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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 4

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.

Integrate 2016 - Day 1 Recap

by Kent Weare on  May 11, 2016

InfoQ is currently attending the Integrate 2016 event in London, where Microsoft Integration technologies take center stage. The event is a hosted by BizTalk360 in collaboration with Integration related Microsoft Product Groups.

Azure Stream Analytics Publishing to Power BI Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  May 11, 2016

On Thursday, April 21 Microsoft announced the integration between Azure Stream Analytics and Power BI has reached General Availability (GA). Using this capability, customers can gain real-time insight into their business performance by analyzing in-flight data streams.

Reducing Visual Studio's System Impact

by Jeff Martin on  May 10, 2016 1

Over the past few years Microsoft has made significant effort to re-position Visual Studio as the premier developer tool for Windows, regardless of what platform the user is targeting. With this increase in scope comes an increase in both disk space and installation time-- both areas Microsoft plans to address with Visual Studio "15", the successor to Visual Studio 2015.

MSDN/TechNet Being Replaced by Open Source Project docs.microsoft.com

by Jonathan Allen on  May 04, 2016

After 15 years of running on a “brittle codebase with an archaic publishing and deployment system”, Microsoft has finally decided to retire MSDN and TechNet. The replacement will be an open source project known as docs.microsoft.com.

Microsoft Graph Unifies Access to All APIs

by Jerome Louvel on  May 03, 2016

At the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, InfoQ had the opportunity to speak with Gareth Jones, API architect for the Microsoft Graph API which aims at making life easier for developers by providing a unified API endpoint. With the prevalence of Microsoft products in most businesses around the world, it is interesting to see how Microsoft solves this issue at their scale.

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