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Zend, the company which builds PHP platform has released the results of its annual Developer Pulse 2013 survey and it indicates the growth of HTML5, native apps, Objective C, Java, Geo-location support, Amazon Web Services including general work habits of developers.
Newtonsoft’s JSON.NET has received a pair of architectural updates to make it easier to use in projects that involve third party libraries. The two features are known as DefaultSettings and Extension Data.
JSR-353, the Java API for JSON Processing (JSON-P), has reached final approval ballot this month. JSON-P (similar to JAXP) consists of a Streaming API (similar to StAX) and an Object Model API (similar to DOM). Please note that this API does not include JSON data binding (similar to JAXB), and is unrelated to the more popular JSONP or "JSON with padding".
Telerik has announced the roadmap for DevTools for .NET Q2 2013 which includes addition of new controls and features to their Ajax, Windows Forms, Reporting, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 product suites.
Netflix has announced their intent to switch their video player from Silverlight to HTML5, the first implementation of the new player being done in Chrome/Chrome OS, with Windows and Mac OS X following soon.
Create any “flexible” or “extensible” file format and sooner or later a group of developers will start complaining about validation. For JSON, several options are starting to spring up.
The recently released Windows Azure updates include support for Hadoop service, HTML5/JS, CORS, PhoneGap including Mercurial, Dropbox, CodePlex and Bitbucket deployment integration.
Microsoft has released modern.ie which enables you to test websites on various versions of IE with a series of tools including tips to build modern sites while supporting old versions of Internet Explorer.
Lienzo 1.0 is a new GWT library offering an advanced API over the HTML5 Canvas. AS well as the low level operations already offered by Canvas in GWT, Lienzo adds a rich set of GUI primitives such as shapes, zooming, animations, drag-and-drop, event handling and more
Front-end developers should take a note of the release of Yeoman, a front-end development workflow.
ASF recently announced the Apache Flex graduation as a top level project (TLP) after being in incubation for about one year after Adobe entrusted the SDK’s source code, tools and dependencies to ASF.