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Entity Framework 7: New Platforms and New Data Stores

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015 1

Entity Framework was created solely for working with relational data on the full version of .NET. In EF 7, neither of those statements is true.

Enhancements for C2, the Compiler Behind VC++ and Native .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

Most developers don’t know much about C2, but it is a vital part of the Windows development lifecycle. It acts as the backend compiler for Visual C++, .NET natively compiled code, compiled T-SQL, and Objective-C on Windows.

Quick Take: Build 2015 Day 2 Keynote

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft's Build continued today with demonstrations on what modern Windows 10 apps can do and how developers can quickly bring their existing apps to the platform.

Visual Studio 2015 RC Targets All Devices

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft has delivered the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2015, demonstrating their desire to be the first choice for developers regardless of the platform that they are targeting.

Microsoft Makes Available Their Platform for Building Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2015 3

Microsoft has announced and made available the preview of Azure Service Fabric (ASF), a cloud platform including a runtime and lifecycle management tools for creating, deploying, running and managing microservices. ASF microservices can be deployed on Azure or on-premises on Windows Server private or hosted clouds. Support for Linux is to come in the future.

C# Futures: Asynchronous Sequences

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

The async/await syntax in C# was well received, but now developers are asking for more. Specifically, they want to be able to return more than one value from their asynchronous function using a “yield return” like syntax. This capability is being referred to as “asynchronous sequences” in a new proposal for C# 7.

Introducing F# 4.0

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 30, 2015

While all of the recent news has been focused on C# and Windows 10, F# isn’t standing still. Along with Visual Studio 2015 RC is the latest version of F# 4.0.

Microsoft Unveils Visual Studio for Linux and OS X

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 29, 2015 5

Microsoft has announced the release of a native Visual Studio application for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

New Build Automation Features in Visual Studio Online

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

Microsoft has completely rewritten the build server in Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. The new tool completely eliminates the massive XAML-based Windows Workflow files that were used as build definitions.

Compile Time Bindings in Universal XAML

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

Universal XAML isn’t just an application UI toolkit, it is being used throughout Windows 10 for OS programs. As such, cross-platform consistency and performance are of upmost concern. To address this, new features such as compile-time data binding has been added.

Best Practices for IoT on Azure

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

Depending on who you ask, IoT is something brand new and revolutionary or just a natural progression of what we’ve been doing for decades. The truth is somewhere in the middle; consumer devices replacing the simplistic, mass produced sensors and expensive aviation-grade components. With this in mind, Kevin Miller of Microsoft offers these basic guidelines for starting an IoT project.

C# Futures: Managed Pointers

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

A big emphasis for many developers, especially those writing games or working on pure number crunching, is raw performance. One way to get more performance out of C# is to avoid allocating memory without having to copy structs instead. The next proposal shows how C# can expose the CLR managed pointer support to do just that.

Quick Take: Build 2015 Day 1 Keynote

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 29, 2015

Microsoft's premier developer conference began today with several announcements that will affect all developers whether they are formally targeting Windows or not.

C# Futures: Nullability Tracking

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 28, 2015

Probably the most common error type in .NET is the Null Reference Exception. The root cause of this error is C#’s inability to express the concept of non-nullable references, which in turn makes compiler-enforced null checking it too burdensome. To address this problem, there is a proposal for mandatory and explicitly nullable references.

Visual Basic: Back by Popular Demand

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 27, 2015 16

Once again, Visual Basic has been brought back from the brink of deprecation. Reversing a previous decision, VB will be fully supported in ASP.NET 5 including cross-platform.

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