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PHP gets a formal specification, at last

Despite becoming one of the most widely used programming languages on the Web, PHP didn't have a formal specification -- until now.
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Oracle ships nearly 60 mobile apps for JD Edwards

Oracle is responding to an ever more mobile customer base with the rollout of 57 mobile applications for its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne business software suite.

Mozilla ships Firefox 31, adds search to new tab page

Mozilla released Firefox 31, patching 14 vulnerabilities, debuting a search box on the new tab page and adding a Google-provided service that detects and blocks known malicious files before they're downloaded.

Teradata acquires assets of Hadapt, Revelytix for big data

Teradata has bought the assets of Revelytix and Hadapt in a bid to grow out its capabilities for the Hadoop big-data processing framework.

Appcelerator gears up for business app devs

System administrators take note: That mobile employee expense app you're building should be every bit as easy to use as Facebook. Oh, and you better deliver it quickly too, because that's how Facebook rolls.

Tata revenue, profit grows amid strong outsourcing market

Tata Consultancy Services posted strong revenue and profit growth in the second quarter, taking advantage of an uptick in the outsourcing market.

Employers use customized bonus plans to attract developers, survey says

Software developers may find more employers using customized bonuses to attract and retain them as the job market for their skills stays competitive, according to a salary survey from IT job site Dice.

Oracle hopes to make SQL a lingua franca for big data

Oracle is hoping to turn heads in the crowded data analysis market with Big Data SQL, a software tool that can run a single SQL query against Oracle's own database as well as Hadoop and NoSQL data stores.

The agency that brought you the Internet has created a self-guided bullet

The government's military research agency, DARPA, says it has demonstrated a bullet capable of locking onto a moving target from up to a mile away.

Dev interest in OS X Yosemite is 4X what it was for Mavericks in '13

Developer interest in OS X Yosemite appears to be quadruple that of 2013's Mavericks.

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What to know after the latest patent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

The Alice ruling clarifies patent-eligible software processes.

Kenneth van Wyk: We can't just blame users

Yes, users sometimes do stupid things. Some always will. But developers need to do more to save users from themselves.

Review: Cloud Foundry brings power and polish to PaaS

Cloud Foundry impresses with broad application support, streamlined deployment, and enterprise extras from Pivotal, though initial setup could be simpler

How-to: Get started with Docker

Docker makes virtualization light, easy, and portable; follow this step-by-step guide from installing Docker to building a Docker container for the Apache Web server

Kenneth van Wyk: If you want developers to give a hoot about security, take a lesson from the squirrels

The problem with all too many software developers, from a security professional's point of view, is they lack a healthy sense of mistrust.

App development in the cloud gets speedy, gains traction

A growing number of IT departments are moving development work to the cloud, allowing a faster responses to business requests with fewer people, disruptions and costs. Insider (registration required)

Apple's Continuity tack brings ubiquitous computing to Yosemite and iOS 8

At this year's WWDC, Apple showcased a variety of new technologies under the Continuity umbrella that take device communication to a more sophisticated level. Users are the winners, says columnist Michael deAgonia.

WWDC 2014: A love letter to developers

With this year's WWDC keynote safely behind us and the conference itself rapidly drawing to its conclusion, it's time for the press, analysts, and regular users to take stock, celebrate the new products that were announced, and rue those that weren't.

At WWDC, continuity across devices is the theme

Apple's "Continuity" initiative is all about using the right device for the right task at the right moment and shifting between those devices seamlessly. Columnist Ryan Faas explains.

Special report: The triumph of JavaScript

JavaScript is the reigning programming language across platforms and devices. Harness that power with the right frameworks and tools