Microsoft announced a slew of product news at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago, but in a conference of more than 23,000 attendees, the active expo floor offered arguably more news on software development tools and releases for developers in the Microsoft space.Below is a rundown of some of the interesting companies and developer offerings showcased at Microsoft Ignite:Xamarin demos Inspector for mobile app debuggingCross-platform mobile development tool provider Xamarin showcased Inspector, its new mobile visualization and debugging tool announced last week at Build for real-time inspection of Android and iOS apps through in-app C# code evaluation and modification. The company also talked about its Visual Studio 2015 integration (already in the installer), along with a preview of Xamarin.Forms for Universal Windows Apps.Datadog releases performance-monitoring extension for AzureDatadog, a SaaS-based cloud application monitoring platform, debuted its Microsoft Azure extension for Azure application monitoring and diagnostics. Available in the Azure marketplace, the platform supports Docker in production and offers API access for developers, supporting three OS environments: CentOS, Ubuntu and Windows. Aside from Azure and Docker, the platform now offers more than 100 other integrations including Chef, Jenkins, Puppet, SQL Server, Windows Management Instrumentation and Windows Internet Information Services.Adaptiva shows off OneSite 5.0 for enterprise Windows 10 deploymentsAdaptiva, a systems management provider for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, demonstrated a Windows 10-compatible version of its OneSite 5.0 solution for enterprise deployment, which has features such as bandwidth control, content pre-staging and encryption.The company also showed off its Client Health SCCM add-on for diagnosing and repairing workflow problems with Windows clients and servers. The tool turns the workflow into automatically executable Java bytecode, using software called Tool Foundry to fix the workflow problems without excess coding.5nine releases Cloud Security Azure Pack extension5nine, an application and security-management provider for Windows Server and Microsoft Hyper-V, announced the availability of the 5nine Cloud Security Azure Pack Extension.
IBM is expanding its portfolio of developer tools to include microservices. The company announced the new Microservices Builder designed to help developers create, deploy and manage apps built with microservices. “Microservice Builder gives developers the foundation they need to build applications using a full microservices-based architecture and the flexibility they want to deploy these applications where they make the most sense for their business,” said Denis Kennelly, general manager of IBM Hybrid Cloud. “Microservice Builder also takes advantage of other tools, such as Istio, that simplify the integration and management of microservices so development teams can spend more time updating apps with new features and less time manually configuring them.”According to the company, with microservices rapidly gaining popularity, developers need an end-to-end solution to help them better create and integrate features and functions faster. Microservice Builder helps developers with tasks like writing and testing code, and deploying and updating new features. Developers can also easily add common functions like runtimes, resiliency testing, configuration and security to their solutions. “Microservice Builder provides a turn-key approach with simple, step-by-step support that details how to create applications in a microservices framework. Microservice Builder provides users with end-to-end guidance that includes configuration, development, deployment, capacity planning and monitoring to ensure a smooth microservices lifecycle from development to production,” the company wrote on its website. Features include the MicroProfile programming model, integration with DevOps pipelines, security features through OpeNID Connect and JSON Web Token, and a production-ready runtime environment for cloud or on-premises solutions. In addition, the solution provides personalized user experiences, reduces costs and complexity with portability across clouds, and provides real-time diagnosis and resolution of app infrastructure across environments.