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Performance Improves in .NET 4.6

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 22, 2015 1

.NET 4.6 comes with several CLR features to improve performance. Some are automatically enabled, others such as SIMD and Async Local Storage require changes to how you write your applications.

Kubernetes v1 Released, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation Formed

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 21, 2015

Google have released Kubernetes v1, a production-ready version of the open source container orchestration system. The Linux Foundation, in combination with multiple industry partners, have also announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which aims to advance the state-of-the-art for building cloud and container native applications.

Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 RTM Available

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 21, 2015 1

The long awaited official releases of .NET 4.6 and Visual Studio 2015 are now available. Exhibiting Microsoft's renewed focus on producing a compelling developer tool regardless of application target, VS2015 supports iOS and Android development in addition to the expected Windows family.

New Features for ASP.NET 5 and MVC 6

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 21, 2015

While most of the buzz has been about ASP.NET 5 and the cross-platform execution engine, MVC, Microsoft’s preferred UI and web service framework, is also seeing many changes. The most important being the unification of MVC, Web API, and Web Pages.

Mozilla Blocks Flash, Encourages HTML5 Adoption

by James Chesters on  Jul 20, 2015

Mozilla is encouraging developers towards HTML5 and JavaScript and away from Flash, after it blocked the plugin in browsers amid security concerns. Following Adobe's advice that two critical vulnerabilities would potentially allow attackers to take control of affected systems, Mark Schmidt, Firefox's head of support, announced the move on Twitter.

Team Explorer 2015 Joins RC2 for Team Foundation Server

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 17, 2015

Team Explorer 2015 is available now, joining the latest preview of Team Foundation Server 2015. With Visual Studio 2015 being released on July 20, this gives time for developers to prepare and check the environments for compatibility issues.

Visual Studio Code 0.5 Adds ECMAScript 6 and Better Git Tools

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 13, 2015

Microsoft's multiplatform code-first editor, VS Code, has just made its July release. It features support for ECMAScript 6, improved Git support, and various editor enhancements for multi-file projects. VS Code is available for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.

Amazon Release API Gateway, a Managed Service to Build and Run APIs

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 12, 2015 2

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have released Amazon API Gateway, a fully managed service that allows developers to publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs ‘at any scale’. The AWS management web portal allows an API to be created that can act as a ‘front door’ for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from backend services, such as applications running on EC2 or AWS Lambda.

Symantec Claims Zero Day Flash Vulnerability Likely to be Exploited

by Alex Blewitt on  Jul 08, 2015 1

Symantec is reporting that the zero-day vulnerability discovered (and weaponised) in the HackDay leak allows for remote code execution. Adobe will be updating Flash in the near future but disabling Flash may be the only solution at the moment.

VS2015's C++ Benefits from Over 750 Bug Fixes

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 08, 2015

C++ Developers will benefit from the involvement of hundreds of fellow users who reported numerous bugs with the C++ compiler during its release stage. Microsoft has provided a list of all of the bugs that have been corrected for the upcoming release of VS2015RTM.

SQL Server 2016: Identify Regressions with Query Store

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 07, 2015

SQL Server 2016 offers a new tool for performance tuning called Query Store. This holds metrics that let you quickly see when an execution plan change has negatively impacted the database.

Microsoft Wants to Run AllJoyn over Thread

by Abel Avram on  Jul 07, 2015

Microsoft intends to bring together two communication technologies targeting the IoT landscape: AllJoyn and Thread.

Google Brings Material Design to CSS, HTML, and JavaScript

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 07, 2015 1

Google Material Design Lite) (MDL) aims to enable material design look and feel for websites. Material design is a visual language that is standard on Android and that Google is proposing cross-platform.

SQL Server 2016: Live Query Statistics

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 06, 2015

A database query times out and you don’t know why. The estimated query plan is revealing the problem, so you remove the timeout entirely. An hour later it is still running and you are no closer to getting the actual execution plan. If only there was a way to find out what is actually happening inside the server. With Live Query Statistics in SQL Server 2016 you can now answer that question.

Basho Data Platform Supports In-Memory Analytics, Caching, Search and Integration with NoSQL

by Srini Penchikala on  Jul 05, 2015

Basho Data Platform supports integration with NoSQL databases like Redis, in-memory analytics, caching, and search. Basho Technologies, the company behind Riak NoSQL database, announced in May, the availability of the data platform that can be used to deploy and manage Big Data, IoT and hybrid cloud applications.

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