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.NET Core 2.0 Preview Released, Includes Visual Basic Support

by Jeff Martin on  May 11, 2017 4

Microsoft has announced the release of .NET Core 2 Preview 1. This brings .NET Core into compliance with .NET Standard 2 and adds Visual Basic support to .NET Core for the first time.

What ASP.NET Core May Bring to the .NET Framework’s String Handling

by Jonathan Allen on  May 11, 2017

In what was apparently a major miscommunication among Microsoft’s developers and managers, ASP.NET Core 2.0 will in fact be supported on the full the .NET Framework. The change to only offer ASP.NET Core on .NET Core was supposed to be a temporary step to ease development.

Microsoft Build 2017 - Day 2 Early Access

by Jeff Martin on  May 11, 2017

On day 2 of the Build 2017 developer conference, Microsoft turns to focus on Windows 10, new developer tools for supporting non-Windows devices, and new devices in mixed reality.

Build 2017 Day 1 Keynote Recap

by Jeff Martin on  May 10, 2017

Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference began today with an informative and wide-ranging presentation of new technologies for the artificial intelligence, Azure and the cloud, and developer tools. InfoQ was there to provide a running summary and key takeaways.

Microsoft Build 2017 - Day 1 Early Access

by Jeff Martin on  May 10, 2017

Microsoft has granted several news sites, including InfoQ, an early look at what will be introduced at Build 2017. Take a look at what Microsoft has in store for developers and be sure to check back throughout the day for updates on these announcements.

ASP.NET Core Drops Support for .NET Framework

by Jonathan Allen Jeff Martin on  May 09, 2017 4

Last Friday, ASP.NET Core quietly switched to only supporting .NET Core 2.0. This means that ASP.NET Core 1.0/1.1 applications running Mono or the full .NET Framework will not be upgradable to ASP.NET Core 2.0 when it is released in 2-3 months. Seen as a major breaking change to the platform without a public discussion or formal announcement, this has angered many prominent developers.

Microsoft Releases APIs for Face Recognition, Computer Vision, and Content Moderation

by Roland Meertens on  May 09, 2017 1

Microsoft Cognitive Services released its Face, Computer Vision, and Content Moderator APIs to its users in late April. Cognitive Services comprises many APIs and services that enable developers to add image recognition, speech, translation and other functionality to their own applications, without having to develop these capabilities themselves.

Google Invests in Cognitive: Cloud Speech API Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  May 06, 2017

In a recent blog post, Google announced their Cloud Speech API has reached General Availability. The Cloud Speech API allows developers to include pre-trained machine learning models for cognitive tasks such as video, image and text analysis in addition to dynamic translation. The Cloud Speech API was launched, in open beta, last summer.

.NET Framework 4.7 Now Generally Available

by Jeff Martin on  May 05, 2017

.NET Framework 4.7 debuted with the release of Windows 10 Creators Edition, but was not available for prior releases of Windows until now. The general availability of .NET Framework 4.7 provides users of Windows 7-10 with the latest features including support for C#7 and VB 15, bug fixes, and expanded cryptography support.

Being a Polyglot Programmer

by Stéphane Wojewoda on  May 03, 2017 2

Every programmer knows a langage or two. Being a polyglot programmer is a different mindset, fitting with the "Engineering yourself" principle. Zaiste, co-organizer of Polyconf, a conference dedicated to IT polyglotism, explains what it means to be a polyglot programmer, why it is useful, how to use it in your day-to-day job.

F# Support Highlights New Rider Preview Release

by Jeff Martin on  May 02, 2017

JetBrains' Rider, their multiplatform IDE for .NET development, continues its open development cycle with Early Access Preview 21. Featured in this preview is support for the functional language F#. Along with this, several important bug fixes and added support for both TFS and Virtual Studio Team Services can be found.

.NET Futures: Asynchronous Streams

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2017

Since async/await was announced for VB/C#, developers have been asking about an asynchronous version of IEnumerable. But until C# 7 and ValueTask, that was potentially challenging from a performance standpoint.

Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference 2017: Day Two Recap

by Michael Redlich on  Apr 30, 2017

Day Two of the 12th annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference was held in Philadelphia. This two-day event included keynotes by Blair MacIntyre (augmented reality pioneer) and Scott Hanselman (podcaster), and featured speakers Kyle Daigle (engineering manager at GitHub), Holden Karau (principal software engineer at IBM), and Karen Kinnear (JVM technical lead at Oracle).

Microsoft Updates Azure IoT Platform: Adds Connectivity, Time Series Insights and Edge Analytics

by Kent Weare on  Apr 29, 2017

Microsoft has recently made some announcements regarding their Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities within Azure. Microsoft’s news includes adding a new service called Azure Time Series Insights, additional connectivity platform support for OPC UA/DA and Azure Stream Analytic support on edge devices. In addition, Microsoft also announced a new SaaS-based IoT Solution called Azure IoT Central.

TypeScript 2.3 Adds Generic Default Arguments, Async Iterators Support, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 29, 2017

TypeScript 2.3 extends the language syntax by adding support for declaring defaults for generic type parameters and for async generators and iterators. It also aims to improve integration with existing JavaScript code with a new compile option and introduces official support for language server plugins.

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