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Daily Dose - XML Co-Inventor Joins Android Team; Scorns Apple

03.16.2010
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Tech blogger and XML co-inventor, Tim Bray, recently posted about his new job with Google's Android development team. In his blog, which is now a "No-Evil Zone", Bray talked about his agreement with the Google philosophy as opposed to the Apple's approach to the mobile platform: "[The iPhone is] a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the landlord's pleasure and fear his anger.  I hate it.  Apple apparently thinks you can have the benefits of the Internet while at the same time controlling what programs can be run and what parts of the stack can be accessed and what developers can say to each other.  I think they're wrong and see this job as a chance to help prove it."  At the same time, Bray was honest in his assessment of Google's corporate flaws: "There are some Google initiatives that I feel no urge to go near." Bray was an employee of Sun Microsystems until 2004.

As Expected, Microsoft Announces New Releases for Silverlight and WP7S
At the MIX 2010 Microsoft developer conference, the company will be announcing an analytics framework for Silverlight applications.  The Silverlight Analytics Framework will collect data about the way users interact with a Silverlight application.  The framework will also allow developers to instrument their applications in a non-cumbersome way, and Microsoft evangelist Michael Scherotter will demonstrate this at MIX.  Micosoft also announced the developer tools for Windows Phone 7 Series and the new Silverlight 4 release candidate.  Get the full details here.

PyPy 1.2 Gets JIT Compiler
Version 1.2 of PyPy has just been released.  The new Python runtime environment is the first version to feature Just-in-Time (JIT) compiling.  The PyPy developers are still treating this release as beta software since it only supports 32bit x86 platforms and has a large memory footprint.  However, the developers also say that the JIT is now stable and even faster than CPython and Unladen Swallow.  Also announced was the PyPy.org website, which monitors nightly performance and new Ubuntu packages.  

Tasktop's V1: Agile Enterprise Connector is Finished
The creators of Eclipse's Mylyn project, Tasktop Technologies, announced the completed Mylyn connector for VersionOne's Agile development platform.  Like other Mylyn connectors, the new integration will provide a direct pipeline to VersionOne's software via Mylyn and the Eclipse IDE.  Users of the Tasktop Pro enterprise version of Mylyn also now have access to the connector.

Objective-C for Java Programmers
Want to write an iPhone app?  Only know Java?  This handbook describes some of the differences and similarities between Objective-C and Java.
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