Microsoft has formally released Update 2 for Visual Studio 2012. This update brings several new features but also includes numerous big fixes and behavior corrections.
The Appsecute platform aims to improve collaboration and increase productivity through consolidating information associated to an applications lifecycle. The software as a service platform accepts messages directly from people and from integrated technology platforms, then it aggregates those events online for viewing by everyone within an organization.
OpsCode is providing a new avenue for learning chef aimed at equipping new users with what they need to start building "Infrastructure as Code". The content leads users through a quickstart, common cases, screen casts, and troubleshooting.
The anticipated final preview of VS2012/TFS2012 Update 2 has been released. It brings a few more updates including the highlighting of the new LightSwitch HTML client.
Microsoft moves DevLabs to the Visual Studio Gallery. February brings the third CTP for VS2012's Update 2. And Axum is remembered.
Opscode released Chef 11 early this month with enhancements to its scalability to meet the demands of hyperscale web operations. Opscode rewrote the entire server core API in Erlang and at the same time kept it backward compatible. Opscode renamed the core server API "Erchef" to complement the rewrite in Erlang.
Developers with MyGet accounts can now take advantage of a free public beta of MyGet Build Services. This service allows developers using services such as CodePlex, GitHub, or BitBucket to use MyGet as an automated build server.
VMware added $30 million to its initial investment into Puppet Labs, makers of the Open Source configuration management tool Puppet. Commenters seem to agree that its a good move for Puppet Labs and that Puppet will keep supporting any type of infrastructure avoiding vendor lock-in.
Opscode has announced the availability of Test Kitchen 0.7.0 with support for using on-demand OpenStack instances to test Chef cookbooks. Test Kitchen is a tool, which helps Opscode Chef cookbook developers to validate their cookbooks before applying them to their live infrastructure.
InfoQ's research initiative continues with an 13th question: "Top Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Toolsets". This is a new service we hope will provide you with up-to-date & bias-free community-based insight into trends & behaviors that affect enterprise software development. Unlike traditional vendor/analyst-based research, our research is based on answers provided by YOU.
Microsoft will release .NET Compact Framework 3.9 (NETCF 3.9) in the upcoming build of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 with improved start-up time, enhanced memory utilization, Visual Studio 2012 support and new garbage collector.
Buck Hodges argues that long release cycles lead to unhealthy development practices for the Team Foundation Server team, but there is more to short release cycles than just shipping with each sprint. Other changes in how software is planned and developed is needed, including the ability to disable new features rather than fixing them.
David Starr, the founder of ElegantCode.com, a software craftsman, a technical and an agile instructor, talks about his new position at Microsoft, his vision of products, agility and his personal plans for future.
New Opscode Chef release includes whyrun (dry run) feature, output formatters, error inspectors, Solaris installers.