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Image Libraries for .NET Core

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 26, 2017

.NET Core does not have image processing APIs as part of its standard libraries. The broader community has stepped in to provide several different options for developers to consider for use.

Amazon's Managed Container Service Adds Support for Docker on Windows

by Elton Stoneman on  Jan 24, 2017 1

Amazon is the first cloud provider to support Windows Docker containers in their managed container platform - the AWS EC2 Container Service. The new beta service for Windows has several restrictions, but it paves the way to running multi-platform solutions across a single cluster of container hosts.

F# 4.1 Brings Improvements and Interoperation with C# 7

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 23, 2017

F# 4.1 brings improvements to the language. It is distributed through the Microsoft tools for F#, which are stated to ship later this year. This version enables support for struct tuples, interoperation with C# 7 and by-ref returns.

Improving Azure SQL Database Performance Using In-Memory Technologies

by Kent Weare on  Jan 21, 2017 4

In late 2016, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure SQL Database In-Memory technologies. In-Memory processing is only available in Azure Premium database tiers and provides performance improvements for On-line Analytical Processing (OLTP), Clustered Columnstore Indexes and Non-clustered Columnstore Indexes for Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing (HTAP) scenarios.

Microsoft Open Sources Visual Studio Test

by Abel Avram on  Jan 21, 2017

Microsoft has open sourced their Visual Studio Test Platform (VS Test) used to run tests in many languages, collect diagnostic data and report the results.

Microsoft Edge Updates Support for WebVR, Makes Flash Click-to-Run

by James Chesters on  Jan 17, 2017

Microsoft has started 2017 by rolling out Windows 10 build 15002 to end users, giving developers a new UWP architecture for Microsoft Edge’s multi-process model and click-to-run Flash content.

Putting EditorConfig to Work in Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 10, 2017

Visual Studio 2017 RC adds support for the EditorConfig file format for maintaining code styles across different code editors. See how it can make applying styles and code rules easier under VS2017.

Testimonial on Using F# by Microsoft's Project Springfield Team

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 02, 2017

Project Springfield is a fuzz testing service for finding security critical bugs in software. William Blum, principal software engineering manager on the Springfield team at Microsoft Research, explains how adopting F# helped the team build the cloud service.

Microsoft Launches Cloud Bot-as-a-Service Platform

by Kent Weare on  Dec 28, 2016 1

This past November, Microsoft launched, what it is calling, the Industry’s First Cloud Bot-as-a-Service platform. The Azure Bot Service is powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and has a serverless compute back-end built on Azure Functions. Using the Bot service allows developers to build conversational applications that plug into many popular chat applications.

NET Core 2.0 Planned for Spring 2017

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 21, 2016

Microsoft Project Manager Immo Landwerth has announced details for the forthcoming .NET Core 2 release, slated for Spring 2017.

Scripting in F# Using Fake and Paket

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Dec 12, 2016

Scripting in F# is usually done using .fsx files and F# Interactive (Fsi). For scripts that will be reused, Paket and Fake bring several features to handle different uses cases. Fake can be used to structure complex scripts, while Paket brings dependency management.

TypeScript 2.1 Released

by David Iffland on  Dec 12, 2016

Microsoft has released version 2.1 of TypeScript, bringing a slew of productivity improvements and adding much needed functionality to code emitted for today's web browsers.

Azure Functions Reach General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 10, 2016 2

Microsoft recently announced an addition to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering called Azure Functions. Initially launched as a preview service in March 2016, Azure Functions provide developers with an event-driven serverless compute platform that allow organizations to pay for only what they consume.

Building Conversational and Text Interfaces Using Amazon Lex

by Kent Weare on  Dec 09, 2016

At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced a preview of their deep learning technology called Amazon Lex which can be used to build conversational interfaces using voice and text. Amazon Lex is powered on the same deep learning technology as Alexa, which is used in the portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Amazon Echo speaker.

Visual Studio Marketplace (mostly) Replaces VS Gallery

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 08, 2016

Visual Studio has a new website for extensions. Known as Visual Studio Marketplace, this site aggregates extensions for the Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Team Services.

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