The .NET Framework 4.5 includes new garbage collector enhancements for client and server apps

What makes managed code, “managed”? Most people would point to the garbage collector. Automatic memory management makes a tremendous difference in programmer productivity. And when garbage collection improves, all .NET applications benefit. Abhishek Mondal, the program manager for GC on the Common Language Runtime, and Maoni Stephens, the developer for GC on the CLR, authored… Read more

Targeting Multiple Platforms with Portable Code: Overview

As programming with .NET has become prevalent on all Microsoft platforms, targeting multiple platforms at once becomes a critical desire amongst developers. In fact, we see the future of library development moving to supporting an intersection of platforms rather than targeting just one version of the .NET Framework at a time. Mircea Trofin, a program… Read more

New .NET Diagnostic info added to Process Explorer

Productivity is the hallmark of programming with managed code. So often productivity boils down to figuring out why something isn’t working – diagnostics. The CLR provides one of the best foundations for diagnostics. In this post, Richard Lander – a program manager for the Common Language Runtime – shows how more than just developers can… Read more

Async in 4.5: Enabling Progress and Cancellation in Async APIs

The apps developers want to develop today are fast and fluid and the async features in .NET make this easier than ever. The world is also highly connected now which makes waiting for data a real concern for building great customer experiences. Alok Shriram from the .NET Base Class Library program management team continues his… Read more

Introducing the .NET Framework 4.5 RC

Update (2017): See .NET Framework Releases to learn about newer releases. This release is now unsupported. Today, we are announcing the .NET Framework 4.5 RC. We are also announcing Visual Studio 2012 RC, as you can read on Jason Zander’s and Soma’s blog. Please visit the Visual Studio 2012 RC downloads page to install both… Read more

.NET for Metro style apps

.NET is now a core part of several Microsoft platforms, and each has focused on specific subset of APIs. A lot of thought has been put into crafting each API surface area. Many of you have asked how the .NET APIs available for Metro style apps were chosen. In the following post, Immo Landwerth –… Read more

Async in 4.5: Worth the Await

Developers often ask for guidance on how to write responsive user interfaces. Reading most books about the .NET Framework over the past ten years, you’ll see coverage of the asynchronous programming model which requires a lot of careful attention while coding. That’s why the async features in the latest versions of C# and Visual Basic… Read more

Improving Launch Performance for Your Desktop Applications

Application performance is something we hear about all the time. It almost always falls into one of the top three issues when we aggregate all of the feedback channels from .NET developers. While performance has many characteristics, application startup time is something that everyone can easily relate to. With the .NET Framework 4.5 Beta and… Read more

Optimizing the .NET Framework Deployment Experience for Users and Developers

Rapid development has been one of the enduring themes behind the design of the .NET Framework. We know that authoring application installers is particularly difficult and could be improved. The following post is by Richard Lander from the program management team on the Common Language Runtime. He explains our motivations for introducing a new model… Read more

Update 4.0.3 for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Update (2017): See .NET Framework Releases to learn about newer releases. This release is no longer supported. We continue to bring certain features through updates to .NET 4 without having to wait for the .NET 4.5 release. This post covers what the latest platform update has to offer. Vivek Mishra from the .NET Servicing team… Read more