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SQL Server 2016: JSON Support

by Jonathan Allen on  May 28, 2015 1

SQL Server 2016 will finally see native support for JSON.

Microsoft Azure Tops Nasuni’s Storage Benchmark Test

by Janakiram MSV on  May 24, 2015

Nasuni, the cloud NAS and storage company published the results of its annual cloud storage benchmarking test. Microsoft Azure Storage emerged as a winner on speed, availability, and scalability. Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage were the other services included in the benchmark.

WCF is Open Source

by Jonathan Allen on  May 20, 2015 14

The .NET Foundation has just announced the release of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) as open source. WCF, originally offered in .NET 3.0, offers a high-level abstraction over cross-application communication.

C# Futures: Method Contracts

by Jonathan Allen on  May 18, 2015

Continuing our look at the future of C#, we now take a look at Proposal 119. This would add first class compiler and syntax support for method-level contracts.

Microsoft Project Oxford Aims to Bring Intelligence to Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  May 12, 2015

Under the name of Project Oxford, Microsoft has made available a set of RESTful APIs that aim to make it possible for developers to build apps that feature face recognition, speech processing, and other machine learning algorithms. Part of the Azure portfolio, the new APIs are currently in beta and free to use up to 5,000 call per month.

Deployment in Universal Applications

by Jonathan Allen on  May 11, 2015

While the enterprise deployment scenario remains unsatisfactory, deploying Universal Applications through the Windows Store has improved significantly in Windows 10.

Azure Gains New Networking Capabilities

by Chris Swan on  May 11, 2015 2

At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.

Mono 4.0 Released with C# 6

by Jonathan Allen on  May 06, 2015 3

Mono 4.0 was officially released this month. This marks the first version that contains open source code from Microsoft’s CoreCLR project. It also defaults to C# 6, meaning that once again Mono has an RTM version of a new C# compiler before Microsoft.

C# Futures: Immutable Variables

by Jonathan Allen on  May 05, 2015

In C#, the readonly keyword can only be used at the field level. Under proposal 115, Readonly for Locals and Parameters, this would be extended to cover a many more scenarios.

Microsoft Goes Universal with Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial and Westminster

by Abel Avram on  May 04, 2015

In an attempt to bring Android, iOS, classic Windows and web applications on a single platform and make them available through the Windows Store, Microsoft has launched four projects, also knows as Universal Windows Platform Bridges, namely: Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial, and Westminster.

Running .NET on Linux and Mac OS X

by Jeff Martin on  May 04, 2015 4

The .NET Core runtime has realized the vision of being truly cross-platform with its arrival on Linux and Mac OS X. Last week at Microsoft Build, Microsoft Program Manager Habib Heydarian talked about how this benefits developers and where they can start to explore the new opportunities.

.NET Core Builds Support for FreeBSD

by Jeff Martin on  May 04, 2015

Developers working on the .NET Core project have added support for the FreeBSD platform. It is now possible run a single .NET assembly across all 4 platforms (Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and FreeBSD).

C# Futures: Closure Annotations

by Jonathan Allen on  May 04, 2015 2

Though on the “Some Interest” list, the next proposal is very controversial. The basic premise for the Lambda Capture Lists proposal is that it would allow more control over how variables are captured in closures.

Reducing Technical Debt with SonarQube and Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  May 01, 2015

Java developers have long been able to use SonarQube to measure and analylize their code base for technical debt. Now C# developers using can benefit from this tool thanks to its improved cooperation with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.

Azure Logic Apps

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Historically working with BizTalk has been overly difficult. Once you get past very simple scenarios, the learning curve for BizTalk was so steep that most developers didn’t even bother trying. They would either hack something together or just skip BizTalk entirely and just use purely custom code. Azure App Logic seeks to correct this problem with a new approach.

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