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At Visual Studio Live!, Microsoft Sees Bright Future for AI-Driven Bots Programming

Microsoft's Nick Landry painted a bright future for AI-driven bots programming at the recent Visual Studio Live! conference in Orlando, detailing how to get started in the growing space with the company's Bot Builder SDK, Bot Framework and other resources.

The Visual Studio Magazine 2017 Reader's Choice Awards Are Out

For the 24th year the readers of Visual Studio Magazine have weighed in with your thoughts on products you love best for the 2017 Reader's Choice Awards.

Visual Studio Code Gets Boost for Java, Spring Boot Development

As part of a wide-ranging collaboration with Pivotal Software, Microsoft's VS Code editor is getting improved support for Java and Pivotal's Spring Boot framework in the form of new and enhanced extensions.

Microsoft Previews 'IoT Central' Low-Code Service

Microsoft today unveiled a public preview of IoT Central, its Software-as-a-Service offering that works with the company's Azure cloud computing platform to simplify the development of connected device solutions.

Visual Studio 2017 15.5 Ships with Better Performance, Debugging, More

Here's a look at what's new, including improved functionality for Docker, mobile development with Xamarin, unit testing, Visual Studio for Mac, security, VS Tools for Azure Functions and much more.

Xamarin Faces Challenge from Google's Flutter Mobile SDK

In the wake of a former Visual Studio dev lead's departure for Google's Flutter team, here's a look at some published comparisons of the young Flutter project with the more established Xamarin offering that comes with Visual Studio.

Visual Studio IDE Opens Up to More Programming Languages

Visual Studio developers who want to program in non-native languages can now write their own extensions to do so with new support (in preview) for the Language Server Protocol, catching up to existing VS Code functionality.

New for VS Code: Support for JUnit, HDInsight PySpark, Python and R for Azure Data Lake

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code team ships new releases monthly, but new features are also continually being provided via other means, such as extensions. Here's a look at some brand-new functionality just announced this week.

Visual Studio Catching Up to VS Code Editor in AI Tooling

While the open source Visual Studio Code editor has featured artificial intelligence tooling for a while now, the Visual Studio IDE is catching up, recently getting its own AI extension.

.NET Core: To Port or Not to Port?

Microsoft cautions that not all projects are good candidates for moving off .NET Framework to .NET Core, which is optimized for building highly scalable Web applications running on Windows, macOS or Linux.

UWP Community Toolkit Catches Up to Fall Creators Update SDK

With the help of volunteer coders, Microsoft shipped UWP Community Toolkit 2.1, adding features that more closely align the open source app-building kit with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK.

New Visual Studio App Center Serves as 'Mission Control' for Mobile Apps

After a public preview, Microsoft has renamed and officially launched its "mission control" service for mobile apps, now called Visual Studio App Center.

F# Now Targets .NET Core Projects in Visual Studio

Microsoft's F# functional programming language now lets Visual Studio coders target .NET Core and .NET Standard projects.

Visual Studio Dev Lead Leaves for Google's Flutter Team, with a Few Parting Shots

Tim Sneath, a former principal lead program manager for Visual Studio and 17-year Microsoft veteran, has joined Google to work on that company's Flutter mobile app development framework, leaving behind a few parting shots about Microsoft's missteps in the client space.

'Visual Studio Live Share' Preview Does Real-Time Collaboration

At last week's Connect conference, Microsoft introduced Visual Studio Live Share to allow dev teams to interactively collaborate via sharing code for editing/debugging, troubleshooting, iteration or optimizing apps -- among a host of other preview tools.

VS Live! Keynote: Optimization and Deployment After Coding an Angular Web App

After coding an Angular JavaScript app, there's still a lot of work to be done to move it to the cloud, and Microsoft's John Papa explained how to use various tools to ease that process at the Visual Studio Live! conference in Orlando.

Live! 360: Microsoft Shares DevOps Lessons Learned

Microsoft shared some lessons learned at this week's Live! 360 conference in Orlando, detailing how the Visual Studio Team Services/Team Foundation Server group eats its own DevOps dog food.

New Realm .NET Caters to Mobile Dev Platform's 'Fastest Growing Segment'

Realm has boosted the Microsoft stack capabilities of its mobile development platform, catering to C# coders and .NET developers, who constitute the platform's fastest growing segment of users.

Developer Value Goes Far Beyond Coding

While coding cutting-edge tech in Visual Studio is cool, it's not enough in today's environment of communication, collaboration, agile methodologies, DevOps and so on, said experts in a panel discussion at the Live! 360 conference in Orlando.

Microsoft Updates Java Debugger for VS Code

Microsoft updated the open source Java debugger for Visual Studio Code, adding support for Java 9 among other improvements.

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