By AppleInsider Staff Saturday, May 12, 2018, 05:26 am PT (08:26 am ET) New apps and updates to existing software are published in the App Store and other software marketplaces all the time, and keeping track of them all is an impossible task for most people. AppleInsider has gathered together some of the highlight macOS and iOS software updates and new apps that surfaced in the last week. This week's app highlights include the addition of ukulele lessons to Fender Play, the Green Kitchen vegetarian cookbook, Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac, Ring's Neighbors app, and a warning of table changes for Pinball Arcade. Gmail Gmail is of course Google's popular email service, accessible via many apps and the Web. The official iPhone and iPad app now includes a "snooze" button, letting users bury an inconvenient email or a message that isn't important, and allow it to resurface at a more convenient time. Users of Google Pay can also send or request money in messages, via a new option under … [Read more...] about App Roundup: Fender Play for iOS, Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac, Pinball Arcade, Gmail for iOS, more!
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In a move intended to attract Java developers, Microsoft on Monday released a new programming tool that rounds out its .NET software strategy.Microsoft launched Visual J# .NET, a development tool designed to be used by Java-language developers building applications and services on the .NET framework. The tool complements Visual C++ .NET, Visual C# .NET and Visual Basic .NET.Microsoft executives claim Visual J# .NET provides an easy transition into the world of XML web services for Java developers, and improves the interoperability of Java programs with existing software written in several other programming languages.Web services -- still a nascent market in the process of defining new ways to employ the Internet as a development platform -- gives enterprises maximum interoperability across disparate systems and platforms."Today, Java-language developers can increase their productivity while building and deploying agile, interoperable XML Web services," said Tom Button, vice president … [Read more...] about Microsoft Lures Java Developers into .NET
Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 8 beta 1, four months ahead of schedule. The browser is aimed at developers, the software giant said, but anyone can download the beta from its sites. It was originally scheduled to be released in June.Microsoft announced the release at its annual Mix 08 conference, which runs through Friday at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.Together with that announcement, it also released betas of Silverlight 2 and Expression Studio 2.Silverlight is Microsoft's cross-platform application for building and delivering Web-based multimedia applications, and Expression Studio 2, designed to work seamlessly with Visual Studio, lets designers and developers collaborate on creating better user experiences."The Web is at the center of everything Microsoft is doing," Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief architect, said at the launch. The new products will let developers and designers work together to deliver "a range of seamless, connected experiences across the … [Read more...] about Microsoft Gives Web Devs New Tools in IE8 Beta
Microsoft unveiled plans Tuesday to release stripped-down versions of its Visual Studio developer's tools and SQL Server database in an attempt to appeal to nonprofessional programmers.The inexpensive, lightweight "Express" versions are intended for people who write programs but do not work as software developers. This audience, which has been estimated to outnumber professional developers by about three to one, consists of students, hobbyists and others who write small, simple Web site applications.Microsoft has noted that it will create Express versions of several developer packages: SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Web Developer 2005, C# 2005, C++ 2005 and Visual J# 2005.Announced at Microsoft's TechEd Europe conference, the tools can be used together or separately, according to the company."If you look at the market today, there's an emerging body of people who are basically the next generation of developers," said Shawn Nandi, Microsoft product manager on the Web … [Read more...] about Microsoft Targets Hobbyist Programmers
In the beginning, there were basic Web sites -- text arranged (sort of) on a page, with a piece of clip art dropped haphazardly into the mix. Then the Web development pendulum swung the other way. Graphics became king, and text was relegated to a supporting role -- sometimes even a cameo. Although the two elements have achieved relative balance in recent years, text still must conform to design, and as Web sites grow in complexity and scope, Web developers must rely more on programs to help them get the job done.Still, developers differ in their approach to Web site creation and maintenance. Some quickly and happily adopt new software that helps them build graphically intense Web sites with point-and-click ease. Others view such software tools skeptically or even scornfully.Web development tools have evolved to reflect this dichotomy: Some, known as WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) tools, offer graphical user interfaces that allow users to drag-and-drop elements onto a page; … [Read more...] about Web Developers’ Dilemma: Text vs. GUI