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Today Microsoft released the final version of TypeScript 2.0, adding new features and improvements. TypeScript is what Microsoft likes to calls “JavaScript that scales” – providing better performance and scalability for large applications, along with developer goodness of a typed language.

Here is a list of some of the new features found in TypeScript 2.0:

  • Simplified Declaration File (.d.ts) Acquisition
  • Non-nullable Types
  • Control Flow Analysis for Types
  • Easier Module Declarations
  • Async/Await down level support
  • Readonly Modifier

TypeScript’s future looks promising. In a blog post by the TypeScript team…

“Going forward, we will continue to work with our partners and the community to evolve TypeScript’s type system to allow users to further express JavaScript in a statically typed fashion. In addition, we will focus on enhancing the TypeScript language service and set of tooling features so that developer tools become smarter and further boost developer productivity.”

TypeScript 2.0 is available now to download with Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. You can also use npm to install TypeScript 2.0 by running the following command:

npm install –g typescript@2.0

 

Reference

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/typescript/2016/09/22/announcing-typescript-2-0/

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ASP.NET 5 Overview

November 14, 2014

ASP.NET 5 is a significant redesign. Checkout the overview on the ASP.NET site.

“ASP.NET 5 is a lean .NET stack for building modern web apps. We built it from the ground up to provide an optimized development framework for apps that are either deployed to the cloud or run on-premises. It consists of modular components with minimal overhead, so you retain flexibility while constructing your solutions.”

Reference

http://www.asp.net/vnext/overview/aspnet-vnext/aspnet-5-overview

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The final release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is now available.  Update 2 brings dozens of significant new features to Visual Studio developers, including tools for Windows Phone 8.1 and universal Windows apps.

You can find a detailed list of included fixes in the associated Support article.

You can download VS2013.2 now or wait for it to show up in the Visual Studio Notifications.

Enjoy!

References

Mobile-first, Cloud-first Development – Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 released, Visual Studio Apache Cordova Tooling preview and the future of .NET for Cloud and Server

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP2, Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 RC and TypeScript 1.0 RC

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC: Windows Phone 8.1 Tools, Shared Projects and Universal Windows Apps

The following is a great post with a great overview to the Developer Tools found in Internet Explorer 12.

“As web developers we need tools that enable us to  inspect and debug HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, as well as monitor page load performance, and UI responsiveness. The IE F12 tools were rebuilt from the ground up, providing features to accomplish all these tasks and more, taking into account tons of feedback from developers. Below are some of these new features seen in version 11 and here is a complete list of what’s new in F12 Tools.

  • Clean, modern, user interface.
  • New UI Responsiveness, Memory, and Emulation tools.
  • DOM Explorer, Console, and familiar tools are updated to enable an easier and faster workflow

In previous versions of the dev tools, there was a menu. Some items have moved to various parts of the IE F12 developer tools. For example, the Browser Mode options that were once part of the menu are now the Emulation tab. Let’s take a quick look at each tool in the toolset and what it can do for you.”

See more at: http://rachelappel.com/internet-explorer-f12-developer-tools-overview#sthash.0TEdP6UP.dpuf

Enjoy

Excellent post on Telerik blog on how to update your server to recognize IE11:

http://blogs.telerik.com/blogs/13-12-19/how-to-get-your-asp.net-application-working-in-ie11

Enjoy!

With the introduction of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft completely overhauled the F12 Developer Tools.

We rebuilt the F12 tools from the ground up in IE11. They have a brand new UI and new functionality to make your developing and debugging faster and easier.

With the new F12 Developer tools, you can debug, test, profile, update the CSS layout, find a memory leak, emulate and checkout UI responsiveness, plus a lot more.

There is a great article on the Internet Explorer Dev Center for Using the F12 developer tools. I recommend you take a look at the article as it goes in depth for how to use the new tool.

UIResponsivenessTool

Internet Explorer 11 comes with Windows 8.1 and will be made available for Windows 7 at around the same time that Windows 8.1 is released or shortly there after I would imagine. There is a IE11 RC available for Windows 7 now.

These updated developer tools are a welcome breath of fresh air and should provide to be very useful for every developers needs.

Enjoy!

References

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/ie/bg182326(v=vs.85).aspx

Great article on how Windows Azure Web Sites: How Application Strings and Connection Strings Work.

Windows Azure Web Sites has a handy capability whereby developers can store key-value string pairs in Azure as part of the configuration information associated with a website.  At runtime, Windows Azure Web Sites automatically retrieves these values for you and makes them available to code running in your website.  Developers can store plain vanilla key-value pairs as well as key-value pairs that will be used as connection strings.

Since the key-value pairs are stored behind the scenes in the Windows Azure Web Sites configuration store, the key-value pairs don’t need to be stored in the file content of your web application.  From a security perspective that is a nice side benefit since sensitive information such as Sql connection strings with passwords never show up as cleartext in a web.config or php.ini file.

 

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