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?)

5/5/2014 Article Links

Joke:

The Irish don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo. They do celebrate Fifth of Gin.

 

Security stuff:

Data breaches 9% more costly in 2013 than year before (this isn’t helping my feelings of insecurity about the Internet at all)

IBM rolls out new security suite, services as Target CEO’s head rolls (Hmm…bowling with CEO heads…I sense a new game idea)

11 reasons encryption is (almost) dead (It sure smells dead)

 

Web and mobile stuff:

Thanks to Tom Wheeler, the end of the open Internet is nigh 

iPhone 6 release date, news and rumors (It’s not a tumor…wait…never mind)

This AI tells you if your website is too cluttered (or you could just have your Mom look at it)

 

Cloud stuff:

Cloud Apps Soar, CIOs Take on New Role (Now with more fluff)

Run your own cloud storage for less, EMC says (…with their help, of course)

 

Microsoft stuff:

Microsoft Is Technology’s Comeback Kid (No kidding?)

Microsoft’s decision to patch Windows XP is a mistake (darned if they do, darned if they don’t)

Microsoft reissues botched Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 (hopefully, this doesn’t bring on another round of botulism)

High-tech Gaming Is Giving K-12 STEM Education A New Way To Play: A First Person Perspective by Corinth CEO Ondrej Homola

Bing Ads Jump Start (Add some bada boom to your bada bing)

Make Windows 8 Games with Construct 2 (Pro Construct advice)

Building Blocks: Initialize() C#, .NET, & JavaScript Dev Skills

Unity 3.5 RTW: Now with more Peace, Love, and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Wasn’t there something about drugs and something else in there?)

Twenty C# Questions Explained (Because they don’t feel like answering any more)

 

Other stuff:

Hadoop, Python, and NoSQL lead the pack for big data jobs 

Graphic Design Tips for Game Apps 

Not Your Father’s Java: An Opinionated Guide to Modern Java Development, Part 1 (In other words, check your own opinions at the door)

Experiencing Silicon Valley overload? For help, look inward 

Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands 

79 Percent of IT Administrators Want to Quit Due to Stress (The remaining 21% work for insurance companies)

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!)

4/12/2014 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.)

4/9/2014 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

4/8/2014 Article Links

Joke:

Two C strings walk into a bar. The first one says, “Bartender, I’d like a beer#%%^&&*jk!$dfh123#~”

The second one says, “You’ll have to pardon my friend. He isn’t null-terminated.”

 

Assorted news:

Supreme Court set for landmark decision — good or bad — on software patents

Git smart! 20 essential tips for Git and GitHub users (Git with the program, already!)

The dark side of lambda expressions in Java 8 (insert your own Star Wars joke, here)

Windows on Devices (the next big little thing)

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Allura™ as a Top-Level Project (the Allura of Apache…)

Addressing the Corruption of Agile (absolute corruption corrupts…well, you know…)

Document Liberation Project aims to break vendor lock-in (You never know when you’re going to need all those WordStar files again)

Reversible USB connector will be in products by year end (why didn’t they think of this years ago?)

Millennials Rule the Valley: Enjoy It While It Lasts (sounds like that old hippie slogan – “Don’t trust anyone over 30”. Fine, until you hit 30…then what?)

‘State of the Cloud Report’ proclaims hybrid is king (makes the Cloud more fuel efficient?)

4/1/2014 Article Links

Random picture:

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

 

Trivia:

April Fool’s Day History

 

Random stuff:

Facebook tweaks (used to fine tune an iOS app)

Adobe Announces PhoneGap Enterprise for Mobile Development

Windows Phone 8.1 core has finished today

Microsoft to unveil Enterprise Mobility Suite alongside Office for iPad

Survey: 33% of iPhone owners would shell out $300 on contract for a bigger iPhone 6

Apple engineer reveals where the iPhone’s original software came from

Git smart! 20 essential tips for Git and GitHub users 

Farts and f-bombs: see the hidden jokes in Microsoft’s early code (what else would you expect to find in MS-DOS code?)

Why your previous developer was terrible (raise your hand if you’ve heard this one before)

Whatever Happened to Reuse? (It was recycled)

Cloud deniers are the flat earthers of the tech world

Google General Counsel to Arrington Allegation: We Don’t Snoop on Gmail to Find Leakers

Can Microsoft rescue Windows? (wait, I think I’ve heard this one every other release of Windows…)

It takes an open-source village to make commercial software (cue catchy theme music)

Apple says it wants emoji to be more multicultural