updated 03:10 pm EST, Wed February 28, 2007
REAL World, free iPod case
In brief: REAL Software today released the REAL World 2007 sessions list and conference agenda, LogicalVue Software announced the free availability of its RBUnit automated unit testing framework for REALbasic, and Pragmatic Bookshelf released its latest title "TextMate: Power Editing for the Mac." InterLingua Educational Publishing is introducing its new line of NotePods study aids by giving away free iPod cases, Linksys unveiled several network attached storage devices as well as fully managed stackable and standalone switches built for small business, and an anti-piracy measure completely backfired on one developer who was tired of people illegally copying his software. REAL World is touted as the definitive event for anyone who wants to get the most out of REALbasic -- an integrated development environment that compiles software for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. The event will feature 30 sessions over three tracks that include a beginner's track as well as an in-depth track.
RBUnit offered for free
LogicalVue Software today announced that RBUnit, its automated unit testing framework for REALbasic is now available for free. The software works with REALbasic 5.5.x and REALbasic 2005-2007 on Mac OS X as well as Windows and Linux. Users can visually display color-coded test results, utilize built-in assertions with default as wella s custom messages, and engage in performance analysis of REALbasic code via test timings. RBUnit 2.0 (professional edition) comes with full source code.
"TextMate Power Editing for the Mac"
The latest book from Pragmatic Bookshelf describes how to use TextMate to automate numerous text editing tasks, structure source code, and more. Readers learn how to post to a blog, handle Internet Relay Chat (IRC) conversations, and read email from within the application.
Free iPod cases
InterLingua Educational Publishing is giving away free iPod cases to the first 5,000 full-time students who sign up at NotePods.com between March 15th and May 13th, and is even paying the shipping costs of those cases. The company offers NotePods -- audio and text summaries written specifically for students by university professors covering books by the likes of Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, and other authors.
Linksys unveils network attached storage, switches
Network equipment manufacturer Linksys has unveiled a series of network attached storage systems designed for small businesses which include the NSS4000, NSS4100, NSS6000, and NSS6100 models. The company also launched six new fully managed Layer-2 switches designed specifically for the small business market which include the SFE2000, SFE2000P, SGE2000, SGE2000P, SRW224G4P, and SRW248G4P models.
Anti-piracy measure backfires
One developer who claimed to enact an anti-piracy measure that would delete a users' home directory when it detected that the software was running under a pirated license key encountered severe resistance from the public this week. The developer of 'Reverse Code' came under fire from existing as well as potentially new users who disliked the idea of an application threatening to delete their home directories. Negative comments flooded Version Tracker under the application's title, and the developer admitted that the announcement was simply a publicity stunt to deter piracy.