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What's New for .NET, Mobile, C++ and Debugging in Visual Studio 2019 v16.5

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2019 version 16.5, with new features for .NET, C++, debugging and many more areas.

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Microsoft: 'We Do Not Plan to Evolve Visual Basic as a Language'

In its move to the open-source, cross-platform .NET Core, Microsoft will support Visual Basic in the upcoming .NET 5 and is expanding the programming language's supported application types to help VB developers migrate their code, but noted "we do not plan to evolve Visual Basic as a language."

Blazor WebAssembly Tackles Progressive Web Apps

The client-side effort of Microsoft's Blazor project -- for C#-based web development powered by WebAssembly -- is out in a new preview before a May debut, adding support for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) among several other new features.

New Tool Removes Those Pesky Unused .NET Core Instances

Plagued by proliferating piles of unused .NET Core SDKs and runtimes as you accompany Microsoft on its journey to the open-source, cross-platform future? Zap them with the new .NET Core Removal Tool!

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VS Code 1.43 Polishes JavaScript Debugger, Other Preview Features

Visual Studio Code 1.43, the February 2020 update, is out with the usual phalanx of new features, tweaks, bug fixes and more including work on preview features such as a JavaScript debugger.

Xamarin Team Documents How to Bind Kotlin Libraries

Shortly after detailing new guidance to bind Swift libraries in Xamarin-based iOS mobile development, Microsoft has published similar documentation for binding Kotlin libraries in Android projects.

Open Source Silverlight Replacement Powered by WebAssembly Debuts

Userware, on a years-long quest to bring back developer favorite Silverlight, announced an open source implementation of Microsoft's long-deprecated framework for writing rich internet applications, this one based on WebAssembly.

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Microsoft's Miguel de Icaza Ponders New Use for WebAssembly

Miguel de Icaza doesn't post to his personal blog often, but when he does, developers listen.

VS Code PowerShell Tool Gets Editor/Debugger Revamp

Microsoft updated its PowerShell extension for Visual Studio Code, continuing a months-long re-architecture to improve the stability of its editor and debugger, which was identified as the No. 1 user request.

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ML.NET Model Builder for Machine Learning Adds Recommendations

Microsoft's latest update of ML.NET Model Builder adds a recommendation scenario to the machine learning (ML) framework, along with image classification model training functionality.

TypeScript Keeps Climbing Popularity Ladder

After making waves by cracking the top 10 of the RedMonk Programming Language Ranking last year, TypeScript has continued its climb in the latest bi-annual report that analyzes GitHub and Stack Overflow data in order to weigh coding and discussion traction.

Blazor WASM Debugging Planned for Visual Studio

Microsoft has updated the Spring 2020 roadmap for Visual Studio, which shows several items planned to improve the debugging experience for Blazor, the company's ASP.NET Core project that uses WebAssembly (WASM) to allow C# to be used in web development instead of JavaScript.

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Q&A with Rockford Lhotka: Migrating C# Code from .NET Framework to .NET Standard

With .NET 5 coming in November, Microsoft-centric developers are advised to prepare for the milestone by forming a plan to migrate their .NET Framework code to .NET Standard, which specifices which APIs should be available to all .NET implementations.

.NET Core 3.0 'Dies' March 3

Microsoft advised developers that .NET Core 3.0, a major milestone in the new cross-platform, open-source direction of .NET, will reach "end of life" on Tuesday, March 3.

Xamarin Nods to Swift for iOS Development

Swift exploded in the iOS development community after Apple picked it to replace the aging Objective-C, and now rival Microsoft is nodding to that popularity by providing guidance to bind iOS Swift libraries when working with its cross-platform mobile dev framework, Xamarin.

Visual Basic Resurgence? Project Seeks to 'Bring the VBE into This Century!'

It may not signal a VB resurgence, but the Rubberduck project continues to flesh out the Visual Basic for Applications editor into a full-fledged IDE.

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Visual Studio Online Boosts Customization

Microsoft has provided more customization functionality and other enhancements to Visual Studio Online, which provides cloud-powered, managed, on-demand development environments accessible from anywhere via Visual Studio Code or a browser, with Visual Studio IDE support in private preview.

GitHub Project Provides 300-Plus Samples of ASP.NET Core/Blazor Fundamentals

A GitHub project providing more than 300 code samples to illustrate ASP.NET Core fundamentals has amassed more than 4,000 stars.

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AndroidX Support Highlights New Xamarin.Forms 4.5 Release

Support for AndroidX, or next-gen Android Support Libraries, highlights the new release of Xamarin.Forms 4.5, the latest edition of Microsoft's .NET-based cross-platform UI toolkit for creating mobile applications running on Windows, Mac or Linux.

Microsoft Ships Azure Sphere for Securing IoT Devices

Microsoft shipped Azure Sphere, an integrated solution for securing Internet of Things (IoT) devices and equipment.

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