A gathering of Perl programmers in a hotel for a weekend, with a bit of organization, a lot of laptops, and lots of pizza and caffeine. Hackathons are informal gatherings designed to allow people to work together for a few days at a time. Hackathons are also regional events, such that most people there will be from within a few hours’ drive of the location - however, everyone is welcome, no matter the distance!
Mobile application development has reached greater heights with the development of new applications on a daily basis.
Windows Phone OS was geared toward the enterprise user. After reviewing of the HTC Dash, HTC Wing, Touch Pro 2, HD 2 and several of each due to software issues and warranty replacement. The system was extremely powerful but incredibly buggy.
The success of newer BlackBerry models like the Pearl, Curve, Bold and Storm have allowed RIM to penetrate the smartphone market and go head-to-head with the Apple iPhone 4 & 5 as an application platform. BlackBerry development for all recent models is done exclusively in Java. So if you're not a strong Java programmer, now's the time to brush up on your Java programming skills.