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Building Conversational and Text Interfaces Using Amazon Lex

by Kent Weare on  Dec 09, 2016

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 Marketplace (mostly) Replaces VS Gallery

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 08, 2016

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.

Developer Panel Discusses Microservices, Containers and Serverless at Microsoft Connect

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 30, 2016

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.

.NET Core Tools Switch to MSBuild

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 30, 2016 3

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.

Compiling on Windows without Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 29, 2016

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.

.NET Standard 2.0: Setting Expectations Straight

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 28, 2016

Following last .NET Connect 2016, a few Microsoft MVPs have published their views on what .NET Standard is and where it is headed.

Microsoft Flow Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Nov 27, 2016

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: A New .NET IDE Based on IntelliJ and ReSharper

by Abel Avram on  Nov 22, 2016 4

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.

Visual Studio 2017 RC Released

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 21, 2016

Microsoft has formally announced Visual Studio 2017, the successor to VS2015. The latest preview, now at the Release Candidate stage, provides developers with a way to try the software under a go-live license.

Extending Visual Studio "15"

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 16, 2016

Extension writers will benefit from several new capabilities in Visual Studio 15 that provide for more flexible installations and better extension performance.

Microsoft to Announce Visual Studio for Mac

by Abel Avram on  Nov 15, 2016 3

The MSDN Blog briefly published a post on Visual Studio for Mac, then they took it down because the new product is supposed to be announced at Microsoft Connect(), which is to take place from Nov 16-18, 2016. A copy of the page can be accessed on Google’s cache.

Microsoft PowerApps Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Nov 14, 2016

After a six-month preview of PowerApps, Microsoft has reached General Availability (GA) with the cross-platform business application productivity service. PowerApps is now available for production usage in six regions, in 42 languages, with a 99.9% SLA.

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.

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