Microsoft has released Entity Framework Power Tools Beta 4 with support for Entity Framework 6 and Visual Studio 2013.
Licensing restrictions on .NET Portable Class Libraries have long frustrated developers. Microsoft has now announced a removal of these restrictions for certain assemblies that should benefit cross-platform development.
The recently released DevExpress XAML 8 Controls v13.2 provides full support for all the core features of Windows 8.1 with a new PDF viewer, tile, flyout and radial menu controls.
The recently released WCF Data Services 5.6.0 provides support for Entity Framework 6 and provides an option either to upgrade or create nww OData services to target EF 6.
Recognizing the shift from 64-bit applications as server-specific to their broadened use on most platforms, Microsoft has announced the RyuJIT project, which is developing a vastly improved just-in-time compiler for .NET applications.
Windows 8.1 ships with new features and improvements with which XAML developers will be able to build unique and responsive applications using Visual Studio 2013. It also adds several new controls and enhancements to project templates.
DevOps on Windows has for the last few months been running a series on how a developer can create an operations-friendly Windows Service. The series explains how to overcome the most important hurdles from an operations viewpoint: installation of the Windows Service and its start-up phase. The series finishes with a simple framework that tries to overcome those hurdles in a standard way.
Patrick Smacchia has recently announced NDepend 5.0, the latest version of his .NET code analyzer coming with a number of enhancements: support for VS 2013, trend monitoring, new dashboard and a major UI facelift.
Following an announcement of their partnership in July this year, Azul Systems and Microsoft Open Technologies have now release a GA version of Zulu for Windows Azure. Licensed under the terms of the GPLv2 open source license with the ClassPath Exception, Zulu is an OpenJDK-based JVM for Windows Server on the Windows Azure Cloud.
Telerik has released Visual Studio extension for Icenium which enables developers to build iOS and Android cloud based apps from within the IDE. It also includes simulators which can be accessed directly from within Visual Studio.
Jeffrey Stedfast has released MimeKit v0.5 with support for .NET Framework 4.0 and Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS assemblies. It also provides support for rfc2047 and rfc2231 encoders in addition to sign, encrypt, decrypt and verification of S/MIME message parts.
Whenever a new version of the CLR is released, such as .NET 2.0 and 4.0, developers are understandably reluctant to upgrade. CLR updates bring subtle changes to the runtime behavior that can break pre-existing code. But when it comes to .NET 4.5’s library-only release, the problem comes down to operating systems.
With the exception of ImmutableArray, Microsoft’s Base Class Library team has completed their production version of .NET’s Immutable Collections. Along with it are design guidelines for other types of immutable objects.
JetBrains has just released WebStorm 7.0 GA with support for EJS, Mustache, Handlebars, Web Components, Stylus, Karma, Istanbul, Compass, and comes with various enhancements.
PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio has been released with features such as syntax highlighting, IntelliSense, code folding, function navigation, script Output in addition to support for breakpoint, locals, stack frame and project system.
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