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Microsoft's Azure cloud platform hits 31,000 customers on one-year anniversary

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform is now one year old, and the Redmond company has announced that there are now more than 31,000 customers utilizing the platform. While that means growth slowed somewhat from Azure's first six months -- when some 20,000 signed on -- the 55% increase is still quite impressive. After an initial inrush of early adopters and startups, Microsoft is...

BlackBerry PlayBook WebWorks SDK now available to developers

Before today, if you wanted to develop an app for RIM's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet you were stuck with an Adobe Air SDK for the device. Now, however, RIM has released the WebWorks SDK -- first announced in September of 2010 -- which gives developers the ability to create apps using standard Web code like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. That should make it a relatively painless procedure to...

UltraEdit text editor finally comes to the Mac

UltraEdit, a veteran among Notepad-replacement text editors on Windows (it's been alive since 1994!), has finally made it to the Mac. Its first stable version for the Mac is 2.0, which is mostly on par feature-wise with the Windows 16.x versions. UltraEdit for Mac is a true native app, retaining a Mac-specific look and feel which can be customized to your preferences. UltraEdit for Mac offers...

Rails 3.0 is finally out, with a ton of updates

In a nutshell: Rails 3 is now officially out! This is a pretty big deal for the Rails community, and it's a release that will reverberate all across the web in many subtle forms. Lots of high-profile sites are Rails-based (think Twitter and Github), and version 3.0 is a massive update. Searching through O'Reilly's Safari Books Online I was unable to find a Rails 3 book – I guess these...

Microsoft to bring Linux APT/RPM-like application publishing platform (CoApp) to Windows

After a decade of vehement distrust for its open source cousin, Microsoft looks like it is finally ready to embrace one of the features that makes Linux and its variants so damn desirable. Speaking frankly, Garrett Serack of Open Source Development at Microsoft laments the current state of open source package management and installation on the Windows platform. It's time for things to change,...

Instant Blueprint lets you create a website framework in seconds

Instant Blueprint is one of those over-the-top web2.0-looking websites. You know, gradients, lots of white space, funky looking "ribbons" from the top... the works. On paper, it provides an interesting service for web developers who have some experience: You specify a project name, document type, JS library and selectors for your project, and Instant Blueprint spits out a zip file containing a...

Within a year, 90% of Microsoft employees will be working on cloud-related projects

I hinted that, with Office 2010, Microsoft would be moving the focus of its development towards the cloud, but I had no idea they were quite so involved! As of today, around 75% of its employees are working on cloud-related projects. "A year from now that will be 90 percent," says CEO Steve Ballmer. According to its Wiki page Microsoft currently has 93,000 employees... yikes. That's a lot of...

An update on the Internet overlord's new programming language: Google Go

At its heart, Go is a multi-threading, concurrent multi-processor programming language. That might not mean a lot to some of you, but it should. For the longest time, the largest breakdown between real life and computers -- the killer paradigm shift -- is how data is processed. We humans process data in parallel, while computers are classically linear or procedural in their execution: step one,...

Google and Android: The messy truth of open-source

Speaking on Cranky Geeks, a ZDNet-owned online television show, Google bigwig Chris DiBona quite plainly admits that Android open-source development isn't plain sailing for its developers. "We could do better," he says, but he isn't apologizing. And rightly so: he would be apologizing for moving too fast. It would be like a pussy-whipped man apologizing after cleaning the house, but forgetting...

Dropbox Votebox lets you decide what they work on next

Dropbox is one of my current top 5 favorite apps. It's an extremely useful utility with a few, very powerful, easy to use features, and now they are looking to expand. With Votebox (must be signed in to see the page), they are letting the user base vote on which features they work on next. Thousands of votes have already been cast. Here are the top 5 at the time of this writing. 1....

Fedora makes running nightly builds of dev branch easy

If staying on top of bleeding-edge browser builds isn't hard-core enough for you, why not roll with a nightly build of an entire operating system? Happy Assassin reports that the Fedora crew is making it easy to get your hands on fresh-baked LiveCD images of the upcoming Rawhide branch. Neatly packaging the distro this way should make it easy for more users to get involved in testing. Just...

BitLoot helps turn ideas into Open Source software

I've written about plenty of great software, but I'll probably never create any on my own. I'm no programmer, unless you count the projects I used to cobble together on our Commodore 64 and Apple IIe when I was in middle school. That's why I like the idea of bitloot. It's a simple concept. Submit your idea for an application and it's added to bitloot's listings. Once some financial contributions...

StackOverflow - software development questions and answers

Speaking of Joel Spolsky, it turns out that he recently unveiled a new online community for software developers to ask and answer questions. Well, Joel didn't do it himself; he partnered with Jeff Atwood, another well-known developer. The concept behind Stack Overflow is that it is a focused arena where developers can help each other, with a digg-like voting scheme to try to bubble the good...

Coda 1.5 released

Panic Inc.'s Coda, the one-window web development wonder for Mac OS X, has just been updated to version 1.5. Coda is a great program, designed to put source editing, FTP, CSS and command line access all in one application. It's a great, great application for developers and is definitely one of my most-used applications. With version 1.5, Coda adds Subversion to its tool-belt, which is sure to make...

Being cutting edge while playing it safe: OpenSUSE Factory LiveCDs

We know how it is. You like to hack. You like to develop software -- or maybe you just like to watch developing software coming together (there are stranger hobbies). You've been known to play with alpha software. Yes, yes, you truly live on the edge. But you're an adult (well, you know, mostly. Chronologically, anyway). You have responsibilities. You need a stable environment for your data. Your...