-by-numbers?)

Scientific computing’s future: Can any coding language top a 1950s behemoth? (F#? Scala?)

How the ‘One Microsoft’ mission is changing Microsoft Research (Apparently, a little less research)

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4/5/2014 Article Links

Joke:

I sat in on a court session once where the judge and the lawyers all spoke in rhyme. That was the first time I had ever seen poetic justice in action.

 

Cloud stuff:

Amazon, Cisco, Google crowd the cloud — no thanks to NSA or IT

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella puts the cloud front and center

Amazon holds off Google’s cloud charge — for now

The NSA’s spying has in fact hurt U.S. cloud providers

Microsoft Hears Amazon Price Drop, Raises It An Azure Cut

 

Big Data, Big Data!

Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase

 

Product info:

Eneter Messaging Framework (cross-platform framework for inter-process communication)

 

Java stuff:

Oracle Announces Most Significant Upgrade to Java Programming Model with Java 8 (this mentions a few details other articles have skipped over)

 

F# stuff:

Xamarin F# – Experience Report

 

Mainframe stuff:

Serving 3270 screens to thin-client web browsers through straight TCP/IP connections (yep, now you can serve up those delicious green screens right on your iPad)

 

Other random stuff:

How Dropbox Knows When You’re Sharing Copyrighted Stuff (Without Actually Looking At Your Stuff)

WinJS: 5 Things You Need To Know About Microsoft’s New Open-Source JavaScript Library (not just for Windows, apparently)

SQL and NoSQL come together with new MariaDB Enterprise offerings (just like peanut butter and chocolate!)

Analysis Paralysis: Over-thinking and Knowing Too Much to Just CODE

Spring cleaning for your code, thanks to CodeMaid (Visual Studio extension)

A close look at the Agile Manifesto after 13 years

Duktape (an embeddable JavaScript engine for C/C++)

Cortana blows away Siri and Google Now, may bring me back to Windows Phone

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?)