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Low-Code Windows Template Studio 3.0 Ships

Microsoft shipped Windows Template Studio 3.0, a milestone update of the open source, wizard-driven Visual Studio 2017 extension for coding Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications.

Second Previews Ship for .NET Core 3, ASP.NET Core 3

Microsoft released the second preview of .NET Core 3, building upon the first beta that introduced support for Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop projects. ASP.NET Core 3 Preview 2 also shipped for Web development (including with C# via Razor Components introduced in the Blazor effort).

Project Rome for Android and iOS Cross-Device Experiences Hits v1.0

Microsoft announced its Project Rome SDK for Android and iOS has hit version 1.0, providing cross-device and cross-platform experiences that can travel with the user in a variety of scenarios.

PowerShell Preview Extension Available for Visual Studio Code

Microsoft's PowerShell team has published a preview extension in the Visual Studio Code Marketplace to evaluate new command-line scripting options within your favorite open source, cross-platform code editor.

How .NET Core Tools Improved in Visual Studio 2019 Preview 2

The Visual Studio 2019 Preview 2 announcement didn't say much about .NET Core -- the open source, cross-platform replacement for the ageing, Windows-only .NET Framework -- but there is some new .NET Core functionality for developers in the IDE.

Visual Studio Code Gets HDInsight Tools for Big Data Analytics

Microsoft announced HDInsight Tools for Visual Studio Code is now generally available, letting coders do Big Data analytics right from within the cross-platform, open source code editor.

Windows 10 Mobile Revival Effort Grows

An effort among users beseeching Microsoft to rethink the impending end of Windows 10 Mobile seems to be picking up steam after the platform's latest death knell.

Visual Studio 2019 Gets Closer with Preview 2

Visual Studio 2019 is expected to ship in the first half of this year, and it just took another step on that journey with the release of its second preview that improves just about every area of the IDE experience.

Progress Previews Telerik UI for Blazor

In response to developer requests, .NET-centric tooling specialist Progress is supporting Microsoft's experimental Blazor project for C# Web development in a major new release of its UI-focused components.

Microsoft Garage's XAML Studio Does Real-Time UWP UI Changes

The Microsoft Garage initiative for experimental hacking projects championed by interns and staffers has come out with new tools including XAML Studio, used to smooth iterative development by quickly prototyping Universal Windows Project apps.

Windows 10 Mobile Support Ends in December

Microsoft confirmed the official demise of its mobile initiative will be Dec. 10, 2019, when support ends for Windows 10 Mobile, the failed challenger to iOS and Android.

Cloud Explorer (VS 2017 Azure Workload) Gets IoT Update

The Cloud Explorer tool installed automatically with Azure Workloads in Visual Studio 2017 now sports additional functionality for interacting with the Azure IoT Hub.

Tool Converts Visual Studio IDE Code Snippets for VS Code Editor

Developer Rick Strahl, tired of the cumbersome process of converting his many Visual Studio IDE code snippets into formats that can be used in the Visual Studio Code editor and the JetBrains Rider IDE, has created a tool to automate the process.

GitHub Tool Does Pull Requests from Visual Studio Code

GitHub highlighted improvements to its Visual Studio Code extension that lets developers manage pull requests from the open source code repository with a few clicks from within the code editor.

ML.NET Update for Machine Learning Comes with New Visual Studio Templates

Microsoft today released an update to its ML.NET framework that includes new Visual Studio templates to help developers code their machine learning projects.

Will Flutter Become a Xamarin Option?

An open source GitHub project championed by a handful of developers seeks to add Google's new Flutter mobile UI framework as an option for creating native mobile apps in the Xamarin framework.

Top .NET Tutorials in 2018

Visual Studio Magazine's stable of expert programmers this year wrote code-laden, hands-on tutorials ranging from traditional topics such as ASP.NET MVC to cutting-edge Blazor to Microsoft's new direction: .NET Core. Here's a recap of the most popular how-tos.

The Visual Studio Magazine 2019 Reader's Choice Awards Are Out

There's no better source of guidance about tool selection than the opinions of fellow developers.

VB.NET Hits High in Programming Language Popularity Index

TIOBE, in discussing Visual Basic's all-time high in the popularity index, characterized the ascension of the "toy" language as "surprising" and predicted a future decline.

VS Code Python Tool Adds Jupyter Functionality

The super-popular Python extension for the Visual Studio Code editor gets some new Jupyter functionality in the December release, including Jupyter Notebook export options and remote Jupyter support.

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