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Working with VBA and Visual Studio Tools for Office

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 09, 2009

Visual Basic for Applications is a dead-end and Visual Studio for Applications isn’t ready for prime time, leaving developers in the uncomfortable position of trying to mix .NET code with legacy VBA macros. Fortunately Visual Studio Tools for Office makes it relatively painless.

Microsoft Builds Tools for Eclipse Developers

by Abel Avram on  Oct 28, 2009

Microsoft has announced the release of a number of tools for Eclipse: Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse, Windows Azure SDK for Java, Eclipse Tools for Silverlight, plus a facelift for Eclipse to look-and-feel like Windows 7.

RESTFul Bridge Between Java And .NET Released

by Dilip Krishnan on  Sep 30, 2009

Noelios Technologies, the France-based consulting services firm, is shipping a new version of the Restlet open source project, a lightweight REST framework for Java, that includes the Restlet Extension for ADO.NET Data Services. The effort is a collaboration between Microsoft and Noelios Technologies and it makes it easier for Java developers to take advantage of ADO.NET Data Services.

Introducing the Windows 7 API Code Pack for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 12, 2009

The “Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework” is a wrapper that exposes Windows functionality to .NET developers. The wrapper is written primarily in C#, with the DirectX functionality in C++/CLI. The source code is available, but it isn’t licensed as open source.

JAX-WS 2.2 and Metro 2.0 Nightly Available

by Dio Synodinos on  Mar 16, 2009

Rama Pulavarthi, member of the Java Web Services group at Sun Microsystems, has reported on the availability of the JAX-WS 2.2 and Metro 2.0 nightly builds. JAX-WS 2.2 is mainly aimed to add support for WS-Addressing 1.0 - Metadata specification and Metro 2.0 is scheduled to be delivered on GlassFish v3.

Financial Functions for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 26, 2008

Luca Bolognese has reimplemented Excel’s collection of financial functions in F#. Released under an open source license, it should prove useful for both learning F# and for porting applications from Excel to .NET.

Java 1.5 for the .NET Platform

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 15, 2008 4

Ja.NET is a port of Java 1.5 SE to the .NET platform. Ja.NET is built on top of noteworthy open source projects such as the Eclipse JDT compiler, Mono's Cecil, and Apache Harmony. Unlike IKVM, which is a full JVM running on .NET, Ja.NET compiles directly to IL. This should give it a significant advantage in performance.

Web Services Test Forum Announced

by Mark Little on  Dec 09, 2008 1

IBM, Oracle, Red Hat and others have just announced the formation of the Web Services Test Forum, a venue for continuous testing of interoperability for heterogeneous Web Services implementations as well as a flexible way for vendors and customers to define the interoperability scenarios that are important for them. But how does this relate to WS-I and why has Microsoft not signed up to it yet?

In Other News: Free Windows for CPAN Authors

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 07, 2008 1

In an unprecedented move, Microsoft is giving all the CPAN authors access to an array of hosted Windows virtual machines. The machines will be hosted in Australia by a third part with the goal of making it possible for Perl on Windows to achieve parity with Perl on other platforms.

Crack.NET – Like Greasemonkey for WinForms and WPF Applications

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 02, 2008 1

Using tools like Greasemonkey, users are able to extend many web applications whether or not the site owners want them to. With Crack.NET, that same level of user control can be achieved over WinForm and WPF-based .NET applications.

Cross-platform Delphi is Back

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 27, 2008

Using Visual Studio Shell as a starting point and Mono as a runtime, Embarcadero Technologies has introduced a new version of Delphi for .NET called Delphi Prism. This project is being target towards cross-platform developers who want to bring the .NET ecosystem with them to OS X.

Is It Appropriate to Use Non-.NET Libraries in Your Day to Day Work?

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 26, 2008 3

From the beginning, the .NET stack had first class support for unmanaged libraries. By using P/Invoke one can access most of the Win32 API and support for COM opens up developers to a wealth of applications and third-party libraries. But should .NET developers actually take advantage of this?

Microsoft Joins AMQP Working Group

by Dilip Krishnan on  Nov 05, 2008 1

Microsoft Corp. joined the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) Working Group, an organization focused on the development of the AMQP specification.

JavaScript Meets Ruby: John Barnette Explains Johnson

by Joseph Hurtado on  Oct 31, 2008 2

Johnson brings Javascript to Ruby, allowing to run Javascript inside a Ruby runtime. To understand the why and how behind Johnson, we talked to John Barnette who's behind Johnson.

C# Feature Focus: Optional and Named Parameters, COM Interoperability

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 27, 2008 4

Believe it or not, C# is going to have full support for optional and named parameters. This, and other features intended for COM support, will be included in C# 4. There was also a rumor about parameterized properties.

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