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Microsoft releases .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0

Microsoft has been in the news a lot lately, with its biggest announcement being the recent purchase of LinkedIn. There’s no sign of this tech giant slowing down as it recently announced .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0. In a lengthy blog post on its .NET Blog, Microsoft unveiled the new release, which is available on Windows, Linux and OS X. .NET Core, developers will recall, is an open-source, cross-platform and modular .NET platform for building modern web apps, console apps, libraries and micro...

GitLab partners with Digital Ocean for free testing space

GitLab—the website that’s an app for coding, testing and deploying code together—recently announced a new feature that should make developers very happy. Users consistently had free access to the site’s programmer toolset, such as GitLab Runner. Now, developers can use GitLab Runner Autoscale, which is the new feature that permits constant code testing at scale. To sweeten the deal for developers, GitLab has partnered with Digital Ocean, the cloud infrastructure provider, to offer...

Magento 2.0 makes gains on clean e-commerce design

Ask many e-commerce site owners, webmasters and businesses, and they’ll likely tell you that Magento is one of their favorite e-commerce platforms (if not their favorite). Now, they have even more reason to be thankful for this CMS: its new version. Magento 2.0, now available on GitHub in its beta version prior to its general release later this year, takes some of the superior features of the original and makes them even better. Let’s look at them in detail. UX gets a facelift ... For any CMS, UX has...

CodePen shows off its redesign to the Web

CodePen, one of the most influential code-sharing communities on the Internet, has just unveiled its new redesign, the first major one of its three-year existence. This redesign has been a long project for the site, as it’s been underway for the last half year. Web design firm Sparkbox has been a collaborator on this project as well. As expected, the new iteration of CodePen is a site that features marked changes, but, even so, this is only the tip of the iceberg. What you’re seeing now is actually...

Google debuts Brotli, the Internet’s newest compression algorithm

Google’s philosophy has always been that faster speeds are better because Internet users just shouldn’t have to wait a while for pages to load. The company’s already made inroads in this regard. Two years ago, it unveiled the Zopfli compression algorithm, which was met with positive feedback from the industry. Feedback for Zopfli was so good that it has since been integrated into a lot of different compression solutions, everything from PNG optimizers all the way to preprocessing web content....

Node.js unleashes v4.0.0

Node.js’ collaborators and the Node.js Foundation’s members have teamed up to publicly release Node v4.0.0. Untold hours of striving have produced a result that features the Node.js project and the io.js project in just one codebase. Though 44 collaborators now run Node.js, altogether, there are more than 100 folks who have contributed code to core since v0.12.7. Get the download here. The features ... Primarily, there’s a slew of new ES6 features enabled by default. These include block...

Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 launch for any developer on any platform

Developers and designers who’ve been wanting more freedom in their work can rejoice: Microsoft has at long last released the final versions of two development tools that are suitable for any developer working on any platform. Earlier this week, the software company unveiled Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6, which improves the .NET framework further. Microsoft first announced the Visual Studio 2015 Preview and the .NET 2015 Preview at one of its developer conferences in New York City late last year....

Introducing WebdesignerNews.com

Nothing matters more in this industry than keeping your finger on the pulse. The challenge is separating the wheat from the chaff: with hundreds of blogs, countless social media accounts, and thousands of design sites, how do you keep on top of it all without spending hours hunting through RSS feeds? Well, we have the solution… After months of rigorous testing, iterative builds, and a few late nights, our sister-site, WebdesignerNews, has launched. We have just as much trouble wading through...
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