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Future Plans for VB

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 14, 2013

Lucian Wischik responded to Mads Torgersen’s talk with possible language changes for Visual Basic. These are just proposals, nothing is being promised yet. And they are mostly about reducing boilerplate code and don’t offer the kind of fundamental changes we saw in VB 10 or 11.

Future Plans for C#

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 14, 2013 3

At NDC London Mads Torgersen proposed future language changes to C#. It should be noted that these are just proposals and are not guaranteed to make it into any specific release. The proposals are mostly about reducing boilerplate code and don’t offer the kind of fundamental changes we saw in C# 4 or 5.

TypedMVVM Uses TypeScript to Build Windows Store Apps with WinJS

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 10, 2013

TypedMVVM is a collection of samples and libraries developed by Davide Zordan which enables enable developers to build Windows Store apps using WinJS, TypeScript and MVVM.

Developing iOS & Android Apps with C# in Visual Studio

by Abel Avram on  Nov 13, 2013

Xamarin partnerships with Microsoft to let developers build iOS and Android applications in Visual Studio. Xamarin University teaches developers how to do that.

WebStorm 7.0 Adds Support for Even More Web Technologies

by Abel Avram on  Sep 26, 2013

JetBrains has just released WebStorm 7.0 GA with support for EJS, Mustache, Handlebars, Web Components, Stylus, Karma, Istanbul, Compass, and comes with various enhancements.

Microsoft's C# and VB Compilers Now Freely Available

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 01, 2013 3

MSBuild has been renamed to Microsoft Build Tools. This new package includes Microsoft's C# and Visual Basic compilers, making all 3 freely available and independent from Visual Studio or the .NET Framework.

Visual Studio 2013+1 Promises New C# / VB Functionality

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 25, 2013

While Visual Studio 2013 plans to be a sizable release, one thing it will not bring is the Roslyn project's rewritten compilers for C# and Visual Basic. Mads Torgersen and Anders Hejlsberg have each shed some light on what the wait will ultimately bring.

Dropbox Now Can Hold Structured Data with Datastore API

by Abel Avram on  Jul 11, 2013

Dropbox has released Datastore API which provides access to key-value stores with support for synchronization between devices using the user’s Dropbox account and including automatic conflict resolution.

An Introduction to Neural Networks Using C#

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 09, 2013 1

Neural networks have long been an interesting field of research for exploring concepts in machine learning (otherwise known as artificial intelligence). Dr James McCaffrey of Microsoft Research recently gave an introduction to neural networks for those looking to learn more about them in an engaging talk that includes working demo code.

F# Moves Forward in 3.1 Preview Release

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 03, 2013

F#, Microsoft's powerful functional language, is receiving several improvements that refine the language in several ways: .NET 4.5 + Windows Store portable library support, project round-tripping, and several language enhancements including named union type fields, and extensions to array slicing.

FunScript: Using the Power of F# for Writing Web Apps

by Abel Avram on  Jun 21, 2013

FunScript is an F# compiler library enabling developers to write single-page web applications in F# and running them in the browser or on the server via Node.js.

Making Immutable Object Graphs Easier in C#

by Jonathan Allen on  May 10, 2013 1

Creating a simple immutable class in C# is easy, but eventually you’ll want to create deep graphs that, for efficiencies sake, should be created via a builder. Or perhaps you want to make non-destructive updates by creating methods. Building out all these builders and methods can be quite tedious and thus error prone. Andrew L Arnott offers a solution that relies on T4 based code generators.

Develop Financial Applications with F# and QuantLib

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 26, 2013 1

The usage of Microsoft F# in conjunction with QuantLib provides extensive possibilities for developers to build quantitative financial applications and this news report examines the steps required to create a simple F# application with QuantLib.

ScriptCS: Turning C# into a Scripting Language

by Abel Avram on  Apr 25, 2013 9

ScriptCS enables developers to write C# applications using a simple text editor. Compilation is performed by Roslyn and package management by NuGet.

Asynchronous Gotchas in C#

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 17, 2013 1

Sometimes the best way to understand pitfalls in one language is to see how another language prevents them. Tomas Petricek, author of Real-World Functional Programming, discusses seven common mistakes found in asynchronous C# code and demonstrates how F# makes them less likely to occur.

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