The 3rd Update to Visual Studio 2013 continues Microsoft's steady application of refinements to their flagship IDE. This update increases the usefulness of diagnostic tools, adds deployment options, and updates some key features in VS2013 Ultimate.
As promised, Microsoft has released newly acquired Visual Studio plugin UnityVS for free to developers using any recent paid edition of Visual Studio. This plugin greatly improves developers working with the Unity game development system.
F# has supported both iOS and Android native programming through Xamarin since at least Xamarin 4.8 and can be efficiently used to create native apps on both platforms. Let's give a look at some experience reports.
The Mono project has focused on conformant code since its inception. Now the project is adding dedicated resources to focus on improving performance.
The TypeScript team is building a new, light-weight compiler core to replace it’s existing one. Early results show upto 5x performance improvements compared to the existing compiler.
Last week Vaughn Vernon published Dotsero, a .NET actor model toolkit that follows the Akka API and earlier this year a preview of the Orleans framework based on the Actor model was released by Microsoft Research. In a recent twitter discussion Vaughn and Sergey Bykov, lead of the Orleans project at Microsoft Research, discussed the different approaches taken in Orleans and Dotsero.
Katana 3, now close to GA, comes with new security components providing OpenIDConnect and WSFederation support.
Microsoft recently released ASP.NET MVC 5.2, Web API 2.2 and Web Pages 3.2 with new features, bug fixes and improvements. The product team has also provided solutions to certain key issues surfaced in the previous version.
Visual Studio "14" continues to display new features, with the latest CTP providing a look at productivity enhancements to the editor that benefit all languages as well as providing access to ASP.NET vNext.
Noda Time v 1.3 has been released with several new features such as support for Persian and Hebrew Calendars, performance improvements for parsing and formatting and several API additions.
The recently released 0.3.0 beta preview of Microsoft Azure WebJobs SDK has added support for Azure Service Bus, Cancellation Tokens, WebJobs Shutdown Notifications besides improved function discovery and host of other features.
As new details on Visual Studio "14" emerge, Microsoft's James McNellis describes how changes are being made to the infamous MSVCR DLL. Additional work being done to implement C99 support will also be changing how the default behavior of familiar functions.
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.