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On the Relationship between Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 16, 2015

The March 10th update to Visual Studio Online illustrates some of the important relationships between it and Team Foundation Server. These two products share most of the same code and feature set, but their release cycles couldn’t be more different.

Android Lollipop for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015 1

The preview of Visual Studio 2015 has been updated to include an emulator for Android Lollipop, also known as Android 5.0. Along with the new SDK, Visual Studio also gained “OpenGL ES support, multi-touch input, and advanced camera simulation”.

On the Future of TFS Version Control

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015 1

With all the news about git in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server, it isn’t hard to see why many developers think that TFVC, the centralized version control inside TFS is a dead product. Brain Harry, the Product Manager for TFS, recently addressed these concerns.

True Windows File System Access with AlphaFS 2.0

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015

A major limitation of the .NET framework is its inability to truly work with the Windows file system. Even seemingly basic operations such as working file paths longer than 260 characters long is beyond the capabilities of System.IO. This is where AlphaFS comes into play.

OData.NET Is Now Open Sourced on GitHub

by Abel Avram on  Mar 12, 2015 1

Microsoft has released the source code for all OData .NET Libraries on GitHub.

AutoMapper and Working with Cross-Platform Assemblies

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 11, 2015

With the creation of CoreCLR and the increasing popularity of Xamarin, it is becoming more and more important that .NET libraries are offered in a cross-platform fashion. Sometimes one can get away with using the PCL format, but more often than, cross-platform really means multiple platform builds. Jimmy Bogard of AutoMapper fame ran into just this problem with AutoMapper.

Pooled Memory Streams for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 09, 2015

Like most languages that rely on a mark-and-sweep garbage collector, C# can run into performance problems when allocating memory too often or when making large allocations. Ben Watson, a Senior SDE at Microsoft working on Bing, ran into just that problem with the MemoryStream class.

Creating Mobile Native Apps in JavaScript with NativeScript

by Abel Avram on  Mar 06, 2015 1

Telerik has opened for public access NativeScript, a framework for creating native cross-platform applications for Android, iOS and Windows Universal.

Angular 2.0 Concerns Addressed at ng-conf 2015

by David Iffland on  Mar 05, 2015 3

Addressing a crowd of developers eager to know what will happen with Angular 2.0, core team members took the stage at ng-conf to allay some fears. From migration paths, language development, and release dates, much was covered to allay the community's fears.

Microsoft Shares Details on Spartan Rendering Engine

by David Iffland on  Mar 03, 2015

Microsoft has provided new information on the reasoning behind the switch to a brand new rendering engine for Project Spartan, the web browser shipping with Windows 10. The new engine is a fork of Trident and eliminates swathes of code that have been in place for 20 years.

ASP.NET5 Advances in VS2015 CTP6

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 03, 2015

The sixth CTP for VS2015 includes the latest changes to ASP.NET 5. It includes better support for JavaScript tooling and some changes to the K Package Manager.

Visual Studio 2015 CTP6 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 26, 2015

The latest preview of Visual Studio 2015 attempts to fix some bugs introduced in CTP5 while introducing several new features across all areas of the application. Most developers will see changes that affect their daily usage.

Silver Brings Apple's Swift Language to .NET and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2015

RemObjects Silver is a “free implementation of Apple’s Swift programming language” aimed at making it possible to natively compile Swift code on the .NET, Java, and Android platforms in addition to Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. InfoQ has spoken with marc hoffman (sic), chief architect at RemObjects.

Gartner and Software Advice examine Agile Lifecycle Management Tools

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 23, 2015 1

In February 2015 both Gartner and Software Advice released research and analysis into agile lifecycle management/project management tools. The Gartner Magic Quadrant identifies that the big players have a competitive advantage and the Software Advice study found which aspects of the tools projects managers find most useful.

Industry Heavy Hitters Establish Node.js Foundation with Joyent

by James Chesters on  Feb 17, 2015

Heavy hitters IBM, Paypal, Microsoft and The Linux Foundation have joined with Node.js stewards Joyent to set up the Node.js Foundation. The announcement follows the first significant Node.js release since 2013, and the 1.0 release of io.js, the Node.js fork.

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