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Weekend must-read articles #1

Every Friday we bring you a collection of links to places on the web that we find particularly newsworthy, interesting, entertaining, and topical. We try to focus on some particular area or topic each week, but in general we will cover Internet, web development, networking, performance, and other geeky topics.h

This week we bring you a collection of articles on JavaScript performance, use of Node.js, PHP, Ruby on Rails, and more.

This week’s suggested reading

  • JavaScript Performance: An article by Steve Souder about his speech at the San Francisco JavaScript Meetup, which focused on script loading and async snippets.
  • What JavaScript’s Inventor Really Thinks About Google Dart: Google’s Dart language, which attempts to address JavaScript’s supposed weaknesses, is getting a mixed reaction from the inventor of JavaScript itself, Brendan Eich.
  • Node.js inventor extends JavaScript programming beyond browsers: Interview: Ryan Dahl discusses why his invention is catching fire with developers.
  • Zend Developer Pulse: Zend, “The PHP Company,” is now doing a quarterly survey that “takes the pulse on developers.” Here are the results from the first one from Q4, 2011.
  • Monitoring MaxCDN with Pingdom: Taras Mankovski noticed that stylesheets used on one of his sites were not always loading correctly. So he set out to monitor what was happening with Pingdom’s service.
  • The future of End-User Experience Monitoring – The core of Application Performance Monitoring: Jonah Kowall at Gartner has published a new research note, discussing this critical aspect of APM.
  • How Open Source Licenses Affect Your Business and Your Developers: Copyleft licenses have been the most popular choice for new open source projects. Recently, however, developers and companies seem to be moving from the GPL in favor of less restrictive permissive licenses for open source projects. What’s behind the trend and how does it impact your business?
  • Ruby on Rails 3.2 said to speed Web app development: The new version of the Ruby on Rails framework features enhancements like a faster dev mode that could aid Web development.
  • The State Of NoSQL In 2012: Siddharth Anand, a senior member of LinkedIn’s Distributed Data Systems team, gives his view of where NoSQL is today, at the beginning of 2012.
  • 10 programming languages that could shake up IT: These cutting-edge programming languages provide unique insights on the future of software development.
  • Node at scale: What Google, Mozilla, & Yahoo are doing with Node.js: Representatives from Google, Yahoo, Mozilla, and startup i.TV talk about using Node when instability is not an option.
  • And finally…
  • Minecraft™ LEGO® CUUSOO Project Passes LEGO Review: There will be an official LEGO set based on Minecraft.

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the open source small print for some products have gotten ridiculously complicated which flies in the face of the whole open source movement.