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SQL Server 2016: Stretch Database

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 09, 2015

SQL Server 2016’s new stretch database feature promises to offer local server performance for hot data and cloud storage for old data without any change to the application.

Visual Studio Code v0.3: Support for Rust and F# debugging

by James Chesters on  Jun 08, 2015

Microsoft has released v0.3 of its native Visual Studio application, bringing with it support for Rust, as well as changes to keybindings.

SQL Server 2016: Natively Compiled Functions

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 08, 2015

In SQL Server 2014 we saw the introduction of Natively Compiled Stored Procedures. In 2016 we’ll be able to do the same for Scalar User Defined Functions.

SQL Server 2016: Memory Optimized Tables Made Easier

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 05, 2015

Memory Optimized Tables promise significant performance gains, but tend to be difficult to work with. SQL Server 2016 reduces much of the pain by offering ALTER TABLE support.

SQL Server 2016: Clustered Columnstore Index Enhancements

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 04, 2015

Clustered Columnstore Indexes were one of the two headline features for SQL Server 2014. Designed for tables with over 10 million rows, they allow for good performance on analytical queries without the need to explicitly specify indexes. With SQL Server 2016, they gain the ability to support secondary indexes.

Open Sourced RyuJIT Now Default for 64-Bit .NET

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 03, 2015

RyuJIT, Microsoft's next generation 64-bit just-in-time compiler for .NET, is now the default on .NET 4.6. Those upgrading from a RyuJIT CTP to .NET 4.6 should be sure to review settings to ensure that their applications are able to run correctly.

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.

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