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.NET Actor Model Implementations Differ in Approach

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 21, 2014 5

Last week Vaughn Vernon published Dotsero, a .NET actor model toolkit that follows the Akka API and earlier this year a preview of the Orleans framework based on the Actor model was released by Microsoft Research. In a recent twitter discussion Vaughn and Sergey Bykov, lead of the Orleans project at Microsoft Research, discussed the different approaches taken in Orleans and Dotsero.

Katana Gets OpenIDConnect, WSFederation Components

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 14, 2014

Katana 3, now close to GA, comes with new security components providing OpenIDConnect and WSFederation support.

ASP.NET Advanced Web Frameworks Gets Better with New Features, Bug Fixes and Improvements

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jul 11, 2014

Microsoft recently released ASP.NET MVC 5.2, Web API 2.2 and Web Pages 3.2 with new features, bug fixes and improvements. The product team has also provided solutions to certain key issues surfaced in the previous version.

Visual Studio "14" CTP2 Adds ASP.NET and IDE Features

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 10, 2014

Visual Studio "14" continues to display new features, with the latest CTP providing a look at productivity enhancements to the editor that benefit all languages as well as providing access to ASP.NET vNext.

Noda Time Gets Faster, Adds Persian and Hebrew Calendar Support

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 30, 2014

Noda Time v 1.3 has been released with several new features such as support for Persian and Hebrew Calendars, performance improvements for parsing and formatting and several API additions.

Microsoft Azure WebJobs SDK 3.0 Beta Boosts Application Development on the Cloud

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jun 30, 2014

The recently released 0.3.0 beta preview of Microsoft Azure WebJobs SDK has added support for Azure Service Bus, Cancellation Tokens, WebJobs Shutdown Notifications besides improved function discovery and host of other features.

Visual Studio “14” Is Changing the C Runtime

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 26, 2014

As new details on Visual Studio "14" emerge, Microsoft's James McNellis describes how changes are being made to the infamous MSVCR DLL. Additional work being done to implement C99 support will also be changing how the default behavior of familiar functions.

Google Open-Sources FlatBuffers: Efficient, Cross-Platform, Serialization Library

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 18, 2014 3

The Google "Fun Propulsion Labs" team has recently open-sourced FlatBuffers. Built especially to support performance needs of game developers, FlatBuffers stores serialized data in buffers which can be either stored in files or transferred across the network as-is, without any parsing overhead.

Visual Studio "14" Sharpens Focus on Modern C++

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 12, 2014

Visual Studio "14" Plans Improved C++11/C++14 compliance. As part of the this effort big changes are being made to the Standard Template Library bundled with "14".

Big Features Pack Visual Studio "14" Preview

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 04, 2014 1

The first preview of the successor to VS2013 has been released, unifying several recent projects into a single package. Nearly all technology platforms are affected, with ASP.NET, C++, and VB/C# developers all receiving large updates.

What changes brought by C++14 could break a C++11 program?

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 02, 2014

C++14, the new C++ standard, will bring a host of changes to the language. Although it is planned to be a small extension over its predecessor, featuring mainly bug fixes and small improvements, it is inevitable that a few changes could make a correct C++11 program break under a C++14-compliant compiler. With the new standard approaching a mature status, it is now worth asking where the risk lies.

Nitra: Open Source Language Tooling For CLR

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 29, 2014

JetBrains recently open sourced Nitra, a set of tooling for working with programming languages on the CLR. Developers can define grammers using Nemerle, which Nitra then uses to build parsers and generate classes to represent and navigate the AST.

Interview with Philipp Crocoll on Java/C# Integration for Android

by Jonathan Allen on  May 27, 2014

In this interview we talk to open source developer Philipp Crocoll about Keepass2Android. Besides its features as a password store, this project is a good case study for combining Java and C# in a single Android application.

Becoming SOLID in C#

by Abel Avram on  May 23, 2014 10

Brannon B. King, a software developer working for Autonomous Solutions Inc., has published an article entitled Dangers of Violating SOLID Principles in C# in MSDN Magazine, May 2014. The author outlines some of the mistakes developers can make in their C# code, breaking the SOLID principles and leading to code that is more difficult to extend or maintain.

Visual Studio 2013 on the Upgrade Trail Again

by Jeff Martin on  May 23, 2014 1

The first CTP for Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 has arrived, continuing Microsoft's rapid release pace for their flagship development tool. As compared to the previous update, this 3rd installment is much more limited in scope.

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