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Scaling the Stack Overflow Monolithic App by Obsessing Over Performance

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 21, 2015 4

At QCon New York 2015, David Fullerton presented a deep-dive into the monolithic C# / MS SQL architecture that powers the Stack Overflow website, which handles over 4 billion requests per month. Fullerton argued that by focusing on performance, scalability was included ‘almost for free’; and that by minimising the number of external application services, the need to pay ‘SOA tax’ has been avoided.

Newest NLog Improves Exception Logging, Adds JSON/Zip support

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 18, 2015

NLog 4.0 has been released, and it brings improved exception logging, adds conditional logging, and support for JSON and Zip archives.

SQL Server 2016: Stretch Database

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 09, 2015

SQL Server 2016’s new stretch database feature promises to offer local server performance for hot data and cloud storage for old data without any change to the application.

Visual Studio Code v0.3: Support for Rust and F# debugging

by James Chesters on  Jun 08, 2015

Microsoft has released v0.3 of its native Visual Studio application, bringing with it support for Rust, as well as changes to keybindings.

Open Sourced RyuJIT Now Default for 64-Bit .NET

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 03, 2015

RyuJIT, Microsoft's next generation 64-bit just-in-time compiler for .NET, is now the default on .NET 4.6. Those upgrading from a RyuJIT CTP to .NET 4.6 should be sure to review settings to ensure that their applications are able to run correctly.

C# Futures: Immutable Classes

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 02, 2015

In the last of our C# Futures series, we look at proposal 159, which would add compiler support for immutable classes.

SQL Server 2016: JSON Support

by Jonathan Allen on  May 28, 2015 1

SQL Server 2016 will finally see native support for JSON.

Microsoft Azure Tops Nasuni’s Storage Benchmark Test

by Janakiram MSV on  May 24, 2015

Nasuni, the cloud NAS and storage company published the results of its annual cloud storage benchmarking test. Microsoft Azure Storage emerged as a winner on speed, availability, and scalability. Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage were the other services included in the benchmark.

WCF is Open Source

by Jonathan Allen on  May 20, 2015 14

The .NET Foundation has just announced the release of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) as open source. WCF, originally offered in .NET 3.0, offers a high-level abstraction over cross-application communication.

C# Futures: Method Contracts

by Jonathan Allen on  May 18, 2015

Continuing our look at the future of C#, we now take a look at Proposal 119. This would add first class compiler and syntax support for method-level contracts.

Microsoft Project Oxford Aims to Bring Intelligence to Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  May 12, 2015

Under the name of Project Oxford, Microsoft has made available a set of RESTful APIs that aim to make it possible for developers to build apps that feature face recognition, speech processing, and other machine learning algorithms. Part of the Azure portfolio, the new APIs are currently in beta and free to use up to 5,000 call per month.

Deployment in Universal Applications

by Jonathan Allen on  May 11, 2015

While the enterprise deployment scenario remains unsatisfactory, deploying Universal Applications through the Windows Store has improved significantly in Windows 10.

Azure Gains New Networking Capabilities

by Chris Swan on  May 11, 2015 2

At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.

Mono 4.0 Released with C# 6

by Jonathan Allen on  May 06, 2015 3

Mono 4.0 was officially released this month. This marks the first version that contains open source code from Microsoft’s CoreCLR project. It also defaults to C# 6, meaning that once again Mono has an RTM version of a new C# compiler before Microsoft.

C# Futures: Immutable Variables

by Jonathan Allen on  May 05, 2015

In C#, the readonly keyword can only be used at the field level. Under proposal 115, Readonly for Locals and Parameters, this would be extended to cover a many more scenarios.

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