Earlier this month, Microsoft added support for their serverless event driven platform, Azure Functions, within the Azure IoT Gateway SDK. This addition provides a cloud-based extensibility point for developers building IoT solutions on top of Azure.
Throughout the technical preview phase of the Visual Studio “15” development process, Microsoft has stated that one of their primary goals is to improve performance. Today we will examine the changes made to give VS “15” a faster startup time with the goal of getting the main IDE to a usable state as quickly as possible.
Microsoft’s recently open-sourced P language aims to make it possible to write safe asynchronous event-driven programs on Linux, macOS, and Windows.
As the development of Visual Studio “15” has progressed, Microsoft has continued to discuss the efforts it is taking to improve both the execution speed and the size of the installed application. The fifth preview brings more evidence of these improvements along with some key usability enhancements to the IDE.
Choosing compilation targets was a relatively straightforward operation prior to .Net Core. Developers now face several possibilities and choosing a target is not so obvious anymore. To understand the big picture in .Net Core, the key concepts are: target framework monikers and .Net Standard.
Microsoft has made available Bot Framework Preview to developers and Google has purchased API.ai, a bot engine with many integrations.
Microsoft continues to refine their new extension for Visual Studio 2015 which provides developers with the ability to write C/C++ code in VS2015 and then transfer it to a remote machine running Linux for compilation and debugging. This combines the benefits of Visual Studio's IDE with advantages of a Linux deployment environment.
Real-time analysis of event streams has a new focus in Big Data platforms, both on-premise and in the cloud. AWS have released Amazon Kinesis Analytics, a rival to Azure StreamAnalytics. Both platforms use a simple SQL language for complex querying, and move Big Data analysis into a SaaS-like space.
Don Syme, creator of F#, presented at .Net Fringe 2016 an assessment of the current status of F#. He also commented on the duality that exists in F#, a functional language created on a runtime built for object oriented languages.
The routine creation of XAML data entry forms can be tedious, but thanks to a new Visual Studio extension this process can be streamlined. XAML Power Toys for Visual Studio 2015 provides a way for developers to quickly create data entry forms using XAML for WPF or Xamarin forms applications. With UWP app support coming, this is an all-in-one tool that supports all major WPF use-cases.
Due to a combination of design errors, bugs, and incorrect documentation, it is surprisingly hard to use .NET's HttpClient correctly. As a result, applications that appear to be working correctly in production can suffer from performance issues and runtime failures under load.
Microsoft has released the 4th preview of Visual Studio "15", the successor to VS2015. New in this release is a focus on the new lightweight installer, expanded language support in the IDE editor, and C++ focused workloads.