Application Development: Top 10 Application Development Products for 2008

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2008-12-31
 
 
 

Top 10 Application Development Products for 2008

by Darryl Taft

Top 10 Application Development Products for 2008

1. Windows Azure

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's cloud computing platform vision comes to life as Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud operating environment.

1. Windows Azure

2. Google App Engine

Vic Gundotra, vice president of engineering at Google, is leading the company's developer efforts, including Google App Engine.

2. Google App Engine

3. Amazon CloudFront

Cloud space leader Amazon launched its CloudFront content delivery service in November. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is betting on Amazon Web Services to remain atop the cloud computing space.

3. Amazon CloudFront

4. Flash 10

Flash Player 10 is the latest version of Adobe's popular multimedia software for adding animation and interactivity to Web pages.

4. Flash 10

5. JavaFX

JavaFX is Sun Microsystems' entry into the RIA (rich Internet application) platform space. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz called JavaFX "one of the most important technologies to come out of Sun."

5. JavaFX

6. Adobe Thermo, aka Adobe Flash Catalyst

Adobe's Flash Catalyst, formerly code-named "Thermo," is a new tool for designers to turn their designs into applications without coding.

6. Adobe Thermo, aka Adobe Flash Catalyst

7. Silverlight 2

Silverlight 2 is the second version of Microsoft's RIA platform.

7. Silverlight 2

8. Spring dm Server

SpringSource's Spring dm Server is a modular, OSGi-based application server. Rod Johnson, CEO of SpringSource, set out to deliver a modular application server, and has with the new dm Server.

8. Spring dm Server

9. Microsoft Oslo, Particularly the M Language

Microsoft's "Oslo" is the core technology behind the company's software modeling strategy. It consists of a development tool, a new language known as "M" and a repository.

9. Microsoft Oslo, Particularly the M Language

10. Apple iPhone SDK

The iPhone SDK allows developers to make applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as test them in an "iPhone simulator."

10. Apple iPhone SDK

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