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Microsoft Reiterates its Support of F#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jul 11, 2017

Mads Torgersen and Philip Carter, respectively C# and F# program managers at Microsoft, published a post promoting the use of F#. The post is a follow-up to a presentation on F# at Build 2017. They talked about how Microsoft wants to remove obstacles to F# adoption and the F# improvements Visual Studio 2017 brings.

Microsoft Releases TypeScript 2.4

by David Iffland on  Jun 29, 2017

Microsoft has released version 2.4 of TypeScript. This version adds support for dynamic imports -- an ECMAScript 2018 feature -- and string-based enums.

C# 7.2 and 8.0 Roadmap

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 07, 2017

Features are already being lined up for C# 7.2 and 8.0 including nullable reference types and limited multiple inheritance.

An Early Look at C# 7.1: Part 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 06, 2017

Yesterday we looked at Async Main and Default Expressions. Our tour of C# 7.1 continues with the proposals titled Infer Tuple Names and Pattern-matching with Generics.

Details on F# Support in Rider

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  May 31, 2017

JetBrains’s developer evangelist Marteen Balliauw recently published more details about the F# support in Rider. Features are explained into more details than the general EAP announcement and also contains the plan for the next releases.

Zero Runtime Exceptions in Production with Elm

by Sergio De Simone on  May 31, 2017

At QCon London 2017, Richard Feldman, software engineer at noredink and author of “Elm in Action” from Manning, explained how their decision to switch to Elm led to a 100,000 LOC system running in production with zero runtime exceptions since 2015. Here, we provide a brief summary of Feldman’s key points.

Building an F# Web Server with Freya

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  May 15, 2017

Freya is an F# web framework focusing on HTTP primitives and concurency. It doesn't include interface constructs such as templating. Marcus Griep presented Freya at F# eXchange 2017, where he explained its core model. He also showed the different mechanisms available for performance and concurrency, such as Hopac and Kestrel integrations.

.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.

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.

.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).

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.

C# Futures: Relaxed Overrides

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 26, 2017

A commonly requested feature in .NET is the ability to use covariant return types. An example of this would be overriding “virtual object Clone()” with “override Widget Clone()”. From a type safety perspective, this is perfectly acceptable, but C# doesn’t currently allow it.

C# Futures: Read-Only Local Variables

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 24, 2017 1

Not too long ago the proposal for read-only local variables was revived. This is a much more modest feature than the read-only references proposal, but the two are complementary.

C# Futures: Read-Only References and Structs

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 19, 2017 2

In C++ we have a feature known as “const”. This can be applied to parameters so that the caller knows that function will not modify the parameter and/or the object the parameter references. Under this proposal, C# would get something similar.

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