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Developer Linux News for Dec 11, 2008

  • Programming GNOME Applications With Vala (Dec 11, 2008, 23:33)
    Linux.com: "GNOME's Vala programming language lets you use the GLib2 object system at the heart of the GNOME desktop without having to do object-oriented programming in ANSI C. Unlike Mono or Java, a Vala program does not require any virtual machine or runtime libraries, so people who use your Vala objects don't even have to know they are not written in C."

  • What's New in PHP V5.3, Part 2: Closures and lambda Functions (Dec 11, 2008, 20:33)
    IBM Developerworks: "Follow along in this "What's new in PHP V5.3" series of articles that covers the new and exciting features found in PHP V5.3, which will be released by the end of 2008. Part 1 looks at the changes made to the object-oriented programming and object handling in PHP V5.3. Here in Part 2, we look at closures and lambda functions. They are designed to make programming much easier by allowing you to easily define throwaway functions that can be used in many contexts."

  • Black Duck Software on Open Source Myths (Dec 11, 2008, 13:33)
    OStatic: "Is open source just source code? According to Black Duck: "Source code is actually only 15% of what is released by open source developers. There are four times as many binary files as source files in open source releases.""

  • Whither Open Source in the Land of Leeches? (Dec 11, 2008, 13:03)
    The Open Road: "IBM's Savio Rodrigues sees a lot of benefits from proprietary technology companies like Cisco "leeching" off open-source communities to boost profits and drive top-line revenue growth. I'm inclined to agree, at least with his assessment of IBM's involvement in open source."

  • New Notifications for Jaunty (Dec 11, 2008, 09:03)
    Hurray, Let the Rants Begin: "This is a big concern of mine, as I’ve worked on that code locally, and have definitely wanted to see some progress here for ages. Unfortunately, the upstream is more or less dead or limping due to conflicting time constraints on the lead developer, Christian Hammond."