April 7, 2016

In This Issue

Announcing new SDI developer build—required for Visual Studio 2015 Update 2
Got a UI Toolkit application you'd like to modernize?
IPv6 is coming! IPv6 is coming!
The stars have aligned—Microsoft's plans now synchronize with Synergex's founding principle of portability
Industry News
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Announcing new SDI developer build—required for Visual Studio 2015 Update 2

Following Microsoft’s release of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 last week at their Build conference, Synergex released a new SDI (Synergy DBL Integration for Visual Studio) developer build that supports the VS update. Be sure to download this new developer build before using the VS update, as there are “breaking changes” in the update that will prevent earlier Synergy versions from working correctly with it.

Note that SDI does not currently support the preview of Visual Studio “15,” Microsoft’s next version of Visual Studio.

Got a UI Toolkit application you'd like to modernize?

2016 DevPartner Conference May 23-27 | Washington, D.C.

Learn how at the Synergy DevPartner Conference in May

Back by popular demand, the 2016 Synergy DevPartner Conference includes optional pre- and post-conference workshops to help you advance your skills, and ultimately your applications. This year, the pre-conference workshop will teach you how to use Synergy .NET, Symphony Framework, and CodeGen to migrate an application from UI Toolkit to a modern WPF user experience. This workshop includes a comprehensive presentation about the technology, including an exploration of common Toolkit coding practices and how to handle them in moving to WPF, followed by hands-on exercises to drive home the concepts.

Note: Make sure to reserve your conference hotel room as soon as possible, as the rooms in our block are going quickly!

IPv6 is coming! IPv6 is coming!

By Galen Carpenter, Senior System Software Engineer

IPv6 is coming! Should you panic? No, Chicken Little, there’s no reason to panic about IPv6. As a matter of fact, IPv6 is already here, Synergy/DE is ready for it, and the sky is not falling.

So what’s the deal with IPv6 anyway? The short version is this: IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) was developed because its predecessor, IPv4, was no longer up to the task. (Don’t even ask about IPv5!) IPv4 wasn’t designed for the Internet we have today. IPv6 will provide not only additional addresses but also more efficient routing and the ability to support modern networks of mobile devices.

Read the rest of the article.

The stars have aligned—Microsoft’s plans now synchronize with Synergex’s founding principle of portability

Synergex president blogs about the recent Build conference

It was very exciting to learn at Build this week that Microsoft will now be offering Visual Studio (VS) as a development tool to build anything to deploy anywhere—from Linux to Apple to Android, you name it! As Steve Ives referenced in his recent blog post, all of the Xamarin tools that we’ve been leveraging are now included with VS.

The really cool thing about all of this is that Microsoft’s direction is in perfect alignment with ours.

Read the rest of the blog post.


Our employees send in facts/jokes/tidbits that might be interesting to Synergy-e-News subscribers. These were provided by Johnson Luong, Synergex Software Test Engineer

  1. In File Explorer’s address bar, type “cmd” and press Enter to open a new command prompt where your Explorer window's active directory is. For example, if your active directory is "C:\Python27", then type "cmd" into the address bar to open a new command prompt there.

  2. As an inverse to fact 1, in the command prompt, type “explorer .” and press Enter to open a new Explorer window where your current active directory is:


Industry News

Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2015 Update 2
Windows 10 will receive an Anniversary Update with Linux support, Xbox One compatibility, and more
Microsoft makes Xamarin free in Visual Studio, open-sources SDK
Xamarin's Mono runtime gets a looser license
Windows 10 tip: Find any setting in seconds
The Linux command line and Bash shell is coming to Windows 10
Ubuntu (not Linux) on Windows: How it works
Linux comes to Windows — and 5 other big things Microsoft announced
Here's a look inside Dell's strategy for Linux PCs
Microsoft is bringing SQL Server to Linux
Linux 4.5 released
VMS Software, Inc. launches VSI OpenVMS 8.4-2 - new version of OpenVMS operating system worldwide
At Build, Microsoft tried a different way to mobile developers' hearts
Windows 10 Mobile isn't a focus for Microsoft in 2016
Microsoft’s ‘holoportation’ tech could be key to supplanting phones
Do not touch this one Android setting and most malware will leave you alone, mostly
New form of ransomware uses disk-level encryption to lock users out of their computers
Historical humor
Before their time: Watch as these teens react to Windows 95

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