Writing C++ for Linux on Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 16, 2016

Visual Studio 2015 users have a new way to write C++ code for non-Windows environments. Thanks to the Visual C++ for Linux extension, VS2015 supports writing C++ code under Windows and then deploying that code to a Linux machine for compilation, execution, and debugging. New features increase the usefulness by adding a Linux Console Window and fixing several bugs.

Systems Programming in C#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jun 14, 2016 1

Although the definition of system programming is fuzzy, it can be described as having to think at the bit, byte, instruction or CPU cycle level. Systems programming also implies demanding performance and reliability requirements. Joe Duffy, engineering director at Microsoft, presented strategies for system programming in C# at QCon New York. He also discusses pitfalls and how to mitigate them.

May Release of Visual Studio Code

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 14, 2016

The latest release of Visual Studio Code adds terminal support to the editor, bug fixes to several annoyances, and revised whitespace handling.

Exploring Performance Counters with F# WMI Type Provider

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jun 08, 2016

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a primary source of data when monitoring Windows systems. Given that the performance counters available vary from machine to machine, a tool is needed to list all counters available. The WMI type provider is one possible option to explore WMI performance counters.

Macros Return to Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 06, 2016 2

Writing macros to automate tasks was a popular feature in older versions of Visual Studio. Since Visual Studio 2012, macros have not been available but now a new extension promises to provide macros to users of Visual Studio 2013 & 2015.

RC2 Available for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core

by Jeff Martin on  May 25, 2016

Microsoft has released the second release candidate (RC2) for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core along with the .NET Core SDK. New commands, and the addition of RyuJIT JIT compiler are among the many changes found in this release.

Porting Win32 Applications to Windows 10 with VS15

by Jeff Martin on  May 20, 2016

Project Centennial represents one of Microsoft's efforts to make the migration of existing Win32 applications to the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform easier. A new extension makes this tool easier to use under Visual Studio "15".

First Look at Visual Studio “15” Preview 2

by Jeff Martin on  May 19, 2016

Microsoft continues to rollout previews of the sequel to Visual Studio 2015. Preview 2 is the latest, and includes more than just the lightweight installer.

Anders Hejlsberg Explains Modern Compiler Construction

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  May 18, 2016

The main reference in compiler construction, Compiler: Principles, Techniques, and Tools, also know as the Dragon Book, was first published in 1986. Anders Hejlsberg, known for his work on Turbo Pascal, Delphi, C# and TypeScript, explains in a Channel 9 interview how compiler construction today is different from how it was done 30 years ago.

Introducing the Roslyn Project System

by Jonathan Allen on  May 17, 2016 1

After 15 years, Microsoft is replacing the COM-based C# and Visual Basic project systems. The new system is being written in a mixture of Visual Basic and C# with an eye towards working outside of Visual Studio.

.NET Core Plans to Drop project.json

by Jonathan Allen on  May 17, 2016 5

Microsoft has decided to phase out project.json files over the next year or so, slowly returning to the standard .csproj style file.

Integrate 2016 Wrap-up: Microsoft Shares Azure App Service and Cloud Messaging Adoption Metrics

by Kent Weare on  May 15, 2016

InfoQ attended the recent Integrate 2016 event in London, where Microsoft Integration technologies took center stage. Day 1 focused on the BizTalk, Logic Apps and API Management teams. Day 2 was focused on Azure App Service adoption and the new server-less Azure Functions. Microsoft's Cloud Messaging team also spoke about adoption metrics and their work in the OPC UA working group.

Advanced Pattern Matching Features Removed From C# 7

by Sergio De Simone on  May 13, 2016 2

Advanced pattern matching features that were originally expected to be present in C# 7 have been recently excluded from the future branch and will not make it into the next version of the language.

A Easier Way to Repair the .NET Framework

by Jeff Martin on  May 12, 2016 1

Having a working set of the .NET Frameworks is important for nearly all Windows users, and developers are no exception. In spite of (or perhaps due to) its critical importance, it is easy to have these frameworks degrade into a non-functional state. Microsoft has updated their tool which makes repairs of these frameworks much easier.

Exploring Azure with F# Azure Storage Type Provider

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  May 11, 2016

The Azure Storage Type Provider brings statically typed access to Azure storage data sources: Blob, Table and Queue. Isaac Abraham, maintainer of the project, recently presented how to interact with these data sources using the type provider.

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