In order to support 64-bit iOS and OSX, Xamarin has to make some breaking changes to the way it implements the mapping between C# and Objective-C libraries. Rather than being mapped to 32-bit types, NSInteger and CGFloat are now mapped to the new platform-specific data types nint and nfloat.
Two years after its initial announcement and preview release, Lars Bak announced the first stable release of Dart at Devvox in Belgium today. Dart is Google’s new web programming language and platform for developing modern web applications.
Microsoft has released Visual Studio Online which brings a form of the its popular software development IDE to the web. As part of this release small teams of developers can use this service for free, and use it from non-Windows based clients.
Xamarin partnerships with Microsoft to let developers build iOS and Android applications in Visual Studio. Xamarin University teaches developers how to do that.
ASP.NET MVC 5 introduces the same attribute based routing used by Web API 2. This optional syntax allows routes to be registered declaratively instead of by manipulating a RouteCollection.
One of the new features in VS 2013 is OData Scaffolding. Like MVC Scaffolding, this feature is designed as both a training aid and to speed development. However, it requires a bit more setup than the MVC version.
Microsoft has released Windows Azure SDK 2.2 with support for integrated sign-in, Visual Studio 2013 in addition to the ability to filter subscriptions/regions. The latest update also provides a set of pre-configured VM images of VS 2013 available within the Windows Azure Management Portal for use by MSDN subscribers.
Serialization and immutable collections do mix in .NET, but only if you look to third party libraries like JSON.NET and protobuf-net.
When writing an add-in or extension for Visual Studio developers have traditionally had to choose between EnvDTE and the IVs interfaces. In an attempt to create library that is both more powerful than EnvDTE and easier to use than IVs interfaces, Clarius Labs is offering what they call “Clide: An Enjoyable Visual Studio Automation API”.
First Floor Software, makers of XAML Spy, is now offering a free version of their flagship product. Known as XAML Spy Express, this product allows developers to browse the visual tree of a running WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, or Windows Store application.
Microsoft has deprecated the Visual Studio Add-in infrastructure. According to MSDN, “Visual Studio add-ins are deprecated in Visual Studio 2013. You should upgrade your add-ins to VSPackage extensions.”
When a .NET application fails in production the developer is often left with just a memory dump. Since Visual Studio cannot handle dumps, you have to instead look at a tool called WinDbg. Though powerful, these can be difficult to use so developers occasionally create their own extensions. Once such developer is Rodney Viana, who has just released netext 1.6.1 as an open source project.
GitHub has released Octokit.NET which enables integration of GitHub API into .NET Framework 4.5 applications. It also includes integration tests that access the API by using FullBuild MSBuild target and Octokit.Tests.Integration assembly.
Visual Studio 2012 & 2013 both receive new enhancements. Visual Studio Tools for Git hits the 1.0 milestone and is now available for VS2012. And a couple of IDE enhancements help VS2013 RTM evolve.
The domain describes your business and in Domain Driven Design, (DDD), the domain is the most important ingredient of the application, Andras Nemes explains when starting a series of blog posts on building a web service based on Domain-Driven Design principles. His goal is not to cover all details and aspects of DDD, his ambition though is that also developers completely new to DDD can benefit.
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