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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.

Microsoft Intros Azure Well-Architected Framework Best Practices

Taking a page from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) book on cloud computing platforms, Microsoft has introduced its own Azure Well-Architected Framework, providing a set of architecture best practices to help users build and deliver great solutions and improve the quality of cloud workloads.

GitLab Takes Over VS Code Extension, Plans Improvements

DevOps specialist GitLab has officially taken over the control of a GitLab extension for Microsoft's open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor.

VS Code Python Tool Now Does Native Notebooks

The Python Extension for VS Code Insiders team is previewing the newest implementation of notebooks, used frequently in data science with offerings such as Jupyter Notebooks.

As .NET 5 Nears, Content/Documentation Reorganization Starts

A GitHub project is seeking to reorganize documentation and developer content in advance of the November debut of .NET 5, a unification of all things .NET that combines. .NET Core and other components.

Windows Devs Get Cross-Platform Page, Issues Repo

Developers doing their coding on the Windows OS have received two new resource gifts from Microsoft: a new landing page for those using cross-platform technologies and a new GitHub repo with which to report issues to Windows engineering teams.Developers doing their coding on the Windows OS have received two new resource gifts from Microsoft: a new landing page for those using cross-platform technologies and a new GitHub repo with which to report issues to Windows engineering teams.

What's New in Entity Framework Core 5.0 Preview 7

Microsoft shipped the seventh preview of Entity Framework Core 5.0, boosting its data access technology with a factory to create DbContext instances and more.

Despite .NET Core 3 Deprecation, Newtonsoft JSON Serializer Still Rules NuGet Roost

Despite being deprecated by Microsoft in .NET Core 3.0, the wildly popular Newtonsoft.Json JSON serializer still rules the roost in the NuGet package manager system for .NET developers.

One More .NET 5 Preview Before 'Go Live' Release Candidate

Microsoft shipped preview 7 of the milestone .NET 5 project that in November will combine all things .NET under one unifying umbrella release in the company's new open source, cross-platform direction.

Mobile Blazor Bindings Tackles Hybrid Apps

Microsoft's latest update of its Mobile Blazor Bindings project -- which expands the Blazor web-coding-with-C# model to the mobile arena for iOS, Android and other apps -- now does hybrid apps.

Blazor WebAssembly Targets .NET 5 in Latest ASP.NET Core Update

In announcing updates to web-focused ASP.NET Core development as part of a new .NET 5 Preview 7, Microsoft noted that Blazor WebAssembly -- the client-side component of the Blazor project that allows for C#-based web development instead of JavaScript -- now targets .NET 5.

New Preview of WinUI 3, Native UI Platform of Windows, Fixes Stuff

Microsoft shipped preview 2 of WinUI, the UI framework that uses Fluent Design to provide a native user experience (UX) framework for both Windows Desktop (Win32) and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications, focusing on stability and bug fixes.

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