6/1/2014 Developer News Roundup


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?)


5/10/2014 Developer News Roundup


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)

4/21/2014 Article Links


Two cannibals are chatting over dinner. The guest says, “You know, I really can’t say I like your mother-in-law”. The host says, “Oh, I’m sorry. Here, try my brother-in-law.”


Web and mobile stuff:

HTML5 components released as open source (If at first you can’t sell it…)

Microsoft’s Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise (They had to rattle a poll to come up with that title)

Unity for cross-platform game development (Try out the throne of games)

Why and how to Port your Unity game to Windows and Windows Phone (And while you’re at it, show the red-headed stepchild some love)

Anticipating More from Cortana (I can’t wait!)

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 will finally take over video and the Web this year (OK, quit panning Flash)

Getting Started with Go (Stop and think about it for a minute)


Other stuff:

Plastic computers taking shape, but won’t replace silicon (I’m not even going to go there)

GitHub downtime got you down? Anam.io has your back (In case you’re having withdrawal symptoms)

Semantic Logging Application Block now supports activity tracing and Elasticsearch (Elastic search is what men do with their 25-year old underwear)

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 4) A Developers Guide to Marketing Your App – Building Awareness with a Web Site (Conversely, promote your web site via you app, and then watch as they dance the infinite loop)

App Builder Rewards (Please tell me this doesn’t include yet another card I have to stuff in my wallet)

12 ethical dilemmas gnawing at developers today (Unfortunately, the average developer is too busy gnawing on pizza to care)

Study: Developers Wield Power, Expect to Get Rich ((Who are these people, and what have they done with all the massively subservient developers I am used to?)

Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension (Ironically, it has to be installed via copy-and-paste – just kidding!)

4/15/2014 Article Links


I just thought of a neat project. Go out and gather up old board games, in the boxes. You will need a lot of games. It’s OK to have multiples. Next, stack them up to build a big chair with these boxes. You now have a throne of games.


Microsoft stuff:

Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview

Microsoft releases Cortana-based MSDN Voice Search app for Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone App Studio 

Windows Phone 8.1 now available on Windows Phone Preview for Developers

Is Windows 8 development worth the trouble? (the answer, as always, is “it depends”)

Using Visual Studio to build Universal XAML Apps (Pick a language, any language…well, as long as it’s C#, C++ or JavaScript…)


Web development:

X-Tag – The Custom Elements Polylib (“X-Tag is a small JavaScript library, created and supported by Mozilla, that brings Web Components Custom Element capabilities to all modern browsers”)

Angular and Durandal Converge (Crunch!)

Write Better JavaScript with Promises (I only promise you’ll do as well as you can, and no better)

Alternatives to Prefixr (Postfixr?)


Other stuff:

Developers Need to Broaden Their Range (Just don’t blow your stack in the process)

Too big to trust? Google’s growing credibility gap Uncredible!)

Sloppy but secure: Open source TrueCrypt passes audit (That cryptkeeper is so darn funny…oh, wait…nevermind…)

Google may boost search rank of sites with encryption, report claims (Hmmm…those who control secrecy rise to the top?)

Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow (Don’t dismiss this too quickly. Be flexible.)