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Bringing Visual Studio's CodeLens Into Focus

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 20, 2014

CodeLens has been a popular feature of VS2013. The forthcoming Update 2 is bring an enhancement to CodeLens called Incoming Changes, designed to make working with multiple code branches on TFS easier.

Integrating Windows Logging Through Linux With Syslog4NET

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 17, 2014

Centralized logging makes application support and troubleshooting much easier, but Windows and Linux/UNIX based systems take different approaches. Syslog4NET provides a way to bridge this gap, allowing Windows applications to directly log to a syslog dameon running on Linux/UNIX.

Introducing Biggy: An ORM-like Library for Document Databases

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 16, 2014 1

When working with relational data, there are several options for lightweight databases such as SQLite and SQL Server Compact. But when your needs are better met by a document style database there is a surprising lack of options. Hence the creation of Biggy.

Espresso Logic DBaaS Now Wraps SQL Stored Procedures in RESTful APIs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 14, 2014

Espresso Logic has added RESTful endpoints for SQL stored procedures to their DBaaS service.

RyuJIT's Improved Compiler Boosts .NET

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 07, 2014

The next generation .NET compiler from Microsoft, codename RyuJIT, has just had a second preview version release. While still very much a beta, the initial results are impressive when compared to both the first preview and the current 64-bit JIT compiler used by NET today.

Building a Better WCF Client

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 06, 2014

The WCF client that Visual Studio generates by default is a problem. Besides not being a direct match with the server-side interface code, which causes a lot of code and data sharing problems, the generated code still has a glaring bug after all these years. Michael Taylor discusses these issue and his attempts to address them in a series titled “A Smarter WCF Service Client”.

TypeScript Becomes Full Member of Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 04, 2014

TypeScript becomes a mainline language with the release of VS2013 Update 2 CTP. As TypeScript nears official 1.0 status, several key changes have been made to the language.

Mono JIT, GC Get Better

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Feb 26, 2014

Mono 3.2.7 is out, with a lot of new features such as an improved JIT, new interpreter for LINQ, use of native instructions for 64 bits, and more.

IDE Integrated Search Engines

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 25, 2014

New tools are bringing the web directly into a programmer's IDE. As search engines continue to compete for customers, new programming-specific search functionality has been produced for Visual Studio users.

Xamarin Sifts through Enterprise SAP Data

by Abel Avram on  Feb 24, 2014

Xamarin and SAP Americas announced at MWC 2014 today a partnership aiming to provide .NET mobile developers the necessary tools to access and integrate enterprise SAP data into their applications.

Project Helios: An ASP.NET OWIN-based Web Host Running on IIS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 19, 2014

Microsoft has released a project called Helios, a lightweight OWIN-based web host running on top of IIS.

OpenAccess ORM Renamed As Telerik Data Access with Improved UI and Colored Visual Designer

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 18, 2014

Telerik recently renamed OpenAccess ORM as Telerik Data Access with Improved User Interface and colored visual designer in addition to Telerik.DataAccess.Core NuGet, Telerik.DataAccess.Fluent and Telerik.DataAccess.Fluent.Sample NuGet packages.

SharpDevelop 5 Introduces Class Browser, Search Grouping, Insert with Cursor and ILSpy Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 14, 2014

SharpDevelop 5 has been released with new features such as class browser, search grouping including integration support for ILSpy. It also includes features such as insert with cursor, context actions, code inspections, enhanced scrollbar, background syntax check, link mode, suppressing issues, automatic variable naming in addition to XML based tooltips for documentation.

ActiveReports 8 Adds Maps, HTML5 Viewer, Advanced Barcodes and Windows Azure Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 12, 2014

ComponentOne has released ActiveReports 8 with support for maps, RSS14Stacked, RSSLimited and MicroPDF417 barcodes, Windows Azure under both partial and full trust environments in addition to a HTML5 viewer which enables you to build applications optimized for various mobile devices.

Salesforce.com Woos Windows Developers with New Toolkits for .NET

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 10, 2014

Salesforce.com is attempting to make it easier for .NET developers to consume its web services thanks to a new pair of open-source Toolkits. These Toolkits target the Force.com REST API and Chatter API and are the brainchild of Salesforce Platform Advocate Wade Wegner who talked to InfoQ about the goals and logistics of building these components.

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