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  • Microsoft Concludes the .NET Framework API Porting Project

    Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the conclusion of the .NET Framework API porting project for .NET Core 3.0. That means the official development team won't port any other APIs from the .NET Framework to .NET Core 3.0. Microsoft also stated their intention to open-source more of the .NET Framework code, allowing the creation of community-driven porting projects in the future.

  • Blazor: Client-Side Web UI with .NET Core 3.0

    Last month, together with the .NET Core 3.0 release, Microsoft announced the new features of ASP.NET Core 3.0. While there were significant changes in the new release, the official announcement of Blazor took the spotlight. Blazor is a new framework in ASP.NET Core that allows developers to write client-side web UI using .NET and C# instead of JavaScript.

  • Introducing Microsoft.Data.SqlClient

    Continuing the effort to decouple Microsoft products from .NET Core itself, Microsoft is spinning off their SQL Server drivers into a separate deployment stream. This new package will be called Microsoft.Data.SqlClient and is intended to be a drop-in replacement for System.Data.SqlClient.

  • Advanced IoT Application Support in .NET Core 3 with System.Device.Gpio

    System.Device.Gpio is a new open-source library for .Net Core that aims to enable IoT applications to interact with sensors, displays, and input devices through their GPIO pins or other I/O control hardware. The library is augmented by a community-maintained collection of bindings for a number of devices.

  • A Proposal for IDisposable and Static Analysis: DisposeUnused Attribute

    When .NET was first created, there was uncertainty about how IDisposable should be used. As a result, IDisposable was applied in an overly aggressive fashion with many categories of classes requiring empty Dispose methods. This has led to problems with static analysis tools that cannot separate real cases of missing Dispose calls from false positives.

  • Microsoft Announces General Availability of Jupyter Notebooks Support for Cosmos DB

    Recently Microsoft announced the general availability of Jupyter notebooks support for Cosmos DB, providing integrated support for running queries directly against all data models. As these notebooks run directly inside Cosmos DB; this allows for analyzing and visualizing the data directly from the Azure portal, without the need to extract the data.

  • Reducing the Friction in Multi-Cloud Deployments, Pulumi Launches 1.0 Platform

    In a recent blog post, Pulumi has announced the release of Pulumi 1.0, an Infrastructure as Code platform that allows organizations to reduce the challenges associated with managing multiple cloud deployments. Their solution includes using consistent tooling based on popular programming languages like TypeScript, JavaScript, Python and Go.

  • C++ is Coming to .NET Core for Windows

    Microsoft has announced plans to offer C++/CLI in .NET Core 3.1. This would only be offered for Windows applications; you won’t be able to use C++/CLI for Linux or OSX.

  • F# 4.7 Enables Preview of New Language Features and Relaxes Syntax

    The latest release of F# introduces a new LangVersion configuration option which makes it possible to choose which language version you would like the F# compiler to target. Additionally, it introduces a number of syntax relaxations that are aimed to remove a few idiosyncrasies of the language.

  • HashiCorp Consul Service on Azure: The First Fully Managed Consul Offering

    During the HashiConf keynote, HashiCorp announced HashiCorp Consul Service (HCS) on Azure. Consequently, customers can now provision HCS natively through the Azure Marketplace directly into their Azure subscription, while HashiCorp takes care of maintenance and operations of the service.

  • Microsoft Releases C# 8.0

    Last week Microsoft announced the official availability of C# 8.0 as part of the .NET Core 3.0 release, simultaneously at .NET Conf 2019 and on their development blog. The new language features include nullable reference types, asynchronous streams, default interface members, and new code patterns. All new features are supported in Visual Studio 2019.

  • Extend Azure PaaS Resources to Your Network Using Azure Private Link

    In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced a new preview service, called Azure Private Link, which provides organizations the ability to connect to Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, or their own services, using a private IP address. Azure Private Link connections travel over Microsoft’s backbone network and avoid exposure from the public internet.

  • Microsoft .NET Conf 2019: .NET Core 3.0, C# 8.0, F# 4.7, and Machine Learning

    At the 2019 edition of .NET Conf, streamed online earlier this week, Microsoft announced several new features for the .NET ecosystem. .NET Core, ASP.NET, and EF Core 3.0 were released, together with C# 8.0 and F# 4.7. The new releases have a considerable impact on how Windows Desktop, Web, and Mobile applications are developed. New features and tools for Visual Studio 2019 were also showcased.

  • Microsoft Releases .NET Core 3.0

    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the release of .NET Core 3.0 simultaneously at .NET Conf 2019 and on their development blog. The new release includes support for Windows Desktop apps using Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Framework (WPF), new JSON APIs, support for Linux ARM64, and overall performance improvements. F# 4.7 and C# 8.0 are also featured as part of this release.

  • Addressing Multi-Cloud Automation, HashiCorp Releases Terraform Cloud

    In a recent blog post, HashiCorp announced the full release of Terraform Cloud, an open-source SaaS platform for teams to manage their infrastructure-as-code workflows. This orchestration takes place through cloud-agnostic tools that allow teams to improve their productivity through repeatable automation. This announcement follows their May 2019 announcement of Remote State Management.


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