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The Daily Six Pack: June 5, 2013

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At TechEd, Brian Harry announced Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013. He also announced many of the Application Lifecycle Management features that they will include. Also remember that a preview of Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 will be available at the Build conference later this month. Some of the cool shiny new features of Visual Studio 2013 include a ‘heads up display’ feature. This will provide the developer key insights into their code as they are working.

Another new feature (and an absolute favorite of mine) is memory diagnostics. The focus is particularly on enabling the developer to find memory leaks in production. The developer can take a memory ‘snapshot’. It can then be loaded into Visual Studio 2013 and allow the developer to explore the heap to understand what memory is being held on to.

One of the biggest announcements was Microsoft’s agreement to acquire the InRelease release management product from InCycle Software. InRelease allows you to manage all of your in-flight releases. It has been natively built to work well with TFS.

Then David Ramel talks about SQL Server 2014. A key feature of SQL Server 2014 is the incorporation of in-memory, online transaction processing (OLTP) technology. This technology stems from a project codenamed ‘Hekaton‘ and was developed in conjunction with Microsoft Research. What Hekaton does is improves transaction processing speeds while reducing latency. It does this by working with in-memory data instead of disk-based data.

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Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys authoring books and articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has almost mastered.

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