The deployment phase of the application lifecycle can be an untidy business, prone to errors that result in delays. Automating the process, the experts say, can reduce errors and delays, not to mention headaches. Deployment automation has, in fact, become an essential component of a number of application lifecycle management (ALM) systems.
- By John K. Waters
Microsoft this week released two new open source tools to help developers take advantage of the .PST file format that's used in the Outlook e-mail client app.
Microsoft Wednesday announced that SQL Server 2008 R2 has achieved release-to-manufacturing status and will be released in May worldwide.
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.
- By Michael Desmond
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.
- By John K. Waters
The Robotics Academy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has released ROBOTC 2.0, a programming language for robots used in educational environments.
- By Scott Aronowitz
The release of the iPad has been hyped like no product since, well, the last new Apple gadget, the industry-transforming iPhone.
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.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Microsoft's Windows Azure and SQL Azure cloud services are now generally available, ending the free test period for those who signed up for commercial accounts last month.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Before the iPhone hit the mobile phone scene in 2007, the word "app" wasn't part of the typical person's vocabulary. That's changed over the last two years or so as an increasing number of software developers have come out with applications for mobile devices and an ever more diverse range of users, including K-12 technologists, educators, administrators, parents, and students.
- By Bridget McCrea