Handling a new era in the Japanese calendar in .NET

Typically, calendar eras represent long time periods. In the Gregorian calendar, for example, the current era spans (as of this year) 2,018 years. In the Japanese calendar, however, a new era begins with the reign of a new emperor. On April 30, 2019, Emperor Akihito is expected to abdicate, which will bring to an end… Read more

Cross-platform Time Zones with .NET Core

Developing applications that span multiple operating systems in .NET Core while working with Time Zone information can lead to unexpected results for developers not familiar with the differences in how operating systems manage Time Zones. In this post, we will explore those differences and the challenges they present. Reproducing the issue Suppose you are writing… Read more

Announcing Cumulative Updates for .NET Framework for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

We deliver .NET Framework updates nearly every month, through Windows Update and other distribution channels. We are making changes to the way that we deliver those updates. We’ll soon start delivering a Cumulative Update for .NET Framework alongside the Windows 10 Cumulative Update, starting with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. This new approach will… Read more

Introduction to Azure Durable Functions

Azure Durable Functions is a new programming model based on Microsoft serverless’ platform Azure Functions. It allows you to write a workflow as code and have the execution run with the scalability and the reliability of serverless with high throughput. Scenario Initially, I wanted to index data from GitHub repositories. I explained it all in… Read more

.NET Highlights in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 Preview 4

As you know we continue to incrementally improve Visual Studio 2017 (version 15), and our 7th significant update is currently well under way with the 4th preview shipping today. As we’re winding down the preview, we’d like to stop and take the time to tell you about all of the great updates that are coming… Read more

Explore Azure Cosmos DB with .NET Core and MongoDB

Have you had to design general purpose “metadata” tables in your SQL database that basically store column names and values? Do you often serialize/de-serialize XML or JSON from your SQL tables to handle volatile schemas and data? .NET developers have traditionally worked with relational database management systems (RDMS) like SQL Server. RDMS systems have withstood… Read more

Entity Framework Core 2.1 Roadmap

As mentioned in the announcement of the .NET Core 2.1 roadmap earlier today, at this point we know the overall shape of our next release and we have decided on a general schedule for it. As we approach the release of our first preview later this month, we also wanted to expand on what we… Read more

Announcing F# support for .NET Core and .NET Standard projects in Visual Studio

We’re pleased to announce that Visual Studio 2017 15.5 Preview 4 now supports F# projects targeting .NET Core, .NET Standard, and .NET Framework through the .NET Core SDK. Some of you have noticed various levels of this support in the first, second, and third previews. We still had a few work items left to complete… Read more

Moving to real time test discovery in Test Explorer

Real time test discovery is a new Visual Studio feature that uses a Roslyn analyzer to discover tests and populate the test explorer in real time without requiring you to build your project. This feature has been introduced in Visual Studio 2017 15.5 Preview 2 behind a feature flag. You can try it out by… Read more

The week in .NET – Let’s Encrypt Web App Renewer, Seattle CodeCamp 2017

Previous posts: Project File Tools, Maira Wenzel, Mixed Reality in Miami .NET Core 2.0, ASP.NET Core 2.0, Entity Framework 2.0, Visual Studio 2017 Update 3, enterprise Entity Framework Core in Boston Rezoom.SQL, Protobuf in Orlando Open-source project of the week: Let’s Encrypt Azure Web App Renewer There’s a growing consensus that all web sites should… Read more