Visual Basic.NET is getting comfortable in its new position as a top five programming language in the TIOBE index, which measures popularity based on search engine data.
Much has been written here about how Microsoft's Visual Studio Code dev team has gone "all in on Python," and the effort seems to have paid off according to a new developer survey specifically devoted to the popular programming language.
The latest monthly release (January 2019, version 1.31) of the cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor comes with the usual plethora of bug fixes, tweaks and new features, with many focused on the extension mechanism that powers the open source project.
Microsoft updated its Python Extension for Visual Studio Code, building out new data science functionality that was introduced in a previous release.
The answer to the headline above is basically "not much," as Microsoft describes the new v3.3 update as "a smaller release than usual." But don't worry: TypeScript error messages may be displayed in haiku form in later releases, per one proposal on the roadmap.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cloud Explorer tool installed automatically with Azure Workloads in Visual Studio 2017 now sports additional functionality for interacting with the Azure IoT Hub.
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 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.
Microsoft today released an update to its ML.NET framework that includes new Visual Studio templates to help developers code their machine learning projects.