Programming & Development

Microsoft Releases Platform Preview 4 of IE 9

Microsoft has released the fourth "platform preview" of Internet Explorer 9, the company's next-generation Web browser, complete with a JavaScript engine based on ECMAScript 5.

WSO2 Launches Open-Source Cloud Platform

Open-source middleware maker WSO2 has launched an open source cloud platform that should be of interest to enterprise Java developers. Called Stratos, it's a fully hosted application platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for building and deploying apps and services "with instant provisioning of enterprise servers, including the portal, enterprise service bus (ESB) and application server."

Deployment Automation Tool for Java EE Launched

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.

Microsoft Launches Expression Studio 4

At the Internet Week Conference Monday, Microsoft released Expression Studio 4, the latest version of the company's Web design and rich user interface (UI) development tool.

Microsoft Offers Dev Tools for Outlook

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carnegie Mellon U Releases Robotics Programming Language

The Robotics Academy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has released ROBOTC 2.0, a programming language for robots used in educational environments.

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.