Programming & Development

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.

Embarcadero Releases CodeGear RAD Studio 2009

Embarcadero Technologies' acquisition of CodeGear from Borland Software Corp. last year has borne fruit in the form of a newly released rapid application development (RAD) tool.

COBOL Eclipsed

With the latest release of its development and deployment platform for the Common Business-Oriented Language(COBOL), Veryant will unveil a COBOL editor plugin for the Eclipse Integrated Developer Environment.

Agile Factories To Fill Enterprise Demand

Agile development methodologies may be gaining ground in the enterprise, but in academia, it's all waterfall all the time. Despite the changing times, most university and college computer science programs are still producing developers steeped in monolithic methods with little or no exposure to agile methods.

Khronos Releases OpenCL 1.0; AMD, Nvidia Adopt Parallel Computing Spec

The Khronos Group has ratified and released OpenCL 1.0, an open specification aimed at enabling parallel programming across multi-core CPUs and GPUs. GPU heavyweights AMD and Nvidia came out immediately with support for the spec Tuesday, along with plans for products to support developers. AMD said it's backing OpenCL 1.0 and will "integrate a compliant compiler and runtime into the free ATI Stream Software Development Kit." Nvidia, meanwhile, said its CUDA parallel computing technology will "seamlessly run OpenCL."

First Look: Komodo IDE 5.0

Last month, ActiveState released Komodo IDE 5.0, the company's latest integrated development environment (IDE). Komodo supports multiple programming and markup languages, including HTML, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, Java, Python, C++ and more. It does not support some .NET languages at present, such as ASP/ASP.NET, C# and VB.NET.

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Agile Solution Provider Rolls Out Java SDK

Agile project management tools provider VersionOne has updated its V1: Agile Enterprise product to include a Java software development kit (Java SDK). The 8.3 version, now available, comes with an extensible API, object model libraries, source code, documentation and sample applications for Java jocks.

First Look at Live Mesh and Live Framework

David Treadwell, Microsoft's corporate vice president of the Live Services Platform, announced the new Live Framework during a keynote address at last week's Professional Developers Conference that addressed Windows 7 and other tools and technologies that will make up the front-end infrastructure of the company's unfolding Software plus Services strategy.

Iowa State To Develop Moodle-Blackboard Integration Software

Iowa State University and Blackboard have partnered to develop technologies that will allow Blackboard's learning environment to integrate with the open-source Moodle learning management system. Iowa State will lead the development effort, with Blackboard providing support.