The file formats used by Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been fully opened source via the latest release of Microsoft's OpenXML SDK. This provides developers with the familiar Apache 2.0 License, providing an easier path to incorporating support for these documents into their own projects.
The recently released Noda Time 1.2 provides support for XML and JSON serialization, text formatting and also includes an assembly that enables developers to handle JSON serialization.
OData v4.0 Committee Specification with Data Models, URL Components, CSDL, Vocabulary and Annotation
OASIS Open Data Protocol Technical Committee recently approved ODATA v4.0 as committee specification and also made available the complete reference documentation in both online and downloadable ZIP formats.
One blog of note that is furthering the efforts of today’s mobile application developers can be found at the OpenSignal web site. Their recent Android Fragmentation Visualized report offers some unique perspectives on the challenges of writing Android apps.
Many of the presumptions of how slow and resource-demanding "Fat” XML is compared to JSON’s lightweight payload do not hold up to a test David Lee, lead engineer at Marklogic, states after running a "crowd sourcing" experiment with 33 different documents and almost 1200 tests on a multitude of browsers and operating systems.
Microsoft has recently released updates for .NET Framework 4.5 which fixes reliability, compatibility, stability, and performance issues associated with WPF, CLR, Windows Forms, XML, NCL, ASP.NET, WWF, WCF and Entity Framework.
JSONiq is a new query language that builds upon XQuery. Like SQL or LINQ, it has syntactic support concepts such as let, for, where, group by, and select.
OpenXML SDK 2.0 for MS Office provides strongly typed part classes to manipulate Open XML documents. WorddocGenerator, an open source utility for generating template driven word files is one example of what can be done with this SDK. InfoQ got in touch with Atul Verma the developer of this utility to ask him a few questions about this project.
In late December 2011, Microsoft announced the pre-release of a set of services labeled Windows Azure Service Bus EAI Labs. These enhancements to the existing Windows Azure Service Bus make it easier to connect (cloud) applications through the use of message routing rules, protocol bridging, message transformation services and connectivity to on-premises line of business systems.
IBM has recently prototyped a software architecture that can deal with large amount of data flows. IBM’s software is built for the SKA telescope (Square Kilometre Array) and allows to automatically classify astronomical objects. Radio astronomer Melanie Johnston-Hollitt at Victoria University, Wellington , NZ, has collaborated with IBM for developing the system.
When working with Excel documents, developers usually use raw XML or rely on the Office Automation libraries. But the Office Automation library is not appropriate for servers and working with XML can be quite tedious. ClosedXML bridges the gap by providing an easy to use Office-like API without the overhead of COM. To introduce this library we spoke with Manuel De Leon of the ClosedXML project.
Open XML SDK 2.0 offers a moderately high level API for manipulating Open XML documents using strongly typed classes. It includes the Open XML SDK v2.0 Productivity Tool, which can reverse engineer a Word, PowerPoint, or Excel document and display the C# code needed to recreate it.
The growth of Open APIs both in numbers and volume has surpassed any expectations over the last decade. John Musser from the ProgrammableWeb presented his analysis of the Open APIs State of the Market for 2011.
The WCF Data Services Team have recently been doing a series on the available authentication mechanisms for client/OData service authentication.
On Wednesday, the Apache Foundation announced the release of Apache FOP 1.0, a project that has been a decade in the making. Apache FOP, or Formatting Objects Processor, provides a means to turn XML documents into a variety of print-ready formats, such as PDF, PostScript, or even PNG