Larry Franks and Brian Swan on Open Source and Device Development in the Cloud
Back from TechEd, where there were a lot of announcements from Microsoft about working with various open source things. There were so many sessions, it was impossible to attend all of them. Good thing they put the videos online.
Deploy and customize FreeBSD VMs on Azure: And here you thought Azure VMs were only good for Windows and Linux.
Azure Redis Cache: There's a bunch of blogs talking about the new Redis cache and how to use from .NET, but here's a page that has some PHP examples and links to clients for various other languages. In theory, you should be able to use it from any language with a Redis client.
Virtual Machines best practices: Single VMs, temporary storage, and uploaded disks.
Deploying antimalware solutions on Azure Virtual Machines: Protection for your VMs in the cloud.
Reserved IP addresses for Cloud Services and Virtual machines: When you need to keep an IP address around for a while.
Sass mixing for CSS triangles: Making triangles through CSS.
Lessons learned by building a single page application: Some things to consider when building a SPA.
Preview of offline support for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android: Offline mode for mobile apps that can't reach the Internet. Like when you're at a huge conference along with 80k other folks all trying to access data over cellular.
Designer's guide to working with SVG: You are using SVG for your designs, right?
Drignend: And iOS & Mac development environment on your iPad.
Apache Cordova integration in Visual Studio: For creating multi-device hybrid apps.
Refactoring your CSS with Less in Visual Studio Web Essentials: Web Essentials is pretty awesome if you are a Visual Studio user.
Using npm link: Working with local modules.
Convert Github readmes into Ghost blog posts: Might be useful if you are using Ghost as your blogging platform.
Realtime bandwidth: Strategies for high volume messaging over WebSockets.
Connecting to an external database with Node.js backend in Azure Mobile Services: Using hybrid connections to let your Mobile Service in the cloud talk to a database outside the cloud.
Ruby 2.1.2 released: The latest and greatest.
Crafting Ruby for performance: Getting better perf with Ruby apps.
8 terminal utilities every OS X command line user should know: Some useful commands.
PostgreSQL 9.4 beta 1: I don't normally post about database updates, but PostgreSQL has some interesting stuff going on here. Specifically working with JSON data, which is one of the big pulls of things like MongoDB. But JSON as a native type, queryable with honest-to-goodness SQL and side-by-side with relational data? That's pretty compelling.
Trash: A cross-platform delete command that puts things in the trash vs. permanently deleting them.
In browser RAW image processing: The folks at Pics.io talk a bit about how they worked out processing for RAW formats.
Git for beginners: For folks new to git or that just haven't used it for a few months and need a reminder.
vvvv.js: This is some sort of visual programming language, which might be interesting to some of you.
Robots, Bluetooth, Windows runtime and LEGOS: This just hit the web this morning, so I haven't had a chance to try it, but sounds fun.
So where is the information about open source VB6 ?
VB6 is Microsoft's most popular programming language (Tiobe index May 2014).
Yet no response to the request to update VB6 at
* VB6 Microsoft's favorite programming and tutorial language *
Hi Sten2005, no clue on VB6. I'm assuming that .NET is more of a priority since VB6 went out of mainstream support back in 2005, and out of extended in 2008 (support.microsoft.com/.../default.aspx).
It would be nice to see it open sourced though, as it was/is insanely popular.
Hi Larry, no we never get to hear about VB6 from Microsoft.
Though it does have "It just works" support from Microsoft until 2013.
It is the most popular Microsoft programming language in the May 2014 Tiobe index, (replacing C# !)
And the vote for an updated VB6 programming language on the Microsoft VisualStudio UserVoice site has reached 7,000 (making it the fifth highest vote).
But no response from Microsoft - will they update VB6 to have the same 64 bit extensions that they added to VBA ? Or if not, at least open-source VB6.
That should have read...
The VB6 programming language has "It just works" support from Microsoft until 2023.
I have even less of a clue than I thought I did; I didn't realize the date was out to 2023.
Unfortunately, I'm not involved with anything VB related, so I have no idea what plans are for it going forward. Last time I remember working with it was back in the early 2000's with BizTalk Server.