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Azure Logic Apps

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Historically working with BizTalk has been overly difficult. Once you get past very simple scenarios, the learning curve for BizTalk was so steep that most developers didn’t even bother trying. They would either hack something together or just skip BizTalk entirely and just use purely custom code. Azure App Logic seeks to correct this problem with a new approach.

Code Aware Libraries with Roslyn

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Code Aware Libraries are “libraries that provide guidance on correct use through embedded tooling and operates on the user’s code in real time.”

C# Futures: Extension Properties and More

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

The next proposal in our C# Futures series considers the possibility of offering extension fields. This in turn would allow for extension properties and extension events.

Deep Dive into Universal Applications

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015 2

Developing Universal Applications require an understanding of .NET Native, their “compiler in the cloud” that allows one application to run on a variety of devices with paying for JIT compilation.

Entity Framework 7: New Platforms and New Data Stores

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015 1

Entity Framework was created solely for working with relational data on the full version of .NET. In EF 7, neither of those statements is true.

Enhancements for C2, the Compiler Behind VC++ and Native .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

Most developers don’t know much about C2, but it is a vital part of the Windows development lifecycle. It acts as the backend compiler for Visual C++, .NET natively compiled code, compiled T-SQL, and Objective-C on Windows.

Quick Take: Build 2015 Day 2 Keynote

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft's Build continued today with demonstrations on what modern Windows 10 apps can do and how developers can quickly bring their existing apps to the platform.

Visual Studio 2015 RC Targets All Devices

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft has delivered the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2015, demonstrating their desire to be the first choice for developers regardless of the platform that they are targeting.

Microsoft Makes Available Their Platform for Building Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2015 3

Microsoft has announced and made available the preview of Azure Service Fabric (ASF), a cloud platform including a runtime and lifecycle management tools for creating, deploying, running and managing microservices. ASF microservices can be deployed on Azure or on-premises on Windows Server private or hosted clouds. Support for Linux is to come in the future.

C# Futures: Asynchronous Sequences

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

The async/await syntax in C# was well received, but now developers are asking for more. Specifically, they want to be able to return more than one value from their asynchronous function using a “yield return” like syntax. This capability is being referred to as “asynchronous sequences” in a new proposal for C# 7.

Introducing F# 4.0

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

While all of the recent news has been focused on C# and Windows 10, F# isn’t standing still. Along with Visual Studio 2015 RC is the latest version of F# 4.0.

Microsoft Unveils Visual Studio for Linux and OS X

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 29, 2015 5

Microsoft has announced the release of a native Visual Studio application for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

New Build Automation Features in Visual Studio Online

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

Microsoft has completely rewritten the build server in Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. The new tool completely eliminates the massive XAML-based Windows Workflow files that were used as build definitions.

Compile Time Bindings in Universal XAML

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

Universal XAML isn’t just an application UI toolkit, it is being used throughout Windows 10 for OS programs. As such, cross-platform consistency and performance are of upmost concern. To address this, new features such as compile-time data binding has been added.

Best Practices for IoT on Azure

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

Depending on who you ask, IoT is something brand new and revolutionary or just a natural progression of what we’ve been doing for decades. The truth is somewhere in the middle; consumer devices replacing the simplistic, mass produced sensors and expensive aviation-grade components. With this in mind, Kevin Miller of Microsoft offers these basic guidelines for starting an IoT project.

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