C# Futures: Nullability Tracking

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 28, 2015

Probably the most common error type in .NET is the Null Reference Exception. The root cause of this error is C#’s inability to express the concept of non-nullable references, which in turn makes compiler-enforced null checking it too burdensome. To address this problem, there is a proposal for mandatory and explicitly nullable references.

Visual Basic: Back by Popular Demand

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 27, 2015 16

Once again, Visual Basic has been brought back from the brink of deprecation. Reversing a previous decision, VB will be fully supported in ASP.NET 5 including cross-platform.

C# Futures: Tuples and Anonymous Structs

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 27, 2015 2

With C#6 nearing completion, plans are already being laid for C# 7. While nothing is definite yet, they are starting to categorize proposals in terms of “interest and estimated plausibility”. In this series, we’ll be looking at some of the proposals starting with language support for tuples.

Microsoft Introduces LLILC, LLVM-based .NET/CoreCLR Compiler

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 21, 2015

The .NET Foundation has announced the release of a new project called LLILC (pronounced "lilac"). The project, initiallycontributed by Microsoft, aims to provide a new LLVM-based native code compiler for .NET Core which will make it possible to run .NET programs "on any platform that CoreCLR can be ported to and that LLVM will target."

TypeScript 1.5: Modules, Decorators, Sublime Text Plug-in and More

by Abel Avram on  Apr 03, 2015 2

Microsoft has released TypeScript 1.5 alpha incorporating a number of new features, including: modules, decorators, a plug-in for Sublime Text, for…of loops, ES6 Unicode, computed properties and let/const compilation to ES5.

Package Management for Python Tools for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2015

Package Management for Python Tools for Visual Studio Microsoft is continuing its efforts to support Python in Visual Studio. Still in beta, Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.2 (PTVS) brings more of the standard features found in other VS supported languages such as C# and VB including code snippets, an auto watch window, and package management.

WebStorm 10 Compiles TypeScript 1.4 to JavaScript on the Fly

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

JetBrains WebStorm 10 compiles TypeScript 1.4 code to JavaScript while editing. It has added support for unions, modules, decorators, plus let and const keywords. It comes with an application dependency diagram, source maps and a CPU plus memory profiler for V8.

True Windows File System Access with AlphaFS 2.0

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015

A major limitation of the .NET framework is its inability to truly work with the Windows file system. Even seemingly basic operations such as working file paths longer than 260 characters long is beyond the capabilities of System.IO. This is where AlphaFS comes into play.

Pooled Memory Streams for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 09, 2015

Like most languages that rely on a mark-and-sweep garbage collector, C# can run into performance problems when allocating memory too often or when making large allocations. Ben Watson, a Senior SDE at Microsoft working on Bing, ran into just that problem with the MemoryStream class.

Creating Mobile Native Apps in JavaScript with NativeScript

by Abel Avram on  Mar 06, 2015 1

Telerik has opened for public access NativeScript, a framework for creating native cross-platform applications for Android, iOS and Windows Universal.

Angular 2.0 Concerns Addressed at ng-conf 2015

by David Iffland on  Mar 05, 2015 4

Addressing a crowd of developers eager to know what will happen with Angular 2.0, core team members took the stage at ng-conf to allay some fears. From migration paths, language development, and release dates, much was covered to allay the community's fears.

Microsoft Open Sources TouchDevelop Containing 160K LoC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2015 1

Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.

The Road to C# 7 Has Begun

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 29, 2015 9

With C# 6 nearly complete, work has begun on the next version. Like past versions, the first step is to set an overall theme and scope for what is to come. That vision has been shared by Mads Torgersen by publishing the first set of meeting notes for the C# 7 design team.

Xamarin Releases Unified iOS/Mac API with 64-Bit Support

by Matt McComb on  Jan 22, 2015 1

amarin last week announced version 8.6 of its iOS SDK (Xamarin.iOS), the first non-beta release to include the company's Unified API for iOS and Mac. The Unified API replaces the 32-bit MonoTouch and MonoMac APIs, enabling code re-use across both platforms and adding 64-bit support.

TypeScript 1.4 Released, Adds Union Types, More ES6 Features

by David Iffland on  Jan 22, 2015

Microsoft delivered TypeScript 1.4, the latest version of their JavaScript language superset. The new version adds union types and template strings. Also new is a ECMAScript 6 target mode.

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