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My project updates

Updates for VS2015 & .NET 4.6

With Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft finally provides a free Community edition that’s both reasonably feature-complete and legal to use for any purpose by individuals and teams of up to five, or of any size for non-commercial projects. That’s a huge step up from the shamefully crippled Express editions of previous versions, although those strangely continue […]

Check .NET Version updated for 4.6

After a long hiatus, I reinstalled Visual Studio since the 2015 Community edition is finally both free and reasonably feature-complete. I’ll go through my various Microsoft-related pages to see if anything needs updating, and today I start with my popular .NET version checker utility. Check .NET Version with Inno Setup now supports all .NET Framework […]

MIME Browser & Star Chess Updated

Following the recent release of Java SE 8 Update 40, I’ve updated my two open-source projects that currently use JavaFX to its latest version: MIME Browser 1.3.2 and Star Chess 2.0.1. In both cases, I replaced my homespun exception dialogs and message boxes with calls to the new dialog API. There were also a few […]

Custom KOMA-Script Letter 1.1

Over the last couple of KOMA-Script releases, I noticed that my custom letter format for this style package had changed its appearance. Specifically, the second page’s header and footer had moved from the margins into the page, taking up far too much space. I opened a (German) bug report on the KOMA-Script forum, including sample […]

Star Chess: The Next Generation

At long last I’ve finished updating Star Chess to Java and JavaFX. This little space empire builder was the founding project of the Kynosarges website. The original Fortran 90 version (yes, really) was the first page I published back in 1999. The first total rewrite in plain C for Windows followed in 2001. Then the […]

Java 8 for C# Programmers

My overview article Java for C# Programmers has been updated for Java SE 8. You can find many links to the new features in the announcement and follow-up post at Oracle’s Java Tutorials Blog. I also once again recommend Cay S. Horstmann’s book, Java SE 8 for the Really Impatient. That said, here’s a quick […]

MIME Browser 1.3 Released

Version 1.3 of MIME Browser, my free EML message viewer written in JavaFX, is now available for download. The one big change is the upgrade to Java SE 8 with JavaFX 8 whose new Modena theme is fashionably flat and gray, as you can see in the screenshot below. (I made the blue hyperlinks a […]

Grand Java SE 8 Update

Following Oracle’s long-awaited release of Java SE 8, I went through my Java-related articles and updated them to the latest version. Most benchmark results haven’t changed much, but neither has Oracle’s annoying default Windows JVM packaging. Here are some updates on this sorry subject: Java Client VM — Java SE 8 is faster across the […]

Struct Performance 2014

Once again and probably for the last time, I’ve updated my .NET Struct Performance article with results for the latest batch of compilers and runtimes. Microsoft’s and Mono’s current CLRs are unchanged as expected, and so is the excellent MinGW gcc. Visual C++ 2013 gave a nasty shock with massive optimizer failures for user-defined types […]