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 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.
Microsoft has released a project called Helios, a lightweight OWIN-based web host running on top of IIS.
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 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.
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 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.
Weathr is a fully functional 3D weather app that demonstrates the use of modern C++ (both ISO and C++/CX), DirectX, and XAML. It also shows the use of PPL and lambda expressions for asynchronous communication with REST-based servers.
Microsoft is now offering an official version of SQLite for Windows Phone, Windows Store, and .NET 4.5. The library is available as a Portable Class Library, so developers can use as a basis for their own portable libraries.
Microsoft recently added Entity Framework 6 support for DynamicData and EntityDataSource controls with in addition to refreshed the templates. It also has few known issues as the support is limited to C# and Web Application projects.
The recently released Android++ in closed beta enables you to build Android apps using Visual Studio with support for zero hardware restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC in addition to integrated GDB debugging.
Visual Studio Release Management enables you to create workflows using Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. In an exclusive interview with InfoQ, Pieter Gheysens shares more information about VSRM.
Visual F# Tools 3.1.1 has been released with support for both desktop and web versions of Visual Studio 2013 Express edition in addition to the ability to install it directly from PowerShell prompt.
Getting started with TPL Dataflow can be daunting. There is a lot of new terminology to learn and many of the advanced features obscure the simpler ones that you should be relying on. Dave Marini of Taskmatics cuts through the confusion by showing a complete producer/consumer dataflow from start to end.
Coverity has released version 7 of its testing platform with improved C#, Java, C, C++ algorithms in addition to support for SonarQube, Eclipse and Visual Studio 2013. The release also includes support for clang compiler used in the development of Objective-C and C/C++.