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Microsoft Announces Draft .NET Architecture Guidance

by Michael Stiefel on  May 12, 2017

Four application architecture guidance drafts are available from Microsoft. These drafts cover four areas: Microservices and Docker, ASP.NET Web Applications, Azure Cloud Deployment, and Xamarin Mobile Applications. Each guidance consists of a set of documents appropriate for the topic. Microsoft wants feedback from the general community on these draft documents.

Red Hat Releases Next Generation of OpenShift Online

by Andrew Morgan on  May 11, 2017

Red Hat has announced the initial availability of the next generation of OpenShift Online, the PaaS cloud application platform. This next edition is re-engineered to be built on top of OpenShift container platform, powered by open source tools such as Docker and Kubernetes.

.NET Core 2.0 Preview Released, Includes Visual Basic Support

by Jeff Martin on  May 11, 2017 4

Microsoft has announced the release of .NET Core 2 Preview 1. This brings .NET Core into compliance with .NET Standard 2 and adds Visual Basic support to .NET Core for the first time.

What ASP.NET Core May Bring to the .NET Framework’s String Handling

by Jonathan Allen on  May 11, 2017

In what was apparently a major miscommunication among Microsoft’s developers and managers, ASP.NET Core 2.0 will in fact be supported on the full the .NET Framework. The change to only offer ASP.NET Core on .NET Core was supposed to be a temporary step to ease development.

Microsoft Build 2017 - Day 2 Early Access

by Jeff Martin on  May 11, 2017

On day 2 of the Build 2017 developer conference, Microsoft turns to focus on Windows 10, new developer tools for supporting non-Windows devices, and new devices in mixed reality.

Refocusing e-Commerce with Lean

by Ben Linders on  May 11, 2017

Auchan:Direct, the online grocery delivery service of Auchan France, decided to apply lean to develop a new e-Commerce website. Their CEO was the first customer and they used continuous and fast feedback from their clients on the new experience to improve website quality using continuous delivery.

Build 2017 Day 1 Keynote Recap

by Jeff Martin on  May 10, 2017

Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference began today with an informative and wide-ranging presentation of new technologies for the artificial intelligence, Azure and the cloud, and developer tools. InfoQ was there to provide a running summary and key takeaways.

Microsoft Build 2017 - Day 1 Early Access

by Jeff Martin on  May 10, 2017

Microsoft has granted several news sites, including InfoQ, an early look at what will be introduced at Build 2017. Take a look at what Microsoft has in store for developers and be sure to check back throughout the day for updates on these announcements.

ASP.NET Core Drops Support for .NET Framework

by Jonathan Allen Jeff Martin on  May 09, 2017 4

Last Friday, ASP.NET Core quietly switched to only supporting .NET Core 2.0. This means that ASP.NET Core 1.0/1.1 applications running Mono or the full .NET Framework will not be upgradable to ASP.NET Core 2.0 when it is released in 2-3 months. Seen as a major breaking change to the platform without a public discussion or formal announcement, this has angered many prominent developers.

Cap’n Proto Interchange Format Adds Windows Support and Many New Features

by Sergio De Simone on  May 09, 2017

After nearly 2.5 years since its previous release, data interchange format and RPC system Cap’n Proto reached version 0.6, adding Windows support, security hardening, and more.

JCP EC Votes against the Java Platform Module System

by Charles Humble on  May 09, 2017

Today, the results of the JCP Executive Committee vote on JSR-376 (Java Platform Module System, commonly known as Jigsaw), was published on the Java Community Process page. There were 10 votes for the proposal and 13 votes against the public review.

Microsoft Releases APIs for Face Recognition, Computer Vision, and Content Moderation

by Roland Meertens on  May 09, 2017 1

Microsoft Cognitive Services released its Face, Computer Vision, and Content Moderator APIs to its users in late April. Cognitive Services comprises many APIs and services that enable developers to add image recognition, speech, translation and other functionality to their own applications, without having to develop these capabilities themselves.

Spring Vault GA 1.0 Released

by Andrew Morgan on  May 08, 2017

Pivotal has announced the general availability of Spring Vault 1.0. It is a Java library which offers client-side abstractions around Hashicorp Vault, a secret management tool. Following typical Spring idioms, it allows Vault to be more easily integrated into Spring or Java applications. Some familiar patterns include templating, property sources, and more.

Reinhold Publishes Open Letter to JCP Pleading That JPMS (Jigsaw) Is Approved

by Charles Humble on  May 08, 2017 2

Mark Reinhold has published an open letter to the JCP Executive Committee. In the letter he expresses surprise that IBM has decided to vote against the JSR, and argues that RedHat’s decision to vote "no" is motivated by a desire to "preserve and protect their home-grown, non-standard module system, which is little used outside of the JBoss/Wildfly ecosystem".

Prepack JavaScript Compiler Aims to Reduce Startup Time

by David Iffland on  May 08, 2017 1

Facebook has revealed Prepack, a compile time JavaScript interpreter that aims to reduce the time spent initializing code by pre-computing the global code block. The biggest beneficiaries of this tool are React Native apps and other platforms where startup time is one of the biggest performance bottlenecks.

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