Version 1.9 beta of GitHub’s Atom text editor has been announced, along with Atom 1.8. Atom 1.9 beta sports a completed redesign of its buffer display layers, drag and drop layout management for tabs, and an upgraded Electron.
Text editor Atom has released version 1.7 with notable changes including MRU tab switching and a number of improvements for Windows users. In the blog post Atom 1.7 and 1.8 beta, software engineer Michelle Tilley describes how with v1.7 ctrl-tab now switches "between the most recently used (MRU) tabs in an Atom window instead of switching to the tab to the right of the current tab."
NativeScript 1.5 has been released. One of the biggest developments is the support for TypeScript, allowing NativeScript users to develop their projects in TypeScript, without the need for TypeScript compilers.
Ionide, based on the Atom Editor, is a suite of packages that aim to provide a full-featured, modern, cross-platform, open-source IDE for F# development. InfoQ has talked with Ionide’s creator, Krzysztof Cieślak.
The file formats used by Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been fully opened source via the latest release of Microsoft's OpenXML SDK. This provides developers with the familiar Apache 2.0 License, providing an easier path to incorporating support for these documents into their own projects.
The recently released Noda Time 1.2 provides support for XML and JSON serialization, text formatting and also includes an assembly that enables developers to handle JSON serialization.
OData v4.0 Committee Specification with Data Models, URL Components, CSDL, Vocabulary and Annotation
OASIS Open Data Protocol Technical Committee recently approved ODATA v4.0 as committee specification and also made available the complete reference documentation in both online and downloadable ZIP formats.
One blog of note that is furthering the efforts of today’s mobile application developers can be found at the OpenSignal web site. Their recent Android Fragmentation Visualized report offers some unique perspectives on the challenges of writing Android apps.
Many of the presumptions of how slow and resource-demanding "Fat” XML is compared to JSON’s lightweight payload do not hold up to a test David Lee, lead engineer at Marklogic, states after running a "crowd sourcing" experiment with 33 different documents and almost 1200 tests on a multitude of browsers and operating systems.
Microsoft has recently released updates for .NET Framework 4.5 which fixes reliability, compatibility, stability, and performance issues associated with WPF, CLR, Windows Forms, XML, NCL, ASP.NET, WWF, WCF and Entity Framework.
JSONiq is a new query language that builds upon XQuery. Like SQL or LINQ, it has syntactic support concepts such as let, for, where, group by, and select.
OpenXML SDK 2.0 for MS Office provides strongly typed part classes to manipulate Open XML documents. WorddocGenerator, an open source utility for generating template driven word files is one example of what can be done with this SDK. InfoQ got in touch with Atul Verma the developer of this utility to ask him a few questions about this project.
In late December 2011, Microsoft announced the pre-release of a set of services labeled Windows Azure Service Bus EAI Labs. These enhancements to the existing Windows Azure Service Bus make it easier to connect (cloud) applications through the use of message routing rules, protocol bridging, message transformation services and connectivity to on-premises line of business systems.
IBM has recently prototyped a software architecture that can deal with large amount of data flows. IBM’s software is built for the SKA telescope (Square Kilometre Array) and allows to automatically classify astronomical objects. Radio astronomer Melanie Johnston-Hollitt at Victoria University, Wellington , NZ, has collaborated with IBM for developing the system.