November, 2011

  • Interoperability @ Microsoft

    Preview Release of the SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux Hits the Streets


    Microsoft's SQL Server team yesterday announced the availability of a preview release of the SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux, which allows native developers to access Microsoft SQL Server from Linux operating systems.

    For customers with native applications on multi-platform, the existing, reliable and enterprise-class ODBC for Windows driver (a.k.a. SQL Server Native Client, or SNAC) has been ported to the Linux platform.

    You can download the driver here.

    "In this release, the SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux will be a 64-bit driver for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. We will support SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 with this release of the driver. Notable driver features (in addition to what you would expect in an ODBC driver) include support for the Kerberos authentication protocol, SSL and client-side UTF-8 encoding. This release also brings proven and effective tools and the BCP and SQLCMD utilities to the Linux world,"said Shekhar Joshi, a Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft SQL Server ODBC Driver For Linux team.

    This is another example of Microsoft and the SQL team's commitment to interoperability. You can read Shekhar's full blog post here, while additional information on the first release of Microsoft ODBC Driver for Linux can be found here.

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    Prototypes of JavaScript Globalization & Math, String, and Number extensions


    As the HTML5 platform becomes more fully featured, web applications become richer, and scenarios that require server side interaction for trivial tasks become more tedious.  This makes deficits in the capabilities of JavaScript as a runtime come into focus.

    Microsoft is committed to advancing the JavaScript standard. Through active participation in the Ecma TC39 working group, we have endorsed and pushed for the completion of proposed standards which provide extensions to the intrinsic Math, Number, and String libraries and introduce support for Globalization. We shared the first version of prototypes for the libraries at the standards meeting on the Microsoft campus in July and are shared our Globalization implementation at the standards meeting last week at Apple’s Cupertino campus. In addition, we are also releasing these reference implementations so that the JavaScript community can provide feedback on applying their use in practice.

    What’s in this drop

    This drop includes extensions to the Math, Number, and String built-in libraries:




    cosh, sinh, tanh

    startsWith, endsWith


    acosh, asinh, atanh



    log1p, log2, log10










    To illustrate, a simple code sample using some of these functions is included below:

    var aStr = "24-";
    var aStrR = aStr.reverse();
    var num = aStrR * 1;
    if (Number.isInteger(num)) {
    console.log("The sign of " + num + " is " + Math.sign(num));

    This drop also includes an implementation of the evolving Globalization specification. Globalization is the software discipline that makes sure that applications can deal correctly with changes in number and date formats, for example. It’s a part of the localization of an application to run in a local language. With this library, you can show date and numbers in the specified locale and specify collation properties for the purposes of sorting and searching in other languages. You can also set standard date and number formats to use alternate calendars like the Islamic calendar or formats to show currency as a Chinese Yuan. Again, a code sample illustrates below:

    var nf = new Globalization.NumberFormat(localeList, {
    style : "currency",
    currency : "CNY",
    currencyDisplay: "symbol",
    maxmimumFractionDigit: 1

    nf.format(100); // "¥100.00"

    var dtf = new Globalization.DateTimeFormat(
    new Globalization.LocaleList(["ar-SA-u-ca-islamic-nu-latin"]), {
    weekday : "long",

    dtf.format() // today's date
    dtf.format(new Date("11/15/2011")); // "الثلاثاء, ١٢ ١٩ ٣٢"

    How to get the bits

    The prototypes should install automatically if you view the Intrinsics Extensions demo and the Globalization demo. Or to install the prototype, run the MSIs found here.

    Note that as with all previous releases of HTML5 labs, this is an unsupported component with an indefinite lifetime. This should be used for evaluation purposes only and should not be used for production level applications.

    Providing Feedback

    We’ve created a couple of sample applications so you can see what this functionality enables.  Once you’ve installed the bits, view the Intrinsics Extensions demo and the Globalization demo to see the APIs in action. 

    As usual, we encourage you to play with the sample apps, download the prototype, and develop your own app to see how it feels. Once you’ve tried it out, let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions. We look forward to improving JavaScript and making it ever easier to build great web applications using standard APIs.

    Thanks for your interest!

    Claudio Caldato, Adalberto Foresti – Interoperability Strategy Team


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    jQuery Mobile Open Source Framework Support for Windows Phone


    Hello web and mobile developers!

    As you probably noticed, jQuery Mobile version 1.0 was announced this week. We are pleased to use this exciting occasion to reinforce our commitment to supporting popular open source mobile frameworks.

    Of the most recent activities, I want to highlight the work done to supporting PhoneGap by adding support for Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), and now we are moving up the stack to improve support of jQuery Mobile on Windows Phone 7.5.

    As you probably know, jQuery Mobile framework is a Javascript HTML5-based user interface system for mobile device platforms, built on the jQuery and jQuery UI foundation.

    While today’s version 1 and the recent RC releases contain many features, we wanted to take a minute and highlight the collaboration we started with the jQuery Mobile team. In the last few weeks we have focused our attention on supporting Kin Blas and others in the community to improving the performance on Windows Phone 7.5.

    In particular, as the RC3 blog published earlier this week outlines, Windows Phone performance has improved quite dramatically as shown by the two showcase apps:

    • 226% improvement in rendering the form gallery, bringing it down from 5 to 2.2 seconds
    • 20x improvement in rendering the complex 400 item listview, from 60 seconds to 3 seconds

    The jQuery team has additional performance optimization tips for Windows Phone in the change log that saves additional perf time in certain scenarios.

    We are pretty encouraged with this progress, and will continue working with community to bring higher levels of performance and support for jQuery features to Windows Phone... stay tuned, and congratulations again to the jQuery Mobile Team!

    Abu Obeida Bakhach

    Interoperability Strategy Program Manager

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    First Stable Build of Node.js on Windows Released


    Great news for all Node.js developers wanting to use Windows: today we reached an important milestone - v0.6.0 – which is the first official stable build that includes Windows support.

    This comes some four months after our June 23rd announcement that Microsoft was working with Joyent to port Node.js to Windows. Since then we’ve been heads down writing code.

    Those developers who have been following our progress on GitHub know that there have been Node.js builds with Windows support for a while, but today we reached the all-important v0.6.0 milestone.

    This accomplishment is the result of a great collaboration with Joyent and its team of developers. With the dedicated team of Igor Zinkovsky, Bert Belder and Ben Noordhuis under the leadership of Ryan Dahl, we were able to implement all the features that let Node.js run natively on Windows.

    And, while we were busy making the core Node.js runtime run on Windows, the Azure team was working on iisnode to enable Node.js to be hosted in IIS. Among other significant benefits, Windows native support gave Node.js significant performane improvements, as reported by Ryan on the blog.

    Node.js developers on Windows will also be able to rely on NPM to install the modules they need for their application. Isaac Shlueter from the Joyent team is also currently working on porting NPM on Windows, and an early experimental version is already available on GitHub. The good news is that soon we’ll have a stable build integrated in the Node.js installer for Windows.

    So stay tuned for more news on this front.

    Claudio Caldato,

    Principal Program Manager, Interoperability Strategy Team


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    Windows Gets Eclipse Platform Improvements


    Today, David Green at Tasktop posted a blog about the latest Eclipse platform improvements for Windows. As part of Tasktop’s ongoing partnership with Microsoft, they’ve been working hard to bring two more Eclipse platform improvements for Windows this year: Desktop Search and Glass.

    You can read more about both of these improvements here.

    We look forward to continuing to work with both Tasktop and the Eclipse community going forward, and would love to hear from you about new features you would like to see in the future. Feel free to let David know about these at


    Martin Sawicki

    Principal Program Manager: Interoperability

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