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Microsoft Releases Asp.Net Core 1.1 Preview 1

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 13, 2016

Microsoft recently released ASP.NET Core 1.1 preview. This version includes several new middleware components, WebListener server for Windows, Razor view compilation and Azure related features.

VS Code Breaks NPM Registry

by James Chesters on  Nov 08, 2016 1

Microsoft has launched VS Code 1.7.1, after breaking NPM registry with its 1.7 release. Project manager Wade Anderson said VS Code's Automatic Type Acquisition unintentionally flooded npm with requests for non-existent packages.

Introducing the F# Software Foundation Programs

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 07, 2016

The F# Software Foundation oversees all aspects related to F#. This includes the technical side as well as promoting the language and offering services to its members such as its mentorship program. InfoQ reached out to Reed Copsey, Jr., executive director of the foundation, to learn more about the foundation’s role and its programs.

Azure Relay Freed from WCF Shackles, Goes Cross-Platform

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 06, 2016

Developers attracted to the Azure Service Bus Relay for its ability to expose web services on internal networks to Internet-facing consumers have had, until recently, only one way to build such services: WCF. Using a just-released public preview called Azure Relay Hybrid Connections, developers may now use any Web socket friendly platform to connect local services to this cloud-based broker.

Microsoft Announces Azure DNS General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Oct 30, 2016

On September 26th, Microsoft announced the Azure DNS service has reached General Availability (GA) in all public Azure regions. Azure DNS allows customers to host their DNS domain in Azure, so they can manage their DNS records using the same credentials, billing and support contract as their other Azure services.

Visual Studio 15 Improves C++ Project Loading

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 27, 2016

Visual Studio in the past has struggled with large solutions. Visual Studio 15 seeks to improve project load times for C++ developers with a new feature called Faster Project Load.

Oracle Cloud: the Future beyond the Headlines

by Elton Stoneman on  Oct 25, 2016 1

Oracle OpenWorld focused attention on the new Oracle Cloud Platform offerings - particularly in the IaaS space. Gartner selected AWS and Azure as leaders in IaaS, while Oracle didn't place in the latest Magic Quadrant. InfoQ spoke with AWS and Azure experts about the future of Oracle Cloud.

Addressing Visual Studio 15’s Memory Usage

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 25, 2016 2

As software projects grow in complexity and size, it has increased the resource demands imposed on programmer's toolsets. Visual Studio is no exception, and these increased demands combined with its ever-growing feature set means that it is feeling constrained. In this article we will examine how Microsoft is trying to overcome the 32-bit nature of VS15's main process.

Google releases .Net APIs for Google Cloud

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Oct 25, 2016

Google recently announced .Net support for Google Cloud APIs. This includes C# bindings and PowerShell cmdlets. A Visual Studio extension is also available, allowing to browse Google Cloud resources and to deploy Asp.Net applications on Google Compute Engine.

Azure Functions Support Added to Azure IoT Gateway SDK

by Kent Weare on  Oct 22, 2016

Earlier this month, Microsoft added support for their serverless event driven platform, Azure Functions, within the Azure IoT Gateway SDK. This addition provides a cloud-based extensibility point for developers building IoT solutions on top of Azure.

Improvements to Visual Studio “15” Startup

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 20, 2016

Throughout the technical preview phase of the Visual Studio “15” development process, Microsoft has stated that one of their primary goals is to improve performance. Today we will examine the changes made to give VS “15” a faster startup time with the goal of getting the main IDE to a usable state as quickly as possible.

Visual Studio "15" Improves Performance and Usability

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 10, 2016

As the development of Visual Studio “15” has progressed, Microsoft has continued to discuss the efforts it is taking to improve both the execution speed and the size of the installed application. The fifth preview brings more evidence of these improvements along with some key usability enhancements to the IDE.

TypeScript 2.0 Released

by James Chesters on  Sep 28, 2016 1

Microsoft has released TypeScript 2.0, with Simplified Declaration File Acquisition, Non-nullable Types and Readonly modifiers. The release delivers close ECMAScript spec alignment, wide support for JavaScript libraries and tools, and a language service that powers a first class editing experience in all major editors.

Reviewing Key Concepts in .Net Core and .Net Standard

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Sep 27, 2016 1

Choosing compilation targets was a relatively straightforward operation prior to .Net Core. Developers now face several possibilities and choosing a target is not so obvious anymore. To understand the big picture in .Net Core, the key concepts are: target framework monikers and .Net Standard.

Amazon Kinesis Analytics is Like SaaS for Big Data Analysis

by Elton Stoneman on  Sep 14, 2016

Real-time analysis of event streams has a new focus in Big Data platforms, both on-premise and in the cloud. AWS have released Amazon Kinesis Analytics, a rival to Azure StreamAnalytics. Both platforms use a simple SQL language for complex querying, and move Big Data analysis into a SaaS-like space.

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