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ANTS Performance Profiler 8: Web request, Async code, WinRT

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 16, 2013

ANTS Performance Profiler 8 beta release provides support for Web request, Async code, Windows Store Profiling including that of SharePoint 2013. In this interview, Ben Emmett, Red Gate Software shared additional information about the new features.

Windows 8 and WinRT - A Close Encounter with Microsoft

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 17, 2013

Windows 8 throws open a wide range of opportunities for developers. In this marathon interview, Microsoft official spokesperson discloses facts behind the various aspects of Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Tools for Building Advanced Media Applications

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 27, 2012

In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.

Studio Enterprise with Localization and Visual Studio 2012 Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 03, 2012

ComponentOne has released Studio Enterprise 2012 V3 with new controls for Windows 8, WinRT and existing control suites with support for localization RTF and Visual Studio 2012.

Panel: Answers from Microsoft Developers Who Built WinRT

by Abel Avram on  Nov 05, 2012

Chris Anderson, Chris Guzak, Jerry Dunietz, Kamen Moutafov, Martyn Lovell, Elliot H Omiya, lead developers working on various WinRT components, have taken questions during the BUILD 2012 panel The Windows Runtime Q&A, answering some of the developers’ ardent questions on Windows 8 applications, especially WinRT ones. Following is a digest of the answers to main topics discussed.

Notes on Writing a Windows Store Apps with C++/CX

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 31, 2012 2

In a session titled Diving deep into C++ /CX and WinRT, Marian Luparu talks about exception handling and performance for C++ applications that target Windows 8. The most important thing for developers to understand is how the boundary between WinRT and normal C++ code effect exception handling and performance.

Porting Existing C++ Code to Windows 8/Windows Phone 8

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 30, 2012 1

Porting Existing C++ libraries to Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 mostly involves replacing many, but not all, of the existing Win32 and COM API calls with their WinRT equivalents. The UI itself will most likely not be portable, as GDI is being replaced with XAML, HTML5, and/or DirectX.

WinRT Controls with Chart, Diagram, Maps and More

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 29, 2012

Essential Studio for WinRT recently released by Syncfusion includes 20 enterprise class controls for building Windows Store applications. The controls are optimized for touch and includes several features.

Can 3rd Party Developers Bring JIT and Compilers to WinRT?

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 04, 2012 1

Users expecting to find Java, LuaJIT, or Google's V8 JavaScript engine on Windows ARM (WOA) may be surprised to learn that these and similar tools may not be allowed. The latest concern has now been raised over the ability of developers to release 3rd party compilers for the platform.

ReSharper 7 Adds Windows 8 Support, New Languages

by Jenni Konrad on  Jul 13, 2012

JetBrains has announced the availability of ReSharper 7 Beta. In addition to support for Visual Studio 2012, this release includes tools for Windows 8 and WinRT development, additions to the Type Hierarchy, new refactorings, and improved support for several languages, including JavaScript and ASP.Net 4.5.

Changes and Guidance for the Task Parallel Library in .NET 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 27, 2012

With .NET 4.5 the way you work with the Task class has changed in a subtle but important way.

Windows Phone 8 Is to Be Based on WinRT?

by Abel Avram on  Feb 03, 2012 3

Leaked information suggests that Microsoft is working on unifying the Windows ecosystem, while Windows Phone 8 will be based on WinRT rather than Windows CE.

Universal Password Storage in Windows 8

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 16, 2011

Furthering their commitment to ubiquitous access, Windows 8 plans on offering universal password management. Windows 8 credential storage is intended to tie all other usernames names and password into a single account that will travel with the user. And this feature will be usable from all applications.

Silverlight Has Had a Bumpy Road. Will It Have a Smooth Transition to WinRT?

by Abel Avram on  Nov 19, 2011 8

Microsoft had a great vision for Silverlight, a framework and a set of tools that would dominate the web development landscape, but it fell short of that. There are rumors there won’t be any Silverlight 6. If that happens, how easy is for the Silverlight developer to transition to WinRT? Some numbers show that it is pretty easy.

Mono 2.12 Roadmap

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 20, 2011 2

In anticipation of the upcoming Mono 2.12 public beta, Miguel de Icaza has released the planned feature set including many of the .NET 4.5 APIs and C# 5’s Async support. There is also an improved garbage collector, support for the full table of Unicode surrogate characters, and a new backend for the C# compiler.

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