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  • .NET 6: Async Improvements

    Among the over 100 API changes in .NET 6 are several features designed to make working with asynchronous code easier and safer. These include new WaitAsync methods, reusable CancellationTokenSource, and execution context management.

  • Microsoft Releases AI Training Library ZeRO-3 Offload

    Microsoft recently open-sourced ZeRO-3 Offload, an extension of their DeepSpeed AI training library that improves memory efficiency while training very large deep-learning models. ZeRO-3 Offload allows users to train models with up to 40 billion parameters on a single GPU and over 2 trillion parameters on 512 GPUs.

  • .NET 6: Date and Time Structures

    A long-standing problem with .NET’s Base Class Library is the inability to separately represent date and time values. As part of .NET 6, the new DateOnly and TimeOnly classes seek to correct this oversight.

  • Microsoft Introduces Microsoft Build of OpenJDK

    Microsoft has introduced a preview release of Microsoft Build of OpenJDK, a new open-source downstream distribution of OpenJDK. Microsoft Build of OpenJDK supports x64 server and desktop environments on macOS, Linux, and Windows. Bruno Borges, principal program manager, Java Engineering Group at Microsoft, spoke to InfoQ about Microsoft Build of OpenJDK.

  • .NET News Roundup - Week of April 5th, 2021

    The last week was an eventful one for the .NET community, with multiple releases from Microsoft - including the third preview for .NET 6, ASP.NET Core, MAUI, and EF Core 6. InfoQ examined these and a number of smaller stories in the .NET ecosystem from the week of April 5th, 2021.

  • .NET News Roundup - Week of March 29th, 2021

    The last week of March was pretty intense in the .NET community, with the release of Project Reunion 0.5, Dapr 1.1, and more. InfoQ examined these and a number of smaller stories in the .NET ecosystem from the week of March 29th, 2021.

  • .NET News Roundup - Week of March 22th, 2021

    This past week was marked by the online streaming of Cloud Builders Conf and the release of Unity 2020 LTS. InfoQ examined these and a number of smaller stories in the .NET ecosystem from the week of March 22th, 2021.

  • Microsoft Announces Azure Monitor SQL Insights for Azure SQL in Public Preview

    Recently Microsoft announced Azure Monitor SQL Insights for Azure SQL in public preview. With the preview, customers will get a flexible canvas for telemetry collection, analysis, and rich custom visualization.

  • PagerDuty Adds AWS DevOps Guru and Microsoft Teams Integrations

    PagerDuty has released a number of new updates and enhancements to their incident response platform. This includes new integrations with Amazon DevOps Guru, AWS Control Tower, and Microsoft Teams. Other improvements include improvements to mapping failures back to changes, automatic triggers, and content-based alert grouping.

  • Azure Functions Support for node.JS 14 and .Net 5 Is Now Generally Available

    Microsoft recently announced its Function as a Service (FaaS) offering Azure Functions now supports Node.js 14 and .NET 5. Developers can develop and deploy function applications leveraging the latest long-term supported (LTS) version of Node.js and the latest version of .NET.

  • .NET News Roundup - Week of March 15th, 2021

    It's been a busy week for the .NET community, with the release of the new Azure SDK, multiple Akka.NET plugins, and the streaming of Include 2021, a digital event host by Microsoft focused on diversity and inclusion. InfoQ examined these and a number of smaller stories in the .NET ecosystem from the week of March 15th, 2021.

  • Visual Basic 16.9 in .NET 5

    Since the The .NET Language Strategy was published in 2017, the general belief in the .NET community was that Visual Basic was effectively a dead language. But Microsoft has been quietly working on extending the life of the language.

  • Writing Native Windows Apps with React and WinUI 3

    The latest releases of React Native Windows, a Microsoft framework for building native Windows 10 applications, upgrade to the latest React Native version (0.64) and experimentally support WinUI 3 (in preview). Microsoft also maintains react-native-macos for native MacOS applications.

  • .NET News Roundup - Week of Mar 8th, 2021

    The last week was an eventful one for the .NET community, with the release of the second preview for .NET 6, ASP.NET Core, and EF Core 6. InfoQ examined these and a number of smaller stories in the .NET ecosystem from the week of March 8th, 2021.

  • Microsoft Announces a Hologram-Based Mixed-Reality Communication Platform Called Microsoft Mesh

    During the recent virtual Ignite conference, Microsoft announced Microsoft Mesh, an Azure-based cloud platform allowing developers to build immersive, multi-user, cross-platform mixed reality apps. Customers can leverage Mesh to enhance virtual meetings, conduct virtual design sessions, assist remote work better, learn together virtually, and host virtual social gatherings and meet-ups.

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