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Windows Identity Foundation Now Included in .NET 4.5

by Jenni Konrad on  Aug 31, 2012

Windows Identity Foundation, Microsoft's framework for integrating claims-based authentication into applications, is now part of the .NET Framework. It was created to simplify work with access control and authentication, and to allow for single sign-on across multiple applications.

Reflection API Changes For Windows Store Apps

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 31, 2012

.NET API subset for Windows Store Apps is considerable smaller than the full .NET Framework 4.5. Particularly, Reflection.Emit is not available and most members in the System.Type class have been moved to the System.Reflection.TypeInfo class.

Microsoft Release New REST API Framework as Part of .NET 4.5

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 23, 2012 4

As part of the recent Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 launch, Microsoft formally unveiled its new web services framework called the ASP.NET Web API. Included as part of the ASP.NET MVC 4 offering, the open-source ASP.NET Web API is designed to simplify the development and consumption of RESTful services.

.NET Framework Cleanup Tool Adds .NET 4.5 and Windows 8 Support

by Jenni Konrad on  Aug 09, 2012

Aaron Stebner's .NET Framework Cleanup Tool, which is often used as a last resort to remove problematic .NET installations, has been updated to support Windows 8 and .NET 4.5. The tool can be used to remove any version of the .NET Framework from an operating system.

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 are ready to go!

by Dmytro Mindra on  Aug 02, 2012 3

In addition to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 being released to manufacturing, Microsoft has completed its tool suit - Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5.

Better Tracing And Instrumentation For .NET Apps

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 16, 2012

EventSource and EventListener, introduced in .NET 4.5, provide a simple mechanism for applications to trace their events in Event Tracing for Windows (ETW). Combined with a analysis tool such as PerfView, this allows for better tracing of .NET apps.

MEF for Windows 8 Metro and TPL Data Flow Moved to NuGet

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 13, 2012

Microsoft has decided to remove MEF for Windows 8 Metro and TPL Data Flow from the .NET 4.5 framework release. Instead they will be offered as NuGet packages so that improvements can be released outside of the full .NET release cycle.

.NET 4.5 Improves to the Base Class Library

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 07, 2012 2

The Base Class Library forms the core of the .NET development platform. No matter what profile or front-end technology you choose, the BCL classes are invariably found throughout your application. This time around we see improvements to streams, collections, and a much improved weak reference.

.NET 4.5 Raises the Bar for Web Development Productivity

by Harry Brumleve on  Jun 06, 2012 1

With the release of .NET 4.5 nearing, Microsoft has started to pull back the curtain on the next version of their development platform. While there has been a lot of fanfare around Metro and Windows 8, the improvements made to the core features of .NET, which have traditionally focused on web, service, and data development, may steal the show in the short term.

In Case You Missed It: Async and Streaming for ADO.NET 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  May 29, 2012

For those .NET developers who still choose to work directly with the DataReader series of classes, .NET 4.5 brings some new async and streaming support your way.

Microsoft .NET Finally Offers a General Purpose Zip Library

by Jonathan Allen on  May 23, 2012

The .NET Framework has always had a weird relationship with the Zip file format. From the very beginning .NET actually did support Zip files, but in a way most people didn’t realize. After years of dealing with the convoluted ZipPackage class or turning to third-party libraries, Microsoft .NET is finally offering this basic capability again.

Going Beyond async and await On WinRT

by Jeff Martin on  May 16, 2012

The Windows Runtime introduces greater support for asynchronous programming. The await and async keywords for C# and Visual Basic are part of this support.

Managed Extensibility Framework 2: Upcoming Changes for .NET 4.5

by Jenni Konrad on  Apr 20, 2012

Version 2 of Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), a framework for extending .NET applications, is currently in Preview mode, and the final release will be part of .NET Framework 4.5. Expected enhancements in Version 2 include improvements to the RegistrationBuilder API, attribute-less registration, and better control over object lifetime.

.NET 4.5 Compatibility And Multi-Targeting

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Apr 06, 2012 3

The upcoming .NET Framework 4.5 being an in-place upgrade to .NET 4.0 has given rise to concerns on how this can introduce breaking changes as well as make multi-targeting difficult. In his article “.NET Versioning and Multi-Targeting..” Scott Hanselman addresses these concerns.

WebSocket Support In Windows 8

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Mar 29, 2012

As both the WebSocket Protocol and the WebSocket API gain full-fledged support in the Windows 8 Consumer preview, ASP.NET developers can start taking advantage of the bidirectional capabilities by using System.Web.WebSockets library.

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