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Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference 2017: Day Two Recap

by Michael Redlich on  Apr 30, 2017

Day Two of the 12th annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference was held in Philadelphia. This two-day event included keynotes by Blair MacIntyre (augmented reality pioneer) and Scott Hanselman (podcaster), and featured speakers Kyle Daigle (engineering manager at GitHub), Holden Karau (principal software engineer at IBM), and Karen Kinnear (JVM technical lead at Oracle).

Microsoft Updates Azure IoT Platform: Adds Connectivity, Time Series Insights and Edge Analytics

by Kent Weare on  Apr 29, 2017

Microsoft has recently made some announcements regarding their Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities within Azure. Microsoft’s news includes adding a new service called Azure Time Series Insights, additional connectivity platform support for OPC UA/DA and Azure Stream Analytic support on edge devices. In addition, Microsoft also announced a new SaaS-based IoT Solution called Azure IoT Central.

TypeScript 2.3 Adds Generic Default Arguments, Async Iterators Support, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 29, 2017

TypeScript 2.3 extends the language syntax by adding support for declaring defaults for generic type parameters and for async generators and iterators. It also aims to improve integration with existing JavaScript code with a new compile option and introduces official support for language server plugins.

John Gossman on Microsoft’s Serverless Platform, Azure Functions and Logic Apps

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 28, 2017

John Gossman, lead architect at Microsoft Azure, spoke on Thursday at ServerlessConf Conference about Microsoft's open source Serverless platform. The Microsoft team also gave demos on Azure Functions, Logic Apps and how to monitor the platform components.

Announcing a Unified .NET Documentation Experience

by Michael Stiefel on  Apr 28, 2017

Microsoft has announced its new .NET API browser for finding .NET documentation in a standardized manner. Community contributions to the documentation will be enabled within the next month. The User Voice site allows users to request improvements, and vote on which suggestions are most important including additional documentation users want to see added to the API browser.

Visual Studio 2017 - Update 2 Preview

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 26, 2017

Microsoft has released a preview of the second major update planned for Visual Studio 2017. This update brings a new workload, TypeScript side-by-side support, and enhanced F# tooling.

C# Futures: Relaxed Overrides

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 26, 2017

A commonly requested feature in .NET is the ability to use covariant return types. An example of this would be overriding “virtual object Clone()” with “override Widget Clone()”. From a type safety perspective, this is perfectly acceptable, but C# doesn’t currently allow it.

C# Futures: Read-Only Local Variables

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 24, 2017 1

Not too long ago the proposal for read-only local variables was revived. This is a much more modest feature than the read-only references proposal, but the two are complementary.

C# Futures: Read-Only References and Structs

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 19, 2017 2

In C++ we have a feature known as “const”. This can be applied to parameters so that the caller knows that function will not modify the parameter and/or the object the parameter references. Under this proposal, C# would get something similar.

C# Futures: Nullable Reference Types

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 17, 2017 2

No, the headline isn’t a typo. One of the new proposals for C# is to assume that all reference variables are non-nullable by default. Under the new syntax, you would need to explicitly indicate when a reference variable is nullable, just as you do for value types.

MailKit Officially Replaces .NET’s SmtpClient

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 14, 2017 4

For the second time, Microsoft has officially marked a .NET class as being replaced by an open source library. The documentation for SmtpClient now reads, “Obsolete("SmtpClient and its network of types are poorly designed, we strongly recommend you use MailKit and MimeKit instead")”.

Visual Studio 2017 Update Focuses on Stability

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 13, 2017

The redesigned installer and setup engine featured in Visual Studio 2017 allows Microsoft to more rapidly deploy fixes to their flagship development software. The first named update to the recently released tool has just been deployed, and brings with it the standalone version of Visual Studio Team Explorer.

Azure Service Fabric SDK Becomes Open Source

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Apr 12, 2017

Microsoft recently announced it opened the source code of its Azure Service Fabric SDK. Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform to package, deploy, and manage and microservices. The SDK exposes Service Fabric APIs to integrate .NET applications in the Service Fabric platform.

.NET Futures: Type Classes and Extensions

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 12, 2017

Another feature being considered for future versions of .NET are type classes. Referred to as “shapes” in the Shapes and Extensions proposal, they would greatly increase the capabilities of .NET generics.

New Language Features in Visual Basic 15

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 11, 2017

Visual Basic 15 brings with it partial implementations of two important C# features: tuples and ref returns. Neither feature is “complete”, but they do offer enough work-arounds that VB applications can consume C# libraries that make use of these features.