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TypeScript 1.8 Beta Adds Integration with JavaScript, Stateless Functional Components and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 03, 2016 1

TypeScript, Microsoft’s open source superset of JavaScript, has reached 1.8 beta, bringing many new language features and tools enhancements.

BDD Tool SpecFlow V2 with Parallel Execution

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 31, 2016 1

Version 2 of the Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) tool SpecFlow supports parallel test execution and adds support for xUnit 2.0 and NUnit 3.0. As well as an upgrade of all components to .Net 4.5 it’s also upgraded to the new Gherkin3 parser, now used across nearly all Cucumber tools.

Release 1.0 of Suave, a Web Server and Development Library for F#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 27, 2016

Suave 1.0 was recently released, bringing a new web development library to .NET. Suave packs a light, fully async web server and a semantic model to describe HTTP processing pipelines. Suave runs on multiple platforms and operating systems, including Windows, OSX, Linux, .NET and Mono. While it could be used from any .NET language, Suave combinators and types are designed to be used from F#.

Interview with Henrik Feldt on Suave 1.0

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 27, 2016

Suave 1.0 was recently released after several years of active development. InfoQ reached out to Henrik Feldt, maintainer of Suave and CEO of qvitoo, to learn more about its capabilities and development history.

Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

IL Generation in .NET with Sigil

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 20, 2016

Sigil is a library for generating Common Intermediate Language (CIL). It wraps ILGenerator in a finer-grained interface, automates some optimizations and provides validations for the generated IL. InfoQ reached out with Sigil's creator Kevin Montrose, team lead at StackOverflow, to get a better understanding of ILGenerator and Sigil.

Json.NET 8 Introduces ArrayPools for Performance Gains

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 20, 2016

Json.NET’s latest release adds new techniques (including Array Pools) for increased performance and includes over 2 dozen bug fixes.

.NET Core - Terminology you Need to Know

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 20, 2016

In an effort to dramatically reduce confusion, ASP.NET 5.0 and Entity Framework 7.0 have been renamed to ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0.

Major Additions in NativeScript 1.5

by James Chesters on  Jan 14, 2016

NativeScript 1.5 has been released. One of the biggest developments is the support for TypeScript, allowing NativeScript users to develop their projects in TypeScript, without the need for TypeScript compilers.

Introducing Paket, a Package Manager for .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 13, 2016 4

Paket is a package manager for .NET languages, intended to be an alternative for the popular NuGet. InfoQ reached out with Steffen Forkmann, co-creator of the project, to learn more about Paket's origin and features.

Support Ending for the .NET Framework 4.0, 4.5 and 4.5.1 on Tuesday

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 07, 2016

In less than a week Microsoft will formally end support for versions 4.0, 4.5, and 4.5.1 of the .NET Framework. Users should upgrade to a later version such as the slightly incompatible .NET 4.5.2.

Rico Mariani on Why Visual Studio Isn’t 64-bit

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 05, 2016 3

For a long time now developers have been asking why Visual Studio hasn’t made to switch to 64-bit. Rather than effort or opportunity cost, the primary reason is performance. Rico Mariani of Microsoft explains.

Introducing XPlot, a Chart Generation Library for F#

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Dec 31, 2015

XPlot is a cross-platform data visualization package for F# powered by JavaScript charting libraries Google Charts and Plotly. The XPlot library can be used interactively from F# Interactive, but charts can also be embedded in F# applications and in HTML reports.

Microsoft Reveals Integration Roadmap

by Kent Weare on  Dec 29, 2015 1

On December 24th, Microsoft released its latest Integration Roadmap. This is the first insight, customers and partners have had, into the collective roadmap of Microsoft integration technologies in several years.

Data Science in F# using FsLab: Interview with Tomas Petricek

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Dec 23, 2015

FsLab, a collection of F# ooen source libraries for doing Data Science, was released earlier this year, InfoQ reached out with Tomas Petricek, creator of the project, to get more details.

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