Xamarin announced a new release of its cross-platform mobile development product line — Xamarin Studio, along with several other product suite updates that together comprise Xamarin 2.0. The new Xamarin Studio combines formerly separate toolsets for building native iOS, Android, and Mac OS X apps in C# into a single IDE, which also supports Windows C# app development. In addition, Xamarin announced a new Xamarin Component Store for app builders, integration of Xamarin’s native iOS platform with Visual Studio, and new licensing options including a new free Starter edition.

Xamarin Studio incorporates Xamarin’s separate development toolsets so that C# developers can now build iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, Mac OS X, and Windows applications from one IDE. Key features include code completion, which lets you easily discover iOS, Android and OS X APIs; a UI builder for Android and integration with Xcode Interface Builder for iOS apps; a built-in debugger that lets you debug an app either running in a simulator or on a device; and syntax highlighting and tooltips, plus a number of other features.

Using code completion in Xamarin Studio

Using code completion in Xamarin Studio

Another highlight of the release is that, as with Xamarin’s Android tools, the Xamarin iOS toolset can now be used within Visual Studio. Developers can use either Visual Studio or Xamarin Studio to write apps for iOS devices, a simulator, or mixed platforms.

Also included in the Xamarin 2.0 announcement is the launch of a new Xamarin Component Store, where developers can buy or download free UI controls, themes, and other components to include in their apps developed with Xamarin.

You can learn more about Xamarin Studio and other details of the Xamarin 2.0 announcement on the Xamarin blog.

Telerik has released DevCraft Q1 2013, the latest update to Telerik’s DevCraft suite of application development tools for Microsoft’s .NET and Windows 8 platforms. DevCraft Q1 2013 includes a number of enhancements to controls and developer productivity tools in the DevCraft suite.

In conjunction with the Microsoft 2013 MVP Global Summit, Telerik announced that it is offering Microsoft MVPs and Regional Directors (RDs) a free DevCraft Complete license from Telerik; MVPs and RDs can register here to get DevCraft Complete.

Here’s an overview of the new features in DevCraft Q1 2013:

UI Controls

  • RadControls for Windows 8: This native Windows 8 controls set features a new Grid control for both XAML and HTML, new XAML versions of the AutoCompleteBox and several Chart controls (annotations and plot bands, empty values), and a new HTML version of the financial series chart Control.
  • ASP.NET AJAX and ASP.NET controls: All ASP.NET AJAX controls work seamlessly in SharePoint 2013 farms. Telerik also released in beta a new Persistence Framework for ASP.NET AJAX that allows persistent control settings between sessions. Also added are .NET 4.5 Model Binding support for the AJAX Grid, ListView, and TreeList controls and new OLAP support for PivotGrid for ASP.NET AJAX, WinForms, and XAML. Additionally, RadControls for ASP.NET’s Image Editor control provides new HTML5-based drawing capabilities and filters.
  • Windows Forms controls: The WinForms controls include a new PDFViewer control and an improved ChartView that supports multiple axes, drill-up/down, and smart labels.
  • XAML controls: A new spreadsheet control lets users work with data directly in an app. The Silverlight and WPF suites also come with new BarcodeReader and TileList (Beta) controls and improved touch support.
New Grid control in Telerik's RadControls for Windows 8 - Telerik DevCraft Q1 2013

New Grid control in Telerik’s RadControls for Windows 8 – Telerik DevCraft Q1 2013

Developer Productivity Tools

  • Improvements to “Just” tools: JustCode includes better warnings and errors and adds support for LESS (the JavaScript-based stylesheet language). Telerik has also added fully profiled automocking to JustMock, added continuous profiling to JustTrace, and added a new Plugin Manager to JustDecompile.
  • Kendo UI ASP.NET MVC: This JavaScript/HMTL5 development framework has a new HTML5 front end for ASP.NET MVC applications and several other enhancements.
  • OpenAccess ORM now supports streaming of large data files from the database with a memory buffer.

You can find more information about the new features in DevCraft Q1 2013 and download a free trial version on Telerik’s DevCraft product page. Telerik is also offering a series of webinars March 4 – March 8, 2013, to explain the new features in DevCraft Q1 2013.

Technology startup Oort Corp announced that it is offering a preview version of Zudio, a new HTML- and JavaScript-based web app for administering Windows Azure Storage accounts. Zudio’s creator Mark Rendle said that Zudio will let Windows Azure Storage users maintain data in Azure Blob Storage, Tables, and Queues from any PC or tablet running a standards-compliant web browser.

Azure Storage users can request a Zudio preview access code by following @oortio on Twitter and requesting preview access in a tweet with the #zudio hashtag.

In a Zudio Blog post, Rendle said that Zudio’s functionality will include:

  • Viewing and editing blob meta-data
  • Searching on Tables using $filter syntax
  • Searching blob storage
  • Uploading complex folder structures to blob storage as Zip archives
  • Cut, copy, and paste on Blobs and Table entities, including between storage accounts and data centers.

In a blog post today, Scott Guthrie announced that the final release of the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update is now available for download. Guthrie, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business, said that the update adds some new features to ASP.NET and Visual Studio — including enhancements to Visual Studio web tooling, the ASP.NET Web API, the ASP.NET SignalR library, and ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms as well as improvements to Windows Azure authentication.

The ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update is a free download for Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5. Guthrie said that the update will also be included with the upcoming Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2).

See Scott Guthrie’s blog post for detailed information about the new features included in the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update. Also see the Channel 9 video Introduction to the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 Release and Scott Hanselman’s blog post “Released: ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 in Context.”

Creating a SignalR project in Visual Studio 2012

Creating a SignalR project in Visual Studio 2012

Syncfusion, a provider of software components and tools for application developers using Microsoft .NET platforms, announced availability of Syncfusion Essential Studio 2013 Volume 1, the first set of 2013 updates for Syncfusion’s flagship controls set for .NET, Windows 8, and Windows Phone development platforms.

Key new features in Essential Studio 2013 Vol. 1 include new Grid, Report Viewer, and other controls for WinRT, a new ASP.NET MVC OLAP Chart control, a high-performance Fast Chart control for the Essential Studio XAML platforms (WPF, Silverlight, WinRT, and Windows Phone 8), and improvements to a number of controls for the various Microsoft platforms supported in Essential Studio (e.g., ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Forms). Essential Studio 2013 vol. 1 is also completely integrated with Visual Studio 2012. Concurrently with the Essential Studio update, Syncfusion announced it has released several new features for its Orubase mobile-app development framework.

Following are some highlights of Essential Studio 2013 Vol. 1.

Essential Studio WinRT Edition 2013

Syncfusion’s new control set for WinRT (XAML) includes Gauge, Grid, Report Viewer, Maps, DocIO (doc-to-RTF conversion), and Rich Text Box controls for WinRT. The Essential Grid control provides data binding, style customization, cell templates, options for row-level selection behavior, sorting, grouping, filtering, conditional formatting, and support for automatic resizing of columns. Essential Report Viewer for WinRT lets users view RDL-based reports within their WinRT apps and dynamically change report parameters. You can find detailed information about the WinRT updates via Syncfusion’s What’s New in WinRT (XAML) page.

Essential Studio ASP.NET MVC Edition 2013

The ASP.NET MVC control set includes a number of updates, especially for the business intelligence (BI) products in the set. For example, the Essential BI Chart control includes a new OLAP chart component that uses SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to retrieve data and display it in multi-dimensional OLAP cubes. For more information about the ASP.NET MVC updates, see the What’s New in ASP.NET MVC page.

Syncfusion Essential Studio 2013 ASP.NET MVC BI Chart OLAP chart component

Syncfusion Essential Studio 2013 v1 ASP.NET MVC BI Chart OLAP chart component

Fast Chart Control for XAML

The Essential Studio 2013 vol. 1 XAML control sets (WPF, Silverlight, WinRT, and Windows Phone 8) include a new Fast Chart control that loads, renders, and updates charts very quickly. Syncfusion cites load-time statistics on a Core i7 laptop with Windows 8: 500,000 points load in 280ms, 500 series with 500 points in each series load in 800ms, and 8 series with 50,000 points in each series load in 300ms.

For more information about the updates in Syncfusion Essential Studio 2013 Vol. 1, see the Syncfusion blog and the What’s New page.

Most of us grudgingly accept that ceding some personal information is a fact of life in online transactions. However, if you’re a developer offering apps for sale through the Google Play app store, you might be surprised to discover — as an Australian developer did — that as a merchant, you receive name, email, and certain location information for each customer who bought your app on Google Play.

Dan Nolan, a developer from Sydney, Australia, found this out when he recently logged on to his Google Play merchant account. Nolan was surprised to see listed the email address, suburb (zip code), and many of the full names of people who bought his Android app on Google Play.

Google’s policy raises a twofold privacy concern. First, it poses the question of whether or not a developer who sells his or her app through an app store ought to have access to customer information. Google’s formidable lists of privacy policies and Google Play Terms of Service don’t state explicitly that Google passes along information related to Google Play purchases to the developers who sell their apps on Google Play. Buyers familiar with the Apple app stores or Windows Store, where Apple or Microsoft block app sellers’ access to buyer’s personal information, might well assume — incorrectly — that Google does likewise.

Nolan also raises concerns that providing developers with buyer information could lead to a developer harassing a buyer who was dissatisfied with the app, or more direly, malware could compromise a developer’s Google Play account and access the information in it.

Whether or not Google chooses to amend its policy, both Google Play app buyers and sellers should be aware of what happens with customers’ personal information. At minimum, Google should clear up the ambiguity in its current policies regarding sharing of personal information so that Google Play app buyers and developers know which information of theirs is shared and with whom.

This story was originally reported at http://www.news.com.au/technology/massive-google-security-flaw-puts-users-details-on-display-for-all-to-find/story-e6frfro0-1226577210852#ixzz2KuU27sWo

Adobe Systems announced several product updates available exclusively to members of the Adobe Creative Cloud service for web developers and web designers. The announcements include feature updates to several web development tools — Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Edge Code preview — as well as the first public preview of Adobe Edge Reflow, a responsive web design tool for creating layout and visual designs with CSS.

Adobe Edge Reflow features an intuitive resizable design surface that shows how layouts and visuals will adapt to different screen sizes. Using CSS, Edge Reflow lets users create high-fidelity web designs on an app’s native web surface. Users can preview designs in the browser and extract the CSS for use in Edge Code, Dreamweaver, or another editor. Adobe wants users’ input on the preview; users can submit their feedback at https://github.com/edge-reflow/issues.

Additionally, Adobe updated Adobe Edge Animate, adding new CSS-based features, including gradients, CSS filters, and enhanced font support. The enhancements allow users to style and animate elements using radial or linear gradients, preview Edge Web Fonts live in a new interface, and leverage CSS filtering capabilities found in modern WebKit browsers (blur, greyscale, sepia, brightness, and others).

The update to Adobe Dreamweaver improves interoperability with the Adobe Edge Tools & Services family and includes new features to enhance code authoring ability and workflow, such as an improved fluid grid layout feature. Capping off the updates, the preview release of Adobe Edge Code includes Live Development, which lets users see changes in the browser immediately as they make code edits, and Quick Edit, which lets users edit code in context instead of switching between files.

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