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Microsoft’s Acquisition of Xamarin is Good News for C# Developers

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2016 6

Microsoft has closed the deal with cross-platform mobile software development specialist Xamarin to buy the company and their technology. It is expected for most of Xamarin's technological assets to be integrated into Microsoft, benefiting the developers.

State of Open Source in .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Feb 24, 2016

Some open source contributors recently raised concerns about the current state of open source in .NET. Discussions revolves around contributing to projects, both as an individual and as an enterprise. The role of Microsoft in the .NET ecosystem is also a the centre of the debate.

TypeScript 1.8 Beta Adds Integration with JavaScript, Stateless Functional Components and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 03, 2016 1

TypeScript, Microsoft’s open source superset of JavaScript, has reached 1.8 beta, bringing many new language features and tools enhancements.

Release 1.0 of Suave, a Web Server and Development Library for F#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 27, 2016

Suave 1.0 was recently released, bringing a new web development library to .NET. Suave packs a light, fully async web server and a semantic model to describe HTTP processing pipelines. Suave runs on multiple platforms and operating systems, including Windows, OSX, Linux, .NET and Mono. While it could be used from any .NET language, Suave combinators and types are designed to be used from F#.

Interview with Henrik Feldt on Suave 1.0

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 27, 2016

Suave 1.0 was recently released after several years of active development. InfoQ reached out to Henrik Feldt, maintainer of Suave and CEO of qvitoo, to learn more about its capabilities and development history.

IL Generation in .NET with Sigil

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 20, 2016

Sigil is a library for generating Common Intermediate Language (CIL). It wraps ILGenerator in a finer-grained interface, automates some optimizations and provides validations for the generated IL. InfoQ reached out with Sigil's creator Kevin Montrose, team lead at StackOverflow, to get a better understanding of ILGenerator and Sigil.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NUnit 3 Brings Extensibility and Parallel Execution: Interview with Charlie Poole

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Dec 09, 2015

NUnit 3 was recently released, bringing parallel execution and extensibility to the .NET testing framework. InfoQ reached out with Charlie Poole, maintainer of NUnit for over 10 years, to learn more about this release.

Microsoft Bumps TypeScript to Version 1.7

by David Iffland on  Dec 08, 2015 1

Microsoft has released version 1.7 of TypeScript, which enables async/await for ES6 targets and introduces a polymorphic this type.

Reducing Project Build Times on Visual Studio 2015

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 03, 2015

Microsoft's new partnership with Xoreax has produced a "freemium" version of IncrediBuild for Visual Studio users. This tool uses several techniques to dramatically reduce project build times for several different project types.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 Adds C# Scripting and New Language Support

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 02, 2015

The first update to Visual Studio 2015 has been released, and it brings with it a raft of changes. A number of new languages are now supported in the VS editor, and a C# scripting API and REPL was added. Other additions include .NET Famework 4.6.1 and Parallel Test Support which takes advantage of multi-core development machines.

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