The Google "Fun Propulsion Labs" team has recently open-sourced FlatBuffers. Built especially to support performance needs of game developers, FlatBuffers stores serialized data in buffers which can be either stored in files or transferred across the network as-is, without any parsing overhead.
Visual Studio "14" Plans Improved C++11/C++14 compliance. As part of the this effort big changes are being made to the Standard Template Library bundled with "14".
The first preview of the successor to VS2013 has been released, unifying several recent projects into a single package. Nearly all technology platforms are affected, with ASP.NET, C++, and VB/C# developers all receiving large updates.
C++14, the new C++ standard, will bring a host of changes to the language. Although it is planned to be a small extension over its predecessor, featuring mainly bug fixes and small improvements, it is inevitable that a few changes could make a correct C++11 program break under a C++14-compliant compiler. With the new standard approaching a mature status, it is now worth asking where the risk lies.
JetBrains recently open sourced Nitra, a set of tooling for working with programming languages on the CLR. Developers can define grammers using Nemerle, which Nitra then uses to build parsers and generate classes to represent and navigate the AST.
In this interview we talk to open source developer Philipp Crocoll about Keepass2Android. Besides its features as a password store, this project is a good case study for combining Java and C# in a single Android application.
Brannon B. King, a software developer working for Autonomous Solutions Inc., has published an article entitled Dangers of Violating SOLID Principles in C# in MSDN Magazine, May 2014. The author outlines some of the mistakes developers can make in their C# code, breaking the SOLID principles and leading to code that is more difficult to extend or maintain.
The first CTP for Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 has arrived, continuing Microsoft's rapid release pace for their flagship development tool. As compared to the previous update, this 3rd installment is much more limited in scope.
One of the attractions dynamic languages possess is the ability to easily support a REPL for quick code experimentation. The open source CShell project brings a powerful REPL environment to C# users, allowing them to combine their knowledge of C# with the speed a REPL provides for exploring code.
Though ASP.NET Web Forms isn’t part of the vNext initiative it isn’t being ignored. As part of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 it has picked up some new tooling, EF integration, and Roslyn support.
Part of the ASP.NET vNext initiative, ASP.NET MVC 6 represents a fundamental change to how Microsoft constructs and deploys web frameworks. The goal is to create a host agnostic framework that eliminates the dependencies on the legacy System.Web infrastructure.
Microsoft recently released .NET Framework Repair Tool with support for quiet and passive modes in addition to .NET Framework 4.5 and 4.5.1. The release also ships with command line tools, which enable developers to repair .NET installations and to retrieve logs.
RyuJIT, Microsoft's project to produce an improved Just-in-Time compiler for .NET, has taken a big step forward on the compatibility front by adding support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Now developers on these platforms can test RyuJIT with their code.
Entity Framework is being rebooted with an initiative called “Entity Framework Everywhere”. The goal of this project is dramatically reduce both the complexity of Entity Framework and the resources needed to run applications that use it. This will in turn allow it to run on a wider variety of platforms including Windows Store and Windows Phone.
Microsoft has added native support for hybrid cross-platform mobile applications in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.