Open Source


The Shifting Sands of the Microsoft Ecosystem

As the market becomes more diffuse, its practitioners and participants must cope and adapt.

NSpec Simplifies Unit Testing

NSpec is a no-nonsense BDD framework for the .NET Framework, influenced by RSpec and leveraging NUnit assertions.

Chocolatey Goodness: A Sweet Installer

Chocolatey is a powerful installation program for open-source software.

Raking in the Rewards of Codified Build Scripts: Albacore

Build scripts are finally being treated as first-class development citizens, thanks to tools like psake, FAKE, and Rake + Albacore. Ian Davis explores the Ruby-based, open source Albacore DSL.

The IronLanguages Open Source Project

Late last year Microsoft took IronRuby, IronPython and the Dynamic Language Runtime projects open source. Here's a look at the open source dynamic language resources for Visual Studio.

Copy and Paste: Redmond's Open Source Strategy

On occasion I've been surprised that Microsoft has put significant effort into developing features and functionality already available within the developer ecosystem.

Survey: Devs Adopting Open Source, But Management Lacking

A survey of 1600 software development professionals shows widespread uptake of open source solutions marred by lack of effective policies and integration.

Microsoft Tells Congress To Reform U.S. Patent Laws

Microsoft wants Congress to reform the U.S. patent laws by focusing on five issues that intellectual property stakeholders most want, according to the company's legal counsel.

Devs: Android Catching up to iPad

In a manner similar to its growth in the smartphone arena, Google's mobile OS, Android, is gaining ground quickly on Apple's iOS, which powers the iPhone and iPad devices.

Mueller Defends Java Android Code Claims; Analysts Weigh In

A headline-grabbing claim of the discovery of new evidence supporting Oracle's allegation that Google infringed on copyrights related to the Java Platform in its Android mobile operating system sparked a hot debate in the blogosphere over the weekend.

CollabNet Further Embraces Cloud with Codesion Acquisition

CollabNet made a self-described "aggressive move" into cloud-based developer services recently by announcing it is acquiring Codesion, which hosts software version control services such as Subversion.

Microsoft Moves WebMatrix to Beta 2

WebMatrix Beta 2 is integrated with NuPack, a new open-source package manager Microsoft announced today. The company also released the ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta, which supports the Razor view-engine.

Microsoft Sues Again Over Android, Targets Motorola

Microsoft has sued Motorola over its use of the Android mobile operating system in smartphones, alleging that patents held by Microsoft were violated.

Collabnet Pushes Agile ALM into the Cloud

Application lifecycle management (ALM) provider Collabnet rolled out a new version of its flagship TeamForge ALM platform this week, as well as a general-availability release of its free Subversion Edge product.

Microsoft Lays Out Its 'Open Cloud' Vision

Microsoft used the occasion of an open source conference last month to advance its vision of an open cloud by breaking it down into four basic principles.

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