The recently released List & Label 19 provides support for report parameters, collection variables, new chart types such as combined, stacked, funnel, pipeline, shapefile and donut in addition to support for OData and REST data providers.
After a long incubation period, Microsoft released its cloud-based integration tool called Windows Azure BizTalk Services. While reiterating their commitment to their on-premises integration tools, Microsoft has said that it will push innovation to its cloud platform first.
Telerik has added LightBox control to its ASP.NET control suite with support for templates, items collection in addition to advanced features such as automatic resizing, keyboard navigation and paging.
A new CTP for Visual Studio 2013 allows developers to sample increased support for modern C++11/14 features. The CTP can be used with both Visual Studio Express and VS2013 Professional or greater.
The team behind the website FeedbackHound has taken ownership of the Unity.Mvc and Unity.WebAPI. These open source libraries allow for integration between ASP.NET MVC & Web API and Microsoft’s IoC framework, Unity.
ComponentOne has recently released Studio Enterprise 2013 v3 with a new ThemeRoller for ASP.NET, mobile controls, support for Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 in addition to a new project template based on Bootstrap theming framework.
Telerik has released an update to their RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX Q3 2013 control suite with support for Visual Studio 2013 and Internet Explorer 11 including several new features and bug fixes.
For some design problems actors can make all the difference. An Actor is an independent entity that can respond to and send messages. In a way it is like its own little program running inside another process. But building actors in languages that don’t natively support them can be difficult, but Johan Olsson found a way to simplify the process using TPL DataFlow.
Since 2010 the Power Productivity Tools have been Microsoft’s test bed for new Visual Studio features, some of which were incorporated in VS. This new version for VS 2013 brings 11 new and updated features including the ability see documentation without leaving the code editor.
Writing code to compare objects can be tedious, especially when dealing with large objects or deep graphs. And when the classes change errors often slip in. One way to reduce the potential for error is to rely on a library such as Greg Finzer’s Compare .NET Objects. This library offer reasonable performance for up to 10,000 objects.
The upcoming release of DevExpress DXperience 13.2 will include new ASP.NET icon library, moderno theme based on CSS3, new themes for WinForms based on Visual Studio in addition to smart tag support for all controls including WinForms data editors library.
In order to support 64-bit iOS and OSX, Xamarin has to make some breaking changes to the way it implements the mapping between C# and Objective-C libraries. Rather than being mapped to 32-bit types, NSInteger and CGFloat are now mapped to the new platform-specific data types nint and nfloat.
Two years after its initial announcement and preview release, Lars Bak announced the first stable release of Dart at Devvox in Belgium today. Dart is Google’s new web programming language and platform for developing modern web applications.
Microsoft has released Visual Studio Online which brings a form of the its popular software development IDE to the web. As part of this release small teams of developers can use this service for free, and use it from non-Windows based clients.
Xamarin partnerships with Microsoft to let developers build iOS and Android applications in Visual Studio. Xamarin University teaches developers how to do that.
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