June 12, 2009

First look: Microsoft Silverlight 3 challenges Adobe AIR

Redmond's much-enhanced rich Internet application platform also runs on Windows or Mac desktops, online or offline

June 4, 2009

First look: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 teases

Microsoft's IDE reveals a cleaner look, IntelliSense and Designer improvements, even parallel programming support, but some promises still achingly unfulfilled

May 20, 2009

First look: JBoss Drools grows up, and out

Red Hat's open source rule engine turns full-goose enterprise BRMS, and decision management suite, in Version 5.0

April 23, 2009

First look: Amazon brings MapReduce to the Elastic Cloud

Based on Hadoop, MapReduce equips users with potent distributed data-processing tools

April 21, 2009

Sun Cloud looks beyond Java

Although Java is a key ingredient, Sun promises an all-purpose cloud akin to Amazon Web Services

April 21, 2009

Java in the cloud: Google, Aptana, and Stax

Google App Engine, Aptana Cloud, and Stax for EC2 make it easy to spin up and scale a simple Java Servlet Container, but are still a far cry from the full Java EE

February 26, 2009

Test Center review: King of the dynamic IDEs

Multilingual ActiveState Komodo 5.0 conquers Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby projects with strong debug facilities, excellent code control, and an unbeatable set of utilities

February 9, 2009

InfoWorld review: JavaFX fights Flash

Sun's JavaFX is a crisp, simple way to leverage existing Java code, Java 2D, and Java Web Start technology for more Web-savvy interfaces

January 20, 2009

A developer's-eye view of smartphone platforms

As smartphones evolve into serious computers, the worlds of iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian, Palm, and Windows Mobile offer developers new possibilities. Which world should you choose?

January 20, 2009

The cross-platform option: Web apps for smartphones

Tailoring a Web application for iPhone, BlackBerry, and other top devices has many advantages over costly native development, and new techniques and approaches are closing the functionality gap

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