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REST Support for .NET Micro

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 23, 2014

During Build 2014, Microsoft renewed its commitment to the long ignored .NET Micro Framework. This very lightweight version of .NET can be found in for very small devices such as the open source electronics platform Netduino. But the .NET Micro is rather limited, even basic functionality such as accessing REST based resources requires help from people like Daniel Stegmaier of the mfRCF project.

Microsoft Azure Web Sites Ready to Take on Public PaaS Leaders

by Richard Seroter on  Apr 22, 2014 1

With the software update announced last week, Microsoft nearly closed the gap between it and other leading Platform-as-a-Service offerings. With refined pricing, free SSL support, global DNS load balancing, and the introduction of Java support, Azure Web Sites appears to be a strong competitor for Heroku, Google App Engine, OpenShift Online, Cloud Bees, and Engine Yard.

Build 2014 Retrospective

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 16, 2014

In this opinion piece, a look is taken at Microsoft's recent Build conference and how the company may be signaling its desire for an increased focus on attracting developers.

Expression Evaluator: A Lightweight C# Compiler Service

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 11, 2014

While the .NET community eagerly awaits a production version of Roslyn, work must continue. So today we’re looking at another compiler service, Expression Evaluator. While other compiler services are trying to be as comprehensive as possible, here we see one that is going the other direction.

ASP.NET Identity 2 Adds Two-factor Authentication, Account Lockout, Security Stamp and Bug Fixes

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 11, 2014

ASP.NET Identity 2 RTM, recently released by Microsoft provides support for Two-factor authentication, account lockout, security stamp besides several improvements and bug fixes.

Modern C++ and Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 05, 2014 1

Modern C++ support continues to be an area of focus for Microsoft. This week at Build Herb Sutter gave a talk which provided an update on their current efforts, the level of CPP support being added in the next Visual Studio preview, and what is in store for the future.

Create Your Own Scaffold in Visual Studio 2013.2

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 05, 2014

An important part of ASP.NET MVC is the set of code generators called scaffolds. Inspired by Ruby on Rails, these code generators can be used to quickly create controllers and views based on a model class. New in VS 2013 Update 2 is the ability to create your own scaffolds that plug into the overall framework.

SIMD Support in .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 05, 2014

Six years after Mono, Microsoft’s implementation of the CLR has finally gained support for SIMD via RyuJIT. Still in community preview, RyuJIT is the next generation JIT compiler for .NET.

Creating Single Page Apps With Angular.JS and ASP.NET

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 04, 2014

Angular.JS is a popular framework created by Google for creating single page applications. Despite its origins, it can also easily work with ASP.NET to provide Microsoft-centric developers the same powerful capabilities.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Beta 1

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 04, 2014

Microsoft has just released a beta of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, also known as NTVS. Notable for this release is support for the free version of Visual Studio, known formally as Visual Studio Express for Web, and TypeScript.

Introducing the .NET Foundation

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 04, 2014

Microsoft’s evolution towards a major open source player has reached the next step with the introduction of the .NET Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to “be the steward of a growing collection of open source technologies for.NET” including ASP.NET MVC, Xamarin Mimekit, and the .NET Compiler Platform.

Changes to the Silverlight Runtime for Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

Until now we’ve been focusing on Common XAML, but now our attention turns to Silverlight for Windows Phone. Though Common XAML (i.e. Universal Apps) is meant to eventually replace it, the Silverlight framework is still a viable option for Windows Phone developers.

A Q&A with the XAML Performance Leadership Team

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

This panel discussion mostly covers XAML, but there are still some thoughts on its relationship to WPF and the desktop in general.

C# Compiler Released As Open Source

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 03, 2014

The destination of Microsoft's Roslyn project has been revealed: the rewrite of the C# and VB compilers has been released under an open source license by Microsoft. Not only will users benefit from the improved tooling Roslyn supports, they can also look under the hood to add features or analyze behavior.

What’s New in Azure Networking

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

The new version of Azure brings with it enhanced options for private networks, virtual private networks, and multi-region load balancing.

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