Goyaka helps Flickr photo fans flock to Facebook

Moving Flickr photographs over to Facebook is not easy. Goyaka Labs promises a free, automated, fast way to transfer your photos en masse in a three-step process so they can be shared with friends and family. A Picasa version is also on its way.

Scala sets sights on top-tier status among the Java faithful

To hear Typesafe folks tell it, the Scala programming language and associated middleware is about to join the ranks of first-tier development tools. And, a new Scala plug-in for the popular Eclipse integrated development environment should help pave the way.

Engine Yard goes PHP with Orchestra acquisition

Platform-as-a-Service veteran Engine Yard is getting on board with the recent trend of multi-language support by acquiring Dublin, Ireland-based PHP PaaS startup Orchestra. An industry shift toward supporting more than one language and/or framework likely influenced the decision to close the Orchestra deal now.

StackMob Grabs $7.5M to Offer Backend Support for Mobile Devs

StackMob, a cloud platform for mobile developers, has raised $7.5 million in a Series A round as it ramps up its offering for mobile developers. The new money, led by Trinity Ventures, will help the company expand and push toward a public launch later this year.

Engine Yard Raises $19M in New Funds

logo-engineyard.pngEngine Yard, a San Francisco-based startup that makes Ruby on Rails automation and management products, has raised $19 million in its third round of venture capital funding from the likes of DAG Ventures, Bay Partners, and Presidio Ventures (a Sumitomo Corp. venture investment company). Previous investors including Benchmark Capital, Amazon.com, and New Enterprise Associates also invested in this round. With this round, the company has raised a whopping $37 million in total funding. The big question is, what will the company do with this new cash? Read More about Engine Yard Raises $19M in New Funds

Interview with Stephen Caudill – FatJam

Stephen Caudill of FatJam

With more and more web applications being built by Mac-addicted developers, I thought I’d have a chat with Stephen Caudill over at FatJam. Stephen not only codes his creations on Apple hardware but also relies on it to serve up the applications to the public.

Travis Vocino for The Apple Blog: Hey there Stephen! To me, it feels like the Mac, and specifically the MacBook Pro, is the web developer’s absolute choice when it comes to deploying an environment suited to the work. It definitely hasn’t always been that way though, as you know. What about you? What’s your history with developing for the web on Apple hardware?

Stephen Caudill for FatJam: In August of 2004, I started looking at the programming language Ruby, in response to the philosophy of “developer joy” that Ruby on Rails’ creator, David Heinemeier Hansson was extolling. At the time I was working in Big Java and really just hated it… the job, the tools, the verbosity of the language were all a millstone around my neck and I wanted this golden path that David was describing.

In and amongst the various doctrines of Ruby on Rails was this devout love of the Mac computer that I kept being inundated with. Around the same time Paul Graham penned an essay in which he observed that all the smart hackers he knew were migrating to OSX… That was apparently all the coercion I needed, as I soon found myself exploring a first gen Mac Mini. In retrospect, I guess I was drinking the Koolaid, but it was good Koolaid after the sour taste Windows left in my mouth.
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