A Merge Tool that Understands Functions

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 16, 2013 1

Codice Software, maker of Plastic SCM, has released a preview of a semantic merge tool. This tool parses your code, allowing for a more accurate merge than the line-by-line comparisons most tools use. We interviewed Pablo Santos Luaces, Principal Software Engineer of Codice Software.

EZNamespaceExtensions.Net v2013 Adds Context Menus, Thumbnail, Icons, Property Sheet Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 05, 2013

EZNamespaceExtensions.Net v2013 enables you to develop Windows Explorer namespace extensions using Visual Studio with support for Multi-level sub folders, Thumbnail view, Icons, Property sheet, Infotip and much more.

Study: Clojure, CoffeeScript and Haskell Are the Most Expressive General-purpose Languages

by Abel Avram on  Mar 28, 2013 12

According to a study, the most expressive general-purpose languages are Clojure, CoffeeScript and Haskell. The study uses LoC/commit as the measuring unit of expressiveness.

Edge.js Combines Node.js with .NET

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 22, 2013

The Edge.js project combines Node.js with the .NET platform. Developers can use C# on Node.js or provide Node.js functionality to C# applications-- allowing them to use the best tool for each task. InfoQ had the opportunity to speak with author Tomasz Janczuk about the project and his future plans.

Microsoft Open Sources Kinect for Windows Samples

by Abel Avram on  Mar 13, 2013 1

Microsoft has recently open sourced on CodePlex 22 code samples under the Apache 2.0 license. The samples which are also included in the Kinect for Windows Toolkit show how to make use of various Kinect features: Audio, Basic Interactions, Colors, Depth, Face Tracing, Infrared, Slideshow Gestures, Speech, WPF, XNA, and others.

Xamarin 2.0 Brings a New IDE, Visual Studio Add-in for iOS and a Component Store

by Abel Avram on  Feb 21, 2013 3

Xamarin has made yet another major step in completing their vision on providing a set of common tools for cross-platform mobile development. With the announcement of Xamarin 2.0 comes a rebranding of their products, a new IDE called Xamarin Studio, a Visual Studio add-in for iOS development, and a component store, the later being detailed by Miguel de Icaza for InfoQ.

Introducing dot42, a C# Compiler for Android’s Dalvik Runtime

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 06, 2013

The biggest downside of Mono for Android is that you are building on Mono, a completely separate runtime that what Android expects. And while there are certainly some advantages to having access to a full CLR, marshalling calls between it and Android’s Dalvik runtime can be expensive. So why not skip the IL code and emit Dex code directly?

How to Await Just About Anything

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 18, 2012

Lucian Wischik is publishing a series of blog posts showing how Await can be used in a wide variety of situations ranging from awaiting an animation to complete to capturing the results of a command line program.

Research into Uniqueness and Reference Immutability for Safe Parallelism in C#

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 07, 2012

Some big names from Microsoft, Microsoft Research and the University of Washington have been working on a new variant of C# that introduces the concept of readable and immutable references at the language level. To this effect each reference has one of four permission qualifiers that modify variables and parameters: writable, readable, immutable, and isolated.

A Proposal for Non-Nullable Types in C#

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 02, 2012

Since .NET was still in beta developers have been asking for non-nullable variables with reference semantics. But the problem is far more complicated than simply slapping an attribute or other decoration on the variable. Craig of Twisted Oak Studios has proposed a solution to some of the problems.

On Lucene.Net: Becoming a Top-level Apache Project and Its Future

by Abel Avram on  Aug 18, 2012

Lucene.Net, a C# port of the Lucene text search index library, has graduated the Incubator and has become a top-level Apache project. This article contains an interview with Prescott Nasser on the future of the project and Solr.Net.

Eric Lippert Reviews C# and Speculates on its Future

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 12, 2012 1

Project Roslyn. Asynchronous Programming. Language design philosophy. The always informative Eric Lippert has a quick talk about what C# has accomplished and its relationship to Visual Basic. He compares the philosophy of both and speculates on what might be in store for C# in the future.

Going Beyond async and await On WinRT

by Jeff Martin on  May 16, 2012

The Windows Runtime introduces greater support for asynchronous programming. The await and async keywords for C# and Visual Basic are part of this support.

Xamarin’s Mono for Android Now Includes a Visual Designer

by Abel Avram on  May 14, 2012

Xamarin has announced a visual designer for their Mono for Android development tool integrated with Visual Studio or MonoDevelop.

Microsoft Publishes C++ AMP Spec, Wants to Lower Barriers to Data-Parallelism

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 08, 2012 3

Hoping to make programming data-parallel hardware easier, Microsoft has published its open specification for C++ AMP. By building its implementation directly into Visual Studio 11 Microsoft seeks to improve access to the GPU for developers.

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