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Android Lollipop for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015 1

The preview of Visual Studio 2015 has been updated to include an emulator for Android Lollipop, also known as Android 5.0. Along with the new SDK, Visual Studio also gained “OpenGL ES support, multi-touch input, and advanced camera simulation”.

On the Future of TFS Version Control

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015 1

With all the news about git in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server, it isn’t hard to see why many developers think that TFVC, the centralized version control inside TFS is a dead product. Brain Harry, the Product Manager for TFS, recently addressed these concerns.

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.

AutoMapper and Working with Cross-Platform Assemblies

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 11, 2015

With the creation of CoreCLR and the increasing popularity of Xamarin, it is becoming more and more important that .NET libraries are offered in a cross-platform fashion. Sometimes one can get away with using the PCL format, but more often than, cross-platform really means multiple platform builds. Jimmy Bogard of AutoMapper fame ran into just this problem with AutoMapper.

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 3

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.

ASP.NET5 Advances in VS2015 CTP6

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 03, 2015

The sixth CTP for VS2015 includes the latest changes to ASP.NET 5. It includes better support for JavaScript tooling and some changes to the K Package Manager.

Visual Studio 2015 CTP6 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 26, 2015

The latest preview of Visual Studio 2015 attempts to fix some bugs introduced in CTP5 while introducing several new features across all areas of the application. Most developers will see changes that affect their daily usage.

Silver Brings Apple's Swift Language to .NET and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2015

RemObjects Silver is a “free implementation of Apple’s Swift programming language” aimed at making it possible to natively compile Swift code on the .NET, Java, and Android platforms in addition to Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. InfoQ has spoken with marc hoffman (sic), chief architect at RemObjects.

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.

New Task Parallel Library Features in .NET 4.6

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 09, 2015 1

.NET’s Task Parallel Library is seeing a tune-up in the soon to be released .NET 4.6. In addition to some helper methods that reduce code, and possibly memory usage, TPL is gaining a solution to a tricky problem with SetResult.

.NET CoreCLR Open Sourced

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 05, 2015 2

Continuing with it's plans to open source the .NET platform, Microsoft has released the CLR and RyuJIT as part of the CoreCLR package. It is fully open source and available today on GitHub.

Microsoft Enhances Azure SQL Database, Active Directory and Media Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Feb 03, 2015

Microsoft announced new features to Azure SQL Database, Azure Active Directory, Azure RMS and Azure Media Services.

Raspberry Pi 2 Brings More Power, Memory and Windows Support

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 02, 2015

The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced a new upgrade for the Raspberry Pi, including a quad-core ARM A7 processor and 1G of memory. Additionally, Microsoft have been involved and Windows 10 for devices will be available for free as part of the Widows on Devices programme. Read on for more details.

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