PowerShell Comes to Linux and Mac OS X

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 22, 2016

Microsoft PowerShell has been released as an open source project and now is available for Linux and Mac OS X. Windows administrators apply their scripts and knowledge to non-Microsoft systems, while developers can view and contribute to the project's source code.

IBM Launches Cloud Services for Blockchain Deployments

by Kent Weare on  Aug 20, 2016

IBM recently announced a cloud service for organizations looking to adopt blockchain technologies. The service is underpinned by the IBM LinuxONE platform which hosts a series of underlying services for blockchain processing. IBM is positioning this platform for organizations in regulated industries which require secure environments for testing and running blockchain projects.

Survey: Android’s Lead is Consolidated

by Abel Avram on  Aug 10, 2016

According to the latest Developer Nation Q3 2016 survey from VisionMobile, Android’s lead over iOS as primary platform and developer mindshare has been consolidated. Also, Windows developers prefer C# in the cloud while Linux ones stay with Java.

AWS Adds Native SQL Server Backups to Database-as-a-Service

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 08, 2016

AWS released an update to its Relational Database Service (RDS) that allows users to take advantage of native SQL Server backup and restore functionality. AWS beat Microsoft Azure to market with this capability which simplifies database migration and disaster recovery scenarios.

Azure Logic Apps Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Aug 08, 2016

On July 27th, Microsoft announced their Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) offering, Logic Apps has reached General Availability (GA). The GA release includes additional management support, telemetry events, alerts, and consumption-based pricing. InfoQ reached out Jim Harrer, principal group program manager at Microsoft to gain further insight into this Logic Apps release.

.NET Framework 4.6.2 Delivers WPF and Security Improvements

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 05, 2016

The latest release of the .NET Framework provides several new features centered around WPF and security- including some long-awaited improvements to ClickOnce deployed applications. Microsoft released a preview of .NET Framework 4.6.2 back in late March and now developers can take advantage of the release’s new features in their own projects.

Microsoft's Plans for .NET Core Support

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 04, 2016

Microsoft has announced the support plan for .NET Core, ASP.NET Core, and Entity Framework Core. The plans answer one of the main questions behind their open source initiative- how long developers can count on Microsoft to provide support and security patches to these young projects.

New Leadership for IronPython

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 03, 2016

Leadership of the community run IronPython project has been passed to Alex Earl and Benedikt Eggers. Jeff Hardy, the previous leader, has been running the project since Microsoft ceased active involvement in 2010.

Delayed and Deprecated Features in Entity Framework Core

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 02, 2016

While Entity Framework has a rather ignominious reputation for breaking backwards compatibility, it pales in comparison to the total rewrite undertaken for Entity Framework core. In this article InfoQ looks at some of the major feature changes and their repercussions.

ChakraCore Now Works on Linux and Mac OS

by Abel Avram on  Jul 28, 2016

Microsoft has demonstrated ChakraCore running on Linux and Mac OS X, and Node.js/ChakraCore on Linux.

Reviewing the .NET Core Roadmap

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 26, 2016

The .NET Core project has released a new road map describing Microsoft's plans for the next 6-9 months.

Microsoft and SAP Expand Partnership in the Cloud

by Kent Weare on  Jul 23, 2016

Microsoft and SAP recently announced, at SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference, an expanded partnership. The expanded partnership will focus on better support for SAP HANA in Azure, integration across Cloud Services including Office 365, Concur and SuccessFactors and Mobile App management for SAP Fiori using Microsoft Intune.

Angular 2 Split, Dart Codebase Separated

by David Iffland on  Jul 22, 2016 4

Since its inception, the Angular 2 project has compiled TypeScript down to both JavaScript and Dart. With the final release on the horizon, the Dart portion has been spun off into its own codebase with its own team.

Q&A on Akka.NET 1.1 with Aaron Stannard

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jul 21, 2016

Akka.NET 1.1 was recently released, bringing new features and performance improvements. InfoQ reached out to Aaron Stannard, maintainer of, to learn more about Akka.Streams and Akka.Cluster. Stannard also explains how the roadmap is planned with regards to the JVM implementation of Akka.

Microsoft REST API Guidelines Are Not RESTful

by Abel Avram on  Jul 21, 2016 10

Microsoft has published their guidance for creating “RESTful” APIs. Roy Fielding calls them HTTP APIs that have little to do with REST.

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