Apple has proposed a new GPU API for the browser, called WebGPU. Google has another solution called NXT in the development.
After three months in beta, Google has announced the general availability of its Open API-based Cloud Endpoints (GCE) API management system, which aims to make it possible to build efficient, ready-to-scale API platforms, says Google.
Microsoft has developed and open sourced AirSim, a tool that can be used to simulate the flight of drones around the world. The simulator is built on the Unreal Engine and Microsoft will soon add support for robots and other types of vehicles.
The release of the latest Visual Studio 2017 RC joined an update to the .NET Core tooling. This brings several improvements, including changes to templating and many needed bug fixes.
In a recent article on the MSDN site, Daniel Meixler explores a complete DevOps lifecycle for an Internet of Things (IoT) application using Microsoft frameworks and components. The concepts can be generalized to other IoT platforms with some changes.
Microsoft has recently announced changes to its cloud workflow service, Flow, to enable teams to contribute and manage flows centrally. This new sharing capability is also available to SaaS and custom API Connectors. In addition to these collaboration features, Microsoft has also announced support for Gmail connectivity and integration with additional Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs.
Based on internal data, Google researchers have come up with 8 traits that great managers have, providing guidance and tools to other organizations to find out if managers matter to them and how to train their managers.
Microsoft has announced the formal release date for Visual Studio 2017. Development continues unabated however, as the latest Release Candidate brings a host of critical bug fixes along with a couple last minute new features.
Your SQL Server database is slowly grinding to a halt, your DBA is on vacation, and you don’t know where to start. This is when you break out the SQL Server First Responder Kit. This open source project consists of a set of scripts to help the DBA, or accidental DBA, fix and tune a SQL Server instance.
Following its monthly release cycle, Microsoft Visual Studio Code has reached version 1.9, which includes support for multiple-command tasks, synchronized markdown preview, faster terminal, and more.
Microsoft has announced some major changes to how it will treat Visual Basic in the future. Representing the first major change in the company's approach in six years, Visual Basic will now be free to diverge from C#.
Oracle has recently published a new post in the series “Moving to a Plugin-Free Web,” advising developers to find replacement solutions if they still have Java applets running in production. Firefox is going to stop supporting them soon.
With more features being pushed down into less expensive versions, Microsoft is always looking for ways to justify the hefty price tag for Visual Studio Enterprise Edition. New for this year, the headline feature is “live unit testing”.
Microsoft has taken the need to create a cross-platform PDB library as a reason to completely revamp the format. The new Portable PDB format is open source, documented, and significantly more compact. But the new format also brings with it new limitations, especially regarding legacy code.
Google recently announced increased support for Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server, in the Google Cloud Platform, by providing pre-configured images for Windows Server Core and SQL Server Enterprise Edition. Google has also added support for High Availability and Disaster Recovery scenarios using SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups.