In this opinion piece, a look is taken at Microsoft's recent Build conference and how the company may be signaling its desire for an increased focus on attracting developers.
Modern C++ support continues to be an area of focus for Microsoft. This week at Build Herb Sutter gave a talk which provided an update on their current efforts, the level of CPP support being added in the next Visual Studio preview, and what is in store for the future.
An important part of ASP.NET MVC is the set of code generators called scaffolds. Inspired by Ruby on Rails, these code generators can be used to quickly create controllers and views based on a model class. New in VS 2013 Update 2 is the ability to create your own scaffolds that plug into the overall framework.
Microsoft has just released a beta of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, also known as NTVS. Notable for this release is support for the free version of Visual Studio, known formally as Visual Studio Express for Web, and TypeScript.
Microsoft's TypeScript language has now reached official 1.0 status and is available for use on several platfroms, including VS2012/VS2013, Eclipse, and in source form.
The opening keynote for Build 2014 kicked off with several big announcements. Today marked the formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 and the soon to be released Windows 8.1 Update.
Microsoft has formally introduced Windows universal apps, allowing developers to write a single app that will run on all Windows-based devices: phones, tablets, and PCs. This move unifies the platform in a significant way.
CodeLens has been a popular feature of VS2013. The forthcoming Update 2 is bring an enhancement to CodeLens called Incoming Changes, designed to make working with multiple code branches on TFS easier.
TypeScript becomes a mainline language with the release of VS2013 Update 2 CTP. As TypeScript nears official 1.0 status, several key changes have been made to the language.
New tools are bringing the web directly into a programmer's IDE. As search engines continue to compete for customers, new programming-specific search functionality has been produced for Visual Studio users.
Telerik recently renamed OpenAccess ORM as Telerik Data Access with Improved User Interface and colored visual designer in addition to Telerik.DataAccess.Core NuGet, Telerik.DataAccess.Fluent and Telerik.DataAccess.Fluent.Sample NuGet packages.
The recently released Android++ in closed beta enables you to build Android apps using Visual Studio with support for zero hardware restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC in addition to integrated GDB debugging.
Visual Studio Release Management enables you to create workflows using Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. In an exclusive interview with InfoQ, Pieter Gheysens shares more information about VSRM.
Visual F# Tools 3.1.1 has been released with support for both desktop and web versions of Visual Studio 2013 Express edition in addition to the ability to install it directly from PowerShell prompt.
Coverity has released version 7 of its testing platform with improved C#, Java, C, C++ algorithms in addition to support for SonarQube, Eclipse and Visual Studio 2013. The release also includes support for clang compiler used in the development of Objective-C and C/C++.