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Microsoft Announces ASP.NET Core Schedule Changes and Renaming Precisions

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Feb 10, 2016

Microsoft made some precisions on ASP.NET a few weeks ago. Jeffrey T. Fritz, program manager at Microsoft, explains the recent changes in the schedule. He also gives some details related to the renaming from ASP.NET 5 to ASP.NET Core 1.0.

Retargeting .NET Code

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 08, 2016

Given the number of different platforms .NET developers can choose from, switching target platforms can be a chore given the difference in APIs available. The .NET Portability Analyzer provides a way to simplify a platform switch and supports moving .NET code in either direction.

TypeScript 1.8 Beta Adds Integration with JavaScript, Stateless Functional Components and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 03, 2016 1

TypeScript, Microsoft’s open source superset of JavaScript, has reached 1.8 beta, bringing many new language features and tools enhancements.

BDD Tool SpecFlow V2 with Parallel Execution

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 31, 2016 1

Version 2 of the Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) tool SpecFlow supports parallel test execution and adds support for xUnit 2.0 and NUnit 3.0. As well as an upgrade of all components to .Net 4.5 it’s also upgraded to the new Gherkin3 parser, now used across nearly all Cucumber tools.

Release 1.0 of Suave, a Web Server and Development Library for F#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 27, 2016

Suave 1.0 was recently released, bringing a new web development library to .NET. Suave packs a light, fully async web server and a semantic model to describe HTTP processing pipelines. Suave runs on multiple platforms and operating systems, including Windows, OSX, Linux, .NET and Mono. While it could be used from any .NET language, Suave combinators and types are designed to be used from F#.

Interview with Henrik Feldt on Suave 1.0

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 27, 2016

Suave 1.0 was recently released after several years of active development. InfoQ reached out to Henrik Feldt, maintainer of Suave and CEO of qvitoo, to learn more about its capabilities and development history.

Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

IL Generation in .NET with Sigil

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 20, 2016

Sigil is a library for generating Common Intermediate Language (CIL). It wraps ILGenerator in a finer-grained interface, automates some optimizations and provides validations for the generated IL. InfoQ reached out with Sigil's creator Kevin Montrose, team lead at StackOverflow, to get a better understanding of ILGenerator and Sigil.

Json.NET 8 Introduces ArrayPools for Performance Gains

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 20, 2016

Json.NET’s latest release adds new techniques (including Array Pools) for increased performance and includes over 2 dozen bug fixes.

.NET Core - Terminology you Need to Know

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 20, 2016

In an effort to dramatically reduce confusion, ASP.NET 5.0 and Entity Framework 7.0 have been renamed to ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0.

Microsoft Open Sources Chakra and Wants to Run Node.js on It

by Abel Avram on  Jan 14, 2016 1

True to their promise to open up the Edge’s JavaScript VM, Microsoft has made available the source code of Chakra under the permissive MIT license. Released under the name ChakraCore, the code is basically the same VM Microsoft uses for Edge and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) minus the bindings to Edge and UWP and some COM diagnostic APIs.

Major Additions in NativeScript 1.5

by James Chesters on  Jan 14, 2016

NativeScript 1.5 has been released. One of the biggest developments is the support for TypeScript, allowing NativeScript users to develop their projects in TypeScript, without the need for TypeScript compilers.

Introducing Paket, a Package Manager for .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 13, 2016 4

Paket is a package manager for .NET languages, intended to be an alternative for the popular NuGet. InfoQ reached out with Steffen Forkmann, co-creator of the project, to learn more about Paket's origin and features.

Support Ending for the .NET Framework 4.0, 4.5 and 4.5.1 on Tuesday

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 07, 2016

In less than a week Microsoft will formally end support for versions 4.0, 4.5, and 4.5.1 of the .NET Framework. Users should upgrade to a later version such as the slightly incompatible .NET 4.5.2.

Microsoft Soon to End Support for IE 8, 9 and 10

by Abel Avram on  Jan 06, 2016

Microsoft is to stop supporting IE 8, 9 and 10, inviting users to switch to IE 11 or Edge.

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