AI Marks New Release of Visual Studio 2022 17.9

AI assistance and better extensibility mark the new release of Visual Studio 2022 v17.9, which shipped today with many core productivity and performance enhancements.

For Build Developer Conference, Semantic Kernel AI SDK Aims for 'First-Class Agent Support'

Microsoft is shaping up its Semantic Kernel SDK for AI development for the company's Build developer conference, which might be coming in late May.

'Prompt Engineering' Jokes Abound when GitHub Asks Devs for Tips

"Tip #1: Don't call yourself an engineer around a real engineer"

PowerShell Team Eyes AI LLM Integration in Shell

PowerShell seems to be one of Microsoft's few software holdouts that doesn't have its own Copilot AI assistant, but that might change this year.

'F# Meets XAML' in Open Source Silverlight Alternative, OpenSilver 2.1

"The integration of F# in OpenSilver 2.1 bridges the gap between functional programming and the development of rich, interactive web UIs."

Copilot by the Numbers: Microsoft's Big AI Bet Paying Off

GitHub revenue accelerated to over 40 percent year-over-year, driven by all-up platform growth and adoption of GitHub Copilot.

12 Simple .NET MAUI Do's and Don'ts

A handy list of .NET MAUI "do's and don'ts" was yesterday provided to viewers of the latest .NET MAUI Community Standup video hosted by Microsoft's Maddy Montaquila and David Ortinau.

Devs Can Now Just Say 'Hey Code' to Start Copilot Chat in VS Code

Leveraging new accessibility functionality, a new voice command feature in Visual Studio Code lets devs initiate a session with GithHub Copilot Chat simply by saying "Hey Code."

What's New in Java Tooling for VS Code and Azure

Microsoft this week detailed new features for its Java tooling, both in its Visual Studio Code extension and the Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ.

New GitHub Copilot Chat AI Features Help Set the Intent: 'This Is the Future'

Newly GA Chat tool gets update with slash commands and context variables to help developers get focused answers on code from within the IDE.

New GitHub Copilot Research Finds 'Downward Pressure on Code Quality'

"We find disconcerting trends for maintainability."

Microsoft Asks Devs About Visual Studio Pet Peeves: 'Don't Get Me Started'

While the complaints are numerous and vociferous, Microsoft's Mads Kristensen took pains to reply to many, sometimes educating users on how to immediately solve their issues, sometimes pointing out where they can vote on relevant feature requests to solve the peeves, sometimes commiserating.

Use Azure Quantum 'Playground' to Explore New v1.0 Dev Kit

Despite reaching v1.0, it's described as an early preview with much more work to be done, more than six years after its debut.

Microsoft: Study Proves Investing in 'DevEx' Pays Off

Microsoft says organizational focus on improving the overall developer experience -- as opposed to traditional developer productivity/velocity measurements -- pays off, according to new research.

'All-in-One Search' Leads New Visual Studio Productivity Features

Microsoft's' string of productivity improvements in Visual Studio 2022 over the past year have continued in v17.9 Preview 3, shipped last week.

Microsoft Issues 'Special Invitation' to Visual Studio Live! Developer Conference

Microsoft announced a "special invitation with a" "sweet offer" to developers attending the upcoming Visual Studio Live! developer conference in Las Vegas, headlined by the company's expert developers.

Among Hundreds of AI Tools for VS Code, GitHub Copilot Chat Explodes

Number of installs has grown some 1,770 percent since we last checked, and it's now the second-most popular AI tool behind original GitHub Copilot.

Microsoft PowerToys Getting New PowerShell Module

Microsoft is polishing up a new PowerToys utility to improve the user experience on PowerShell in Windows 10 and 11 by suggesting installations of missing components through WinGet packages.

GitHub Copilot Chat Heralds Speech as 'New Universal Programming Language'

GitHub Copilot Chat is delivered as extensions for Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio, with the VS Code tool much more popular (nearly 6 million installs compared with 191,183 for the IDE version).

New Tool Helps Migrate On-Premises .NET Apps to Azure Cloud

Debuting with the unwieldy moniker "Azure Migrate application and code assessment tool for .NET" (shortened to AppCAT), it helps developers assess a .NET app's code, configurations and binaries to smooth the migration process.

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