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PHP gets a formal specification, at last

A new formal PHP specification sets the stage for additional implementations of the language

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Oracle buys TOA Technologies in strike against Salesforce.com

TOA's field services software will be aligned with Oracle's customer service and support cloud apps

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US Social Security Administration spent nearly $300M on IT project 'boondoggle,' lawmakers say

The SSA may have also tried to temporarily keep a damaging report on the project secret, a House committee alleges

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Oracle ships nearly 60 mobile apps for JD Edwards

The apps are available at no additional cost to licensed customers

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W3C wants to open the social Web for the enterprise

A new effort from the W3C aims to bring together enterprise social networking software with a common data format

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Appcelerator gears up for the business world

The Appcelerator mobile development platform has been updated for better metric collection and building of APIs

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Oracle hopes to make SQL a lingua franca for big data

Big Data SQL is set to ship within the next couple of months

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Python bumps off Java as top learning language

Eight out of the top 10 universities now use Python to introduce programming, a researcher has found

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Facebook uses functional programming to make News Feeds run smoothly

Functional programming has been instrumental in helping debug complex code issues, one Facebook development team has found

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Ruby on Rails gets patches for SQL injection vulnerabilities

The two vulnerabilities affect Rails applications that use PostgreSQL as a database system

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Microsoft acquires software for debugging Unity games

Microsoft plans to fold the UnityVS debugger into Visual Studio

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Oracle hopes to entice mobile developers with new framework

The Mobile Application Framework works with a variety of development tools and languages

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With components, Google agitates for a revolution in Web development

At Google I/O, the company urged developers to rethink Web pages in a componentized, composable programming model.