Microsoft has announced a new standalone installer for downloading C++ tools without installing the Visual Studio IDE in Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 RC.

“This new installer is meant to streamline the delivery of the C++ build tools in your build environments and Continuous Integration systems,” wrote Marian Luparu, senior program manager for Visual C++ at Microsoft, in a Visual C++ Team Blog post.

A pre-release of the installer is available in Update 1.

Code Fellows to offer workshop for military personnel
Code Fellows, a software development school, is launching a one-day workshop at Camp Murray in Tacoma as a way to give military personnel and their families a look inside the software development trade.

The workshop is called Code 101: Intro to Software Development & Careers in Tech, and it will take place on Nov. 14. The class size is limited to 50 students. It’s a 12-hour workshop to show how websites are built and deployed, and those attending will also learn how to code a webpage using industry tools and code practices.

QASymphony announces qTest Scenario
QASymphony has announced a new JIRA plug-in to allow developers to optimize and scale a test-first approach.

“For the first time, developers can build features and scenarios directly in the JIRA plug-in, and then query them through out-of-the-box integrations and APIs,” said Kevin Dunne, vice president of strategy and business development at QASymphony.

qTest Scenario features a gherkin editor, the ability to import and export existing feature files, end-to-end traceability, the ability to manually track test results with multiple runs, out-of-the-box integration with Cucumber via Maven for automated test results, and an API for building custom integrations.