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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This panel discussion mostly covers XAML, but there are still some thoughts on its relationship to WPF and the desktop in general.
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.
The new version of Azure brings with it enhanced options for private networks, virtual private networks, and multi-region load balancing.
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.
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.
.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.
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.
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.
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.
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.