SQL Server 2016: Updatable, Non-Clustered Columnstore Indexes

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 03, 2015 1

Non-clustered Columnstore Indexes are also getting some enhancements in SQL Server 2016. The most notable of these enhancements is the ability to be updated.

SQL Server 2016: In-Memory Columnstore Indexes

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 02, 2015

New for SQL Server 2016 is the ability to place a Columnstore Index on an In-Memory Table.

C# Futures: Immutable Classes

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 02, 2015

In the last of our C# Futures series, we look at proposal 159, which would add compiler support for immutable classes.

SQL Server 2016: JSON Support

by Jonathan Allen on  May 28, 2015 1

SQL Server 2016 will finally see native support for JSON.

Microsoft Azure Tops Nasuni’s Storage Benchmark Test

by Janakiram MSV on  May 24, 2015

Nasuni, the cloud NAS and storage company published the results of its annual cloud storage benchmarking test. Microsoft Azure Storage emerged as a winner on speed, availability, and scalability. Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage were the other services included in the benchmark.

WCF is Open Source

by Jonathan Allen on  May 20, 2015 14

The .NET Foundation has just announced the release of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) as open source. WCF, originally offered in .NET 3.0, offers a high-level abstraction over cross-application communication.

C# Futures: Method Contracts

by Jonathan Allen on  May 18, 2015

Continuing our look at the future of C#, we now take a look at Proposal 119. This would add first class compiler and syntax support for method-level contracts.

Microsoft Project Oxford Aims to Bring Intelligence to Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  May 12, 2015

Under the name of Project Oxford, Microsoft has made available a set of RESTful APIs that aim to make it possible for developers to build apps that feature face recognition, speech processing, and other machine learning algorithms. Part of the Azure portfolio, the new APIs are currently in beta and free to use up to 5,000 call per month.

Deployment in Universal Applications

by Jonathan Allen on  May 11, 2015

While the enterprise deployment scenario remains unsatisfactory, deploying Universal Applications through the Windows Store has improved significantly in Windows 10.

Azure Gains New Networking Capabilities

by Chris Swan on  May 11, 2015 2

At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.

A Developer’s View on Microsoft Edge

by Abel Avram on  May 08, 2015 6

Microsoft Edge started as a IE fork but later departed considerably from it in an attempt to break with the past and legacy Internet technologies, removing 200K LoC but adding other 300K. Microsoft says they want “better interoperability with other modern browsers, improved performance, security & reliability, and reduced code complexity.”

Vorlon.js Released, Aims to Help Developers Remotely Test and Debug JavaScript Code

by James Chesters on  May 07, 2015

Microsoft has released Vorlon.js, a remote debugging tool for JavaScript. Announcing the tool in a MSDN blog post, creator David Catuhe described Vorlon.js as "a small web server you can run from your local machine, or install on a server for your team to access, that serves the Vorlon.js dashboard and communicates with the remote devices."

Mono 4.0 Released with C# 6

by Jonathan Allen on  May 06, 2015 3

Mono 4.0 was officially released this month. This marks the first version that contains open source code from Microsoft’s CoreCLR project. It also defaults to C# 6, meaning that once again Mono has an RTM version of a new C# compiler before Microsoft.

C# Futures: Immutable Variables

by Jonathan Allen on  May 05, 2015

In C#, the readonly keyword can only be used at the field level. Under proposal 115, Readonly for Locals and Parameters, this would be extended to cover a many more scenarios.

Microsoft Goes Universal with Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial and Westminster

by Abel Avram on  May 04, 2015

In an attempt to bring Android, iOS, classic Windows and web applications on a single platform and make them available through the Windows Store, Microsoft has launched four projects, also knows as Universal Windows Platform Bridges, namely: Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial, and Westminster.

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