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  • Explore the Latest Updates to WinForms Visual Basic Application Framework

    Recent updates to the WinForms Visual Basic Application Framework, including the ability to convert older .NET Framework-based apps to .NET 6, 7, or 8+ and new features like the Windows Forms Out-of-Process Designer. Upgrading to newer frameworks creates opportunities to support modern technologies like EF Core and many more valuable updates.

  • The Sentence Similarity Scenario in ML.NET Model Builder

    Microsoft recently published information about adding the Sentence Similarity scenario in Model Builder. This scenario allows the training of custom sentence similarity models. Together with the addition of this scenario to the Model Builder, it is no longer necessary to install the Model Builder GPU extension.

  • ML.NET 2.0 Release Contains New NLP APIs and AutoML Updates

    Microsoft announced the release of ML.NET 2.0, the open-source machine learning framework for .NET. The release contains several updated natural language processing (NLP) APIs, including Tokenizers, Text Classification, and Sentence Similarity, as well as improved automated ML (AutoML) features.

  • .NET News Roundup - Week of April 26th, 2021

    This past week was marked by Microsoft joining the Bytecode Alliance. InfoQ examined this and a number of smaller stories in the .NET ecosystem from the week of April 26th, 2021.

  • Azure Functions Support for node.JS 14 and .Net 5 Is Now Generally Available

    Microsoft recently announced its Function as a Service (FaaS) offering Azure Functions now supports Node.js 14 and .NET 5. Developers can develop and deploy function applications leveraging the latest long-term supported (LTS) version of Node.js and the latest version of .NET.

  • .NET News Roundup - Week of March 15th, 2021

    It's been a busy week for the .NET community, with the release of the new Azure SDK, multiple Akka.NET plugins, and the streaming of Include 2021, a digital event host by Microsoft focused on diversity and inclusion. InfoQ examined these and a number of smaller stories in the .NET ecosystem from the week of March 15th, 2021.

  • Visual Basic 16.9 in .NET 5

    Since the The .NET Language Strategy was published in 2017, the general belief in the .NET community was that Visual Basic was effectively a dead language. But Microsoft has been quietly working on extending the life of the language.

  • New Features for Windows Forms 5.0

    For the first time since .NET 2.0, Windows Forms, a.k.a. WinForms, has received new features that are not High DPI-related.

  • .NET 5 Breaking Changes for WPF/Windows Forms

    The final topic in our .NET 5 Breaking Changes series is WPF and Windows Forms. These desktop technologies were unavailable before .NET Core 3.0, as earlier versions of .NET Core focused on web-based applications via ASP.NET Core.

  • .NET 5 Breaking Changes for ASP.NET Core

    In part 3 of our .NET 5 Breaking Changes series, we look at ASP.NET Core.

  • .NET 5 Breaking Changes: Historic Technologies

    In part two of our .NET 5 coverage, we take a look back at historic .NET technologies that never made the jump to .NET Core. What’s interesting about these technologies is their APIs were copied across, hinting that Microsoft was considering a .NET Core implementation of them in the future.

  • .NET 5 Runtime Improvements: from Functional to Performant Implementations

    During a no-slides presentation at .NET Conf 2020, software architects from the .NET runtime team presented several .NET 5 runtime improvements and how they achieved them, including ARM64 support, HTTP/3, and single-file applications.

  • .NET 5 Breaking Changes to the Base Class Library

    The upcoming release of .NET 5 introduces many breaking changes. While the vast majority of them involve edge cases or previously incorrect behavior, some may take developers by surprise. In the first of this multi-part series, InfoQ looks at the Base Class Library.

  • Microsoft .NET Conf 2020: .NET 5, C# 9.0, F# 5.0, and More

    At the 2020 edition of .NET Conf, streamed online last week, Microsoft released the much-awaited .NET 5, along with new major .NET language versions (C# 9 and F# 5), ASP.NET 5, and EF Core 5.0. New versions of Visual Studio 2019 were also released, with support for .NET 5 and improved Git tooling. The event also featured sessions covering tools and frameworks such as Blazor and Project Tye.

  • Microsoft Releases .NET 5

    Earlier today, at .NET Conf 2020, Microsoft released .NET 5. The new release focuses on improvements of .NET Core 3.1: smaller single-file applications, support for Windows ARM64, and more capable JsonSerializer APIs are among the key features of .NET 5, along with many considerable performance improvements. New major language versions (C# 9 and F# 5) are also featured as part of this release.