The Apache Software Foundation welcomes Microsoft as a Platinum Sponsor

From the apache.org website: 

“At OSCON, Microsoft announced their Sponsorship of The Apache Software Foundation, joining Google and Yahoo! at Platinum level. The generous contributions by Sponsoring organizations and individuals help offset the day-to-day operating expenses to advance the work of The ASF.”

More information by Sam Ramji can be found here.

NetBeans IDE 6.5 MileStone 1 available

The new release is available for download.

Arun Gupta has posted a nice article on his blog describing the new features:

PHP

  • Enhanced Code Completion
  • Database-related code snippets
  • Multiple project configurations
  • Find Usages

Ajax

  • JavaScript Debugger
  • JavaScript Library Manager
  • Bundled JavaScript Libraries

Groovy

  • Editor
  • Java SE Project Integration
  • Grails support

Java

  • Javadoc Analyzer
  • Call Hierarchy
  • CamelCase code completion

Debugger

  • New Multithreaded Debugging Support
  • Debugging Window
  • Current Thread Chooser

Additional enhancements have been made to

  • Web Frameworks (Spring, Hibernate, JSF, JSF CRUD Generator, JPA)
  • Ruby
  • Database
  • Mobility
  • GUI Builder
  • Web Services
  • Improvements to XML and Schema Tools

CodeGear, Delphi and RIA development

Thanks to this post by Marco Cantù, I’ve found two interesting articles by Justin James about the future of the Embarcadero/CodeGear development environments:

 

Justin states that “CodeGear’s .NET products are expanding in new directions, which include RIA development and targeting other platforms (through systems such as Mono)”.

Will we be able to write rich internet applications using Delphi and targeting both .NET and Mono platforms?

Using NetBeans as a Ruby IDE

I’m using the new NetBeans 6.0 Release Candidate 1 as a Ruby IDE for test purposes, it seems to work very well.

I’ve found these useful screencasts: