Programming & Development


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.

Open Ajax Alliance Offers New IDE and Mashup Tools

The OpenAjax Alliance wants to make it easier--and safer--to build applications using the Ajax Web development technique. The group unveiled two standards initiatives at this year's AjaxWorld RIA Conference & Expo last week in San Jose, CA, including a new metadata specification and a new version of its mashup runtime.

Merb: Rails Alternative Takes Modular Approach

Engine Yard has just released the community version of a new Web framework for building Ruby applications. Dubbed Merb, the open source framework written in Ruby is "super-light and super-fast," according to the company, which is positioning it as an alternative to Rails.

Social Learning Platform Gains Developer Portal

Cerego has taken its first step toward opening its iKnow! social learning platform, a technology from aimed at integrating collaboration and learning into Web-based content, with the launch of the iKnow! Developer Portal. It's designed to allow users to create mashups using iKnow! content and is aimed particularly at "education-focused social communities."

Microsoft Unleashes Tool For Web Developers

In its latest bid to keep Web developers in the fold, Microsoft has developed a tool designed to manage the setup, configuration and retrieval of different Web applications.

Touchless SDK Posted on Codeplex

Software that started as a project by a Columbia University computer science student to eliminate the need for multiple hardware-based touch interfaces is now available for download on Microsoft's Codeplex site.

Microsoft's 'Dublin' App Server Tied to .NET 4.0

New Windows Server and .NET Framework 4.0 technologies aimed at developers who are building composite applications will be released at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference, Oct. 26-30. The server technologies are the first to support Microsoft's upcoming "Oslo" modeling platform, according to Microsoft.

Visual Studio To Include jQuery Library

In a tip of its hand toward open source software development, Microsoft announced Sunday that it will incorporate the jQuery JavaScript library into Microsoft Visual Studio and ASP.NET.

You Say You Want a Runtime Revolution?

The founders of Scottish dev tool maker Runtime Revolution (RR) might be accused of engaging in a bit of high-tech hyperbole with the claim that their latest product offering is "the world's easiest programming tool." But the Edinburgh-based company is pulling out all the stops to throw a spotlight on the usability of its just-released Revolution 3.0.