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.

Amazon Introduces API Gateway Usage Plans

by Kent Weare on  Aug 28, 2016

Amazon recently updated their API Gateway service to include Usage Plans. A common pattern for companies that expose their APIs, include monetizing them through a 3rd party developer ecosystem. Usage Plans allow an organization to manage 3rd party developer consumption patterns and billing at an API key level.

SQL Server is the New Hunting Ground in the Cloud

by Elton Stoneman on  Aug 23, 2016

You can now run Microsoft SQL Server on Google Cloud Platform. All the major cloud providers support SQL Server, either with an IAAS or PAAS model, but the offerings have very different feature sets. Providing an attractive option for migrating SQL Server to the cloud seems to be a new focus for Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

Transcompiling F# to Javascript with Fable

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Aug 22, 2016 1

Fable is a F# to Javascript transpiler. It can compile an F# script or a whole F# project to Javascript. Fable is executed through a command line interface, giving the option to either compile an .fsx script or a whole project. It is distributed as an npm package.

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.

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