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Meteor 0.8: Blaze Release Overhauls Rendering System

by James Chesters on  Apr 08, 2014

Meteor has released version 0.8, bringing an “an overhaul of Meteor's rendering system.” Meteor’s next generation live templating engine, Blaze, includes support for fine-grained DOM updates, jQuery integration and simpler API. Blaze replaces the live page update engine Spark that was introduced in version 0.4 in 2012.

Ratchet Becomes a Real Framework, Gets a New Home

by Burke Holland on  Apr 07, 2014

The mobile application prototyping tool, Ratchet, has been promoted to a full application framework, and moved into the Bootstrap GitHub repo. It also has new documentation and new themes for iOS and Android.

WinJS Goes Open Source, Adds Windows Phone 8.1 Support

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 07, 2014

The Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS) is now fully open source and no longer limited to the Microsoft platform. Alongside this announcement, the 2.1 release adds support for Windows Phone 8.1.

Modern C++ and Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 05, 2014 1

Modern C++ support continues to be an area of focus for Microsoft. This week at Build Herb Sutter gave a talk which provided an update on their current efforts, the level of CPP support being added in the next Visual Studio preview, and what is in store for the future.

Mobile Usage Report Highlights Trends and Shifts in Mobile Device Use

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2014

Mobile analytics firm Flurry has issued a report analyzing time spent on mobile devices by the average US consumer between January and March of 2014. This is the second such report that Flurry issues, allowing for an interesting comparison year to year showing, among other things, that mobile devices are changing the way the web is consumed.

Create Your Own Scaffold in Visual Studio 2013.2

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 05, 2014

An important part of ASP.NET MVC is the set of code generators called scaffolds. Inspired by Ruby on Rails, these code generators can be used to quickly create controllers and views based on a model class. New in VS 2013 Update 2 is the ability to create your own scaffolds that plug into the overall framework.

WinRT Apps Move Slightly Closer to Being Enterprise Ready

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 05, 2014

A major limitation of WinRT apps in the enterprise has been the licensing model. In the past companies were asked to setup an Active Directory or pay 3,000 per hundred computers for side-loading keys. As part of the Windows 8.1 Update that requirement has been considerably softened.

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.

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter Want to Make Sure that MySQL Is “Web-Scale”

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter have decided to make sure that a relational databases is “web-scale”, so they have put their efforts behind WebScaleSQL, a branch of MySQL 5.6 Community Edition.

AlchemyAPI and The State of Deep Learning

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 04, 2014 1

AlchemyAPI recently announced a taxonomy and a sentiment analysis API based on deep learning that can help transform digital content into ad inventory. IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others are working in the deep learning space. We take the high level view of what deep learning is all about and what are the key advances throughout the past months in the field.

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.

Google publishes FarmHash, a new family of hash functions for strings

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 04, 2014 1

Google has just announced FarmHash, a new family of hash functions for strings. FarmHash is a successor to CityHash, from which it inherits many tricks and techniques. FarmHash has multiple goals and claims to improve CityHash on several accounts.

IDC: The Past, Present and Future of HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

The recently released IDC study, The Evolving State of HTML5 by Al Hilwa, Research Director for Application Development, attempts to evaluate the advances made so far, the current state and takes a look at the future of HTML5 as a unifying web platform.

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