Visual Studio Code 1.9 Extends Tasks, Improves Markdown Support and Terminal Performance

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 08, 2017

Following its monthly release cycle, Microsoft Visual Studio Code has reached version 1.9, which includes support for multiple-command tasks, synchronized markdown preview, faster terminal, and more.

Visual Basic: The Road Ahead

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 08, 2017

Microsoft has announced some major changes to how it will treat Visual Basic in the future. Representing the first major change in the company's approach in six years, Visual Basic will now be free to diverge from C#.

Microsoft's Plans for the Future of .NET

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 03, 2017 4

Microsoft develops C#, Visual Basic, and F# in public but doesn't always share its plans for these popular languages. Mads Torgersen has provided some new guidance on where Microsoft plans to take these languages in the future.

F# 4.1 Brings Improvements and Interoperation with C# 7

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 23, 2017

F# 4.1 brings improvements to the language. It is distributed through the Microsoft tools for F#, which are stated to ship later this year. This version enables support for struct tuples, interoperation with C# 7 and by-ref returns.

Testimonial on Using F# by Microsoft's Project Springfield Team

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 02, 2017

Project Springfield is a fuzz testing service for finding security critical bugs in software. William Blum, principal software engineering manager on the Springfield team at Microsoft Research, explains how adopting F# helped the team build the cloud service.

Scripting in F# Using Fake and Paket

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Dec 12, 2016

Scripting in F# is usually done using .fsx files and F# Interactive (Fsi). For scripts that will be reused, Paket and Fake bring several features to handle different uses cases. Fake can be used to structure complex scripts, while Paket brings dependency management.

TypeScript 2.1 Released

by David Iffland on  Dec 12, 2016

Microsoft has released version 2.1 of TypeScript, bringing a slew of productivity improvements and adding much needed functionality to code emitted for today's web browsers.

Developer Panel Discusses Microservices, Containers and Serverless at Microsoft Connect

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 30, 2016

A developer panel was held at Microsoft Connect() following the multiple annoucements of new features and releases. Microservices and containers are in the center of the discussion, along with Azure, serverless architecture and developer tooling.

JetBrains Rider: A New .NET IDE Based on IntelliJ and ReSharper

by Abel Avram on  Nov 22, 2016 4

JetBrains Rider was introduced in January of this year but spent the most part of the year in private Early Access Preview, not yet ready for the public. Now the EAP has been made available to everyone who wants to see what it is like to develop for .NET on the IntelliJ platform. There are some issues to be fixed before it becomes generally available but the tool is quite stable.

Introducing the F# Software Foundation Programs

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 07, 2016

The F# Software Foundation oversees all aspects related to F#. This includes the technical side as well as promoting the language and offering services to its members such as its mentorship program. InfoQ reached out to Reed Copsey, Jr., executive director of the foundation, to learn more about the foundation’s role and its programs.

Google releases .Net APIs for Google Cloud

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Oct 25, 2016

Google recently announced .Net support for Google Cloud APIs. This includes C# bindings and PowerShell cmdlets. A Visual Studio extension is also available, allowing to browse Google Cloud resources and to deploy Asp.Net applications on Google Compute Engine.

TypeScript 2.0 Released

by James Chesters on  Sep 28, 2016 1

Microsoft has released TypeScript 2.0, with Simplified Declaration File Acquisition, Non-nullable Types and Readonly modifiers. The release delivers close ECMAScript spec alignment, wide support for JavaScript libraries and tools, and a language service that powers a first class editing experience in all major editors.

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.

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.

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.