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03 June 2013, 10:43

Developer Break: From Red Hat tools to .Net HTTP clients

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Developer Break Catch up on the smaller but important notes for developers, from libraries to APIs and from people to posts. In this edition: Red Hat tools, Camunda PHP SDK, Qt Creator Beta, Geronimo update, .Net HTTPClient release candidate, StrongLoop's commercial Node, Erlang beginner hints and JavaScript framework popularity.

Open Source Languages and Tools

  • A further beta version of Qt Creator 2.8.0 has been released. The new version of the IDE includes a Python code editor and enables return values to be assigned to local variables.

  • Camunda has launched a project aimed at developing a PHP SDK for camunda BPM. Once completed it will encompass a PHP client library for the REST API, documentation and a demo application and will facilitate development of PHP applications connecting to camunda Business Process Management middleware services.

  • Browser IDE qjide (Qooxdoo J IDE) for the programming language J can be used to write both native J applications and web applications in J. Version 2.0 of the development environment is compatible with Python 2 and 3 and now has a separate configuration file.

Open Source Libraries
  • Version 3.0.1 of open source Java EE application server Apache Geronimo has been released; it now supports the full profile of Java EE 6 and can be executed using Java 7. The development team has also updated components such as ActiveMQ, Tomcat and Yoko with the latest versions.

Other Libraries and Tools
  • Microsoft has made a release candidate of its portable HttpClient available. HttpClient is a collection of .NET APIs for connecting internet services able to be addressed via HTTP.

  • StrongLoop, a Node.js distribution with commercial support, has entered the beta phase and is available to the general public in the form of version 1.0.

Resources and Information
  • Want to learn Erlang? Ward Bekker has compiled a handy beginners' guide with useful resources, books, meetups and other events.

  • Which is the most popular JavaScript Model-View-? Framework? Caliper have tried to figure that out by analysing the followers of Meteor, Ember, Angular and Backbone on GitHub. Read the results in their blog post. Spoiler: Backbone is top and Angular has taken second spot from Meteor.



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