Azure Functions Support added to Azure IoT Gateway SDK

by Kent Weare on  Oct 22, 2016

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.

Improvements to Visual Studio “15” Startup

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 20, 2016

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 Open-Sources P Language for Safe Async Event-Driven Programming

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 12, 2016

Microsoft’s recently open-sourced P language aims to make it possible to write safe asynchronous event-driven programs on Linux, macOS, and Windows.

Visual Studio "15" Improves Performance and Usability

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 10, 2016

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.

TypeScript 2.0 Released

by James Chesters on  Sep 28, 2016 1

Microsoft has released TypeScript 2.0, with Simplified Declaration File Acquisition, Non-nullable Types and Readonly modifiers. The release delivers close ECMAScript spec alignment, wide support for JavaScript libraries and tools, and a language service that powers a first class editing experience in all major editors.

Reviewing Key Concepts in .Net Core and .Net Standard

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Sep 27, 2016

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.

Aurelia's Rob Eisenberg Joins Microsoft

by David Iffland on  Sep 26, 2016 2

Rob Eisenberg, the creator of Aurelia, the alternative JavaScript framework, has taken a job with Microsoft leaving some in the community to wonder how well supported Aurelia will be in the future. Members of the Aurelia team have said that there should not be a big change.

Microsoft Pushes the Bot Framework, Google Buys

by Abel Avram on  Sep 23, 2016

Microsoft has made available Bot Framework Preview to developers and Google has purchased, a bot engine with many integrations.

Targeting Linux Made Easier in Visual Studio 2015

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 15, 2016

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.

Amazon Kinesis Analytics is Like SaaS for Big Data Analysis

by Elton Stoneman on  Sep 14, 2016

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 Presents F# Design Principles at .Net Fringe

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Sep 13, 2016

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.

Simplifying Form Creation with XAML Power Toys

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 07, 2016

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.

Microsoft Releases TypeScript 2.0 RC

by James Chesters on  Sep 06, 2016 1

Microsoft has released the TypeScript 2.0 release candidate. One of the most important updates in Typescript's release candidate is its tagged unions. "Tagged unions make it way easier to get type safety using JavaScript patterns you’d write today," says Daniel Rosenwasser, Typescript program manager.

Bugs and Documentation Errors in .NET's HttpClient Frustrate Developers

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 05, 2016 3

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.

Visual Studio “15” Preview 4 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 30, 2016

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.

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