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Azure Logic Apps Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Aug 08, 2016

On July 27th, Microsoft announced their Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) offering, Logic Apps has reached General Availability (GA). The GA release includes additional management support, telemetry events, alerts, and consumption-based pricing. InfoQ reached out Jim Harrer, principal group program manager at Microsoft to gain further insight into this Logic Apps release.

.NET Framework 4.6.2 Delivers WPF and Security Improvements

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 05, 2016

The latest release of the .NET Framework provides several new features centered around WPF and security- including some long-awaited improvements to ClickOnce deployed applications. Microsoft released a preview of .NET Framework 4.6.2 back in late March and now developers can take advantage of the release’s new features in their own projects.

Microsoft's Plans for .NET Core Support

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 04, 2016

Microsoft has announced the support plan for .NET Core, ASP.NET Core, and Entity Framework Core. The plans answer one of the main questions behind their open source initiative- how long developers can count on Microsoft to provide support and security patches to these young projects.

New Leadership for IronPython

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 03, 2016

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.

Delayed and Deprecated Features in Entity Framework Core

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 02, 2016

While Entity Framework has a rather ignominious reputation for breaking backwards compatibility, it pales in comparison to the total rewrite undertaken for Entity Framework core. In this article InfoQ looks at some of the major feature changes and their repercussions.

Reviewing the .NET Core Roadmap

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 26, 2016

The .NET Core project has released a new road map describing Microsoft's plans for the next 6-9 months.

Microsoft and SAP Expand Partnership in the Cloud

by Kent Weare on  Jul 23, 2016

Microsoft and SAP recently announced, at SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference, an expanded partnership. The expanded partnership will focus on better support for SAP HANA in Azure, integration across Cloud Services including Office 365, Concur and SuccessFactors and Mobile App management for SAP Fiori using Microsoft Intune.

Angular 2 Split, Dart Codebase Separated

by David Iffland on  Jul 22, 2016 4

Since its inception, the Angular 2 project has compiled TypeScript down to both JavaScript and Dart. With the final release on the horizon, the Dart portion has been spun off into its own codebase with its own team.

Q&A on Akka.NET 1.1 with Aaron Stannard

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jul 21, 2016

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.

Visual Studio “15” Preview 3 Available

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 20, 2016

Microsoft has released the 3rd preview of Visual Studio “15” (VS15), the successor to Visual Studio 2015. Continuing the iterative nature of the development process so far, this preview provides updates for the IDE functionality, user modifiable formatting rules for C#, and a new exception helper.

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.

Amazon Announces Immediate Availability of Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

by Kent Weare on  Jul 05, 2016 1

On June 27th, Amazon announced the immediate availability of their 6th AWS Region in Asia Pacific. This region is in Mumbai, India and it joins other regions in Asia Pacific including Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. With the addition of Mumbai, Amazon is now up to 35 Availability Zones across 13 geographic Regions worldwide.

.NET Core 1.0 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 05, 2016 2

Microsoft has formally released version 1.0 of .NET Core, the freely available and open source version of .NET. This provides developers a multiplatform way to target Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X systems with a single codebase.

Codename One Adds Support for Java Apps to Target the Universal Windows Platform

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jun 30, 2016

Codename One, a popular app development environment that allows Java to be used for a variety of platforms, can now also target the Universal Windows Platform. This will allow Java developers to target any device where Windows 10 is installed- whether phone, table or desktop- and raises the number of targetable platforms to eight.

Microsoft Announces Better Integration of Docker and Azure at DockerCon 2016

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jun 29, 2016

At the recently concluded DockerCon 2016 in Seattle, Microsoft announced some features in Azure showcasing improved support for Docker containers in the enterprise. These include the availability of Docker Datacenter in the Azure Marketplace and Docker Datacenter support for managing hybrid container deployments.

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