Day Two changes things up from the Day One and Day Three single-track format. There are breakout sessions focused on a specific topic as well as chances to sit down and ask questions of others who have expertise in Angular, including members of the Angular team themselves. It’s a good chance to listen to how others are approaching their development challenges and opportunity to discuss lots of interesting details in depth.
The first session of the day had a few large organizations talk about the things they are doing within their organization to manage Angular projects, how they approach analyzing the performance of these applications, and what kinds of things might help them improve these operations.
In terms of analysis, there was a great emphasis on metrics (“plan and measure”). This included low level tracking of “time to first paint”, “time to meaningful content”, and “time to interactive”. But it also included higher-level tracking of things like “perceived performance” (obtaining feedback about how the user perceives the performance of the application).
Tools were mentioned that help in this analysis. The primary tool, of course, is the Developer Tools within the browser (there was a lot of praise for the capabilities of Chrome Developer tools particularly).… Read more
Windows 10 will get its next major update on April 11, Microsoft announced Wednesday. Already in preview for a number of months, the Creators Update contains features aimed at creative professionals as well as the average user, and will roll out in waves to the general public via Windows Update.
What’s In It
The Creators Update is the first version of Windows 10 to include the Windows Mixed Reality interface, which will ultimately allow users to purchase relatively affordable VR headsets and use them with the operating system. While many of the promised headsets have yet to hit the market, developers have already begun tinkering with prototypes provided by Acer and other partner companies.
A new 3D Paint app that comes with the operating system will allow users to create three-dimensional objects.
Microsoft has also included new gaming features, including Game Mode–a setting that optimizes performance for gaming–and Beam streaming.
Users will see improvements to Microsoft Edge, including tabs with image previews and better security. And a new Cortana-guided setup process will give users more control over their privacy settings.
Stack Overflow has released results of its 2017 Developer Survey, and they paint an interesting picture of the languages developers love and abhor.
Developers are crushing on Mozilla’s Rust, which earned top honors as the most-loved programming language among the 64,000 coders worldwide who answered the annual survey by Stack Overflow, a social network and job board. Respondents also enthusiastically embraced Python, calling it the language they most wanted to work with in the coming year.
Want to earn big bucks as a developer? Learn Google’s Go or Scala. The two topped the list of best-compensated programming languages in the United States, with experts earning an average of $110,000 a year. Worldwide, developers skilled in Clojure—a Lisp dialect—earned the most, averaging out at $72,000 per year. Dev ops specialist and machine learning specialist were the most lucrative specialties.
While the overwhelming majority of developers said they were highly satisfied with the career paths, most also felt they were underpaid.… Read more
Microsoft Playable Ads is a new solution for Windows developers looking to draw more engaged users to their applications. The company recently launched Playable Ads, a type of in-app ad that allows potential users to experience a new app before installing it.
Currently in preview, Microsoft Playable Ads allow customers to stream and interact with a new app or game for up to three minutes, without leaving the app they’re currently using.
That’s in contrast to traditional in-app ads, which take users out of their current app to the Windows Store, where they have an opportunity to install the new app. This diagram illustrates the difference between the two types of ads:
Microsoft claims Playable Ads are more likely to attract engaged users than traditional ads: They’re less annoying, since they don’t take the potential customer out of the current app. And they give a more realistic sense of what an app is actually like, ideally increasing the number of people who actually use it after installation, rather than uninstalling it.
Developers subscribed to the preview can create Playable Ads by beginning a new ad campaign from the Windows Dev Center and selecting a call to action option called ‘Try Now.’ The option is available for ads targeting PCs and tablets running Windows 10.… Read more
After a couple of requests, I added WiX 4.0 support to my Paraffin project, the file harvester, which makes maintaining installer projects a lot easier. As part of this update, I moved the code to Visual Studio 2017 and moved to .NET Framework 4.6.2. I nearly went down the path of making a .NET Core version of the console application, but will save that for another day.
Instead of rehashing the scope and purpose of Paraffin here, head over to your favorite search engine and search “Wintellect Paraffin” and you will find all the links that show how to use it. Also, if you don’t want to mess with compiling the application, head on over to the Releases tab page on the Git Hub project page and you can download the compiled binary along with it’s PDB file.
Thanks so much for using Paraffin! Who knew that a quick sample I wrote to learn about LINQ to XML would grow into a useful utility.… Read more
A new game developer program from Microsoft allows for fast, simultaneous publishing of Xbox Live-enabled games to Xbox One and Windows 10.
Announced at this week’s Game Developer Conference, the Xbox Live Creators Program is currently in preview. Developers who sign up gain access to the Xbox Live Creators SDK, and can integrate the following features into their games, according to Microsoft:
Xbox Live sign-in and profile, including gamertag.
Xbox Live presence, recently played and activity feed.
Xbox Live social, including friends, Game Hubs, clubs, party chat, gameDVR and Beam broadcast.
Xbox Live leaderboards and feature stats.
Title Storage and Connected Storage.
Participating developers can build games using Construct 2, MonoGame, Unity and Xenko, then ship them to either Xbox One, Windows 10 or both. Games built under the program will appear in a special ‘Creators’ section in the Xbox Store.
The new program aims to simplify the process for getting games into the Xbox Store without the need for a lengthy certification or concept approval. Developers can apply here and start building, with Microsoft saying publishing will be available in the near future.
However, the Xbox Live features available under the Creators Program are limited. Anyone who wants to take advantage of the full set of Xbox Live features, plus marketing and development support, will still need to join Microsoft’s existing ID@Xbox program.… Read more
If you don’t follow the tech Twitter-verse as obsessively as we do, you may not be aware that a major data breach at Cloudflare has put user passwords, messages and other information at risk all over the internet.
Cloudflare provides web security and performance services for companies like Uber and OkCupid, among many, many others. A significant chunk of web traffic flows through Cloudflare, and the data breach now known as Cloudbleed dates back to last September, according to New York magazine’s Select All blog—though Cloudflare didn’t disclose it publicly until Thursday.
While all the typical security advice applies in this situation—it’s probably a good idea to update your passwords, and enable two-factor authentication on your accounts when possible—what strikes us about the Cloudbleed debacle is how so much havoc was wreaked based on what Gizmodo describes as a simple, one-character coding error.
Apparently, the company’s switch to a new HTML parser led to what’s known as a buffer overrun vulnerability. Instead of being stored temporarily in a buffer, user data from some sites was leaked into another, insecure location. It could then be returned under certain circumstances in response to an HTTP request, including from search engines.
“I’m finding private messages from major dating sites, full messages from a well-known chat service, online password manager data, frames from adult video sites, hotel bookings,” wrote Tavis Ormandy, the Google security expert who discovered the breach, in a bug report. … Read more
Microsoft is debuting a lightweight version of Skype made for locations where internet connectivity is spotty, and India is its first test market.
Announced Wednesday at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in Mumbai, the Skype Lite Android app weighs in at 13 MB, is optimized for 2G networks and supports eight languages. It also includes chatbots for services like Expedia and Skyscanner and is available on Google Play now.
In other nods to market conditions in India, Microsoft says the app will perform well on older Android devices and offers a reduced data usage mode for customers who want to make video calls while conserving data. Users can also send SMS messages from the app.
For business calls and other communication when security is important, the app will be integrated with India’s national identification system, Aadhaar, by June 2017. Users will be able to log in to the system to verify their identities, and the information will be wiped from the app once the call completes.
India is one of the fastest-growing markets for technology worldwide. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella referred to “how India is reshaping technology” in introducing Skype Lite, according to ZDNet.… Read more
Eric covered the differences between Angular 1 and 2 as well as a live coding session for the essentials of building components, building templates, data binding and handling events.
Tickets went on sale for Microsoft’s yearly Build developer conference Tuesday, and the registration website was immediately flooded with takers–so much so, that users trying to sign up experienced technical problems throughout the morning.
Though many devs reported on Twitter that they had successfully registered, some posted complaints that they experienced long waits or needed to refresh the page repeatedly.
By midday, however, the problems seemed to be abating. So if you want to attend Microsoft’s biggest developer event, don’t delay: Build 2016 sold out the same day tickets were released.
Priced at $2,195, the conference will take place May 10-12 in Seattle. Along with technical trainings and hackathons, past conferences have included major announcements about new Microsoft projects and products.
A Microsoft blog post promises Build 2017 will cover the following topics:
Cutting edge, intelligent cloud apps
Simplified end-to-end dev ops experiences
Mobile experiences for nearly any device
Apps that make your customers more productive
AI-powered apps we have yet to imagine
A federal judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit Microsoft filed against the U.S. Department of Justice to protect customer privacy can continue.
At issue are so-called ‘gag orders’ that DOJ sometimes imposes on tech companies who have provided customer emails and other data to the department as part of an investigation. Microsoft says its customers have a right to know if their communications are being monitored under a search warrant, while the department maintains the secrecy is necessary to protect national security.
In the lawsuit filed last April, Microsoft had challenged the gag orders on two grounds: that they violated customers’ Fourth Amendment privacy rights and Microsoft’s First Amendment free speech rights. Judge James Robart from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington said he will allow the First Amendment claims to go forward, but struck down the Fourth Amendment argument.
The Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss the case last July. Other tech companies, including Google and Apple, have weighed in with court briefs in support of Microsoft’s arguments.
The issue of consumer privacy has taken on new dimensions as more and more people are moving personal information to the cloud. When it announced the lawsuit, Microsoft said it had received a whopping 2,500-plus requests for customer information from the government in an 18-month period.… Read more
It’s always an event when a new version of Visual Studio comes out, and the general release of Visual Studio 2017 marks 20 years of Microsoft’s groundbreaking integrated development environment.
Visual Studio 2017 will be available for download March 7, and Microsoft is celebrating the occasion with a two-day training for developers who want to experience all the bells and whistles in the new version.
The live, online event kicks off at 8:00 am March 7, with Microsoft leaders sharing news about Visual Studio, Xamarin, .NET and Azure in a keynote address and demos. That’s followed by a day of interactive trainings on March 8.
Available in preview since early last year, Visual Studio 2017 (formerly known as Visual Studio 15) promises better code navigation and debugging, a faster overall IDE, a light install option and increased support for mobile, cross-platform development, among other new features.
Click here to register for the online event. Microsoft is also encouraging developers to share their experiences with Visual Studio on social media using the hashtag #MyVSstory.
Microsoft has released a video detailing a bevy of new features for its Edge Browser in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. It’s the latest move in Redmond’s effort to make Edge competitive with Google Chrome and other popular browsers.
Here are a few of the highlights:
Better tab management
Users who like to keep dozens of tabs open at once will appreciate new tab management features that allow them to view thumbnails of all their open tabs. They can also set aside a group of tabs to look at later, reducing clutter without losing access to their past browsing.
Already available on Chrome and Firefox, WebVR uses a combination of VR device and browser to make virtualy reality experiences available on the web. Including it is part of Microsoft’s increased focus on virtual and augmented reality.
Users can now purchase eBooks from the Windows Store and view them on Edge, with Microsoft promising to expand the range of content available.
More, better extensions
Microsoft has made updates to the Edge Extension Toolkit for porting, extensions debugging and interoperability, and is touting a significantly greater number of APIs available to extension developers.
Microsoft Wallet integration
The Payment Request API works with Microsoft Wallet to easily access a customer’s stored payment information and speed up online shopping.… Read more