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.

Rico Mariani on Why Visual Studio Isn’t 64-bit

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 05, 2016 2

For a long time now developers have been asking why Visual Studio hasn’t made to switch to 64-bit. Rather than effort or opportunity cost, the primary reason is performance. Rico Mariani of Microsoft explains.

Introducing XPlot, a Chart Generation Library for F#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Dec 31, 2015

XPlot is a cross-platform data visualization package for F# powered by JavaScript charting libraries Google Charts and Plotly. The XPlot library can be used interactively from F# Interactive, but charts can also be embedded in F# applications and in HTML reports.

Microsoft Reveals Integration Roadmap

by Kent Weare on  Dec 29, 2015 1

On December 24th, Microsoft released its latest Integration Roadmap. This is the first insight, customers and partners have had, into the collective roadmap of Microsoft integration technologies in several years.

IronFleet: A Methodology for Proving Distributed Systems

by Abel Avram on  Dec 29, 2015

A group of researchers from Microsoft has published the paper “IronFleet: Proving Practical Distributed Systems Correct” (PDF) and made available the accompanying source code demonstrating the use of the methodology in machine proving the correctness of a non-trivial distributed system from a safety and liveliness point of view.

Data Science in F# using FsLab: Interview with Tomas Petricek

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Dec 23, 2015

FsLab, a collection of F# ooen source libraries for doing Data Science, was released earlier this year, InfoQ reached out with Tomas Petricek, creator of the project, to get more details.

Microsoft Makes Azure Container Service Preview Available

by Kent Weare on  Dec 15, 2015

Microsoft has recently announced the Azure Container Service has reached preview status. The service was first discussed at the AzureCon event earlier this fall and is now available to customers through a self-nomination process.

Amazon Introduces AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

by Kent Weare on  Dec 13, 2015

On December 3rd, 2015 Amazon announced a new service that allows customers to provision a Microsoft Active Directory managed service in Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service, also referred to as Microsoft AD, uses directory capabilities found in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.

Powering F# Development on Visual Studio Code with Ionide

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 10, 2015

Visual Studio Code has lagged behind its support for F# development, but the Ionide project changes that by adding support for VS Code. The project was formerly Atom-only but now both platforms can benefit.

Microsoft Open Sources Live Writer

by Abel Avram on  Dec 10, 2015

Microsoft has turned the Live Writer source code to the .NET Foundation inviting the community to contribute to the project now that it is in their hands.

ChakraCore Opens Up Microsoft Edge’s JavaScript Engine

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 09, 2015

Microsoft’s JavaScript engine core components will be open-sourced next month, Microsoft announced at JSConf US. ChakraCore will provide a fully-fledged, self-contained JavaScript virtual machine, Microsoft say, that includes everything that is required to parse, interpret, compile and execute JavaScript code without dependencies on Microsoft Edge internals.

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