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Universal Windows Platform - Walled Garden vs Open System

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 24, 2016

Epic Games cofounder Tim Sweeney has created a furor over the state of Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform and whether it threatens the historical open nature of the Windows PC.

ASP.NET WebHooks RC 1

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 18, 2016

Microsoft has announced the first release candidate for ASP.NET WebHooks. Just as message queues allow applications within an organization to talk to each other, WebHooks provide a way for websites across different organizations to communicate in an asynchronous fashion.

UI Testing in F# with canopy

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Mar 16, 2016

Although Selenium is a popular library for UI testing, issues about fragile and unreliable tests are common. InfoQ reached out Chris Holt, creator of canopy, to learn more about the F# library built on top of Selenium.

Microsoft SQL Server to Land on Linux

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 09, 2016

Microsoft’s executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group Scott Guthrie announced SQL Server is coming to Linux, thus once more confirming Microsoft’s new course on open source software. SQL Server will be generally available on Linux sometime mid 2017, with a private preview being available now.

ASP.NET Core Provides Modularity with Middleware Components

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Mar 09, 2016

ASP.NET Core introduces middleware as a concept to customize the HTTP pipeline. Middleware are components which are composed together to form a web application. The concept was inspired by OWIN and Katana, which provided similar functionalities in earlier versions of ASP.NET.

Microsoft Joins the Eclipse Foundation

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 08, 2016 1

At today's EclipseCon, Microsoft announced that they have joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions member, including open-sourcing their Team Explorer Anywhere on GitHub. InfoQ reports.

OCF, AllSeen, Microsoft and the Future of IoT

by Abel Avram on  Mar 08, 2016

There are three major groups attempting to standardize a solution for IoT connectivity: OCF, AllSeen Alliance and Thread Group. Will they go on divergent paths or join efforts behind one body that will standardize the communications between all IoT devices?

AutoMapper and the Static Class Debate

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 07, 2016 2

When it comes to API design, static classes are a bit of a bugbear. Quite often there are arguments both for and against exposing a given function as a static function as opposed to an instance method. Recently Jimmy Bogard of AutoMapper fame found himself embroiled in this debate.

Thanks to a Utility Library by Erik Bergstedt, Protobuf for .NET Just Got Easier

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 07, 2016

Erik Bergstedt’s new library simplifies working with Protocol Buffers in .NET.

Phil Haack Replies to Concerns on .NET OSS

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Mar 02, 2016

Some members and contributors have expressed concerns over the current state of open source in .NET, as covered last week. To get a deeper perspective on the situation, InfoQ reached out with Phil Haack, former program manager at Microsoft and currently engineering manager at GitHub. Phil was also the track host of “Incredible Power of an Open-Sourced .NET” at QCon.

TypeScript 1.8 Brings Module Augmentation Support

by James Chesters on  Mar 01, 2016

Microsoft has released TypeScript 1.8, bringing the ability to use JavaScript code within a TypeScript project, and full support for module augmentation.

Microsoft’s Acquisition of Xamarin is Good News for C# Developers

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2016 6

Microsoft has closed the deal with cross-platform mobile software development specialist Xamarin to buy the company and their technology. It is expected for most of Xamarin's technological assets to be integrated into Microsoft, benefiting the developers.

State of Open Source in .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Feb 24, 2016

Some open source contributors recently raised concerns about the current state of open source in .NET. Discussions revolves around contributing to projects, both as an individual and as an enterprise. The role of Microsoft in the .NET ecosystem is also a the centre of the debate.

Previewing VS2015's Improved C++ Compliance

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 17, 2016

Microsoft continues to increase its compliance with the C++11, C++14, and upcoming C++17 language standards with its second update to Visual Studio 2015.

VS2015 Update 2 Focuses on Stability

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 16, 2016 2

Microsoft has released its first preview of the second update for Visual Studio 2015 that debuts a few new features while focusing on bug fixes and stability enhancements.

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