A lot happened in the last year in the .NET ecosystem. Putting aside the details, the bigger picture is difficult to grasp. There is movement in all aspects: cross-platform, cloud, mobile, web apps and universal apps. Developers wonder where all of this is going to lead and what will be required to get there.
Our first .NET interview of the year is with Frans Bouma of the entity modeling tool LLBLGen Pro. This tool has been around for almost as long as .NET itself, but being a commercial product it isn’t as well-known as the free alternatives.
To meet both consumer demand and expectations, companies must develop for both mobile and web. TJ VanToll shows how to use NativeScript to develop cross platform mobile apps. 1
In many cases the repository pattern is an apparently unnecessary layer around the underlying data access technology. But once you have a repository in place, many new opportunities become available. 3
This article will focus on the basic functionality of the repository pattern and how that functionality would be implemented using three different styles of ORM. 3
Donald Knuth famously said, “We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time”. But when faced with the other 3%, it is good to know what’s going on behind the scenes. 2
Exceptions are an integral part of working with .NET, but far too many developers don’t think about them from an API design perspective.
“This web page is slow” is a common complaint about web sites. While the web brings some desirable characteristics such as global delivery, it also brings challenges at the performance level. 2
Amel Musić demonstrates how T4 can be used to create a flexible code generator that reduces the amount of time and effort it takes to create RESTful services.
Kostiantyn Cherniavskyi looks at some of the issues surrounding the object-relation impedance mismatch and how many of them can be solved with hybrid databases such as Starcounter. 5
In April, for the second time, fsharpWorks organized the F# community survey. Over 600 developers completed the survey in 2016. The survey provides an insight into the brains of the F# community. 1