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The Road to C# 7 Has Begun

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 29, 2015 9

With C# 6 nearly complete, work has begun on the next version. Like past versions, the first step is to set an overall theme and scope for what is to come. That vision has been shared by Mads Torgersen by publishing the first set of meeting notes for the C# 7 design team.

Microsoft Azure G-Series VMs are Generally Available

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 26, 2015

Azure’s beefy, powerful G-series VM types are now available in East US 2 region.

.NET API Review Part 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 23, 2015

This is part 2 of our analysis of the .NET API review meeting for January 14th. This report covers HashSet, RegEx, Process.Start, Immutable collections, and BitVector32.

Xamarin Releases Unified iOS/Mac API with 64-Bit Support

by Matt McComb on  Jan 22, 2015 1

amarin last week announced version 8.6 of its iOS SDK (Xamarin.iOS), the first non-beta release to include the company's Unified API for iOS and Mac. The Unified API replaces the 32-bit MonoTouch and MonoMac APIs, enabling code re-use across both platforms and adding 64-bit support.

TypeScript 1.4 Released, Adds Union Types, More ES6 Features

by David Iffland on  Jan 22, 2015

Microsoft delivered TypeScript 1.4, the latest version of their JavaScript language superset. The new version adds union types and template strings. Also new is a ECMAScript 6 target mode.

Should all .NET Collections Implement all .NET Collection Interfaces?

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 21, 2015

Should all .NET Collections Implement all .NET Collection Interfaces? That was the first of several important API questions asked in the .NET Core API Review for January the 14th. This video contains a recording of the discussions about ten change requests for the .NET’s base class library.

Microsoft Embraces GitHub for their .NET Compilers

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 21, 2015

Microsoft is continuing their move from CodePlex to GitHub for their open source offerings. The F# compiler was moved on the 13th, with the Roslyn based C# and VB compilers following a few days later.

New VS2015 Preview Highlights Enhanced Diagnostic Tools

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 21, 2015

The latest preview of Visual Studio 2015 demonstrates new diagnostic and debugging tools along with a new release of TypeScript. An updated build of ASP.NET 5 is also included, broadening its developer tools.

Run Java 8 Code on .NET with IKVM

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 05, 2015 3

A release candidate for IKVM with Java 8 support is now available.

SQL Server Roundup

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 05, 2015

A lot of small releases were made by Microsoft’s SQL Server team last month. Some of the highlights include Power BI for on-site servers, System Center support for SQL Server 2014, and updated Java/PHP drivers.

AutoMapper 3 Adds Open Generic and Callback Support

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 29, 2014

AutoMapper, .NET’s most popular object-to-object mapping library, has been updated with a large set of new features including support for open generics and callbacks. AutoMapper 3.3 is expected to the final version in the 3.x series.

DevExpress on the Future of WinForms and Silverlight

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 29, 2014

You can tell a lot about the future of a UI toolkit by how the third party control vendors are treating it. Since their revenue is based around correctly predicting what developers are going to be using in the near future, they spend a lot of time and effort researching the topic. In this report, we’ll be looking at DevExpress and their treatment of WinForms and Silverlight.

Right Sizing Visual Studio Online Pricing

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 18, 2014

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.

Entity Framework 7 Not Recommended for ASP.NET 4

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 11, 2014

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.

Serial Key Generating for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 10, 2014

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.

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