Following its monthly release cycle, Microsoft Visual Studio Code has reached version 1.9, which includes support for multiple-command tasks, synchronized markdown preview, faster terminal, and more.
Microsoft has announced some major changes to how it will treat Visual Basic in the future. Representing the first major change in the company's approach in six years, Visual Basic will now be free to diverge from C#.
With more features being pushed down into less expensive versions, Microsoft is always looking for ways to justify the hefty price tag for Visual Studio Enterprise Edition. New for this year, the headline feature is “live unit testing”.
Microsoft has taken the need to create a cross-platform PDB library as a reason to completely revamp the format. The new Portable PDB format is open source, documented, and significantly more compact. But the new format also brings with it new limitations, especially regarding legacy code.
Google recently announced increased support for Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server, in the Google Cloud Platform, by providing pre-configured images for Windows Server Core and SQL Server Enterprise Edition. Google has also added support for High Availability and Disaster Recovery scenarios using SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups.
What started out as an attempt to protect GitLab.com from spammers turned sour as engineer fatigue and a lack of backups took the site down for nearly 18 hours and the loss of six hours worth of production data.
Microsoft develops C#, Visual Basic, and F# in public but doesn't always share its plans for these popular languages. Mads Torgersen has provided some new guidance on where Microsoft plans to take these languages in the future.
Microsoft has released their third Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2017. Notable in this release is full support for .NET Core & ASP.NET Core while Python support is delayed. Several bug fixes have also been made as VS2017 nears full release.
Tracking "who did what" in a self-service public cloud can be challenging. With Google Cloud Audit Logging, Google captures log streams for seventeen services in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) .
.NET Core does not have image processing APIs as part of its standard libraries. The broader community has stepped in to provide several different options for developers to consider for use.
Amazon is the first cloud provider to support Windows Docker containers in their managed container platform - the AWS EC2 Container Service. The new beta service for Windows has several restrictions, but it paves the way to running multi-platform solutions across a single cluster of container hosts.
F# 4.1 brings improvements to the language. It is distributed through the Microsoft tools for F#, which are stated to ship later this year. This version enables support for struct tuples, interoperation with C# 7 and by-ref returns.
In late 2016, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure SQL Database In-Memory technologies. In-Memory processing is only available in Azure Premium database tiers and provides performance improvements for On-line Analytical Processing (OLTP), Clustered Columnstore Indexes and Non-clustered Columnstore Indexes for Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing (HTAP) scenarios.
Microsoft has open sourced their Visual Studio Test Platform (VS Test) used to run tests in many languages, collect diagnostic data and report the results.
Visual Studio 2017 RC adds support for the EditorConfig file format for maintaining code styles across different code editors. See how it can make applying styles and code rules easier under VS2017.