Microsoft to Announce Windows Community Toolkit v4.0

Recently Toolkit hit the 1 000 000 download mark in all NuGet packages
10 August 2018   336

Microsoft announced the 4th version of the Windows Community Toolkit. The update occurred after the toolkit recently reached one million downloads in all NuGet packages. 

Major Updates:

  • Added DataGrid with a smooth design for all developers.
  • New Microsoft Graph controls are added: PlannerTaskList and PowerBIEmbedded.
  • Twitter, LinkedIn and Microsoft Translator switched to .NET Standard packages.
  • Implemented support for a dark theme for sample applications, as well as the selection of themes for each sample.

Windows Community Toolkit
Windows Community Toolkit

DataGrid control
DataGrid is a control element that allows you to freely display data in rows and columns. It saves the programming model for the DataGrid from Silverlight and WPF. Therefore, developers can now create a clear data table, edit it, check the data and the functions of their formation using simple code in Windows 10.

<controls: DataGrid x: Name = "dataGrid1"
    Height = "600" Margin = "12"
    AutoGenerateColumns = "True"
    ItemsSource = "{x: Bind MyViewModel.Customers}" />

New Microsoft Graph
Toolkit v3.0 introduced a new UWP management category, which allows developers to have access to Microsoft Graph, namely: add a user interface, look for employees and friends, view SharePoint and much more. In version 4.0, there are now two new controls: PlannerTaskList and PowerBIEmbedded.

PlannerTaskList allows developers to integrate tasks into applications and allow users to interact with Microsoft Planner tasks.

Windows Community Toolkit Planer
Windows Community Toolkit Planer

PowerBIEmbedded allows developers to embed the PowerBI widget in applications and allows users to interact with data.

Moving Twitter, LinkedIn and Microsoft Translator to .NET Standard
The Windows Community Toolkit contains APIs that make it easy to work with Twitter, OneDrive, LinkedIn, Microsoft Graph, and other Web services. With the updates, most services have migrated to the .NET Standard package (Microsoft.Toolkit.Services), and they are now available for frameworks.

Cloudflare to Develop IPFS Gateway

According to the developers, new gateway will allow to create P2P based websites
20 September 2018   224

Cloudflare told about the IPFS gateway, which will allow creating sites based on P2P network. The company said that access to content will be done without having to install special software on the devices.

As a technology feature, Cloudflare experts note decentralization. Using a standard network scheme with servers involves physical storage of data in one place. Hacking the server or damage to communications as a result of an emergency (for example, a natural disaster) will lead to inaccessibility of information or its loss. The same is threatened with information if the server owner has decided to refuse it.

Cloudflare Network
Cloudflare Network

The IPFS gateway combines computers, on each of which some information is stored, to the worldwide network. Therefore, the inaccessibility of one computer does not mean that the content can not be viewed or downloaded. Therefore, the key differences are two:

  1. With IPFS, anyone can freely post information instead of storing it on remote servers and paying for their services.
  2. Requests for access to data are carried out using cryptographic hashing, rather than by IP address. The query data is converted to a series of letters and numbers, by which the system finds the required files. For example, the query for any information will not like "get information that is located at IP address 93.184.216.34", but the kind "get information with hash sum QmXnnyufdzAWL5CqZ2RnSNgPbvCc1ALT73s6epPrRnZ1Xy". This hash sum is part of the desired file and is on several computers.

The system automatically determines the authenticity of the file. If we take as an example a query with a hash sum QmXnnyufdzAWL5CqZ2RnSNgPbvCc1ALT73s6epPrRnZ1Xy, then when receiving the information it should remain the same. If the hash value differs, then the file has been changed. In other words, the hash-sum can be represented as a unique fingerprint:

IPFS Security
IPFS Security

Supporters of decentralization are also in a number of other companies. Mozilla employees believe that consumers should not be tied to a particular product, brand or platform. In early August 2018, developers published a version of the IoT gateway Things Gateway 0.5. In it, they realized the possibility of loading third-party icons and an interface for complex devices.