RyuJIT, Microsoft's project to produce an improved Just-in-Time compiler for .NET, has taken a big step forward on the compatibility front by adding support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Now developers on these platforms can test RyuJIT with their code.
Entity Framework is being rebooted with an initiative called “Entity Framework Everywhere”. The goal of this project is dramatically reduce both the complexity of Entity Framework and the resources needed to run applications that use it. This will in turn allow it to run on a wider variety of platforms including Windows Store and Windows Phone.
Microsoft has added native support for hybrid cross-platform mobile applications in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.
The official RTM release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 has been made, and unlike the first update it brings with it a host of new features that should interest if not outright benefit nearly all users. Improved areas include better Git tooling support, web development, and profiling.
Microsoft has announced their implementation of the Apache Avro wire protocol. Avro is described a “compact binary data serialization format similar to Thrift or Protocol Buffers” with additional features needed for distributed processing environments such as Hadoop.
At Build, Mobilize.NET unveiled their newest migration product: WebMAP2. This product takes legacy WinForms applications and converts it into an HTML based application. When paired with their Visual Basic Upgrade Companion you can migrate code all the way from WB 6 to the web.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of BASIC, Microsoft’s VB team created a Roslyn powered homage to QuickBasic. This IDE looks like the original, but has modern features such as code completion.
Visual Studio isn't just the web, .NET, and C++. It also provides a full featured editor for Node.js and Python. InfoQ speaks with Microsoft Project Manager Shahrokh Mortazavi to talk about these tools and what they offer developers.
A common belief among programmers is that .NET is slow when it comes to complex mathematical operations. And generally speaking that is true due to factors such as .NET’s predisposition towards heap allocating all but the simplest values. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Frameworks such as ILNumerics use techniques such as custom memory managers and automatic parallelization to close the gap.
Microsoft has just announced the release of .NET 4.5.2. This release includes new APIs for ASP.NET that support background threads under IIS. Also featured is higher DPI support for WinForms.
The history of NDoc and Sandcastle is long and sordid. We take a brief look at that history and then check in on their successor, the Sandcastle Help File Builder.
The Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Set, first used on 1st May 1964, turned fifty yesterday. More widely known as BASIC, in introduced a generation to programming, kick-starting many who would then go onto a path to technology in the future. InfoQ looks back at the memorable moments as well as looking to the future.
Following previous announcements on Puppet modules targeted to manage Windows and Linux machines running in the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, PuppetLabs, the company behind popular DevOps tool Puppet, has announced at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference new integration points for Windows and Azure users.
The Edge.js project allows developers to combine C# with Node.js, within a single process. The latest release adds support for Linux and Mac OS X, allowing developers to use the environment they want for development and hosting.
In a recent article, Jeff Handley outlined the roadmap for NuGet 3.x. From its humble beginnings as a way to distribute out-of-band ASP.NET MVC packages, NuGet is now considered to be a vital part of the .NET ecosystem and Visual Studio itself. The four primary areas covered in the roadmap are: Package Discovery, Package Trust/Incompatibility, API, and Package Installation/Build.