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Microsoft Speeds Up Windows Store Apps with .NET Native

by Abel Avram on  Apr 03, 2014

.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.

TypeScript 1.0 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 03, 2014

Microsoft's TypeScript language has now reached official 1.0 status and is available for use on several platfroms, including VS2012/VS2013, Eclipse, and in source form.

Future-Proofing Desktop Applications for Hardware Enhancements

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2014

Though CPUs aren’t getting any faster, other hardware capabilities are rapidly increasing. This is most evident in high DPI displays and the way they shrink legacy applications to the point of illegibility. So for perhaps the first time since the 90’s, future proofing for better monitors is becoming vital.

Highlights from Microsoft's Build 2014 Opening Keynote

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 02, 2014

The opening keynote for Build 2014 kicked off with several big announcements. Today marked the formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 and the soon to be released Windows 8.1 Update.

Introducing Common XAML UI

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2014 1

Based on the WinRT API, the Common XAML UI framework will allow the same UI code to be shared on phones, tablets, desktop computers, and eventually Xbox One.

Microsoft Opens Windows to the Universal App: One App for All Platforms

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 02, 2014

Microsoft has formally introduced Windows universal apps, allowing developers to write a single app that will run on all Windows-based devices: phones, tablets, and PCs. This move unifies the platform in a significant way.

RightScale: Top 9 Public and Top 6 Private Clouds

by Abel Avram on  Apr 02, 2014

RightScale, a service provider across multiple clouds, has published the results of their annual State of Cloud 2014 survey conducted in February of this year. This article highlights some of the most significant findings.

Microsoft Beefs Up Cloud Identity Services as Part of Mobile Push

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 31, 2014

As part of launching an Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft announced that Azure Active Directory Premium was set to hit General Availability. Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium extends the free identity management and single sign-on service with additional group-management capabilities, rebranding options, security analytics, and more.

DDD and CQRS Using the Functional Language F#

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 31, 2014

A focus on behaviour and a more declarative style of code are two benefits for Domain-Driven Design (DDD) when moving from an object-oriented language like C# to a functional one like F#, Lev Gorodinski claims in a recent presentation, using an example that includes event sourcing and Command-Query Responsibility Separation (CQRS) to show some of the benefits and challenges in a move to F#.

Amazon Responds to Recent Google Cloud Price Cuts

by Abel Avram on  Mar 29, 2014 1

Google announced major price cuts for some of their cloud services including Compute Engine, Storage and BigQuery. But their price advantage lasted for only for 24 hours because the following day Amazon slashed the prices for some of their services – EC2, S3, RDS, ElasticCache and MapReduce.

ASP.NET Web API Gets OData v4.0 Support, WCF Will Not

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Mar 26, 2014

ASP.NET Web API 2.2 for OData v4.0 are now available as nightly builds. The team also released OData core libraries version 6.1 on nuget with several bug fixes and new features, especially increased support for OData v4 spec. However, the MS team suggested that WCF will not get OData v4 specific features.

Domain-Driven Design Using a Functional Language

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 25, 2014 1

Using a functional language in domain-driven design (DDD) the actual code can often become simple enough to be used instead of UML diagrams when discussing with domain experts, Scott Wlaschin stated in a recent talk about domain modelling together with functional programming using F#.

EF Gets Public Mapping API, Ability To Handle Commit Failures

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Mar 21, 2014

Entity Framework 6.1 was recently released with several interesting improvements such as better tooling, CommitFailureHandler, IndexAttribute, a Public Mapping API and more.

Bringing Visual Studio's CodeLens Into Focus

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 20, 2014

CodeLens has been a popular feature of VS2013. The forthcoming Update 2 is bring an enhancement to CodeLens called Incoming Changes, designed to make working with multiple code branches on TFS easier.

Integrating Windows Logging Through Linux With Syslog4NET

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 17, 2014

Centralized logging makes application support and troubleshooting much easier, but Windows and Linux/UNIX based systems take different approaches. Syslog4NET provides a way to bridge this gap, allowing Windows applications to directly log to a syslog dameon running on Linux/UNIX.

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