The recent proposal to add non-nullable references to C# by Microsoft’s Mads Togersen sparked quite a debate in the .NET community. The reactions were diverse, ranging from praise to preferring status quo.
Version 3 of WebSharper, the F# framework for developing web applications hits RTM this year. We decided to catch up with Adam Granicz, CEO of IntelliFactory, to learn what new features and improvements WebSharper 3 brings.
Mads Torgersen, C# language program manager at Microsoft, has recently outlined a proposal for the introduction of option types for references in C# 7. Option types are meant as a means to make the language safer and reduce the occurrence of null reference exceptions, which, as Torgersen says, are rampant in C# since any reference type can reference a null value.
Microsoft have released the beta for TypeScript 1.6, and with it support for React. Program manager Jonathan Turner explains that while the TypeScript team has collaborated with teams responsible for libraries including Dojo, Aurelia, and Angular, React is "an important library" that that has been difficult for TypeScript developers.
When TFS was first envisioned a decade ago, it was meant to be an all-encompassing ALM solution. Since then Microsoft has come to realize that most companies prefer to mix and match the tools that best suit their needs. In response, they are reducing the price of VS Online and creating a new marketplace for third-party tools.
Starting with this release, TFS 2015 Power Tools will support all major editions of Visual Studio include the VS Express variants. Previously you need to have Visual Studio Pro or higher to use this set of extensions.
Shadow properties are fields that don’t exist in the class itself, but are treated as if they did by Entity Framework. They can participate in queries, create/update operations, and database migrations.
CodeRush for Roslyn (CRR) is a new product from DevExpress, distinct from its predecessor CodeRush Classic. Its main difference is the use of Microsoft’s compiler platform, Roslyn. CCR isn’t offering all the features of its predecessor yet; they are being added as new versions are released.
TFS2015 was originally intended to launch alongside VS2015 in July, but was held back for final polishing and bug fixes. The wait is over and TFS2015 RTM is now available. Among the many changes included are the new build system and greater Git support.
The Edit and Continue debugging feature for C++ code has been available in Visual Studio before in various forms. In Visual Studio 2015 this support has been expanded to include both 32-bit and 64-bit code while maintaining the use of the other debugging tools Visual Studio offers.
F# 4.0 has been released for the big three major platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux). F# 4.0 brings a host of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements that benefit users of the language whether or not they are writing code in Visual Studio 2015.
Two more significant bugs have been found when using RyuJIT and .NET 4.6. Code recompilation is not necessary to experience the effects, merely running existing code on RyuJIT (which ships in .NET 4.6 and is enabled by default) will cause severe problems.
Microsoft has released TypeScript 1.5, dramatically improving ES6 transpilation capabilities.
StackExchange developers Nick Craver and Marc Gravell have reported a critical bug that affects all users and developers who have installed .NET 4.6. Once .NET 4.6 is installed, the new RyuJIT compiler is set active by default which exposes users to a serious flaw during their program's execution.
Microsoft has released an SDK for its monitoring platform Visual Studio Application Insights that brings support for ASP.NET 5. Application Insights is divided into two main components; the Azure portal is where the data is displayed and the SDK provides the API to send telemetry events.