From IBuySpy Workshop to DotNetNuke - 10 Years of Evolution for the Largest Web CMS platform on Microsoft .NET
Microsoft has recently released updates for .NET Framework 4.5 which fixes reliability, compatibility, stability, and performance issues associated with WPF, CLR, Windows Forms, XML, NCL, ASP.NET, WWF, WCF and Entity Framework.
Lucian Wischik is publishing a series of blog posts showing how Await can be used in a wide variety of situations ranging from awaiting an animation to complete to capturing the results of a command line program.
Microsoft recently announced the release of Entity Framework Alpha 2 with custom code first conventions and several other performance enhancements.
Xwt is .NET Framework based open source UI toolkit for Mono and .NET and is used for the creation of desktop applications that run on multiple platforms from the same codebase.
Microsoft will release .NET Compact Framework 3.9 (NETCF 3.9) in the upcoming build of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 with improved start-up time, enhanced memory utilization, Visual Studio 2012 support and new garbage collector.
The .NET Framework observed its ten year anniversary in February. Brandon Bray, .NET's Group Program Manager, was at Build to discuss where .NET has been and what developers can look for in the future.
An updated version of the Async Targeting Pack now provides asynchronous features to Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7.5. It also provides Portable Class Libraries targeting any of the supported platforms, including Silverlight 5 and .NET Framework 4.0.
Windows Azure product team has released an update to its mobile services suite with support for ios, E-mail, SMS including the ability to make use of Windows Azure Blob, Tables and ServiceBus with your application.
Microsoft Research has published a white paper explaining how Type Providers makes F# useful for accessing and processing “internet scale” information sources.
Windows Identity Foundation, Microsoft's framework for integrating claims-based authentication into applications, is now part of the .NET Framework. It was created to simplify work with access control and authentication, and to allow for single sign-on across multiple applications.
.NET API subset for Windows Store Apps is considerable smaller than the full .NET Framework 4.5. Particularly, Reflection.Emit is not available and most members in the System.Type class have been moved to the System.Reflection.TypeInfo class.
MEF 2 and TPL Dataflow RTM were released along with .NET Framework 4.5 – and the team have now announced NuGet Symbol package for MEF. Reference Sources for TPL Dataflow may be released soon.
As part of the recent Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 launch, Microsoft formally unveiled its new web services framework called the ASP.NET Web API. Included as part of the ASP.NET MVC 4 offering, the open-source ASP.NET Web API is designed to simplify the development and consumption of RESTful services.
Aaron Stebner's .NET Framework Cleanup Tool, which is often used as a last resort to remove problematic .NET installations, has been updated to support Windows 8 and .NET 4.5. The tool can be used to remove any version of the .NET Framework from an operating system.