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SIMD Support in .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 05, 2014

Six years after Mono, Microsoft’s implementation of the CLR has finally gained support for SIMD via RyuJIT. Still in community preview, RyuJIT is the next generation JIT compiler for .NET.

Creating Single Page Apps With Angular.JS and ASP.NET

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 04, 2014

Angular.JS is a popular framework created by Google for creating single page applications. Despite its origins, it can also easily work with ASP.NET to provide Microsoft-centric developers the same powerful capabilities.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Beta 1

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 04, 2014

Microsoft has just released a beta of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, also known as NTVS. Notable for this release is support for the free version of Visual Studio, known formally as Visual Studio Express for Web, and TypeScript.

Introducing the .NET Foundation

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 04, 2014

Microsoft’s evolution towards a major open source player has reached the next step with the introduction of the .NET Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to “be the steward of a growing collection of open source technologies for.NET” including ASP.NET MVC, Xamarin Mimekit, and the .NET Compiler Platform.

Changes to the Silverlight Runtime for Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

Until now we’ve been focusing on Common XAML, but now our attention turns to Silverlight for Windows Phone. Though Common XAML (i.e. Universal Apps) is meant to eventually replace it, the Silverlight framework is still a viable option for Windows Phone developers.

A Q&A with the XAML Performance Leadership Team

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

This panel discussion mostly covers XAML, but there are still some thoughts on its relationship to WPF and the desktop in general.

C# Compiler Released As Open Source

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 03, 2014

The destination of Microsoft's Roslyn project has been revealed: the rewrite of the C# and VB compilers has been released under an open source license by Microsoft. Not only will users benefit from the improved tooling Roslyn supports, they can also look under the hood to add features or analyze behavior.

What’s New in Azure Networking

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

The new version of Azure brings with it enhanced options for private networks, virtual private networks, and multi-region load balancing.

A WPF Q&A

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

A panel of 9 Microsoft desktop developers were available during a lunch time Q&A. This session was not filmed, but we were able to record some of the WPF questions and Microsoft’s answers.

Highlights from Build 2014’s Second Keynote

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

Today felt like a day of housekeeping. Mostly it was about promoting products from preview/beta to production status. There were some big revelations around opening sourcing Roslyn the formation of the .NET Foundation, but even these were just doing what the community has been asking for all along.

Microsoft Speeds Up Windows Store Apps with .NET Native

by Abel Avram on  Apr 03, 2014

.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.

TypeScript 1.0 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 03, 2014

Microsoft's TypeScript language has now reached official 1.0 status and is available for use on several platfroms, including VS2012/VS2013, Eclipse, and in source form.

Future-Proofing Desktop Applications for Hardware Enhancements

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2014

Though CPUs aren’t getting any faster, other hardware capabilities are rapidly increasing. This is most evident in high DPI displays and the way they shrink legacy applications to the point of illegibility. So for perhaps the first time since the 90’s, future proofing for better monitors is becoming vital.

Highlights from Microsoft's Build 2014 Opening Keynote

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 02, 2014

The opening keynote for Build 2014 kicked off with several big announcements. Today marked the formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 and the soon to be released Windows 8.1 Update.

Introducing Common XAML UI

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2014 1

Based on the WinRT API, the Common XAML UI framework will allow the same UI code to be shared on phones, tablets, desktop computers, and eventually Xbox One.

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