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  • Blog Post: Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 now available for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5 [Greg]

    Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 now available for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5 We would like to announce that you can now download an Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 that lets you use Visual Studio 11 Beta to create projects that target .NET 4.0 and Silverlight 5. The Async Targeting...
  • Blog Post: Hardening Server Applications [Immo]

    From time to time a company ships a product that has a huge impact on their ecosystem. A good example for us is certainly .NET. The biggest value proposition that managed code has is that it is, well, managed code. The CLR provides runtime management components such as a garbage collector or reflection...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Portable Library Tools CTP [Justin Van Patten]

    Today we're announcing the CTP release of a new add-in for Visual Studio 2010 that makes it easy to create C# and Visual Basic libraries that run on a variety of .NET platforms without recompilation. Download the Portable Library Tools CTP today (install VS 2010 SP1 Beta first). Creating Portable...
  • Blog Post: BCL CodePlex Site Launch

    Today the BCL Team is launching a CodePlex site to host samples, previews, and prototypes. You can find it at http://bcl.codeplex.com . This is a site for the BCL Team to get features to customers to try out without requiring a Beta or CTP of the .NET Framework. Our goal is to put generally useful functionality...
  • Blog Post: What's New in the BCL in .NET 4 Beta 2 [Justin Van Patten]

    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 are now available to download . .NET 4 Beta 2 contains several new BCL features and enhancements in addition to what was included in .NET 4 Beta 1 . Many of these improvements were added in large part due to specific feedback and suggestions reported by...
  • Blog Post: Free LiveMeeting with the CLR Team on CLR 4 [Justin Van Patten]

    Join the CLR team for a free interactive LiveMeeting session / conference call on What's New in CLR 4 on Friday, July 17, 2009. We'll specifically be covering Garbage Collection, NGEN, and Performance. Here are the details: Date: Friday, July 17 Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM PST LiveMeeting: https:...
  • Blog Post: What's New in Globalization in .NET 4 Beta 1 [Melitta Andersen]

    In Justin’s recent post outlining What’s New in the BCL in .NET 4 Beta 1 , there were only a few lines about the globalization updates. That’s because Mohamed Elgazzar was working on a more extensive document which provides details about the extent of the changes and additions to that space. I’m happy...
  • Blog Post: What's New in the BCL in .NET 4 Beta 1 [Justin Van Patten]

    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 are available for download . .NET 4 Beta 1 contains new functionality and improvements throughout the framework. In this post I’ll discuss the changes specific to the BCL. Many of the features listed below were previously announced when we released the...
  • Blog Post: CLR Team Blog Now Live [Justin Van Patten]

    If you like this blog, you’ll want to check out and subscribe to the new CLR Team Blog that just launched last week. The new blog will serve as one consolidated site to find information on all aspects of the CLR, brought to you by CLR team members. It will aggregate posts from lots of existing CLR team...
  • Blog Post: What's New in the BCL in .NET 4.0 CTP [Justin Van Patten]

    The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 CTP is available for download as of last week. The CTP contains new functionality throughout the .NET Framework, including several new BCL features and improvements: Code Contracts System.Diagnostics.Contracts provides a language-agnostic way to express...
  • Blog Post: BCL Team at PDC 2008 [Justin Van Patten]

    Melitta, Kim , and I will be at PDC next week, along with several other members of the CLR team. We’ll mostly be hanging out in the lounges chatting with folks and answering questions. We’ll also be at the Ask-the-Experts night on Wednesday, so if you’ll be at PDC next week, stop by and say hi! We love...
  • Blog Post: P/Invoke Interop Assistant [Justin Van Patten]

    The Interop team recently released a new tool called the P/Invoke Interop Assistant . This tool automatically generates managed p/invoke declarations (in C# or VB) from native signatures. It includes a quick look-up for the common Win32 libraries and lets you generate p/invoke declarations for any other...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Client Profile [Justin Van Patten]

    Last week Soma and Scott Guthrie announced the availability of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta. As part of this release, we’re introducing the .NET Framework Client Profile , a smaller .NET Framework redist optimized for .NET client applications. The new redist weighs in at around...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Extensions CTP and the Parallel Computing Developer Center [Judd Hall]

    The CLR Team has been working with the Parallel Computing Platform Team for the past year on some innovative ideas in parallel computing. Yesterday, the Parallel Computing Platform Team announced the Parallel Computing Developer Center along with their first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Parallel...
  • Blog Post: December 2007 Cumulative Time Zone Update is Now Available [Josh Free]

    In case you have not heard, the December 2007 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems is now available. The update can be downloaded right now from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942763 ; the software update will also be available via Windows Update on an upcoming date. This...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Now Available! [Justin Van Patten]

    .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 have officially shipped! Soma has the announcement on his blog and the downloads are available here . There's over 250 new features in .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008. Here's a list of new BCL features available in .NET 3.5: System.DateTimeOffset A new...
  • Blog Post: .NET sources to be available with Visual Studio 2008 [Inbar Gazit]

    Have you ever wanted to look inside some of the BCL methods? Have you ever wondered about some exception thrown by our code? Are you curious to see what comments BCL developers write in their code? Well, soon you’ll be able to do all of these things. Starting with the release of Visual Studio 2008...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Alpha [Justin Van Patten]

    Today at MIX07 we announced the availability of Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Alpha, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET-based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight is supported on Firefox and Safari on Mac OS X and on...
  • Blog Post: Orcas October CTP Now Available [Justin Van Patten]

    The Orcas October CTP became available for download earlier this week. This CTP contains a couple new features from the BCL team: A new high performance set collection. HashSet is a new generic collection that has been added to the System.Collections.Generic namespace. It is an unordered collection...
  • Blog Post: Hi from the New Guy [Matt Ellis]

    As one of the newest members of the BCL team, I wanted to take some time to introduce myself. I’m Matt Ellis and I’m the newest software design engineer on the team. Right now some of you might be experiencing déjà vu , since only a few months ago I was saying hello as the newest intern on the team....
  • Blog Post: Lang.NET Symposium 2006 [Thottam Sriram]

    Last week was the Lang.NET Symposium 2006 here in Redmond. I still remember us planning for this event a few months back. It started off as a small group of people wanting to reinvent the then compiler labs into something bigger. The goal was to get all the right people in a room and have great speakers...
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