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SQL Server Roundup

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 05, 2015

A lot of small releases were made by Microsoft’s SQL Server team last month. Some of the highlights include Power BI for on-site servers, System Center support for SQL Server 2014, and updated Java/PHP drivers.

AutoMapper 3 Adds Open Generic and Callback Support

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 29, 2014

AutoMapper, .NET’s most popular object-to-object mapping library, has been updated with a large set of new features including support for open generics and callbacks. AutoMapper 3.3 is expected to the final version in the 3.x series.

DevExpress on the Future of WinForms and Silverlight

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 29, 2014

You can tell a lot about the future of a UI toolkit by how the third party control vendors are treating it. Since their revenue is based around correctly predicting what developers are going to be using in the near future, they spend a lot of time and effort researching the topic. In this report, we’ll be looking at DevExpress and their treatment of WinForms and Silverlight.

Right Sizing Visual Studio Online Pricing

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 18, 2014

Whether it is due to the advent of the cloud or simply a desire to see if it is a better business model, software licensing has been moving towards a subscription-based system. In an effort to better attract customers, Microsoft has announced several pricing changes to Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server that should lower monthly project costs.

Entity Framework 7 Not Recommended for ASP.NET 4

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 11, 2014

Version 7 of Entity Framework represents a major redesign of the 6-year-old ORM. As such, Microsoft will not be recommending the initial release of EF 7 for existing projects. Rather, it is only meant for projects that are using ASP.NET 5 and .NET Core.

Serial Key Generating for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 10, 2014

While many applications are now being sold through app stores, mid-sized and big-ticket software is still offered directly to customers via web sites. For these kinds of projects, out-of-band licensing is still a major concern. One way to manage licenses is via serial keys using libraries such as SKGL.

Dramatically Improve Entity Framework Performance with Bulk Operations

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 08, 2014

When a database administrators think of high performance data loading, they are thinking of bulk operations, a feature noticeably lacking in Entity Framework. But that doesn’t have to be the case. We recently spoke with Jonathan Magnan of ZZZ Projects about their new offerings.

A First Look to .NET Core

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 08, 2014

Microsoft announced at connect() that .NET Core would be open sourced and it would provide a single code base to support all platforms, including Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. Recently, Immo Landwerth, Program Manager at Microsoft, has given more details about what .NET Core is and how it will provide "the foundation for all future .NET platforms."

JetBrains Updates All Their .NET Tools Starting with ReSharper 9

by Abel Avram on  Dec 05, 2014

JetBrains has announced new RTM versions for their .NET tools, including ReSharper 9, dotTrace 6, dotCover 3, dotMemory 4.2, dotPeek 1.3 and TeamCity Add-in 9.0. JetBrains has created a single installer and platform for these tools. When attempting to install ReSharper, developers are presented with the option to install other .NET tools which will share the platform.

VS Tools for Unity 2 Preview Shows Improved Debugging

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 04, 2014

Unity developers using Visual Studio will see several improved debugging features in the latest preview of Visual Studio Tools for Unity 2.0. Alongside the enhancements is added support for VS2015 and Visual Studio 2013 Community.

.NET Foundation Round-up

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 03, 2014

The .NET Foundation Advisory Council has extended the community feedback period to Friday, December 5th. After the fifth, the Foundation will begin to officially form next year’s council. You can read more about the Advisory Council, propose changes, and discuss nominations on the .NET Foundation Forum.

Open-source Functional Language Extensions to C# 6

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 27, 2014 4

Lang Ext, an open-source library for C# written by London-based Paul Louth, provides a set of helper functions and types that aim to "bring some of the functional world into C#" while trying to look like extensions to the language itself.

JavaScript Powered Macros in Visual Studio 2013

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 26, 2014 2

A new extension gives Visual Studio users an easy way to utilize macros in the IDE. Powered by JavaScript, they offer developers a powerful way to automate common or repetitive tasks.

MimeKit and MailKit, Featuring Support for International Email

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 25, 2014

After a year of working on MimeKit and MailKit, Jeffrey Stedfast has completed what are probably the most comprehensive MIME and email libraries for .NET. These libraries support SMTP, POP3, and IMAP, including dozens of IMAP4 extensions. Also included is support for the new International Emails standards, a first for the .NET platform.

Simplifying Microsoft User Accounts

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 24, 2014

Signing in with Internet-based accounts is supposed to make life easier, but too often leads to frequent password prompts. Microsoft is seeking to streamline this for developers in Visual Studio 2015.

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