Meet Wyvern, a polyglot programming language for the web

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have created a new programming language called Wyvern that lets developers write web applications using the right language for the job, such as SQL for database queries or JavaScript for interactive content. Wyvern uses context from the types of data being manipulated to understand which language is being used in any given part of the code. Wyvern could help eliminate scripting and SQL injection attacks, the researchers note in a press release. However, they add, “Wyvern is not yet fully engineered … but is an open source project that is ready for experimental use by early adopters.”

A new way to make six figures on the Web: teaching

San Fransciso-based online video course startup Udemy today released the salaries of the top 10 instructors on the 2-year-old platform. All of them earned more than $50,000 on their own and the top individual made more than $200,000.

Why Pusher wants to help you build the real-time web

London-based startup Pusher began life in unusual fashion — but now, thanks to its tools to let developers build real-time services quickly and easily — it is hoping to become the foundation for a new generation of online apps.

How to create iOS device home screen icons for websites

As more and more people browse the web with their iOS devices, website owners would do well to prepare their devices for mobile access. Part of that is creating an icon that will look good on an iPhone home screen.

Check Out This Working CSS3 Version of Apple’s Wireless Keyboard

Ready for an awesome mid-week time-waster? Check out this fully functional Apple Wireless Keyboard designed in CSS3 by Dustin Cartwright. As you type in the provided text box, watch the virtual keys depress in time with the keys on your hardware keyboard.

Today in Social

Blogger Jim Bumgardner spent a week messing around with Foursquare’s API until he managed to become the mayor of the North Pole. While he was just doing it as an experiment, it should be a lesson for companies on how clever developers can game your systems from the inside. We’ll be looking to see if there are other similar cases out there.