Programming & Development


SQL Server 2008 R2 Hits RTM Release in May

Microsoft Wednesday announced that SQL Server 2008 R2 has achieved release-to-manufacturing status and will be released in May worldwide.

Silverlight 4 Formally Launched

Microsoft has formally launched the shipping version of Silverlight 4. Though announced today, the final Silverlight 4 bits and the Visual Studio 2010 tooling that goes with it won't be available for download until April 15.

Java Founder Gosling Quits Oracle

The father of Java is leaving the company following the January acquisition of Sun Microsystems. He joins CEO Jonathan Schwartz, Chairman and co-founder Scott McNealy, Director of Web technologies Tim Bray, and open source evangelist Simon Phipps in departing.

Adobe Intros Creative Suite 5, Launches New Education Resources

Adobe has announced the new Creative Suite 5 and, with it, major new versions of each of the core applications in the suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and After Effects. They include a wide variety of improvements, from enhanced image editing capabilities in Photoshop to new rotoscoping tools in After Effects--not to mention iPhone application in Flash.

iPad Development Surges Ahead

The release of the iPad has been hyped like no product since, well, the last new Apple gadget, the industry-transforming iPhone.

EclipseCon: Oracle Pushes Java Modularization

Two executives from Oracle--one veteran, one newly acquired--kicked off the annual EclipseCon conference, underway this week in Santa Clara, CA, with a keynote Tuesday focusing on the future of Java under the stewardship of Oracle.

Red Hat Updates JBoss Dev Tools, SOA Platform

Red Hat showed off the latest incarnation of its JBoss Developer Studio IDE at the annual EclipseCon developer conference, underway this week in Santa Clara, CA, as well as a new version of its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, and it unveiled the latest version of its JBoss Enterprise Web Platform.

Eclipse Foundation Approves Gemini, Virgo Projects

The Eclipse Foundation has given a thumbs up to two new projects under the Eclipse Runtime (RT) project. Eclipse Virgo and Eclipse Gemini are both about modularization, though they come at it from slightly different places.

AMD Foots Bill for Gaming Workshop for Teachers

AMD is sponsoring a day-long game design workshop this May for teachers at an annual game conference. The chip maker's foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to fund the workshop during Games for Change, which is hosted in New York by Parsons The New School for Design and the Games for Learning Institute at New York University.

Philip Hutchison Talks SCORM and E-Learning

In this candid and eye-opening interview, Philip Hutchison, a household name in SCORM and the man behind Pipwerks, gives his thoughts about the current state of SCORM and e-learning in general, touching on subjects such as how he became one of the go-to SCORM resources, why the authors of SCORM were trying to do too much, and how the PowerPoint-ization of training isn't a good development for e-learning.