Google Considered C# as the Native Language for Android

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Wow, I nearly fell out of my chair when I read this little gem on TechCrunch:

Android chief Andy Rubin wrote in a 2005 email, “If Sun doesn’t want to work with us, we have two options: 1) Abandon our work and adopt MSFT CLR VM and C# language – or – 2) Do Java anyway and defend our decision, perhaps making enemies along the way.”

Imagine how different the world would be today if Google had chosen .NET instead of Java as the native development framework for the Android mobile operating system…

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.NET Isn’t Dead

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I jump into the controversy about the future of the .NET Framework and HTML5+JavaScript.

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Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1

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Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for its Visual Studio 2010 flagship integrated development environment (IDE).  Visual Studio SP1 provides many new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes including:

  • Stand-alone Help Viewer 1.1
  • Silverlight 4 support
  • Basic Unit Testing support for .NET 3.5
  • .NET Framework 4 improvements
  • Performance Wizard for Silverlight
  • Visual Basic Runtime embedding
  • IntelliTrace for 64-bit and SharePoint
  • Fix for partial or mixed Visual Studio installations
  • IIS 7.5 Express support
  • SQL Server CE 4 support
  • Razor support for ASP.NET Web Pages and MVC 3
  • Web Platform Installer integration
  • HTML5 and CSS3 preliminary support
  • WCF RIA Services localized and supported
  • XAML Editor/Designer improvements
  • XAML Style IntelliSense
  • C++ MFC-based GPU-accelerated graphics and animations
  • New AMD and Intel instruction set support

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.NET Framework 4 and Extensions Poster

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.NET Framework 4 and Extensions Poster (PDF)

Click the image above to download a .NET Framework 4 and Extensions poster from Microsoft.

Want more .NET posters?  Devcurry has published a collection of .NET Framework and Visual Studio posters including keyboard shortcut, namespace and type posters.

.NET and Visual Studio Poster Collection

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Released Today

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Microsoft is releasing Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0, and Silverlight 4 at the Visual Studio Developer Conference in Las Vegas.  VS 2010 and .NET 4 are available today, and Silverlight 4 will be available to download later this week.

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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate

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The Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 is now available to the public.  The biggest change from Beta 2 is a major improvement to Visual Studio performance, specifically as it relates to loading solutions, typing, building and debugging.  The RC includes a “go-live license” for companies that wish to deploy Visual Studio 2010 in their production environment.

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Visual Studio Myth Buster

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Do you need help convincing your boss that your company needs to upgrade to Visual Studio 2010?  Or perhaps you are looking for additional ammo in your .NET vs. Java religious wars with your programming colleagues?

Microsoft has produced a Silverlight-based “Myth Busting Matrix” for Visual Studio.  This nifty web tool details the benefits of upgrading to Visual Studio 2010 and helps dispel some widely-held myths about Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework.  You can browse all three supported versions of Visual Studio (2005, 2008 and 2010) by your areas of interest and click on the myths for more information.

Visual Studio Myth Buster

Visual Studio Myth Buster

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta 2

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The second beta version of Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0 are now available.  VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 deliver significant new capabilities and improvements.  The Beta 2 release was focused on performance, stability, and the integration of the overall feature set.  The development team is awaiting our feedback on the product and preparing for the final release candidate (RC).  Beta 2 includes a “go-live” license, which means you can start using these tools for your production projects.

VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 are slated to be released on March 22, 2010.

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.NET Installed on Almost 80% of Windows PCs

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The good news is that Microsoft .NET Framework is installed on a majority of Windows PCs.  The bad news is if you are developing an application with the newest version of .NET (3.5), nearly half of Windows PCs cannot run your app.

Story at DevTopics

Microsoft Community Promise for C# and CLI

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Microsoft is applying its Community Promise to the C# programming language and Common Language Infrastructure (CLI).  This means that anyone can freely build, sell, distribute or use programs with C# and the CLI without signing a license agreement or otherwise communicating to Microsoft.  This applies to all distribution models including open source and GPL.  Under the Community Promise, Microsoft will not assert its Necessary Claims.

In other words, build all you want with C# and .NET, Microsoft won’t sue you for copyright or patent infringement.

Specifically, this announcement applies to the ECMA 334 (C#) and ECMA 335 (CLI) specifications.

“The Community Promise is an excellent vehicle and, in this situation, ensures the best balance of interoperability and flexibility for developers,” said Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President for the .NET Developer Platform.

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