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Submission + - What I'm Thankful For As A Developer (

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister gets into the holiday spirit with a post that gives thanks to technical advances for developers, including open source tools, modern IDEs, and distributed version control. 'I'm old enough to remember when performance-critical routines meant hand-coded assembly language and sometimes even keying in machine code as hexadecimal digits. We've come a long way since those bad old days, and not surprisingly we owe a lot of our progress to technology. So for this Thanksgiving, here are just a few of the modern advances for which I, as a developer, give thanks.' What are you giving thanks to?"

Submission + - Making the leap from Web to Desktop

An anonymous reader writes: Consider a person with intermediate-level programming skill who has taught him/herself to program over the years with a variety of web-based technologies such as (X)HTML, JavaScript, AJAX, PHP, MySQL, but who now would like to make the leap to being able to program for the desktop. Can anyone suggest a book / language / framework which is specifically geared toward helping the web-developer move beyond the browser and can give a good introduction to creating programs with GUIs?

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