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Facebook Messenger is now open for business

Facebook is throwing open its Messenger app to third-party developers, letting them add new functions that will make it much more than a tool for communicating with friends.

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Facebook releases social time capsule with On This Day

As the social network's annual F8 developers conference kicks off today, Facebook quietly announced that it's launching a new feature called On This Day.

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Java collections tutorial: Learn lists, maps and more

Learn how to use Java collections in this free PDF guide.

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Microsoft packages Azure for Web and mobile developers

The new Azure App Service was designed to streamline the process of building apps and connecting them to back-end data sources

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Microsoft hopes to drum up developer interest in Windows 10 with Visual Studio preview

Developers can start testing Windows 10's adaptive user interface and other features.

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The company where this sysadmin works has a carefully crafted process for any application changes -- and some people want to make sure they're very specific about the details.

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Facebook Messenger as a platform? It's a gamble

Facebook's Messenger app has traditionally been used for keeping in touch with friends. Now people can also use it to send each other money. In the future, it could become a platform which other apps could use.

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Facebook engineering tool mimics dodgy network connectivity

While developers may enjoy robust wireless connections, those using their apps may not always be as well connected. As a result, such users may quickly get frustrated when an app crashes or slows to a crawl from a dodgy connection...

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5 moves Microsoft must make to advance in mobile

At one time, people considered Microsoft a true contender in the mobile space. Just four years ago, some analysts predicted that Windows Phone would leapfrog BlackBerry and iOS to claim the number two spot behind Android. Some...

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Review: EachScape cloud IDE works mobile magic

EachScape accomplishes the hat trick of generating iOS, Android, and Web apps from an online drag-and-drop designer

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Microsoft open-sources .Net build system

The platform is now available on GitHub, and Microsoft intends to bring it to Linux and Mac OS X.

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Registration opens for Google I/O, but not for long

Registration is now open for Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference.

Red Hat formulates a plan for enterprise mobile apps

Red Hat has augmented its software stack with new technologies for mobile development.

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Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce top Forrester cloud platform list

Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, Google and IBM are among Forrester’s picks for the top cloud platforms for developers building new applications.

With new specification, run one application across devices

Raw horsepower has always been important measuring stick for performance of mobile devices and PCs, but it's also important to determine whether applications are written to exploit all the available hardware features.

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Linux ‘code of conflict’ takes aim at developers’ bad-tempered reputation

The world of Linux kernel development can be a contentious place. But a “patch” authored by senior developer Greg Kroah-Hartman is looking to raise the tone a bit.

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Oracle lays out Lego-like future of Java

At EclipseCon, an Oracle exec shares a vision of a modular Java 9 from which developers can draw on to assemble what they need.

Apple opens iOS public beta, urges backup in case things go south

Apple yesterday launched a first-ever public beta for iOS, offering some iPhone and iPad users a chance to test iOS 8.3, a still-under-construction edition that has been in developers' hands for more than a month.

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