Microsoft has open sourced Checked C, a research project meant to add bounds checking to C and C++.
Microsoft's code-based multiplatform editor Visual Studio Code has sought to be a go-to choice for developers whether they use Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. One aspect that has limited the editor is the lack of proper C/C++ support beyond basic syntax highlighting. A new Microsoft extension seeks to narrow the feature gap while providing several C/C++ focused tools.
Microsoft's new partnership with Xoreax has produced a "freemium" version of IncrediBuild for Visual Studio users. This tool uses several techniques to dramatically reduce project build times for several different project types.
Go 1.5 has a complete tool chain written in Go, a quicker garbage collector and runs a goroutine on each available CPU.
Facebook has open sourced Infer, a static analysis tool for C, Java and Objective-C.
We published in 2014 the results of TechEmpower’s benchmark of various web frameworks, a term including web platforms and micro-frameworks. A year later, they have published a new set of results outlining important changes in the performance of top 10 web frameworks.
CppDepend is a primarily a source code analyzer, with features geared towards making it easier to understand large code bases with complex interdependencies. In addition, it can integrate with static analyzers. With the introduction of version 5, CppDepend now supports C and C++14.
JetBrains has released CLion EAP, a new IntelliJ-based IDE for C and C++. The IDE comes with Code Completion, Code Generation (for constructors, getters/setters or methods), Intention Actions, Quick Fixes, Refactoring, Project Search and Code Navigation. They also want to bring ReSharper to Visual Studio C++.
As new details on Visual Studio "14" emerge, Microsoft's James McNellis describes how changes are being made to the infamous MSVCR DLL. Additional work being done to implement C99 support will also be changing how the default behavior of familiar functions.
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++.
AIDE 2.0 adds support for C/C++, a new Design View, better UI and improved Git integration. AIDE is an Android IDE running on Android.
Damien Katz, Couchbase, believes that C is still a great language for back-end programming, while other developers argue that C has too many flaws, supporting C++ or Java, while others like neither.
At the November LLVM developers meeting, Doug Gregor of Apple gave a presentation on adding modules to C. This provides a transitional approach to providing modules as a means to both speed up compilation time and to improve the amount of semantic information provided by libraries, which can be used to improve both IDEs and debugging.
Rust is a systems programming language developed by Mozilla and targeted at high performance applications. This post contains an interview with Graydon Hoare, Rust’s creator.