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Using Bing to Boost C# Development

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 03, 2014

The Bing Developer Assistant is a new plugin for C# developers to enable effective searches for code samples from within Visual Studio. Rather than requiring a context switch to a web browser, the plugin lets developers make code searches while they work.

ASP.NET vNext: Custom Project Loaders and Language Support

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 01, 2014 1

The ASP.NET vNext runtime uses the Rosylyn compiler to compile and load the C# sources before running them. David Fowler shows how you can leverage the DI-by-design approach of KRuntime to inject support for your own language.

Pattern Matching in C# and VB

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 14, 2014 11

Another concept from functional programming languages making its way to C# and VB is what’s known as pattern matching. At first glance pattern matching looks like a switch/select block, but it is much more powerful.

CocosSharp: Xamarin Forks Cocos2D-XNA

by Abel Avram on  Aug 13, 2014

Xamarin has forked Cocos2D-XNA, a 2D/3D game development framework, creating a cross-platform library that can be included in PCL projects.

Easier Immutable Objects in C# and VB

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 12, 2014 8

A common pain point in .NET programming is the amount of boilerplate code necessary to implement immutable objects such as explicitly defined backing stores for each property. Under a new draft specification, C# and VB will be adding what they are calling a “record class” that eliminates most of the effort.

Microsoft Releases Tools for Unity

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 31, 2014

As promised, Microsoft has released newly acquired Visual Studio plugin UnityVS for free to developers using any recent paid edition of Visual Studio. This plugin greatly improves developers working with the Unity game development system.

F# Native App Development on iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 25, 2014

F# has supported both iOS and Android native programming through Xamarin since at least Xamarin 4.8 and can be efficiently used to create native apps on both platforms. Let's give a look at some experience reports.

Mono Project Adds Performance Team

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 25, 2014

The Mono project has focused on conformant code since its inception. Now the project is adding dedicated resources to focus on improving performance.

TypeScript Gets Faster Compiler

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 22, 2014

The TypeScript team is building a new, light-weight compiler core to replace it’s existing one. Early results show upto 5x performance improvements compared to the existing compiler.

Google Open-Sources FlatBuffers: Efficient, Cross-Platform, Serialization Library

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 18, 2014 3

The Google "Fun Propulsion Labs" team has recently open-sourced FlatBuffers. Built especially to support performance needs of game developers, FlatBuffers stores serialized data in buffers which can be either stored in files or transferred across the network as-is, without any parsing overhead.

Big Features Pack Visual Studio "14" Preview

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 04, 2014 1

The first preview of the successor to VS2013 has been released, unifying several recent projects into a single package. Nearly all technology platforms are affected, with ASP.NET, C++, and VB/C# developers all receiving large updates.

Interview with Philipp Crocoll on Java/C# Integration for Android

by Jonathan Allen on  May 27, 2014

In this interview we talk to open source developer Philipp Crocoll about Keepass2Android. Besides its features as a password store, this project is a good case study for combining Java and C# in a single Android application.

Becoming SOLID in C#

by Abel Avram on  May 23, 2014 10

Brannon B. King, a software developer working for Autonomous Solutions Inc., has published an article entitled Dangers of Violating SOLID Principles in C# in MSDN Magazine, May 2014. The author outlines some of the mistakes developers can make in their C# code, breaking the SOLID principles and leading to code that is more difficult to extend or maintain.

CShell Brings a REPL to C#

by Jeff Martin on  May 21, 2014 2

One of the attractions dynamic languages possess is the ability to easily support a REPL for quick code experimentation. The open source CShell project brings a powerful REPL environment to C# users, allowing them to combine their knowledge of C# with the speed a REPL provides for exploring code.

RyuJIT CTP4 Adds Windows 7 Support

by Jeff Martin on  May 14, 2014

RyuJIT, Microsoft's project to produce an improved Just-in-Time compiler for .NET, has taken a big step forward on the compatibility front by adding support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Now developers on these platforms can test RyuJIT with their code.

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