Microsoft has recently open sourced on CodePlex 22 code samples under the Apache 2.0 license. The samples which are also included in the Kinect for Windows Toolkit show how to make use of various Kinect features: Audio, Basic Interactions, Colors, Depth, Face Tracing, Infrared, Slideshow Gestures, Speech, WPF, XNA, and others.
Xamarin has released a preview of their async-enabled libraries for iOS and Android development. This work is based heavily on Microsoft’s .NET 4.5, which was released late last year as part of Visual Studio 2012. Xamarin is the new name for the development platforms previously known as MonoTouch and Mono for Android.
Lucian Wischik is publishing a series of blog posts showing how Await can be used in a wide variety of situations ranging from awaiting an animation to complete to capturing the results of a command line program.
Xwt is .NET Framework based open source UI toolkit for Mono and .NET and is used for the creation of desktop applications that run on multiple platforms from the same codebase.
The .NET Framework observed its ten year anniversary in February. Brandon Bray, .NET's Group Program Manager, was at Build to discuss where .NET has been and what developers can look for in the future.
Windows Azure product team has released an update to its mobile services suite with support for ios, E-mail, SMS including the ability to make use of Windows Azure Blob, Tables and ServiceBus with your application.
Windows Identity Foundation, Microsoft's framework for integrating claims-based authentication into applications, is now part of the .NET Framework. It was created to simplify work with access control and authentication, and to allow for single sign-on across multiple applications.
.NET API subset for Windows Store Apps is considerable smaller than the full .NET Framework 4.5. Particularly, Reflection.Emit is not available and most members in the System.Type class have been moved to the System.Reflection.TypeInfo class.
As part of the recent Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 launch, Microsoft formally unveiled its new web services framework called the ASP.NET Web API. Included as part of the ASP.NET MVC 4 offering, the open-source ASP.NET Web API is designed to simplify the development and consumption of RESTful services.
Aaron Stebner's .NET Framework Cleanup Tool, which is often used as a last resort to remove problematic .NET installations, has been updated to support Windows 8 and .NET 4.5. The tool can be used to remove any version of the .NET Framework from an operating system.
In addition to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 being released to manufacturing, Microsoft has completed its tool suit - Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5.
EventSource and EventListener, introduced in .NET 4.5, provide a simple mechanism for applications to trace their events in Event Tracing for Windows (ETW). Combined with a analysis tool such as PerfView, this allows for better tracing of .NET apps.
Microsoft has decided to remove MEF for Windows 8 Metro and TPL Data Flow from the .NET 4.5 framework release. Instead they will be offered as NuGet packages so that improvements can be released outside of the full .NET release cycle.
The Base Class Library forms the core of the .NET development platform. No matter what profile or front-end technology you choose, the BCL classes are invariably found throughout your application. This time around we see improvements to streams, collections, and a much improved weak reference.
With the release of .NET 4.5 nearing, Microsoft has started to pull back the curtain on the next version of their development platform. While there has been a lot of fanfare around Metro and Windows 8, the improvements made to the core features of .NET, which have traditionally focused on web, service, and data development, may steal the show in the short term.