Programming & Development


Universities Pilot 'Tools as a Service' in Cloud Computing Initiative

Research institutions that are part of the Ontario Centres of Excellence have launched a "Tools as a Service" (TaaS) cloud computing pilot program with IBM in an effort to provide researchers, students, and faculty with access to business software and software development tools.

Sun Releases JavaFX Mobile

The battle for mindshare of rich interactive application (RIA) developers took a step forward last week as Sun Microsystems released a followup to its recently released JavaFX platform with its anticipated mobile edition.

Moonlight 1.0 Ships

Novell has released its widely anticipated Moonlight 1.0, a plugin based on Microsoft's Silverlight 1.0 rich interactive application (RIA) runtime.

Googling the Students by Bus

Last fall, Google sent a retro bus full of technology and Google Apps for Education experts across the United States to visit 10 higher education campuses. At the end of the road, CT asked Jeff Keltner to reflect on his company's intriguing Google "road trip."

Xenocode Upgrades Application Virtualization Tool

Xenocode, the Seattle-based maker of virtualization tools, today released the latest version of its Virtual Application Studio, a developer-focused authoring environment for virtualizing existing Windows-based applications.

Microsoft Opens Up Web Sandbox

Microsoft announced the release last week of Web Sandbox on its Port25 open source community Web site. The company has made the source code available under the Apache 2.0 open source license, the site reported.

Microsoft Rolls Out Semblio SDK

Microsoft has released Semblio SDK version 1, a new tool for education developers that's designed to aid in the creation of interactive learning materials. The kit, part of what was previously known as "Grava" during its development phase, is available as a free download now.

IBM Serves Up Cloud Computing to Universities

IBM's Blue Cloud solutions are getting test driven by a number of universities in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The Qatar Cloud Computing Initiative, driven by three universities, will open its cloud infrastructure to local businesses and industries to test applications, including seismic modeling and the exploration for oil and gas.

Adobe Rolls Out eLearning Suite

Adobe has debuted its new eLearning Suite, a system designed to facilitate courseware authoring, media editing, and the creation of other learning materials. The company has also launched Captivate 4, an upgrade to its eLearning content authoring tool.

Microsoft Releases CTP of VS Extensions for SharePoint

Microsoft this week announced a community technology preview (CTP) release of Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint. The new Visual Studio 2008 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (VSeWSS), released as version 1.3, are templates for creating, debugging, packaging and deploying SharePoint projects.