Microsoft Technologies

SQL Server on Linux!? – Meet SQL Server 2017

Over the last decade, DATA is the NEW OIL. While the increasing amount of digitization has led to data exploding exponentially, several other factors have also contributed. The cost of data storage has dropped substantially; enterprises are unwilling to delete any of their data. DATA is now a Corporate Asset and archived NOT deleted.

In the “Always On-Line” world all the systems accumulate huge amounts of data in real time.   Analysts & experts want to analyze these mountains of data, popularly known as “Big Data”. The world today believes that in order to prosper and grow, they have to have the ability to “spot” emerging trends and patterns before they become mainstream.

This has led to a spectacular increase in the use of the Apache Hadoop Linux platform for Analytics. Data scientists across the world have been using this platform to manage and analyze “Big Data” since traditional SQL databases were not suitable in this environment.In the past, Microsoft provided interfaces to these technologies. To aid its own expansion and grab a market share in the emerging technologies Microsoft released R server for Hadoop & Linux and included R services starting with  SQL 2016. They are further fortifying this position with the launch of SQL 2017 RC1.

Microsoft has introduced SQL Server 2017 RC1 which supports Linux. Interestingly Microsoft has chosen to support Red Hat Server & Desktop, Suse Linux & Ubuntu Linux flavors which cover most of the current installations. SQL server 2017 supports Linux and Active Directory services authentication for both Windows & Linux domain clients, allowing authentication of users across different platforms.

SQL server 2017 includes analytics using built in Python & R services! Microsoft has always focussed on security. SQL server 2017 has TLS support so the data between SQL Server & clients can be always encrypted!

Some the features are not supported in this release of SQL server as yet. You can find details of the Microsoft release notes here.

MetaSys Software has been delivering high performance and secure database solutions using legacy SQL server version and recent undertakings are on SQL server 2016. If you are looking for web or database solutions, please connect with us.

 

Microsoft Technologies

Introducing Visual Studio Mobile Center

 

Microsoft has recently launched ‘Visual Studio Mobile Center’ for the developer community. The purpose is to help in building and managing mobile apps through a set of cloud services. The Mobile Center supports applications built on several frameworks. It supports apps built on platforms like Swift, Java, Xamarin, React Native and Objective –C. The platform is currently in its “preview” period and a roadmap is in place to further build out services to be offered.

Today developers are expected to go beyond conventional approach to app building and their prime focus is on providing mobile users a Unique experience. Developers need a platform where they can build, test, deliver and monitor the apps as fast as possible on a continuous basis. Mobile Center, can reduce the time spent on creating a workflow by using the services provided by Mobile Center. It will allow the developers to concentrate on the primary task of creating a good app.

Some of the features in VS Mobile Center are:

• Build apps automatically with pull request

• Test apps on different mobile devices through the embedded automated UI tests

• Monitor bugs and crashes for immediate diagnostics

• Mobile analytics feature gives detailed insights on mobile usage and behavior

• Apps written in any language can be brought into VS Mobile Center’s cloud and lifecycle services

The developers have a choice to work on end-to-end workflow provided by the VS Mobile Center or can choose to avail only a subset of the services.

VS Mobile Center is expected to evolve further with integration with HockeyApp and Test cloud apps. In addition to that, the future versions of VS Mobile Center will support Cordova and Universal Windows platform. Advanced features like advanced analytics and push notifications will also be a part of the future versions. Currently, it supports only lifecycle features like building, testing, crashing, Beta distribution and analytics. In Cloud features support authentication, easy tables and offline sync.To access the VS Mobile Center you can sign in using your existing HockeyApp credentials or use your GitHub account or Microsoft account.

At MetaSys Software we offer custom development using  ASP.Net, SQL Server, Telerik controls and Iron speed. We also have a strong team of Certified FileMaker Developers with experience in PHP & FileMaker solutions, FM Go as well as in building iOS apps.

 

 

 

Microsoft Technologies

.NET evolution

Microsoft began developing the dot net framework in the 1990’s and launched the first beta version in 2000. Since then, there has been no looking back. Almost 12 versions of.Net framework have been launched till now. Organizations which are looking for enterprise software solutions rely upon.NET framework. Recently, Microsoft celebrated the completion of 15 years since.NET was introduced.

Initially, dot net was known as NGWS (Next Generation Windows Services). Since 2000, different versions of this technology were launched, the latest being version 4.6.2. This latest version was launched just last year in the month of August. Each version carries betas, and service packs so as to provide more value to the users. In the entire 15 years, developers experienced an object oriented programming environment and freedom to develop desktop as well as web applications. Many of the languages that run on.NET framework are simple, secure and object oriented.

Over the past 15 years, this technology has evolved to fulfill the requirements of a dynamic online environment. The ASP.NET framework has helped in building many dynamic websites and applications catering to different industry verticals. Complex applications such as hotel reservation system, a billing system in shopping malls are built easily with the ASP.NET framework. It has enabled customized content building for users, thus increasing the relevancy factor of the web page. It has helped the users in accessing any data with ease. The .Net zone has now increased more than tenfold since it was launched.

The data below will give you a clear picture of where.NET technology stands today vis-à-vis some other players in the market. (Source: W3techs)

  1. As per a recent study, 15% of websites today use ASP.NET technology in which a whopping 80% are using version 4, followed by version 2.
  2. Java and ColdFusion are the most preferred technology for high traffic sites followed by ASP.NET.
  3. .Net domain names have got the wide presence. It is presently used in more than 200 countries.

We at MetaSys Software have a long history of experience with building.Net applications since last 15 years.Our expertise lies in different technological platforms such as.NET & ASP.NET Framework (2.0 – 4.5), JavaScript, Jquery, Microsoft SQL Server. If you wish to leverage ASP.Net development capability then please feel free to contact us.