The iPhone is Singing with Opera
It took forever, but Apple finally approved the Opera Mini app for the iPhone, thus avoiding further criticism for being the Fort Knox of mobile platforms. The alternative browser already has over 200 reviews. Although the scrolling and zooming aren't as good as Safari's, Opera has features that Apple's browser does not. These include web page saving, word-searching in a web page, custom searches, and bookmark sync. Opera Mini is also dramatically faster over a 2G or 3G connection because it reads versions of the web pages that are compressed by Opera's servers. There are some glitches at times in the page rendering, but overall it's a free app that gives iPhone users some more choices. A rare thing for them.
RichFaces 3.3.3 Final Arrives with JSF 2.0 Support
JBoss has announced the GA release of RichFaces 3.3.3, a component library for JSF. This is the first version to add support for Java EE 6's JSF 2.0 standard. Version 3.3.3 is a transitional release that allows development with JSF 1.2 and JSF 2.0. The next version of RichFaces (4.0) will feature full support for JSF 2.0 and remove support for JSF 1.2.
Perl Finally Makes it to a New Release; Quicken's Release Cycle
It's been a two-year wait, but the large group of Perl developers have finally released Perl 5.12. The release features core support for version numbers on package imports, keywords that plug in to extend Perl, and the Yada Yada Operator. Perl 5.12 has also been updated to Unicode 5.2. Perl developers have set a new schedule for releases with stable versions arriving each spring and quarterly bug fix releases.
Apple vs Geeks - is this the end of a love affair?
Can you imagine if Oracle said that Groovy, JRuby, or Jython were not allowed to run on the JVM anymore? One blogger compares this to what Apple is doing to Flash.