TypeScript 2.0 Beta Brings Option Types, Discriminated Unions, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 13, 2016

Daniel Rosenwasser, program manager for TypeScript at Microsoft, has announced the beta release of TypeScript 2.0, which brings a wealth of new features to the language including non-nullable types, control flow analysis for types and discriminated unions.

C# 7 and Beyond with Mads Torgersen

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jun 22, 2016 6

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.

Systems Programming in C#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jun 14, 2016 1

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.

Exploring Performance Counters with F# WMI Type Provider

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jun 08, 2016

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.

Anders Hejlsberg Explains Modern Compiler Construction

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  May 18, 2016

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.

Exploring Azure with F# Azure Storage Type Provider

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  May 11, 2016

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.

Q&A on Continuous Delivery with Windows and .Net

by João Miranda on  May 03, 2016

"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.

Getting Started with F# on Linux and Mac OS X

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Apr 20, 2016

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.

TypeScript 2.0 Preview

by David Iffland on  Apr 04, 2016 2

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.

How Node Replaced Macros in Microsoft Word

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 01, 2016

Writing extensions for Word used to be handled by BASIC. Now, the language of choice is JavaScript and the platform Node.

Type Satety for Numerics in F# Using Units of Measure

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Mar 30, 2016

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.

UI Testing in F# with canopy

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Mar 16, 2016

Although Selenium is a popular library for UI testing, issues about fragile and unreliable tests are common. InfoQ reached out Chris Holt, creator of canopy, to learn more about the F# library built on top of Selenium.

ASP.NET Core Provides Modularity with Middleware Components

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Mar 09, 2016

ASP.NET Core introduces middleware as a concept to customize the HTTP pipeline. Middleware are components which are composed together to form a web application. The concept was inspired by OWIN and Katana, which provided similar functionalities in earlier versions of ASP.NET.

TypeScript 1.8 Brings Module Augmentation Support

by James Chesters on  Mar 01, 2016

Microsoft has released TypeScript 1.8, bringing the ability to use JavaScript code within a TypeScript project, and full support for module augmentation.

Microsoft’s Acquisition of Xamarin is Good News for C# Developers

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2016 6

Microsoft has closed the deal with cross-platform mobile software development specialist Xamarin to buy the company and their technology. It is expected for most of Xamarin's technological assets to be integrated into Microsoft, benefiting the developers.

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