We are pleased to announce that Visual Lint 3.5 is now available.
Visual Lint 3.5 is the second Visual Lint 3.x release, superseding Visual Lint 3.0. As a minor update, it also accepts existing Visual Lint 3.0 licences; per-user Visual Lint 1.x and 2.x licences must however be upgraded to work with this version in the same way as they would for Visual Lint 3.0.
Full details of the changes are available in the new Visual Lint help documentation at http://www.riverblade.co.uk/products/visual_lint/help/v3.5, but for us the highlight is the arrival of VisualLintConsole - a command line version of Visual Lint designed for use in both build server and workstation environments:
VisualLintConsole brings exactly the same sort of incremental, parallelised analysis as the interactive versions of Visual Lint to the command line environment. We have had it running on our CruiseControl.NET continuous integration server for several months now, and a very useful tool it has proved to be. If you are worried about the analysis taking too long, you can even distribute the analysis over an IncrediBuild grid or set a limit on how long the analysis should run for.
To use VisualLintConsole in Build Server and non-interactive environments, a new Build Server Edition licence will shortly become available. In desktop installations, VisualLintConsole can be used with the existing Standard, Professional and Enterprise Edition licences provided it is run in an interactive user session.
None of this takes anything away from LintProject Professional of course - it just now happens to have gained a bigger brother! Competitive upgrades will become available to all LintProject Professional customers shortly, so if you are interested in upgrading your existing LintProject Professional installations to use VisualLintConsole instead please feel free to contact us so we can prepare an appropriate upgrade package for you.
Incidentally, interactive versions of Visual Lint 3.5 also have the ability to be selectively enabled and disabled without unloading them from the development environment. When "Off" Visual Lint will lie dormant, and analysis functions etc. will be unavailable. In floating and site licence installations, turning Visual Lint "off" in this way will obviously release a licence for use by other users on the network.
We welcome any feedback you can offer us on the new version.