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17 December 2012, 15:26

Developer Break: Facebook Android SDK, fast Dart, Xamarin.Mac

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Zoom Genesis of the new Fiddler logo
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Developer Break – catch up on the smaller but important notes for developers, from libraries to APIs and from people to postings. This week: Facebook SDK for Android 3.0, a new logo for Fiddler, Nashorn adopted into OpenJDK, AWS Toolkit for Eclipse, Eclipse Community Awards, Dart is faster than V8, Xamarin.Mac, GPARS 1.0, Wine 1.5.19, more open source from Netflix, and App Engine 1.7.4.

  • Facebook has released version 3.0 of its SDK for Android developers. Users of version 2.0 should upgrade their applications by 13 June 2013 which is the cut-off date for support for that version.

  • The Fiddler HTTP debugging tool has received a new logo as the result of a vote among its community.

  • In another vote, Project Nashorn was adopted into the OpenJDK project under the stewardship of Oracle employee Jim Laskey. Nashorn was accepted into its new home with 20 yes votes, no vetoes and no abstentions.

  • The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Toolkit for Eclipse now includes a wizard to create AWS-enabled Android applications.

  • The Eclipse community can now nominate distinguished community members for the Eclipse Community Awards 2013. Nominations are open until 24 January 2013 and cover the following categories: Top Committer, Top Newcomer Evangelist, Most Innovative New Feature or Project, Most Open Project, Best Application, Best Developer Tool, Best Developer Plugin, and Best Modelling Product.

  • According to the Octane, Richards and DeltaBlue benchmarks, Dart's virtual machine is now approximately 50 per cent faster than the V8 JavaScript engine in Google's Chrome browser.

  • Developers can now write C# application for Mac OS X with Xamarin.Mac .

  • The first release candidate for Groovy Parallel Systems (GPars) 1.0 is now available. The framework is designed to provide Java developers with better parallelisation capabilities.

  • The latest development version of Wine has been released. Wine 1.5.19 includes several bug fixes, new C++ runtime functions, and an improved implementation of XML-lite.

  • After releasing its open source Hystrix resilience library, Netflix has now made a dashboard available that allows users to quickly discover event data. The developers have also released the source code for Turbine, their in-house data aggregator.

  • Google's final release of App Engine for the year comes with a new Maven plugin and a Python interpreter based on version 2.7.3 of Python. App Engine 1.7.4 also expands support for hosting applications within the EU.


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