On June 15th, Microsoft announced their vision for an open blockchain platform which will be powered by Azure. Microsoft is calling this initiative Project Bletchley, which focuses on providing the architectural building blocks for constructing an Enterprise Consortium Blockchain Ecosystem.
The Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 has been released. This latest update includes several bits of polish and bug fixing.
Microsoft has open sourced Checked C, a research project meant to add bounds checking to C and C++.
Visual Studio 2015 users have a new way to write C++ code for non-Windows environments. Thanks to the Visual C++ for Linux extension, VS2015 supports writing C++ code under Windows and then deploying that code to a Linux machine for compilation, execution, and debugging. New features increase the usefulness by adding a Linux Console Window and fixing several bugs.
Although the definition of system programming is fuzzy, it can be described as having to think at the bit, byte, instruction or CPU cycle level. Systems programming also implies demanding performance and reliability requirements. Joe Duffy, engineering director at Microsoft, presented strategies for system programming in C# at QCon New York. He also discusses pitfalls and how to mitigate them.
The latest release of Visual Studio Code adds terminal support to the editor, bug fixes to several annoyances, and revised whitespace handling.
Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a primary source of data when monitoring Windows systems. Given that the performance counters available vary from machine to machine, a tool is needed to list all counters available. The WMI type provider is one possible option to explore WMI performance counters.
Writing macros to automate tasks was a popular feature in older versions of Visual Studio. Since Visual Studio 2012, macros have not been available but now a new extension promises to provide macros to users of Visual Studio 2013 & 2015.
While the last two versions of SQL Server focused on improving performance by offering new features, SQL Server 2016 looks inwards towards improving existing functionality.
In conjunction with the release of SQL Server 2016, Microsoft has announced that the Developer Edition of SQL Server will be free.
The NOLOCK directive was broken in Cumulative Update #6 for SQL Server 2014 SP1. As a result, databases that relied on that directive may experience unexpected blocking and/or deadlocks.
Microsoft has released the second release candidate (RC2) for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core along with the .NET Core SDK. New commands, and the addition of RyuJIT JIT compiler are among the many changes found in this release.
Project Centennial represents one of Microsoft's efforts to make the migration of existing Win32 applications to the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform easier. A new extension makes this tool easier to use under Visual Studio "15".
Microsoft continues to rollout previews of the sequel to Visual Studio 2015. Preview 2 is the latest, and includes more than just the lightweight installer.
The main reference in compiler construction, Compiler: Principles, Techniques, and Tools, also know as the Dragon Book, was first published in 1986. Anders Hejlsberg, known for his work on Turbo Pascal, Delphi, C# and TypeScript, explains in a Channel 9 interview how compiler construction today is different from how it was done 30 years ago.