People who know me know that Python has always been one of my favorite languages. And over the years, I've been pleased with the array of development tools that have been created for it, including the different IDEs. I also do a lot of work in .NET, primarily with C#. And although I once wrote a raving review of the .NET implementation of python called IronPython, truth be told, I never use IronPython anymore. Not at all. In the past, oh maybe four years, I've created a grand total of two IronPython programs, each consisting of maybe three lines of …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22389[/ATTACH]CodeToGo is, essentially, an API wrapper around the Ideone.com online compiler and debugger that enables you to use it to compile and run code in around 50 different programming languages on your iPhone or iPad. It has been around for a while but has always been somewhat tarnished with the 'toy' label courtesy of a total inability to load or save code snippets, requiring you to type them in manually. Actually that wasn't quite the case either, although many thought it to be, as you could always use the ideone.com site to email the code snippets. However, this latest app …

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Netbeans is a free, open source IDE for developing software in Java. It's been around for almost 15 years, having gotten its start around the time Java began. Version 7.0 is about to be released, and I got my hands on the Beta release of this new version. In the past I've generally preferred Eclipse for my Java developmentā€”not because I felt it was necessarily better, but simply it's what I used at various jobs and grew accustomed to. So I didn't spend much time on NetBeans. But they do have a lot in common. One common element is that …

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A couple weeks ago, Microsoft Research made available a project that had been under development for a while called Debugger Canvas. This is a visual tool for debugging applications where your functions appear as bubbles, similar to a database diagram or UML diagram. It only works on Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate due to the fact that it uses some internal features that are only included in the Ultimate edition. Because Debugger Canvas is a project of Microsoft Research, it's not "official" in that it's not actually a part of Visual Studio, nor is it an official, supported Microsoft product. And …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17350[/ATTACH]Since the release of the second edition of Parallel Studio this month, I've spent a good amount of time with it, trying out the new features. First, what's Parallel Studio? It's an add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio that gives you a large set of features for writing parallel code that targets multiple processor cores. It includes a new C++ compiler that gets run instead of the built-in Visual C++ compiler, allowing you to take advantage of several new features. Parallel Studio integrates with all the recent versions of Visual Studio: 2005, 2008, and 2010. Parallel Studio 2011, which is the …

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