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.
Leadership of the community run IronPython project has been passed to Alex Earl and Benedikt Eggers. Jeff Hardy, the previous leader, has been running the project since Microsoft ceased active involvement in 2010.
Akka.NET 1.1 was recently released, bringing new features and performance improvements. InfoQ reached out to Aaron Stannard, maintainer of Akka.net, to learn more about Akka.Streams and Akka.Cluster. Stannard also explains how the roadmap is planned with regards to the JVM implementation of Akka.
Mads Torgersen, program manager of C#, presents the upcoming C# 7 at QCon New York 2016. He also explains briefly the evolution of C# and introduces some features being developed for future versions.
Although the definition of system programming is fuzzy, it can be described as having to think at the bit, byte, instruction or CPU cycle level. Systems programming also implies demanding performance and reliability requirements. Joe Duffy, engineering director at Microsoft, presented strategies for system programming in C# at QCon New York. He also discusses pitfalls and how to mitigate them.
Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a primary source of data when monitoring Windows systems. Given that the performance counters available vary from machine to machine, a tool is needed to list all counters available. The WMI type provider is one possible option to explore WMI performance counters.
The main reference in compiler construction, Compiler: Principles, Techniques, and Tools, also know as the Dragon Book, was first published in 1986. Anders Hejlsberg, known for his work on Turbo Pascal, Delphi, C# and TypeScript, explains in a Channel 9 interview how compiler construction today is different from how it was done 30 years ago.
The Azure Storage Type Provider brings statically typed access to Azure storage data sources: Blob, Table and Queue. Isaac Abraham, maintainer of the project, recently presented how to interact with these data sources using the type provider.
"Continuous Delivery with Windows and .Net" is a short book by Matthew Skelton and Chris O'Dell that should be seen as a very useful complement to Jez Humble and Dave Farley's "Continuous Delivery" book for those that work in a Windows and .Net environment. InfoQ talked with the authors to learn more about the state of Continuous Delivery on Windows and .Net.
The advent of .NET Core brings the ability to build and run F# programs on Linux and Mac OS X with the same level of support as Windows. David Stephens, program manager for F# at Microsoft, presented how to get started with F# on .Net Core at Build 2016.
Anders Hejlsberg returned to Microsoft's Build conference in 2016 to talk about the current state of TypeScript and preview some amazing features coming in the next few months.
Unit of measures in F# bring the ability to add type information to basic numeric types. This leads to more safety against unit mismatch, such as using seconds where milliseconds were expected. While it is possible to deal with unit of measures using classes, having the feature built into the language leads to more concise code.