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, 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.

VS2015 Update 3 Focuses on Performance and Stability

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 29, 2016 1

The full release of Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 has been made. Update 3 places a great emphasis on improving the stability of the product and reducing the amount of memory used by the IDE for solutions of all sizes. Other changes include better C++ support and better handling of product activation.

FaaS, PaaS, and the Benefits of the Serverless Architecture

by Abel Avram on  Jun 25, 2016 3

This article discusses what serverless is, comparing it with PaaS and SPaaS, the benefits and costs of a serverless architecture and the need for a framework.

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.

Microsoft Introduces Project Bletchley: A Modular Blockchain Fabric

by Kent Weare on  Jun 19, 2016

On June 15th, Microsoft announced their vision for an open blockchain platform which will be powered by Azure. Microsoft is calling this initiative Project Bletchley, which focuses on providing the architectural building blocks for constructing an Enterprise Consortium Blockchain Ecosystem.

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