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.
Project Springfield is a fuzz testing service for finding security critical bugs in software. William Blum, principal software engineering manager on the Springfield team at Microsoft Research, explains how adopting F# helped the team build the cloud service.
This past November, Microsoft launched, what it is calling, the Industry’s First Cloud Bot-as-a-Service platform. The Azure Bot Service is powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and has a serverless compute back-end built on Azure Functions. Using the Bot service allows developers to build conversational applications that plug into many popular chat applications.
Microsoft Project Manager Immo Landwerth has announced details for the forthcoming .NET Core 2 release, slated for Spring 2017.
Scripting in F# is usually done using .fsx files and F# Interactive (Fsi). For scripts that will be reused, Paket and Fake bring several features to handle different uses cases. Fake can be used to structure complex scripts, while Paket brings dependency management.
Microsoft has released version 2.1 of TypeScript, bringing a slew of productivity improvements and adding much needed functionality to code emitted for today's web browsers.
Microsoft recently announced an addition to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering called Azure Functions. Initially launched as a preview service in March 2016, Azure Functions provide developers with an event-driven serverless compute platform that allow organizations to pay for only what they consume.
At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced a preview of their deep learning technology called Amazon Lex which can be used to build conversational interfaces using voice and text. Amazon Lex is powered on the same deep learning technology as Alexa, which is used in the portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Amazon Echo speaker.
Visual Studio has a new website for extensions. Known as Visual Studio Marketplace, this site aggregates extensions for the Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Team Services.
A developer panel was held at Microsoft Connect() following the multiple annoucements of new features and releases. Microservices and containers are in the center of the discussion, along with Azure, serverless architecture and developer tooling.
The release of .NET Core saw the debut of a new project system that differed from that used by Visual Studio. In the latest Core Tools preview, the project.json format is being replaced with the more common MSBuild format.
Microsoft has previously offered two different build tools for those needing to compile code without installing Visual Studio. The new Visual Studio Build Tools package combines these into a single tool.
Following last .NET Connect 2016, a few Microsoft MVPs have published their views on what .NET Standard is and where it is headed.
Microsoft recently announced the General Availability of Microsoft Flow, a cloud-based automation platform that provides workflow and connectivity capabilities across many popular online and on-premises services. Since the preview, in April 2016, 117,000 people from 61,000 organizations have used the service to automate their business processes.
JetBrains Rider was introduced in January of this year but spent the most part of the year in private Early Access Preview, not yet ready for the public. Now the EAP has been made available to everyone who wants to see what it is like to develop for .NET on the IntelliJ platform. There are some issues to be fixed before it becomes generally available but the tool is quite stable.