Several parsing and formatting changes have been incorporated to bring the functionality closer to Unicode Locale Data Markup Language (LDML). These changes have been supervised by Stephen Colebourne, creator of the popular library JodaTime, precursor of the new java.time component in Java 8. Abiding by the Unicode standard will provide better interoperability with other non-Java systems.
IBM has announced a new web portal called developerWorks Open, bringing together various projects they are open sourcing. The projects cover many domains including Analytics, Cloud, IoT, Mobile, Security, Social, Watson and others. So far, IBM has open sourced about 30 projects, and they plan to increase the number up to 50 by the end of the year, and others may come in the future.
Noda Time, the advanced date/time library for .NET, is now available for Windows 8, Windows Phone 7, and Windows Phone 8. This version also offers a NuGet package and a comprehensive user’s guide.
Microsoft released Visual Studio 2012 with built-in support for various languages in addition to separate language packs for the development of localized applications.
Jon Skeet, a software engineer at Google and Microsoft C# MVP, has announced version 1.0 of Noda Time, a .NET port of the popular Joda Time date/time library for Java.
To put it bluntly, the date/time libraries in .NET are flawed. In an effort to address many, but far from all, of these problems Jon Skeet is working on a port of Joda Time called Noda Time.
The week before last, the Unicode Consortium which manages standards for Unicode and Locale published the 6.0 version of Unicode to their site. These standards represent the common set of symbols and locales software vendors use to internationalize their solutions. This release represents the first time the full specification has been published online in its entirety.
James Edward Gray II wrote a series of posts on character encoding in Ruby, providing various tricks and detailed explanations to make you ready for Ruby 1.9.
InfoQ Brazil (http://www.infoq.com/br) is now officially launched! All InfoQ daily news & articles will be translated henceforth, with additional local news, articles, and videos produced by the Brazilian community on an ongoing basis. InfoQ Brazil launched officially this weekend, and has already gotten over 6700 pageviews in the last couple of days.
Work on Ruby 1.9.1, the first stable release of Ruby 1.9.x, has just passed its feature freeze milestone, the 1.9.0-5 release is just around the corner. Ruby Gems 1.3 was released and added to 1.9.x, and a few changes were added to better support Unicode with Ruby.
KonaKart, a free Java-based online shopping cart, just released version 188.8.131.52. InfoQ spoke with KonaKart founder Paolo Sidoli to learn more about this release, and how KonaKart fits into the online shopping cart space.
There has been a breaking change the list of culture names in .NET 2.0. This change applies to Windows Vista and anyone who has installed patch ms07-049.
A common problem with programming languages, including those of .NET, is the lack of decent time zone support. Too often developers pretend that time zones do not exist at all rather than take the time and effort to get them right. Microsoft seeks to change this for .NET programmers by introducing the TimeZoneInfo and DateTimeOffset classes.
InfoQ summarizes the current plan for the handling strings in JRuby 1.0: Java has Unicode strings, Ruby has byte arrays. JRuby 1.0 will keep it this way, and only incur costs when both worlds meet. Regular expressions are demanding attention as well.
InfoQ's mission is to be the world's source for tracking change and innovation in the enterprise software development community. To maximize InfoQ's positive impact, InfoQ is extending to serve communities where English is a strong barrier, starting with China, and in a few months Japan, and hopefully Brasil by the end of the year.