February 2, 2012

New SDK Integrates Windows Phone Apps with Amazon’s Cloud

Microsoft has announced the availability of a beta version of its Amazon Web Services Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Phone. According to a press release, “This SDK provides developers with a speed dial that lets them quickly connect and integrate Windows Phone applications with AWS (S3, SimpleDB, and SQS

Report: Windows 8 for ARM Coming Soon

Unnamed sources tell CNET that Microsoft now has a stable version of Windows 8 running on ARM devices. In addition, they say Microsoft expects to release the code to developers this month. ARM devices running Windows 8 could shake up the tablet and ultrabook markets. “The bigger implication is, with

AccuRev Kando Adds Enterprise Features to Git

Enterprise software development tool vendor AccuRev has announced a new product that will make it easier for enterprise developers to use the Git version control system. Called “Kando,” the tool adds features like workflow, issue tracking, integration with Microsoft Active Directory, user authentication systems based on LDAP and integration with

Oracle Proposes Single Committee to Oversee Java

This week, Oracle submitted a proposal to the Java Community Process that would combine oversight of technical standards for Java EE/SE and Java ME under a single committee. “Changes in the Java ME market, and the increasing maturity and consolidation of the Java market generally, suggests that some rebalancing between

Ruby on Rails 3.2 Promises Faster Web Development

The Ruby on Rails community has released version 3.2 of the popular open source Web application development framework. According to project creator David Heinemeier Hansson, “The new faster dev mode in particular is a major step up over 3.1.” He added, “The difference is dramatic on a larger application.” Other

Cost to Promote Mobile Apps Soars to Record High

According to marketing firm Fiksu, the cost to acquire a loyal mobile app user (defined as one who uses an app at least three times) spiked in December. Mobile development firms spent an average of $1.81 to attract each loyal user — a 26.5 percent increase over November. The company

John Deere Cultivates Agile Software Development Techniques

Until September 2010, all of the software developers who worked for tractor manufacturer John Deere used traditional waterfall development practices. However, “after some serious introspection in our development organization,” the company decided to transition all 800 of its developers to Agile software development, said Tony Thelen, a director in the

Laptops with Kinect Coming Soon?

Just a few weeks after Microsoft announced that it would bring its Kinect motion sensor technology to PCs, a couple of prototype laptops featuring built-in Kinect sensors have surfaced. Reporters at The Daily got their hands on Asus netbooks running Windows 8 that feature a row of Kinect sensors above

Microsoft Plans New Developer Conference to Replace Mix

Microsoft has officially confirmed that it will no longer hold its annual Mix conference for designers and developers. Instead, the company said it will hold another development conference which will focus on Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012. The company did not give any indication of when or where the

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