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Google Snap Up Instantiations and Announce Chrome Canary Build – Only For The Brave!

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, TextUML Toolkit 1.6 released and two new releases for the qooxdoo framework.

Google Acquire Instantiations

Instantiations has been acquired by Google.

Instantiations warn that new downloads of their products will be unavailable during the transaction, but promise that service will continue uninterrupted for existing customers with support agreements already in place.

The blog post promises “exciting new announcements” coming soon on the Google Web Toolkit blog.

In related news, Google have reportedly agreed to buy Slide for $182 million, as part of a plan to launch a social gaming and apps experience to rival Facebook.

Feeling Brave? Try Google Chrome Canary Build!

Feeling brave? If the Dev channel builds of Google Chrome aren’t risky enough for you, then maybe you want to try your luck with Google Chrome Canary Build.

The Canary Build will be updated more frequently than the Dev channel, with riskier changes and often without verification that the changes even work. “Canary Build is only for users who want to help test Google Chrome and are comfortable using a highly unstable browser that will often break entirely,” reads Google’s challenge to developers.

Currently, the Canary Build only works with Windows, and cannot be set as your default browser. Due to Canary’s unstable nature, Google have made it possible to install the Canary Build in addition to the Dev, Beta or Stable channel versions of Google Chrome.

Bug Fixes for Qooxdoo 1.1.1 and New Features for 1.2

Version 1.2 and version 1.1.1 of the qooxdoo framework are out now.

With qooxdoo 1.2, the manual is delivered with the SDK as HTML, and also as a PDF document for offline reading. A new, experimental virtual List has been added, in addition to a new Selenium window for the cross-browser Inspector, which aims to aid the development of automated GUI tests for qooxdoo applications. The API Viewer now allows users to open tabs for any class or package description.

Meanwhile, 1.1.1 is a bug fix release, which aims to serve as a drop-in replacement for anybody using 1.1.

Create UML Models with TextUML Toolkit 1.6

Version 1.6 of the TextUML Toolkit has been released.

TextUML Toolkit is an Eclipse-based tool for creating UML models. New features include preconditions on operations, derived Properties and initial values on Properties.

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