The .NET Micro Framework has a new release which adds support for Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio "14". This Framework powers devices that Microsoft intends to build the "Internet of Things" and similar hardware-centric devices like the Raspberry Pi.
Windows App developers have a new way to utilize GPU to accelerate their 2D-based graphical code. New Windows Runtime API Win2D provides Universal Apps on Windows Phone and Windows Store apps a way to access DirectX without resorting to C++.
Mono 3.8.0 was released last week. It comes with several performance and scalability improvements across the runtime, as well as finishes the Windows port.
Npgsql 2.2.0 comes as a feature packed release. The release adds VS Data Designer support, several Entity Framework-specific improvements and support for the Postgres 9.4 feature, the JSONB datatype.
The forthcoming release of VS “14” has not diminished Microsoft's continuing efforts to update the current VS2013. A fourth update for VS2013 has been released via a CTP, and is set to bring fixes and improvement to a couple of areas.
The Bing Developer Assistant is a new plugin for C# developers to enable effective searches for code samples from within Visual Studio. Rather than requiring a context switch to a web browser, the plugin lets developers make code searches while they work.
The ASP.NET vNext runtime uses the Rosylyn compiler to compile and load the C# sources before running them. David Fowler shows how you can leverage the DI-by-design approach of KRuntime to inject support for your own language.
Running cloud-based always-on systems is inherently complex. Microsoft recently experienced a 5 hour outage with Visual Studio Online, rendering their service unusable to developers. Microsoft's Brian Harry has provided a candid retrospective on what went wrong and how his team his correcting the failure.
In their latest Patch Tuesday, Microsoft issued 9 bulletins covering a total of 37 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) spread across some of their products.
Katana is Microsoft’s stand-alone implementation of the OWIN (Open Interface for .NET) standard. With the release of version 3, Kanata is wholly to the asynchronous model offered by .NET 4.5.
The third preview of Visual Studio "14" has been released, combing some evolutionary improvements to the IDE with a insightful new debugging tool called PerfTips. PerfTips increases the accessibility of debugging program performance right in the editor.
ASP.NET vNext alpha3 was released along with the Visual Studio "14" CTP3. Several interesting changes are around ASP.NET projects - simpler project files, ability to specify build event handlers, cleaner source folders and more.
Mono 3.6 has been released, and features an improved debugger, several bug fixes, and Nuget for Mac users.
Microsoft continues to polish their powerful (and open source) Python Tools for Visual Studio package, which turns their famous IDE into a powerful Python development environment. This plugin does support the Web and Desktop Express editions of VS2013.
Microsoft has announced an end-of-life schedule for .NET 4.0 thru 4.5.1. After January 12 of 2016, all technical support, including security and non-security updates, will be discontinued. Developers and users will need to either go back to.NET 3.5 SP 1 or upgrade to 4.5.2.