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What’s new in Microsoft .Net Framework 4.7.1

With Microsoft’s release of .Net Framework 4.7.1 this week, the development platform gains critical improvements to garbage collection, security, and application configuration.  To boost memory allocation performance, particularly for large object heap allocations, an architectural change to the garbage collector splits the heap allocation into small and large object heaps. Applications making a lot of large object heap allocations should experience a reduction in allocation lock contention and better performance. [ Review: Visual Studio 2017 is the best ever. | Cut to the key news and issues in cutting-edge enterprise…

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Android 

What’s the best power and volume button placement on a phone?

Where do you prefer your phone’s power and volume buttons to be placed? Has this ever happened to you: you upgrade phones only to spend the next few days pitifully jabbing your finger at a spot the old power button used to be? The proposition sounds like the beginning of a terrible late-night infomercial, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about over the past few days: where do I prefer my phone’s power and volume buttons? The last four phones I’ve tested, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Sony…

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What’s new in TypeScript 2.6

Version 2.6 of Microsoft’s TypeScript language has moved to a release candidate stage. The new release of the typed superset of JavaScript features improvements such as increased strictness to help developers better find mistakes. TypeScript 2.6 introduces a “strict” mode flag, which is identified as —strictFunctionTypes. In strict mode, any function type that does not originate from a method has its parameters compared “contravariantly,” Microsoft’s Daniel Rosenwasser, program manager for TypeScript, said. [ Go deeper at InfoWorld: Beyond jQuery: An expert guide to JavaScript frameworks • The complete guide to Node.js frameworks •…

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What’s new at GitHub: dependency management, security alerts

GitHub is adding several services to its popular code-sharing site to help developers manage dependencies and improve security. GitHub dependency graph service With the dependency graph service, GitHub will use its own data to build a dependency graph that gives developers insight into both projects their code depends on and the projects that depend on their code. [ Also on InfoWorld: 19 open source GitHub projects for security pros. | Track the latest trends in open source with InfoWorld’s Open Source Report newsletter. ]The essential features in the GitHub dependency…

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What’s new in Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1.17

The September 2017 release of Visual Studio Code, aka version 1.17, has arrived with a number of significant updates. Among the many improvements, the upgrade to Microsoft’s open source code editor brings region markers to the code folding support and boosts the performance of the built-in terminal. With code folding, developers can hide away regions of source code using folding icons on the gutter between the line numbers and the start of a line of code. The region markers allow you to specify with comments exactly where your foldable blocks begin…

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