Infragistics has launched a Visual Studio 11 Beta readiness initiative and has all of its UI development toolsets compatible with the beta of Microsoft's flagship tooling platform.
a maker of user interface development tools, announced that it is ready to
support the Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta across its UI development toolsets.
Studio 11 Beta compatibility, Infragistics flagship product NetAdvantage Ultimate 2011 Volume 2 empowers
users to develop and deliver compelling user experiences across all platforms,
the company said.
As with other
major platform updates, weve worked diligently to ensure that our UI toolsets
take advantage of the capabilities in Visual Studio 11 Beta so that we can
deliver to our customers the means to produce exciting, multiplatform end-user
experiences, Dean Guida, CEO of Infragistics, said in a statement. With
market insight driving our product innovations, our customers can turn
application development opportunities into revenue-generating realities.
is a strong Visual Studio Partner committed to delivering to customers experiences
that take advantage of the latest Microsoft platforms, Tom Lindeman, director
of Microsofts Visual Studio Industry Program, said in a statement. With
Visual Studio 11 Beta compatibility, Infragistics helps developers embrace and
enable next-generation application development.
has shipped the first NetAdvantage Ultimate 2011 Volume 2 Service Release that
includes Visual Studio 11 Beta-compatible bits. NetAdvantage Ultimate customers
will continue to receive Service Releases as Visual Studio 11 moves out of Beta
and through to general availability.
On March 8,
Infragistics delivered a NetAdvantage Service Release for Visual Studio 11
Beta, which provided the latest patches and fixes for the toolset. In a blog post about that release, Jason Beres,
Infragistics director of product management, said, We are working with
Microsoft on multiple issues that we are both aware of with Visual Studio 11,
we expect a more stable experience when the Visual Studio 11 RC ships.
an earlier post, Beres said he had been getting lots
of questions about developing for Windows 8 using the WinRT controls. Beres
This is a
question I have gotten even more of in the last month since the buzz around
Windows 8 Consumer Preview coming in late February has picked up. Similar
to the Visual Studio 11 Beta story, we are working as closely as we can with
Microsoft on our Windows 8 controls story. After the Consumer Preview
ships, and Windows 8 moves into Release Candidate and GA, well keep you
updated on the plans we have for controls that are designed specifically for
Metro Style Apps in Windows 8. As you know, the current NetAdvantage Ultimate controls can be used to
build Windows 8 Desktop Apps today, no problem. On the other hand, WOA (Windows
on ARM) Apps, which are designed to only run on ARM-based tablets, are what is
getting everyone excited. As Steven Sinofsky stated in this blog on building the WOA experience:
Metro style apps in the Windows Store can support both WOA
and Windows 8 on x86/64. Developers wishing to target WOA do so by writing
applications for the WinRT (Windows APIs for building Metro style apps) using
the new Visual Studio 11 tools in a variety of languages, including C#/VB/XAML
and Jscript/ HTML5. Native code targeting WinRT is also supported using C and
C++, which can be targeted across architectures and distributed through the
Windows Store. WOA does not support running, emulating, or porting existing
x86/64 desktop apps. Code that uses only system or OS services from WinRT can
be used within an app and distributed through the Windows Store for both WOA
and x86/64. Consumers obtain all software, including device drivers, through
the Windows Store and Microsoft Update or Windows Update.
Microsoft delivered the Visual Studio 11 beta Feb. 29.
Discussing the Visual Studio 11 Beta, S. Soma Somasegar, corporate vice
president of Microsofts Developer Division, said the new toolset focuses on
three primary themes: modern consumer and business apps, simplified and
productive development environment, and collaborative and agile software teams.
Somasegar said, We will be in lock-step between the platform [Windows 8] and
the tools. Microsoft released a preview of Visual Studio 11 in
September 2011 along with a developer preview of Windows 8 at its BUILD conference.
Visual Studio 11 is an integrated solution that helps individuals and
development teams of any size be productive and focused, collaborate seamlessly
with colleagues, and turn their ideas into exceptional and compelling
building Visual Studio 11 with a focus on offering todays software developer
the very best environment for efficiently building applicationsfor both businesses
and consumers, Somasegar said in a statement. In addition, our work has been
highly influenced by the proliferation of devices and a passion for enabling
developers to focus on building high-quality, modern applications with data
that seamlessly flows from one device to another, easily incorporating
intuitive interfaces such as touch and voice. We want developers to be
productive in building such applications, whether theyre using C++,
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.