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.NET 5 Now 'Feature Complete' with Preview 8, Go Live Release Candidates Up Next

The milestone .NET 5.0 release is now feature complete with the new Preview 8, Microsoft announced, with a couple of go-live release candidates on tap ahead of the official November ship date.

Mercury Is Latest 3rd-Party Visual Basic Effort: 'Multiplatform VB++'

Notwithstanding Microsoft's death knell for Visual Basic, a new project scheduled to debut this fall aims to keep at least some semblance of the iconic programming language going and evolving.

Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Preview 2 Hones Git Integration, Xamarin

On the March to .NET 5 in November, Microsoft shipped the second preview of Visual Studio 2019 v16.8, boosting functionality surrounding Git, .NET productivity and Xamarin.

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IntelliCode Advances with First Deep Learning Model for Python in VS Code

"We have been working tirelessly to enable IntelliCode for more programming languages and, in the meantime, researching ways to improve the model precision and coverage to deliver an even more satisfying user experience."

New Angular Extension Provides Language 'Smartness' in Visual Studio IDE

Developer feedback gathered by Microsoft led to the JavaScript/TypeScript Tools team developing a Visual Studio extension to boost programming projects based on Angular, Google's popular TypeScript-based web application framework.

Microsoft Ships 'Next-Gen' TypeScript 4.0 Milestone

TypeScript hit the v4.0 milestone, featuring a bevy of new features, improvements and fixes as the latest edition of Microsoft's popular open source programming language was said to represent the "next generation" of releases focusing more on expressivity, productivity and scalability.

What's New in Azure SDKs: Identity Goes GA and More

Microsoft's latest monthly updates to its Azure SDKs for cloud computing include many new features, updates and fixes, highlighted by Azure Identity graduating to general availability.

Now Out: Uno Platform 3.0 (C# + WinUI), Previewing Linux Support

"Our vision is to enable you to develop pixel-perfect, multi-platform applications using C# and WinUI," says Uno Platform, which recently announced it's getting closer to that goal with the new v3.0 update.

Formerly a Proprietary 'Evil Empire,' Microsoft Shows Off Embrace of Open Source

It's well known how Microsoft has transformed from a proprietary, monolithic software "Evil Empire" to an inclusive, open source champion, but just in case you didn't get the message yet, a new company site will do the trick.

VS Code Java Team Improves 'Getting Started' Experience

Microsoft's dev team responsible for the Java on Visual Studio Code extensions released a new update that eases the "getting started" experience, addressing feedback from new users who want an easier onramp.

What's New in Visual Studio Code 1.48 (July 2020 Update)

The July 2020 release of Visual Studio Code, or version 1.48, is out with the usual bevy of improvements in accessibility, the workbench, source control, debugging and more.

VS Code Python Tool Does Multiple Interactive Windows

Code cells from Python scripts by default will still be executed in a same interactive window, but developers can now configure the Python extension to run separate files in separate interactive windows.

Surface Duo Debut Presents Dual-Screen Dev Challenges

Microsoft officially launched its new dual-screen Android device, Surface Duo, presenting new challenges -- and opportunities -- for developers to leverage the new form factor.

What's New in Blazor Tooling Updates

Here's a quick look at what four major third-party Blazor tooling vendors have offered lately for Microsoft's red-hot project that allows for web development with C# instead of JavaScript.

Xamarin.Forms 4.8 Ships with Experimental Drag & Drop, Gradients/Brushes

Microsoft shipped Xamarin.Forms 4.8 with two new experimental features leading the improvements to the C#-based cross-platform UI toolkit: gradients/brushes for "painting" in an app and drag-and-drop functionality within an app.

What's Coming in Next Visual Studio 2019 Release

With Visual Studio 2019 v16.7 officially in the books, Microsoft wasted no time in providing a peek at what lies ahead for the flagship IDE.

Flutter Update Previews Embedded Dart DevTools in VS Code Extension

Google updated its increasingly popular open source Flutter UI software development toolkit that targets mobile, web and desktop apps from a single codebase, boosting functionality of the associated Visual Studio Code extensions.

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What's New in Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.7

Along with its Windows counterpart, Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.7, boosting functionality around ASP.NET Core, unit testing integration, Xamarin.Forms, Quick Actions/Refactorings and more.

Visual Studio Codespaces Private Preview Woos C++ Developers

Microsoft announced a private preview of Visual Studio Codespaces, which eases the setup and use of cloud-powered development environments that can be used from anywhere for remote development and other scenarios, targeting C++ console app and library developers.

Visual Studio 2019 v16.7 Ships with Better Git Integration

Better GitHub integration and other improvements highlight the new Visual Studio 2019 Version 16.7 and first preview of v16.8.

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