When it comes to API design, static classes are a bit of a bugbear. Quite often there are arguments both for and against exposing a given function as a static function as opposed to an instance method. Recently Jimmy Bogard of AutoMapper fame found himself embroiled in this debate.
Erik Bergstedt’s new library simplifies working with Protocol Buffers in .NET.
Some members and contributors have expressed concerns over the current state of open source in .NET, as covered last week. To get a deeper perspective on the situation, InfoQ reached out with Phil Haack, former program manager at Microsoft and currently engineering manager at GitHub. Phil was also the track host of “Incredible Power of an Open-Sourced .NET” at QCon.
Microsoft has closed the deal with cross-platform mobile software development specialist Xamarin to buy the company and their technology. It is expected for most of Xamarin's technological assets to be integrated into Microsoft, benefiting the developers.
Some open source contributors recently raised concerns about the current state of open source in .NET. Discussions revolves around contributing to projects, both as an individual and as an enterprise. The role of Microsoft in the .NET ecosystem is also a the centre of the debate.
Microsoft continues to increase its compliance with the C++11, C++14, and upcoming C++17 language standards with its second update to Visual Studio 2015.
Microsoft has released its first preview of the second update for Visual Studio 2015 that debuts a few new features while focusing on bug fixes and stability enhancements.
XAML Behaviors have long been a frustrating part of WPF/Silverlight development. Though incredibly useful, the libraries were distributed and maintained in a strange fashion. That problem has finally been resolved with the announcement that XAML Behaviors will be open sourced and a matching NuGet package created.
PDB or Program DataBase is a central component of the Windows ecosystem. Whether you write code in C++ or .NET, without a PDB file even basic tasks such as stepping through code becomes impossible. And yet, the PDB format is largely a black box. At least until now.
While some applications will have an easy migration path to .NET Core, especially ones based on ASP.NET MVC, others may run into problems. Not just obvious ones such as porting from WinForms or WPF to Universal Windows Applications (UWP), but subtler issues that are deep within the core of the .NET Framework.
Microsoft made some clarifications on ASP.NET a few weeks ago. Jeffrey T. Fritz, program manager at Microsoft, explains the recent changes in the schedule. He also gives some details related to the renaming from ASP.NET 5 to ASP.NET Core 1.0.
Given the number of different platforms .NET developers can choose from, switching target platforms can be a chore given the difference in APIs available. The .NET Portability Analyzer provides a way to simplify a platform switch and supports moving .NET code in either direction.
Version 2 of the Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) tool SpecFlow supports parallel test execution and adds support for xUnit 2.0 and NUnit 3.0. As well as an upgrade of all components to .Net 4.5 it’s also upgraded to the new Gherkin3 parser, now used across nearly all Cucumber tools.