Microsoft will release .NET Compact Framework 3.9 (NETCF 3.9) in the upcoming build of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 with improved start-up time, enhanced memory utilization, Visual Studio 2012 support and new garbage collector.
It seems like every year we relay the announcement that the .NET platform is going to be available on the Nokia S60. In 2007 the now defunct Red Five Labs was talking about Net60, a version of the .NET Compact Framework. Then in 2008 Nokia announced that Silverlight 2 would be demonstrated at the MIX08 conference. Two full years later, we are just now seeing a public Silverlight for Symbian beta.
The AOP framework PostSharp now supports Silverlight, Mono, and .NET Compact Framework.
InfoQ informed the community about the free EQATEC code profiler for the .NET Compact Framework a month ago. In the meantime, the profiler has been well received by the community, and EQATEC released version 1.2 with new features and bug fixes.
McObject has released version 3.0 of its open source embedded database targeted at Java and .NET developers.
EQATEC has recently released a free code profiler for applications written for the .NET Compact Framework.
RIA technologies often need to integrate with established platforms such as .Net or JEE. FlurineFx is an open source library that bridges Flex and .Net. InfoQ spoke with FluorineFx's project manager and learned more details about it.
Microsoft is closing shop on a popular conference targetted at mobile device application developers.
The .NET Compact Framework is used for smaller devices such as smart phones and handheld computers as well as the XBox 360. The recently released 3.5 version now includes a host of debugging tools known collectively Power Toys for .NET Compact Framework 3.5.
Service Pack 2 for the .NET Compact Framework has been released. Aside from some debugging enhancements, this release is mainly a collection of bug fixes.
A new demo of the next .NET Compact Framework is included the January Orcas CTP. The .NET Compact Framework team has listed several of the new features including a subset of Linq's Standard Query Operators.
Applications written for the .NET Compact Framework (NetCF) typically run on machines with far less power that your typical laptop. Since performance is far more of an issue on these platforms, the .NET Compact Framework Team has added a new performance logger to the NetCF 3.5.
XNA Game Studio Express was released early this morning. Now developers can create games for the Xbox 360 and play them in the same day on their own console.
Mike Calligro from Microsoft's embedded product group expounds on why the "X" in the PPC OS does not actually close a PPC application.
The .NET product teams at Microsoft have announced a second series of Live Meeting presentations for .NET developers, "Live From Redmond", taking place throughout August and September. The presentations are technical in nature, rather than a marketing pitch for various new Microsoft products, as they come directly from the Product Team members at Microsoft.