Whether it is due to the advent of the cloud or simply a desire to see if it is a better business model, software licensing has been moving towards a subscription-based system. In an effort to better attract customers, Microsoft has announced several pricing changes to Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server that should lower monthly project costs.
Version 7 of Entity Framework represents a major redesign of the 6-year-old ORM. As such, Microsoft will not be recommending the initial release of EF 7 for existing projects. Rather, it is only meant for projects that are using ASP.NET 5 and .NET Core.
While many applications are now being sold through app stores, mid-sized and big-ticket software is still offered directly to customers via web sites. For these kinds of projects, out-of-band licensing is still a major concern. One way to manage licenses is via serial keys using libraries such as SKGL.
When a database administrators think of high performance data loading, they are thinking of bulk operations, a feature noticeably lacking in Entity Framework. But that doesn’t have to be the case. We recently spoke with Jonathan Magnan of ZZZ Projects about their new offerings.
Microsoft announced at connect() that .NET Core would be open sourced and it would provide a single code base to support all platforms, including Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. Recently, Immo Landwerth, Program Manager at Microsoft, has given more details about what .NET Core is and how it will provide "the foundation for all future .NET platforms."
JetBrains has announced new RTM versions for their .NET tools, including ReSharper 9, dotTrace 6, dotCover 3, dotMemory 4.2, dotPeek 1.3 and TeamCity Add-in 9.0. JetBrains has created a single installer and platform for these tools. When attempting to install ReSharper, developers are presented with the option to install other .NET tools which will share the platform.
Unity developers using Visual Studio will see several improved debugging features in the latest preview of Visual Studio Tools for Unity 2.0. Alongside the enhancements is added support for VS2015 and Visual Studio 2013 Community.
The .NET Foundation Advisory Council has extended the community feedback period to Friday, December 5th. After the fifth, the Foundation will begin to officially form next year’s council. You can read more about the Advisory Council, propose changes, and discuss nominations on the .NET Foundation Forum.
Lang Ext, an open-source library for C# written by London-based Paul Louth, provides a set of helper functions and types that aim to "bring some of the functional world into C#" while trying to look like extensions to the language itself.
After a year of working on MimeKit and MailKit, Jeffrey Stedfast has completed what are probably the most comprehensive MIME and email libraries for .NET. These libraries support SMTP, POP3, and IMAP, including dozens of IMAP4 extensions. Also included is support for the new International Emails standards, a first for the .NET platform.
Signing in with Internet-based accounts is supposed to make life easier, but too often leads to frequent password prompts. Microsoft is seeking to streamline this for developers in Visual Studio 2015.
New details about Blend for Visual Studio 2015 provide a glimpse of what users can expect in the new release. However, a couple of key features have been removed in an effort tighten the product's focus.